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Our people

Meet our board of directors and PARF team working hard behind the scenes to help fund life-saving research, patient support initiatives, specialist equipment and staff education at the PA Hospital Campus.

Our Board Our Team 

Our Board

The PA Research Foundation board are responsible for the Foundation's policy-making and strategic decisions.

Robert Bowen AO

Board Chair, PA Research Foundation 

Helen Darch OAM 

Director, PA Research Foundation

Prof Ruth McPhail

Deputy Chair, PA Research Foundation

Dylys Bertelsen OAM

Director, PA Research Foundation

Dr Michael Cleary PSM

Director, PA Research Foundation

Derrick Vickers

Director, PA Research Foundation

Professor Stephen Lynch AC 

Director, PA Research Foundation

Sarah Black

Director, PA Research Foundation

Janelle Manders

Director, PA Research Foundation

Board committees

Finance and risk committee

Derrick Vickers - Chair

Robert Bowen (AO)

Arvin Datt

Janelle Manders

Staff Representatives:  Damian Topp and Kerstin Petrick

Strategy and Engagement Committee

Prof Ruth McPhail - Chair

Dylys Bertelsen (OAM) 

Mary Steele

Helen Darch (OAM) 

Staff Representatives: Damian Topp, Simone Owens, Kate Ryan

Salary and Remuneration Committee

Robert Bowen (AO)

Dylys Bertelsen (OAM) 

Prof Ruth McPhail

PA Foundation Executive

Damian Topp

Chief Executive Officer



Carolyn Schuwalow 

Senior Philanthropy Manager

Simone Owens

Executive Manager – Individual Giving

Kate Ryan

Senior Partnerships Manager

Kerstin Petrick

Accounts Manager



Our Team

PA Research Foundation’s  staff are responsible for the administration, marketing and raising of funds to help the Foundation achieve its goals.


Luke Cridland

Foundation Liaison

Emma Morony

Administration Support Officer

Zach Sanford

Administration Support Officer

Sandra McGinnis

Ties Funds Coordinator

Michelle McNicholl

Quality and Improvement Manager

Ellen Dann

Community Partnerships Manager

Melissa Harmanis

Individual Giving Coordinator

Kathy Hill

Accounts Coordinator 

Meredith Barker

Digital Marketing Coordinator 

Melissa McMahon

Campaigns Manager

Josh Paterson

Communications and Media Manager




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