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Endowment Fund Management Committee

The Stroke Foundation Endowment Fund Management Committee is a sub-committee of the Board.

The Management Committee, in collaboration with the Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee, assists the Board in discharging its fiduciary and governance responsibilities in relation to the management of an Endowment Fund to support the Stroke Foundation’s long term objectives:

  • to encourage, stimulate and support research in branches of health and medical science pertaining to stroke and diseases and other disorders of the nervous system;
  • to improve the health, treatment and recovery of people affected by stroke; and
  • to raise awareness of the risk factors of stroke and the prevention of stroke.

  • Mr Andrew Matthews

    Mr Andrew Matthews

    FIAA, BCom, MSOD, GAICD

    Non-executive Director representing interests of Consumers and Chair of the Endowment Fund Management Committee

    Mr. Andrew Matthews is a Principal and Actuary at Finity Consulting, and an Associate Professor at Monash Business School. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services in roles including: as Chief Actuary at Medibank Private, a Partner at Ernst & Young, in…
    Mr. Andrew Matthews is a Principal and Actuary at Finity Consulting, and an Associate Professor at Monash Business School. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services in roles including: as Chief Actuary at Medibank Private, a Partner at Ernst & Young, in a range of leadership roles in actuarial practice across the insurance industry.

    Mr Matthews is a stroke survivor after experiencing a stroke in 2016 and benefitting from the support of the Stroke Foundation.

    Mr Matthews holds a BCom from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Science (Organizational Development) from Pepperdine University in California, and Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia. Mr Matthews is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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  • Ms Janice Thomas

    MAICD

    Non-executive Director

    Ms Janice Thomas is an Executive & Board Member with 20+ years’ success at the forefront of advancement and engagement strategies in Secondary and Higher Education. She pioneered sustainable funding streams and built new collaborative cross-sector partnerships central to delivering the Teaching, Learning and Research…
    Ms Janice Thomas is an Executive & Board Member with 20+ years’ success at the forefront of advancement and engagement strategies in Secondary and Higher Education. She pioneered sustainable funding streams and built new collaborative cross-sector partnerships central to delivering the Teaching, Learning and Research agendas of some of Australia’s most iconic institutions.

    Founding her career in education in fighting for the continued provision of K-12 schooling in the community of Bendigo, she built a reputation for transformational leadership with a succession of appointments to roles involving ground-up functional establishment and key strategic contributions.

    Ms Thomas is the Director of Hamilton’s Consulting Australia Pty Ltd. She has held senior roles in the tertiary education sector including: as Inaugural Director of Development at the University of Western Sydney, Senior Director, Advancement & Communications and Senior Director of Engagement in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

    An active not-for-profit and NGO Board Member & Advisor, she holds expertise across the ecosystem of fundraising, marketing, communications, external relations, community, philanthropic and corporate engagement. In addition, she brings transferable skills in government relations, multi-party stakeholder management and governance. 
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  • Amanda Thrift

    Professor Amanda Thrift

    BSc (Hons), PhD, PGDipBiostat

    Non-executive Director representing interests of Research and Chair of Research Advisory Committee

    Professor Thrift is Head of Stroke and Ageing Research and Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. 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…
    Professor Thrift is Head of Stroke and Ageing Research and Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. 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. In 2017, she was recognised for her work via receipt of the Excellence in Stroke Award, the highest honour awarded by the Stroke Society of Australasia. 
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  • Mrs Lynette Glendinning

    Mrs Lynette Glendinning, representative for the Tim Glendinning Memorial Fund.