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The Board of The Westmead Institute for Medical Research is comprised of 11 directors, led by Chair, Mr Philip Chronican. It includes appointees of the University of Sydney, the NSW Government, the Westmead Institute for Medical Research Foundation and the Westmead Hospital Foundation.

The Board is responsible for oversight of the policies, strategic direction and management of the Institute.


Philip Chronican (Chairman)

Philip is Chairman of National Australia Bank and on the Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Australian China Relations.

In his executive career, he held senior executive roles in the banking industry across Australia and New Zealand in a career that spanned over 35 years. Roles included CEO Australia for ANZ, and Group Executive Institutional Banking and CFO for Westpac Banking Corporation.

He previously served as Chairman of the NSW Treasury Corporation (to September 2019) and as a Director on the Bank of New Zealnd (to February 2019), and both the Banking + Finance Oath, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (until December 2018).

Philip O'Connell

Professor O'Connell is an executive director of the Board.

Experience and expertise

Professor Philip O'Connell is Executive Director of WIMR and Director of the Centre for Transplant and Renal Research.

Philip undertook a PhD in endothelial cell adhesion molecules at the University of Melbourne and had further training in transplant immunology as a postdoctoral research fellow with Professor Terry Strom, Harvard Medical School. His major research interests are in the development of islet transplantation as a main stream treatment for type 1 diabetes and the use of genomics as a marker of renal allograft dysfunction.  He was a principle investigator of the NIH funded GOCAR study. He is director of the Australian Clinical Islet Transplant Consortium, which has undertaken Australia’s first multicentre clinical trial of islet transplantation. 

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Elizabeth Jazwinska

Dr Liz Jazwinska (PhD, MBA, GAICD, BSc Hons) has more than 30 years' experience in innovation, technology and business development, and has held senior positions in academia, industry and government in Australia and internationally.

Jazwinska is currently an Independent Board Director and Strategy Advisor, and works to assist not-for-profit organisations build sustainable funding partnerships with commercial and government-owned organisations.

During her full-time career, Jazwinska held senior leadership positions in the following three sectors: Higher Education (Monash University and RMIT University), Government Funding (A*STAR in Singapore, the Ministry of Science and Innovation in New Zealand, and the Australian Research Council) and Industry (Johnson & Johnson Research and GSK).

In 2009, Jazwinska founded the molecular diagnostics company SpeeDx, having already established a substantial academic portfolio in human molecular genteics with authorship of more than 62 publications in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals.

jazwinska holds a BSc (Hons) from Aberdeen University, a PhD from Edinburgh University, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bill Ketelbey

Dr Bill Ketelbey is a non-executive director.

Experience and expertise 

Dr Bill Ketelbey is a highly experienced healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech sector professional, with more than 30 years’ experience, including most recently as CEO and Managing Director for the ASX listed biotechnology company, Actinogen Medical (ASX:ACW). Actinogen Medical is developing innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and the cognitive impairment associated with neurogenerative and metabolic diseases. Prior to joining Actinogen Medical, Dr Ketelbey was an independent consultant, focusing on the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries in the APAC region and held a number of senior positions at Pfizer, including Regional Vice-President of Medical Affairs at Pfizer for Australia/New Zealand, Japan, Canada and Korea, Senior Vice-President/Senior Medical Director for Pfizer Japan and Country Medical Director for Pfizer ANZ.

Dr Ketelbey has a solid track record of product development over his years in the industry leading to the successful registration and commercialisation of numerous market leading medicines across a broad range of therapeutic areas.


Dr Ketelbey is a medical graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Physicians from the Royal College of Physicians in the UK, has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Michael Rose AM

Michael is the Chair of the Committee for Sydney, an urban policy think tank that advocates better policy outcomes for Sydney. He is also Chairman of Greater Sydney Parklands, a NSW Government body responsible for significant urban parklands in Sydney, and sits on the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Michael has served on the Boards of a number of Government, arts and not-for-profit organisations, including the UNSW Institute for Global Development, ChildFund International and Sydney Living Museums. He has a senior advisory role at UNSW and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julia Strelitz

Julia is a Non-Executive Director.

Julia is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers whose experience is in providing financial services within the healthcare sector. She has worked with both public and private sector healthcare providers across Federal, State and hospitals effecting financial and operational improvements, providing financial analysis, productivity reviews and program evaluations.


Bachelor of Commerce, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Bachelor of Accounting, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in Australia (ICAA).

Special responsibilities

Julia is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Robyn Ward AM

Professor Robyn Ward AM FAHM represents the University of Sydney on the Board.

Professor Robyn Ward AM FAHM joined the University of Sydney in July 2018 as the inaugural Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. She was the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Executive Dean (Acting) of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Queensland.
Professor Ward is an academic leader, cancer researcher and medical oncologist. She chairs the Commonwealth Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), and serves on the Council and Executive of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2013 she was made Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medical research and patient care in the field of oncology.

Graeme Loy

Mr Graeme Loy represents the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

Over the last 12 years Graeme has held a number of executive roles, including Chief Executive for NSLHD. His knowledge of both clinical and corporate services includes a strong focus on system performance through healthy relationships.
Graeme has accumulated significant experience in all aspects of leadership in both the public and private sectors. He takes great pride being able to deliver highly complex clinical services through high performing teams.
His breadth of knowledge spans facility, district and statewide environments and enables him to couple strategic direction with the broader improvement and research goals, including ensuring optimal provision of safe, high quality and timely clinical services in concert with the needs of the community and the health system.
With patients as his principle focus Graeme strives to support NSW Health to deliver high quality care and brings a simple motto to each discussion – “What if it was your mum?”

Ivan Power

Mr Ivan Power represents The Westead Institute for Medical Research Foundation (WIMR Foundation). 

Ivan has extensive experience in financial markets and investment management.  He has spent over twenty years at Macquarie Group in a variety of senior roles in Sydney and London, currently leading Portfolio & Performance for Macquarie Group.  He previously worked at KPMG in Sydney.

Ivan is actively involved in various community initiatives, being Chair of Opportunity Child, a Director of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) and Chair of the WIMR Foundation.  He was the founding Chair of Businesses for Islington Giving (BIG) during his time in London.

Ivan is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Australia), holds a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney, is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School and a certified organisational coach through IECL Sydney.  He lives in Sydney with his partner and four children.

John Dakin

Mr John Dakin represents the Westmead Hospital Foundation.

John Dakin is a financial, administrative and operations professional with over 30 years experience in senior management roles generally in large complex organisations. His main emphasis throughout his career has been to ensure delivery of efficient, cost effective systems to support and enhance the overall business operation.
John was responsible for a number of major projects including project directing construction of two major research buildings, a large scale animal research facility, leading the sale of a merchant bank to Macquarie Bank, purchasing two major private hospital groups and the relocation of a major medical research institute into Garvan.

Professor Laurent Rivory

Professor Laurent Rivory is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Sydney (USYD). His role focusses on the areas where cross-faculty engagement and external partnerships are integral to the academic enterprise. His responsibilities include large-scale collaborations such as the Charles Perkins Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre, the Core Research Facilities, and the management of external partnerships, particularly in health.

Professor Rivory also served as Senior Research Director, Research and Development, at Johnson and Johnson Research, and was Director of the Research Strategy Office at The University of New South Wales. He has also had previous appointments as Clinical Senior Lecturer at USYD and as Head of the Pharmacology Laboratory, Sydney Cancer Centre, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.