Our Board


  • President - Professor James Angus
  • Vice President - Irene Trethowan
  • Professor Amanda Thrift
  • Associate Professor Bruce Campbell
  • Jennifer Muller
  • Sally Bateman
  • Christopher Edwards
  • Karen Vernon
  • Andrew Matthews
  • Secretary - John Buchanan


Professor James Angus, AO FAA, BSc (Syd), PhD (Syd)
President and Chair of Governance & Nominations Committee

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.

Irene Trethowan, BA, LLB (Hons)
Vice President

Irene Trethowan

Ms Irene Trethowan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diplomacy & World Affairs from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California and an LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Irene worked for the World Energy Conference, an international organisation based in London, after leaving university. After emigrating to Melbourne and completing her law degree, she commenced work as a lawyer in 1991 at Allens (formerly Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks) specialising in commercial litigation. She retired from the Allens partnership on 30 June 2013, and remained as a consultant to the firm until 30 June 2015.

Irene is now retired and enjoys spending more time with her family and friends and to pursue other interests.

Professor Amanda Thrift, BSc(Hons), PhD, PGDipBiostat
Chair of Research Advisory Committee

 Amanda Thrift

Professor Thrift is Head of the Epidemiology and Prevention Division, Stroke and Ageing Research, Monash University, and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. She is a past President of the Stroke Society of Australasia and sits on numerous national and international advisory groups.

Professor Thrift gained her PhD from Monash University in 1995 in epidemiology in the study of risk factors for intracerebral haemorrhage. She has considerable research expertise in the epidemiology of stroke, having led the influential North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study (NEMESIS). This study has provided much of the evidence base for policy decisions around stroke in Australia. Her current portfolio of research include NHMRC funded studies of implementation of secondary prevention of stroke and vascular disease in Australia, and studies of causal factors for vascular disease and hypertension in low and middle income countries.

Associate Professor Bruce Campbell, MBBS(Hons), BMedSc, PhD, FRACP 
Chair of Clinical Council

Bruce Campbell

Associate Professor Campbell is a consultant neurologist and Head of Hyperacute Stroke at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as a principal research fellow in the Department of Medicine, Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Campbell holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Associate Professor Campbell’s main research interests include imaging and emergency treatment of stroke, including randomised controlled trials of new treatments.

Ms Jennifer Muller, Dip Rad (Diag), Grad Dip Hlth Ed, MEnv&ComHealth
Chair of Consumer Council

Jennifer Muller

Ms Muller is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology’s School of Public Health & Social Work, as well as a Director of Veritas Health Service Solutions – a consultancy business that aims to assist individual health professionals, groups and organisations to achieve better health outcomes for their clients.

Prior to her current positions, Ms Muller was a Senior Executive in Queensland Health and led the development and implementation of state-wide population based cancer screening services, including BreastScreen Queensland and the Cervical and Bowel Cancer Screening Programs, clinical information systems, state-wide registers and ensuring equitable access to services for people in rural and remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from diverse cultures and disadvantaged groups.

Ms Muller holds a Master of Environmental and Community Health from Griffith University, a Graduate Diploma of Health Education from Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma of Radiography (Diagnostic) from NSW University of Technology, and is the recipient of an Australian Public Service Medal Honours Award and an Australia Day Achievement Medallion.

Ms Sally Bateman BA RMIT, MAICD

Ms Sally Bateman is a senior executive with extensive experience in consumer marketing and digital strategy. During the past decade she has held leadership roles at Penguin Australia, and Penguin Random House Asia Pacific where she was Director of Digital, Marketing & Publicity and led regional strategy and the digital business.

Over the years Sally’s initiatives have featured in leading marketing and digital media, and the teams she developed and mentored have won local and international industry, retail and innovation awards. A former Victorian board member of AIMIA, the industry body for interactive content and digital media in Australia, Sally is a passionate advocate for new technology and driving digital innovation in organisations.

Sally hold a Bachelor Arts in Public Relations from RMIT, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Christopher Edwards FCA, CPA, BSc(Econ) with Hons, GAICD
Treasurer and Chair of Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee

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.


Ms Karen Vernon  BA(Hons) LLB GAICD

Karen Vernon
Ms Karen Vernon is a barrister practicing at Francis Burt Chambers in Western Australia.  Ms Vernon graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1990 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1994.

She has practiced law for over 20 years, beginning her career at national law firm Phillips Fox in 1994, before becoming a partner of Metaxas & Vernon in 1999.  Ms Vernon worked in London between 2003 and 2004 at law firm William Sturges, but returned to Perth when her father suffered a stroke.  Upon her return to Perth, Ms Vernon worked as a senior legal officer with the Commonwealth DPP before joining the independent bar in 2005.  Her diverse practice areas include commercial litigation, criminal law and industrial relations, and she has represented individual, corporate and national clients across Australia in the High Court, Federal Court, national commissions and all jurisdictions within WA.

Ms Vernon has been a company director and board member of a number of organisations during the last 15 years, and currently sits on the board of WA Bar Chambers Ltd and on the advisory board of Vincentcare WA, a charity providing mental health supported accommodation and recovery services.

Mr John Buchanan
Company Secretary

John Buchanan

Mr John Buchanan is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a member of CPA Australia, a member of The Taxation Institute of Australia and a Registered Company Auditor.