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Board of Directors

The Ingham Institute is directed and overseen by a team of 16 extremely passionate and dedicated individuals that make up our Board of Directors.

The Ingham Institute’s Board brings together the expertise of medical researchers, health management professionals, and local business leaders. All have extensive personal experience of the diverse and dynamic population of South Western Sydney and are committed to strengthening the capacity and reputation of the Ingham Institute as a world-leading centre of research excellence.

Amanda Larkin

Amanda Larkin is the Chief Executive of South Western Sydney Local Health District. Previously Amanda worked as the General Manager of Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals and the Queen Victoria Memorial Home.

Ms Larkin has a Bachelor of Social Work, Associate Diploma in Environmental Service and is working towards a Doctorate in Business Administration.

Amanda has over 25 years of experience in health service management working in the areas of community health, corporate services and acute service management in small and large health services.

Amanda currently serves as a Board member of the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research and the South Western Sydney Medicare Local.

She has done extensive work with management committees and boards of non-government organisations including neighbourhood centres, day care centres, short term and accommodation facilities for men and women. Her specific areas of focus are leadership, governance, patient quality and safety and health service planning and development.

Professor Annemarie Hennessy

Professor Annemarie Hennessy

Professor Annemarie Hennessy is the Dean and Foundation Chair of Medicine at the University of Western Sydney.

She was the Director of the Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) Unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Women and Babies (RPAWB) from 1998 until October 2006 and continues in an honorary capacity within the unit.

Annemarie has a commitment to medical research in her capacities as Dean of the School of Medicine, UWS. She is also the group leader of the Vascular Immunology Group at the Heart Research Institute, Director of the NHMRC Baboon Colony, Chair of the NSW University Physician Training Council and Executive Director of the PEARLS Research Group.

Annemarie is a Renal Physician with a research interest in Hypertension and Hypertension in pregnancy which she has now been working on for 17 years.

Arnold Vitocco

Arnold Vitocco is a local Macarthur resident and licensed builder. His families development company, D. Vitocco Constructions Pty Ltd has been building and developing in the Liverpool and Macarthur region since the late 1950s.Notable developments by his family company include the Narellan Town Centre and Gregory Hills, a 2,500-lot subdivision and 43 hectares of employment zone.

Arnold is a member of Narellan Chamber of Commerce and is a committee member of the St Gregory's College, Campbelltown. He was a Board Director of the South Western Sydney Area Health Service 1997-2003 and a committee member of the Health Research Foundation Sydney South West, which successfully helped raise $8 million.

Debbie Killian

Debbie Killian has 25 years experience working in health, education, community welfare and local government in greater western Sydney – much of it in the South West. This has included senior roles in managing community health services; inpatient and outpatient allied health services; and community development programs among a range of other service types.

Recently she worked as a consultant to a range of agencies including SSWAHS, providing specialist skills in service planning and management in the areas of health, welfare and education services. Ms Killian has been a team member on a number research projects including in the areas of primary health care and preventative care. She has a particular interest in ensuring that the health needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised in the community are appropriately considered and our skills further developed to effectively address them.

Jim Marsden

Jim Marsden is the Senior Partner at Marsdens Law Group. His firm is based primarily at Campbelltown with offices at Liverpool, Camden and the City of Sydney.

Jim has a history in a number of areas of community involvement. His past involvement includes Chairman of West Magpie Rugby League, Wests Tigers, the Chamber of Commerce, and board membership of NSW Rugby League and Odyssey House.

Jim currently Chairs The Macarthur Club and the Macarthur Development Advisory Group based out of Campbelltown.

Professor Jeremy Wilson

Professor Jeremy Wilson in the Clinical Associate Dean of the South Western Sydney Clinical School in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Australia and the Director and Professor of Medicine at Liverpool Hospital.

Professor Wilson is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the American Gastroenterological Association. He is also the current Secretary-General of the International Association of Pancreatology and holds a number of leadership appointments within the NSW health system including as Chair of the South Western Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee and the Co-Chair of the Agency for Clinical Innovation Acute Care Taskforce.

Professor Wilson is a pancreatologist and his research career has focussed on the elucidation of the pathogenetic mechanisms of pancreatic disease and more recently stromal-tumour interactions in pancreatic cancer. Professor Wilson founded the Pancreatic Research Group in 1987 and a year later the Group were the first in the world to develop a method to isolate and culture pancreatic stellate cells. This discovery led to a new field of research in pancreatology.

John Hexton

John Hexton has been the Director Corporate Services at Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited since 1987 and has more than 30 years experience in a wide range of areas within the business including direct responsibility for all financial and legal matters, HR, IT, OHS and property.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and the Institute of Directors. John previously served on the Board of St Patricks College, Campbelltown and was the chairman of the Finance Committee at St Gregory's College, Campbelltown.

John Ingham

John Ingham was born in Liverpool and worked at Inghams Enterprises for over 10 years in various positions and was the National Sales and Marketing Manager for a number of years. He is the Managing Director of Upstart Marketing, a Marketing Consultancy focusing on designing and managing web sites for companies large and small for over 15 years.

John attained a Bachelor Of Business Administration (BBA) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He was Vice Chairman on the Australian Jockey Club Board and a Board Member till the merger that created the Australian Turf Club. He also served as Chairman of the Australian Stud Book, a director of Racingcorp Pty Ltd and Australian Genetics Testing Pty Ltd.

Professor Michael Barton OAM

Michael Barton is the Professor of Radiation Oncology at UNSW Australia, Research Director of the Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Liverpool Hospital and Research Director for the South Western Sydney Local Area Health Network.

He has been involved in state, national and international strategic planning projects for cancer services and chairs the National Brain Tumour Guidelines Committee of the Australian Cancer Network. He was inaugural Secretary of the Facility of Radiation Oncology of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and currently chairs the Post-Fellowship Education Committee.

In 2000 he received a Professional Excellence Award from the New South Wales Cancer Council for his work in professional education.

Robynne Cooke

Adjunct Professor Robynne Cooke is currently the General Manager of Liverpool Hospital in Sydney NSW.  Robynne commenced her role as General Manager in April 2014. Robynne has worked previously as the Executive Director of Medical and Continuing Care Services and as the Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Health in Melbourne.  Robynne has also worked in other public health organisations across Melbourne as a senior executive for many years.

Robynne has a strong focus on leadership and building leadership capability.  Robynne was awarded the Deakin University-Health Super Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award. Robynne is a member of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Teresa Anderson

Dr Teresa Anderson is the Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District. Teresa was previously Director of Clinical Operations of the Sydney South West Area Health Service until she took up her current position in January 2011.

Terry Goldacre

Chairman

Mr. Goldacre is the Managing Director of Harrington Estates (NSW) Pty Ltd, which since 1993 has been responsible for the development of the leading residential estate Harrington Park. Prior to this, he held executive positions in the civil engineering and land development industries

He is past president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW Division) and is a founding trustee of the Harrington Park Foundation.

Tim Bryan

Tim Bryan is a Chartered Accountant, he is a Senior Client Director and Managing Partner of Kelly+Partners South West Sydney, a financial advisory group based at Campbelltown.

Tim is a Founding Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee, Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation and Chairman of St Gregory's College Finance Advisory Committee.

Tim has a special interest in research into childhood diseases.

Tony Perich

Tony is the Joint Managing Director of Leppington Pastoral Company, Organic Fertilisers [Leppington], the Greenfields Development Company, Arrowvest, Narellan Town Centre and Dart West Development Ltd.

Tony has an outstanding record of service within the local community having previously served as President of Narellan Rotary, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for the Spastic Centre's Growthpoint Project in Liverpool, Vice-President of the Narellan Chamber of Commerce and President of the Dairy Research Foundation of the University of Sydney.

In addition Tony is an ongoing member of the Urban Taskforce, the Property Council of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

He has enormous interest in all areas of medical research and development with a particular interest in cancer research.

Professor Rodney Phillips

Professor Rodney Phillips is an immunologist whose research has impacted the world’s understanding of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. A native Australian and graduate of the University of Melbourne, he worked for 35 years in the United Kingdom, primarily at Oxford University.  

He is best known for describing, for the first time, how the HIV virus evades the body’s immune defences. He has conducted many years of bedside research in communities across Asia and Africa and has an enduring interest in the significant health challenges of the third world, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

As a medical administrator, Professor Phillips has held numerous influential roles including Vice-Dean of Medical Sciences at Oxford University and Director of the Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research. He took up his appointment as Dean of UNSW Medicine in mid-2015.