Our People

Claire Drelincourt
Claire Drelincourt
Chief Operating Officer
+61 (2) 4042 0000

Claire, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary, commenced with HMRI in May 201 and is responsible for ensuring HMRI’s operational and commercial sustainability. In leading the organisation’s corporate governance, finance, facilities, information technology and commercial administration functions Claire is able to draw on her extensive career experience within the Chartered Accounting, Not for Profit, Public and Utility sectors.


A qualified Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Claire is passionate about building effective relationships with key stakeholders and fostering an environment of continuous learning, collaboration and the development of innovative solutions to enhance organisational performance.

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HMRI Executive

Professor Mike Calford
Interim Institute Director
Claire Drelincourt
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Oldmeadow
Associate Director: Data Sciences
Andrew Searles
Associate Director: Health Research Economics
Janine Matthews
Senior Executive Assistant to HMRI CEO, COO and HMRI Chair
Gail Travis
Executive Assistant to Andrew Searles and Chris Oldmeadow

Data Sciences

Chris Oldmeadow
Associate Director: Clinical Research Design and Statistical Services
Michelle Gillam - HMRI
Professional Services Operations Manager
Peter Mastello
Research Data Lead
Lucy Leigh
Senior Statistician
Kerrin Palazzi
Senior Statistician
Sima Ahmadi
Simon Chiu
Matthew Clapham
Jean Ball
Jack Faulkner
Erin Nolan
Carlos Riveros - HMRI
Health Informatician and Bioinformatician

Health Research Economics (HRE)

Andrew Searles
Associate Director: Health Research Economics
Michelle Gillam - HMRI
Business Administration Manager
Penny Reeves
Health Research Economics Lead
Shanthi Ramanathan
Health Research Economics Impact Assessment Specialist
Simon Deeming
Health Research Economist
Kenny Lawson
Health Research Economist
Rod Ling
Health Research Economist
Zoe Szewczyk
Health Research Economist
Shefi Dsilva
Health Research Economist
Felicity Robb
Health Research Economics - Research Assistant

Clinical Trials Unit

Dr Craig Gedye
Director HMRI Clinical Trials
Naomi Knoblauch
Senior Clinical Trials Coordinator
Rochelle Thornton
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Dominic Bailey HMRI
Business Development Manager
Catherine Johnson HMRI
Clinical Trials Network Officer


Tim Smith
Head of Finance
Melanie Price
Head of People & Culture
Kathryn Skennar
Finance Business Partner - Corporate
Sally Robertson
Finance Business Partner - Science
Michele Biles
Finance Officer
Melissa Heaford
Business Support Officer - Corporate & Marketing

Infrastructure & Scientific Services

Cameron Morton
Head of Infrastructure
Fiona Richards
Head of Scientific Services
Niki Jones
Infrastructure Services Manager
Rory Withers
Maintenance Manager
Ruth Buxton
Technical Officer

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Greg Garland - HMRI
Head of Information Technology
Matthew Richards - HMRI
Information Technology Administrator


Giavanna Angeli
Philanthropy Lead
Karen Baker
Senior Philanthropy Manager
Julia Berry
Direct Marketing & Bequests Manager
Trisha D’Accione
Donor Support Officer
Libby Rodgers-McPhee
Senior Philanthropy Manager
Jodi Thompson
Donor Stewardship Coordinator
Rebekah Wilson HMRI
Senior Philanthropy Manager


Caroline Raper
Head of Marketing
Natalie Edwick
Digital Marketing Specialist


Margaret Cremona


Jemma Darling
Café Catering Attendant & Barista
Danniell Berrigan
Café Catering Attendant & Barista
Angela Barwick
Café Catering Attendant & Barista
Cherie Heaney
Café Catering Attendant & Barista
Kristin Jones
Café Catering Attendant & Barista

Projects & Research Funding

Emma Konik
Head of Projects & Research Funding
Sally Gordon
Projects & Research Funding Officer