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Professor Tom Walley
Institute Director, HMRI
+61 (2) 4042 0000

Professor Tom Walley CBE, MD, FRCP (Lon), F Med Sci is a highly experienced physician, pharmacologist and administrator with a broad understanding of translational research through his leadership of the UK’s Health Technology Assessment Program at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The program grew almost sevenfold to become the largest funding stream for clinical research in Britain.

Prior to joining HMRI, Professor Walley headed the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool. He received a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2008 and is a Fellow of both the Academy of Medical Sciences and the British Pharmacological Society.

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Institute Director, HMRI
Shanthi Herd HMRI
Associate Director Strategy & Partnerships, HMRI Executive
General Manager, Corporate Services, HMRI Executive
Rebecca Palser
General Manager – Development & Marketing, HMRI Executive
Chris Oldmeadow
Associate Director: Clinical Research Design and Statistical Services
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

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Karen Baker
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Trisha D’Accione
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Libby Rodgers-McPhee
Major Donor Relations
Jodi Thompson
Donor Administration
Peree Watson - HMRI
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Rebekah Wilson
Donor Relations


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Linda Drummond
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Mark Rothfield - HMRI
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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
Penny Reeves
Health Research Economist
Andrew Searles
Associate Director: Health Research Economics
Mary Shefi Dsilva
Health Research Economist

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Shane Johnson
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Ruth Buxton
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Margaret Dunkley
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Graham Gunner
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Niki Jones
Building Services Manager
Cameron Morton
Facilities Manager
Kylee Rankin
Facilities Management Support Officer
Fiona Richards
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Rory Withers
Maintenance Officer


Kylie Coyle
Tina Levey


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

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Finance and Admin Assistant
Melanie Cowie
HR Business Partner
Kathryn Skennar
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Tim Smith
Finance Manager