Board Members

  • Prof Andrew McLachlan

    Prof Andrew McLachlan AM (Chair)

    Professor Andrew McLachlan is a pharmacist and researcher with experience in clinical and experimental pharmacology and research into the quality use of medicines.

    Professor McLachlan is the Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney and former Chair of the Sydney Local Health District-Concord Hospital Ethics Committee, Concord Hospital. He is actively involved in teaching and serves on expert committees related to medicines regulation, research evaluation, medication safety and anti-doping.

    In 2018, Professor McLachlan was named a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to pharmacy as a researcher, educator and administrator, and to professional medical and scientific organisations.

  • Prof Fiona Blyth

    Prof Fiona Blyth AM (Deputy Chair)

    Professor Fiona Blyth is the Professor of Public Health and Pain Medicine, Head of Concord Clinical School & Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. She is also a member of Research Ethics Committee & Section Editor, Topical Reviews, PAIN Journal.

    In 2018, she was named a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant contributions to medical research and education public health, pain management and aging, and health policy reform.

  • Prof David Handelsman

    Prof David Handelsman AO

    David Handelsman is Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Andrology and founding Director of the ANZAC Research Institute since 1998. He is an international expert in Andrology, the study of male reproductive health, medicine and biology. After Endocrinology training and NHMRC & Wellcome Trust postdoctoral fellowships, he become Australia’s first Professor of Andrology (1996) and created its first hospital Andrology Department (1999) at Concord Hospital. As the most highly cited author internationally on “androgens” and “testosterone”, he has over 500 peer-reviewed papers. His research focuses on androgen physiology, pharmacology and toxicology most recently in genetic models of androgen action, steroid mass spectrometry, anti-doping science, and clinical and epidemiological androgen pharmacology. 

    In 2018, he was the recipient of the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reproductive endocrinology and andrology, as a clinician, author and researcher, to the science of doping in sport, and to medical education.

  • Dr Teresa Anderson

    Dr Teresa Anderson AM

    Dr Teresa Anderson is the Chief Executive of Sydney Local Health District, one of the leading public health services in Australia. She has more than 35 years of experience as a clinician and health service executive. She has a well-established reputation for implementing strategies to foster innovation and best practice, supporting collaboration and building partnerships.

    She is an internationally recognised Speech Pathologist and is passionate about developing programs and services to support and improve the health and wellbeing of all people in the community. In 2018 Dr Anderson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

    Dr Anderson is a Vice President and has been made a Fellow of the NSW Institute of Public Administration Australia, is a member of seven Medical Research, Health and PHN boards and is an active member of the Sydney Health Partners Governing Council and Executive Management Group, one of the first four centres in Australia designated by the NHMRC as an Advanced Health Research Translation Centre.

  • A/Prof Ilona Cunningham

    A/Prof Ilona Cunningham

    A/Prof Ilona Cunningham is a Senior Staff Specialist, Head of Department, for the Department of Haematology at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

    She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Haematology Society of Australia & New Zealand, Australasian Leukaemia & Lymphoma Study Group, Australasian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis & American Society of Haematology.

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    Ms. Gillian Davidson

    Ms Gillian Davidson is a Partner, Commercial Insurance with Sparke Helmore Lawyers. She is currently a member of Global Insurance Law Connect (GILC) board and chairs the Asia Pacific regional group. GILC is a global network of specialist independent firms specialising in insurance law, of which Sparke Helmore became a member in February 2019.

    Ms Davidson's current Board appointments include: Global Insurance Law Connect, Member, Chair of Asia Pacific Regional Board; Appellate Tribunal Anglican Church, Tribunal Member; General Synod of the Anglican Church, Member; Katoomba Christian Convention, Director.

  • Mr George Elias

    Mr George Elias

    Mr George Elias is a Principal of Elias Financial Services and is an Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited.

    Mr Elias has been providing financial / accounting advice as principal of Elias Financial Services since July 1991 to a wide range of personal and small/medium business clients, and he has been providing investment advice as an authorized representative of Count since June 1992. In February 2000, CPA Australia designated George a Financial Planning Specialist. George also specialises in tax effective loan structuring drawing on his experience as a tax advisor and mortgage broker. George is also the chairman of an ASX listed company and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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    Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie AC

    Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie retired from the Army in 2011 as Chief of Army after 43.5 years of service. He has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), the Conspicuous Service Medal CSM, the Legion of Merit (Commander) from the United States of America, and the Republic of Singapore Meritorious Service Medal (Military -Pingat Jasa Gemilang).

    Lieutenant General Gillespie is Chair of the Council of the ASPI, and on the board of Naval Group Australia. He owns a small strategic consulting company, is a corporate speaker and remains very supportive of Ex-Service organisations.

  • A/Prof Meng Ngu

    A/Prof Meng Ngu OAM

    A/Prof Meng Ngu is a Senior Staff Specialist, Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department Chairman, Ambulatory Care & Endoscopy at Concord Repatriation General Hospital. He is also a Clinical Assoc Professor, University of Sydney, Concord RGH Clinical School and Trustee and member of Management Committee of the Rights of Private Practice Trust Fund.

    He is a Member of the following Professional Associations: Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Fellow of American Gastroenterological Association; Gastroenterological Society of Australia; Australian Medical Association; Australian Chinese Medical Association; European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

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    Prof Mark Rees

    Professor Mark Rees' academic interests lie in the genetic basis of medical disorders with a recent focus on neurology, mental health and cardio-respiratory disease. Professor Rees is former Founder / Director of the Wales Epilepsy Research Network and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales.

    In April 2019, he joined the University of Sydney as Deputy-Executive Dean of Research Partnerships for the Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH). He is focusing on growing the research capacity of FMH and deliver stronger collaborative partnerships with USYD-affiliated MRI’s and NSW-LHD’s.

  • Dr Tim Sinclair

    Dr Tim Sinclair

    Dr Tim Sinclair is currently the Executive Director of Operations, Sydney Local Health District SLHD. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration, a Masters in Health Services Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management). He was the Chief Operating Officer at the Alfred Health Service, Melbourne and has also served as the General Manager of Concord Repatriation General Hospital and Balmain Hospital. He has previously held a number of other senior positions with the then Sydney South West Area Health Service including the Associate Director of Clinical Operations and the Manager, Operational Initiatives.

    Dr Sinclair also successfully completed the Graduate Health Management Training Program.  He is also a Director on the ANZAC Health and Medical Research Foundation. In 2013 Dr Sinclair was also the recipient of the Institute of Public Administration Australia award for Individual Excellence and the Anthea Kerr Award.