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Brenda Shanahan retires from SVI Board

Posted: 05th December 2017

Brenda Shanahan has retired from the SVI Board, after 14 years at its helm. Tony Reeves has been appointed as her replacement.

Brenda has a long history with SVI. She has been a Director since 1996 and Chair since 2004. Brenda has made major contributions to the Institute through her dynamic and enthusiastic leadership, highly collaborative approach and promotion of philanthropy, where she led by example with her generous support of the Institute’s  research.

Through her SVI role she also was appointed a Director and subsequently Chair of the Board of St Vincent’s Health Melbourne, then the governing body of St Vincent’s Hospital. It is very unusual to have someone simultaneously Chair a major teaching hospital and its affiliated research institute and it is a tribute to the high level of cohesion and trust that she brought to the campus.

Brenda is well known nationally and internationally as a leading member of the financial markets community in Australia. She has been a member of the Australian Stock Exchange, an executive director of an international stockbroking company, asset management company  and actuarial firm. More recently she has had many non-executive director appointments in public and private companies and government bodies.

Importantly, Brenda has been a pioneer as a female leader in a male dominated profession and has paved the way for other female leaders, both in her chosen profession and at SVI.

Tom Kay says, “Brenda is a woman of great drive, energy, determination and ability who intuitively believes that research can lead to better health for the community. She has promoted and supported medical research through her own efforts and by marshalling the support of her business colleagues.”

SVI whole-heartedly thanks Brenda for her selfless dedication to the Institute over so many years.