Our Board


  • Professor James Angus - President 
  • Christopher Edwards - Vice-President
  • Karen Vernon
  • Professor Amanda Thrift
  • Professor Bruce Campbell
  • Jennifer Muller
  • Sally Bateman
  • Andrew Matthews
  • Chris Nunn
  • Jamie Stanistreet
  • Janice Thomas
  • Secretary - John Buchanan


Professor James Angus
President and Non-executive Director

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, Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis; Chair, Melbourne University Sport Advisory Board; Director, Jack Brockhoff Foundation; Director, National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia and Director, Science in Australia Gender Equity Ltd.

Professor Angus holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, and received 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.

Mr Christopher Edwards
FCA, CPA, BSc Econ (Hons), GAICD
Vice-President, Non-executive Director and Chair of Audit, Finance, Investment & Risk Committee

Christopher Edwards

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
CNon-executive Director and Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee

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 is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. 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. In 2019 Ms Vernon was elected Mayor of the Town of Victoria Park.

Professor Amanda Thrift
BSc (Hons), PhD, PGDipBiostat
Non-executive Director representing interests of Research and Chair of Research Advisory Committee

Amanda Thrift

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.

Professor Bruce Campbell
Non-executive Director representing interests of Clinicians and Chair of Clinical Council

Bruce Campbell

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

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

Ms Jennifer Muller
PSM, MAICD, Dip Rad (Diag), Grad Dip Hlth Ed, MEnv&ComHealth
Non-executive Director representing interests of Consumers and Chair of Consumer Council

Jennifer Muller

Ms Jennifer Muller has a lived experience of stroke and has been a consumer advocate for stroke survivors on various state and national committees over the last five years. She also brings to the Board her experience and knowledge of public health, health systems and strategic planning and held the position of Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology for six years.

Prior to her current role, Ms Muller was a Senior Executive in Queensland Health and led the development and implementation of the state-wide cancer screening services BreastScreen Queensland, the Cervical and Bowel Cancer Screening Programs including; establishing information systems, state level clinical quality 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
Non-executive Director

Sally Bateman

Sally Bateman is the Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Australia, one of the country’s most inspirational charities for children.

A former Senior Publishing Executive, Sally was Penguin Random House’s inaugural Asia Pacific Director of Marketing, Publicity and Digital following the international merger of Penguin and Random House. Previously, she spent 17 years with Penguin Australia where she lead Marketing & Digital strategy during a decade of disruption.

Sally is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology.

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

Andrew Matthews

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

Mr Chris Nunn
BSc(Econ) Hons, CA, GAICD
Non-executive Director

Chris Nunn

Mr Chris Nunn recently retired as Chief Financial Officer at Redbubble Limited, an ASX listed online marketplace but he remains a non-executive director of fund manager, Impact Funds Management Pty Ltd. Chris has held a number of senior finance executive roles for more than 25 years in mostly ASX-listed organisations in investment banking, equities and property funds management, transport and online marketplace businesses.

In addition to the financial responsibilities, Mr Nunn has also held responsibility for risk management, compliance, internal/external audit, client administration, IT and human resources. He also holds a qualification in investment advice with a Graduate Diploma in Investment Management through FinSIA. Mr Nunn has particularly strong hands-on experience in the areas of finance, risk, audit, governance and investment, mainly in the corporate environment.

Mr Nunn holds a BSc (Econ) with Hons from Loughborough University, UK and trained as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), migrating to Melbourne in 1986. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Jamie Stanistreet
Non-executive Director

Jamie Stanistreet

With more than four decades of experience in the Australian healthcare sector, Jamie Stanistreet has been an active member of the Australian medical devices industry and is committed to improving access for all patients requiring medical technology in particular, timely access to treatment for stroke.

He recently retired from Medtronic Australia & New Zealand after 19 years’ service and 17 years as Managing Director & Vice President.

Prior to this he worked with, AVE, Bard Australia, Bio-Spectrum, Stelmara Biomedical & 3M Australia.

Mr Stanistreet was the Vice Chair of the Board for the Medical Technology Association of Australia, from 2006 to 2013. In 2013, Jamie was awarded the Medical Technology Association of Australia’s (MTAA) highest honour - the inaugural Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. He was AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce) Governor from 2010 to 2018. He was a Finalist in the 2014/15 CEO Magazine Executive of the year award. Medtronic Australia's Best Employers in the 2005, 2006/07 and 2008 Hewitt Best Employers Australia and New Zealand Awards, and again in 2010 when the company received a Highly Commended award. He has also been deeply committed to promoting Medtronic as an Employer of Choice for Women by the Australian Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace agency since 2006.

Ms Janice Thomas
Non-executive Director

Janice Thomas

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.

Mr John Buchanan
Company Secretary

 John Buchanan

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