Governance and Nominations Committee

  • Chair – Karen Vernon 
  • James Angus AO
  • Sally Bateman
  • Chris Edwards


Ms Karen Vernon  BA(Hons) LLB GAICD

Karen Vernon
Ms Karen Vernon is a barrister practising in Western Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1990) and a Bachelor of Laws (1994) from the University of WA.

Ms Vernon has practiced law for almost 25 years, beginning her career at national law firm Phillips Fox in 1994. She was a partner in a law firm for 6 years before working in London between 2003 and 2004, but returned to Perth when her father suffered a stroke. Upon her return to Perth, Ms Vernon worked as a prosecutor with the Commonwealth DPP prior to commencing practice as a barrister in 2005.

Ms Vernon has held various company director and board positions over the last 15 years, including WA Bar Chambers Ltd, Vincentcare Advisory Board WA, and the Chair of the Homelessness and Mental Health Services Committee of the Society of St Vincent de Paul WA. In 2017 she was elected to local government as a councillor in the Town of Victoria Park, and is also a councillor on the Mindarie Regional Council. In 2018 she was appointed to the State Operations Committee of the Society of St Vincent de Paul WA.


Professor James Angus AO FAA, BSc, PhD

Jim Angus 

Professor Angus is an Honorary Professorial Fellow and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), University of Melbourne. In July 2013 he completed a 10 year term as Dean of the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne. Before becoming Dean, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of MDHS. At the University of Melbourne, Professor Angus has been President of the Academic Board (2000-2001), Pro Vice-Chancellor (1999-2001) and member of University Council (1999-2001)

Professor Angus was awarded the Gottschalk Medal of the Australian Academy of Science (1984), is a Fellow of the Academy (FAA) and has been a member of its Council. In 2003 he was awarded Australia’s Centenary Medal for contribution to Pharmacology and the Community.

Professor Angus was a First Vice-President of the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and was President of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. From 2009-2011 he was President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.
His current roles include Chair, Independent Medical Advisory Board for Medicinal Cannabis, Board Member of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Chair, Melbourne University Sport Advisory Board and Director, Jack Brockhoff Foundation.

Professor Angus holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, and was appointed an officer to The Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to biomedical research, particularly in the fields of pharmacology and cardiovascular disease, as a leading academic and medical educator, and as a contributor to a range of advisory boards and professional organisations both nationally and internationally.

Ms Sally Bateman BA, GAICD

Ms Sally Bateman is a Senior Executive and Non Executive Director with extensive experience in multinational publishing companies, online retail and the not for profit sector. She brings demonstrated commercial expertise driving business transformations, and leading culture change and digital innovation.

For more than a decade Sally had significant leadership roles in global publishing companies. Most recently she was Digital & Marketing Director for Asia Pacific for Penguin Random House with responsibility for marketing, brand, digital product, sales, data and platform technology. Prior to that Sally led Penguin Australia’s Marketing & Digital division playing a pivotal role in Penguin’s digital transition and award-winning consumer marketing initiatives.

In 2018, Sally was appointed Chief Executive Officer of one of Australia’s most respected children’s charities Make-A-Wish® Australia.

A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Sally holds a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) from RMIT and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychology at The University of Melbourne.



Christopher Edwards FCA, CPA, BSc(Econ) Hons, GAICD

Mr Chris Edwards is a senior finance executive with both Australian and international experience in CFO roles mostly in the financial services sector with companies including HSBC, Prudential Insurance and Colonial First State. He has also worked in the IT industry and at QANTAS. 

In addition to financial responsibilities, Mr Edward’s roles have included responsibility for strategic and business planning, risk, internal audit/compliance, property management, investment management, customer service, and IT. 

Mr Edwards has focussed on supporting the strategic and commercial operations of organisations by improving transparency of performance, ensuring that business decisions are based on sound analysis, prioritising scarce resources and by identifying risks together with minimising, monitoring and controlling their potential impact. 

Mr Edwards holds a BSc(Econ) with Hons from the London School of Economics and trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in London, migrating to Sydney on qualifying. Mr Edwards is a member of CPA Australia and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Directors.