Our story


Brenda Shanahan

Ms Brenda M Shanahan

BEc BComm
Chair, SVI Board
Ms Shanahan has a research background in finance in Australian and overseas economies and share markets.  She is Chair of Challenger Listed Investments and a non-Executive Director of Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd; DMP Asset Management Ltd and Kimberley Foundation of Australia Ltd. She is a former Chairman of St. Vincent’s Health Ltd, former member of the Australian Stock Exchange, and former Executive Director of a stockbroking firm, a fund management company and an actuarial company.
Susan Alberti

Dr Susan M Alberti AO

Dr Alberti AO is co-founder and Managing Director of DANSU Group and associated companies. She has a strong commitment to fundraising and promotion of medical research, in particular, juvenile diabetes. Dr Alberti is Chair of the SVI Foundation, Chairman of the Victoria University Foundation and also Vice President of the Western Bulldogs Football Club and Co-Chair of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation.

Professor Stephen K Smith

Professor Stephen K Smith is the Dean, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and Chair of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health. Prior to taking up the position of Dean, Professor Smith was Vice President (Research) at the Nanyang Technological University which led the review of a Singapore Stratified Medicine effort focused on Diabetes and Oncology. A gynaecologist by training, he has published over 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer. He was awarded his Doctor of Science in 2001 for his work in Cambridge on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue. Prof Smith led the formation of the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre and its integration with Imperial College London (ICL). He was Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at ICL and had been Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service Trust since its inception, the largest such trust in the United Kingdom.

Professor Richard Fox

Professor Fox was Director of Research at St Vincent’s Health from 2007-2013 and Director of the Department of Clinical Haematology and Oncology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne from 1985-2006. Amongst many roles, Prof Fox has has also been the President of Cancer Council Victoria and Chair of the Cooperative Centre for Cancer Therapeutics.
Paul Holyoake

Mr Paul Holyoake

BEngMech (Hons) MEngSci
Mr Holyoake is currently Executive Chairman, Oakton Limited, an ASX listed, information technology services company.
From June 1988 to June 2005, Mr Holyoake was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Oakton Limited.
Karen Inge

Ms Karen Inge

MS Inge is an accredited practising dietitian with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in the areas of sports dietetics and nutrition communication. Ms Inge is the founding member and Past President of Sports Dietitians Australia and founding Head of Nutrition at the Victorian Institute of Sport. She has been a Director of the Institute of Health and Fitness, Melbourne since 1989. She is a respected  nutrition commentator for media and is heavily involved in community service and philanthropy.
Thomas Kay

Professor Thomas WH Kay

Professor Kay is Director of SVI. He holds a Professorial appointment within the Department of Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne. He also holds the position of Honorary Endocrinologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Professor Kay’s research interests are in the area of autoimmunity, particularly of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.
John MacFarlane

Mr John T Macfarlane

Mr Macfarlane is non-Executive Director of both public and private companies in Australia and New Zealand. He retired from his executive role as Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Bank Group, Australia & New Zealand in 2014. Prior to returning to Australia in 2007, he spent seven years as President and CEO of Deutsche Bank, Japan. An economist by training, Mr Macfarlane held senior positions with Bankers Trust in Sydney, New York and New Zealand until its acquisition by Deutsche Bank in 1999. At Deutsche Bank he served on the Global Markets Executive Committee, the Global Banking Executive Committee and the Global Regional Management Committee of Deutsche Bank; as well as Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Deutsche Bank Executive Management Committee.
Stephen Marks

Mr Stephen Marks

Mr Marks is the Managing Director of Stephen G.Marks & Co. Pty. Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of The Institute of Company Directors in Australia. He was formerly Chairman of the Sothertons Chartered Accountants National Board and Managing Partner of the Melbourne office. He has recently retired as the Director of Probity Services for RSM Bird Cameron. He is a member of the Audit Committee of Orygen Youth Health and the Investment Advisory Committee of DMP Asset Management Ltd.
Trish O'Rourke

Professor Patricia O'Rourke

RN, Grad Dip App Sc (Nursing), GAICDProf
Patricia O’Rourke is the Chief Executive Officer of SVHA’s Public Hospitals Division. Prior to this, Patricia was the CEO of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne for five years. Patricia has more than 20 years’ experience in the health care industry, including nursing and senior management roles. Patricia’s other positions have included Chief of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, providing strategic and operational advice to the Hospital CEO and clinical leadership to the Executive. Through her leadership of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and its partners, Patricia has been instrumental in the significant progress made towards establishing the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD), the first biomedical engineering research and education Centre in Australia. Patricia currently serves as a Director on the Boards of VESKI and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and holds key roles within many other Boards and Committees in NSW and Victoria. Patricia is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Harvard Business Club of Australia.
Peter Riley

Mr Peter Riley

Mr Riley was a Senior Partner/Executive Director in the Tax Consulting Division of Pitcher Partners Melbourne for approximately 19 years until 30 June 2010. In that role he had considerable experience in advising high wealth individuals, their families and their businesses, on investing in and outside of Australia, specialising in taxation and business advisory issues in relation to property development, corporate advisory, funds management, high wealth families and estate planning. He has current and past appointments with a number of professional bodies. On 1 July 2010 Peter founded Alandal Consulting Pty Ltd, a boutique firm advising high wealth families and their business arms. In addition to his role with SVI, he has a large number of roles in the not-for-profit sector.

Dr Virginia McNamee

Dr Virginia McNamee graduated in Medicine (Hons) Melbourne University in 1979 and completed her training at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Subsequently, she completed a PhD in Neurochemistry from Monash University at the Baker Institute. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr McNamee has served on numerous boards including Melbourne Water and Peninsula Health and also Melbourne University Council. She has been a long-standing member of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee. In addition to her role on the Board of SVI, Dr. McNamee is also on the Board of The University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital. Dr McNamee is married with 4 grown children.