Our People

Rebecca Palser
Rebecca Palser
General Manager – Development & Marketing, HMRI Executive
+61 (2) 4042 0000

Rebecca Palser’s role is to raise the profile of the HMRI and secure unencumbered, philanthropic funds for medical research, overseeing functions which include: internal and external communications, media and public relations, fundraising, community fundraising and gift governance administration.

Rebecca’s qualifications and experience include market research, sales, marketing and fundraising with a particular interests in medical philanthropy and major gift fundraising.

Rebecca has previously worked for Nielsen Media (market research), Emap (magazine and website publishers), and Director of Development and Marketing at Tara Anglican School For Girls and The University of Notre Dame Australia; more recently Rebecca was Associate Director of Development at the University of Sydney, helping to secure transformational gifts for the Sydney Medical School and Faculty of Pharmacy. Rebecca enjoys the complexities and nuances of working in an three-way partnership environment requiring significant stakeholder engagement and support.

Beyond HMRI Rebecca enjoys cycling, golf, practical philosophy, art and is an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Rebecca has represented Australia in two sports, hockey and fencing, including the commonwealth championships and world championships and won several Australian Championship medals in fencing. Rebecca has also served in honorary board positions and shared her marketing and fundraising experience with several not for profit organisations.

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HMRI Executive

Institute Director, HMRI
General Manager, Corporate Services, HMRI Executive
Shanthi Herd HMRI
Associate Director Strategy & Partnerships, HMRI Executive
Chris Oldmeadow
Associate Director: Clinical Research Design and Statistical Services
Rebecca Palser
General Manager – Development & Marketing, HMRI Executive
Andrew Searles
Associate Director: Health Research Economics
Janine Matthews
Executive Assistant to HMRI Director and HMRI Chair
Executive Assistant to Claire Drelincourt, Shanthi Herd and Rebecca Palser

Development and Fundraising

Giavanna Angeli - HMRI
Senior Writer and Proposal Manager
Karen Baker
Senior Development Manager
Trisha D’Accione
Donor Relations Officer & Research Register Coordinator
Abbey McDonell
Administration Support Officer
Libby Rodgers-McPhee
Major Donor Relations
Jodi Thompson
Donor Administration
Rebekah Wilson
Donor Relations


Caroline Raper
Marketing Manager
Linda Drummond
Media Officer and Community Marketing
Mark Rothfield - HMRI
Media Relations
Cathy Wiseman - HMRI
Digital Marketing

Clinical Trials Unit

Dr Craig Gedye
Director - Clinical Trials Unit
Naomi Knoblauch
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Rochelle Thornton
Clinical Trials Assistant

Clinical Research Design and Statistical Services

Michelle Gillam - HMRI
Business Administration Manager
Sima Ahmadi
Jean Ball
Simon Chiu
Matthew Clapham
Tiffany Evans
Jack Faulkner
Alix Hall
Lucy Leigh
Chris Oldmeadow
Associate Director: Clinical Research Design and Statistical Services
Kerrin Palazzi
Carlos Riveros - HMRI
Health Informatician and Bioinformatician

Health Research Economics (HRE)

Michelle Gillam - HMRI
Business Administration Manager
Simon Deeming
Health Research Economist
Kenny Lawson
Health Research Economist
Rod Ling
Health Research Economist
Jacky Pree
Administration Assistant
Shanthi Ramanathan
Post Doctorate Fellow - Health Research Economics
Andrew Searles
Associate Director: Health Research Economics
Penny Reeves
Health Research Economist
Mary Shefi Dsilva
Health Research Economist

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Greg Garland - HMRI
IT Services Manager
Shane Johnson
Senior Systems Administrator

Facility Management

Jamie Ambler
Security, Cleaning and Grounds Manager
Ruth Buxton
Technical Officer
Margaret Dunkley
Laboratory Safety Officer
Graham Gunner
Special Projects
Niki Jones
Building Services Manager
Cameron Morton
Facilities Manager
Kylee Rankin
Facilities Management Support Officer
Fiona Richards
Services Manager & WHS Advisor
Rory Withers
Maintenance Officer


Kylie Coyle
Tina Levey


Angela Barwick
Seaspray Cafe
Cherie Heaney
Seaspray Cafe
Kristin Jones
Seaspray Cafe
Lynell Jordan
Seaspray Cafe
Seaspray Cafe

Grants Management & Strategic Projects

Sally Gordon
Research Services & Projects Officer
Sally Robertson
Project Officer / Management Accountant
Emma Konik
Research Services & Projects Leader

Finance & HR

Michele Biles
Finance and Admin Assistant
Melanie Cowie
HR Business Partner
Kathryn Skennar
Management Accountant
Tim Smith
Finance Manager