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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.

 

Board of Directors

Terry 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.

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 OAM 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.

“The broad range of research at the Ingham Institute is very exciting. Its particular strength … is the translation of its research into everyday medicine.”

— Professor Hennessy

 

Arnold Vitocco is a local Macarthur resident and licensed builder. His family’s 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.

“The Ingham Institute is about medical research and the wellbeing of people. [Medical research requires] forward planning. If you plant a tree today, in 15 years you will have shade. It’s the same with medical research. We must invest in research to reap those long term rewards.”

— Arnold Vitocco

 

Jim Marsden OAM 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.

“Medical research is essential and exciting. I was born and raised in south-west Sydney, and the Ingham Institute gives me the opportunity to participate in the delivery of significant research outcomes in my territory.”

— Jim Marsden

 

John Hexton has over 30 years’ experience in business with personal experience in a wide range of areas including finance, legal, human resources, IT, WHS and property.

From 1987 to 2013 he was the Director Corporate Services and CFO at Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited. He has also given his time to serve on the Board of St Patricks College, Campbelltown and the Board of St Gregory’s College Campbelltown where he served for ten years as the Chair of the Finance Committee.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“Working with Jack and Bob Ingham and the Ingham family for forty years and representing them since 1996 in their quest to see their Vision of an Institute at Liverpool become a reality has been a highlight of my career. To then be able to represent them on the Board of the Institute from its inception in 2008 was and continues to be a privilege.”

— John Hexton.

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.

“I am so happy to be involved in the Institute that my Dad started in memory of my grandmother. Dad really wanted to give back to South West Sydney he still is today. I am glad I can contribute to the Institute and add my skills and experience in marketing to the efforts of the researchers.”

— John Ingham

 

Scientia Professor Michael Barton is the Professor of Radiation Oncology at UNSW Sydney and Research Director of the Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Liverpool Hospital.

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.

 

Adjunct Professor Robynne Cooke is currently the General Manager of Liverpool Hospital in Sydney NSW.  She 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.  She has also worked in other public health organisations across Melbourne as a senior executive for many years.

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

Dr Teresa Anderson is the Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District,  providing services to more than 600,000 people in Sydney and beyond.

Dr Teresa Anderson has worked in the NSW public health system for more than 30 years and has extensive experience as a clinician, manager and health service leader. She has held positions as the Director, Clinical Operations, Sydney South West Area Health Service, General Manager, Liverpool Hospital and Director of Community and Allied Health Services for the Liverpool Health Service.

She serves on the boards of the Ingham Institute, Centenary Institute, Heart Research Institute, ANZAC Research Institute and Healthshare, and is also the Chair of the Sydney Research Council.

Dr Anderson is focused on supporting collaboration and building partnerships to provide excellent health care. She is widely acknowledged for supporting and mentoring her staff in fostering new ideas to drive efficiencies and best practice.

Tim Bryan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Perich Group and a Chartered Accountant.

He 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.

“What excites me most … is the motivation and passion of the researchers who call Ingham Institute home.”

— Tim Bryan

 

Tony Perich AM 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 William Ledger is Senior Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of New South Wales, Head of Reproductive Medicine at the Royal Hospital for Women, and Chair of the Research and Development Committee and a fertility specialist at IVF-Australia.

Before moving to Sydney in 2011 he was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sheffield from 1999, before which he was Reader in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Oxford. He was a Member of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for five years before his move to Australia, and was Chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Examinations and Assessment Committee for five years to 2010, and a Member of Council and Vice President of the RCOG.

His research interests focus on in vitro fertilisation and assisted reproduction, impacts of reproductive ageing and disorders such as endometriosis, premature ovarian failure and polycystic ovary syndrome on fertility and quality of life, reproductive effects of cancer treatment and health economic and demographic aspects of infertility.  He has published over 250 research papers and edited 11 books on aspects of reproductive medicine.

“The work of the Ingham Institute is one of the best examples of how translational medicine can be brought into practice. The University of New South Wales has a long-standing commitment to taking new developments from laboratory science and using them to improve population and individual health.  As the UNSW Senior Vice Dean responsible for clinical affairs, and as a practising doctor, the opportunity to join the Board has given me the ideal opportunity to help further the excellent work of the Institute and its close links to the clinical work of SESLHD.”

— Professor William Ledger