The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute Leadership Advisory Board (ARMILAB)

ARMILAB enhances the reputation and positioning of the Institute by liaising with key stakeholders including business, government, media and the broader community.

ARMILAB works closely with senior management to promote the vision, role and accomplishments of the Institute. It helps ARMI achieve its goals through:

  • advocacy
  • contributing experience and insight
  • supporting and mentoring the Institute’s Director and its leadership
  • supporting the Institute’s fundraising objectives by assisting the Institute and Monash Advancement to build key philanthropic, donor and funding relationships.

Tim Murphy (Chair)

Tim Murphy has lived and worked in political centres – Brussels, London, Canberra and chooses to live in Melbourne. Over the past 20 years he’s been advising the C-suite nationally and internationally on corporate issues in regulated environments. He’s a business builder, strategist, adviser and survivor of high growth, merger, consolidation, and downsizing global and national business environments. Tim specialises in providing strategic corporate licence-to-operate advice, advising a range of businesses from corporations and SMEs to start-ups and research institutions. He has been successful in politics, pharmaceuticals, medical research, universities, arts and entertainment and on company boards. He’s a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Master of Marketing from the University of Melbourne’s  Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Science (Hons).

Andrew Brough

Andrew is an avid explorer, innovator and investor to create a better society through R&D for anything is possible. He is an expert in trends and technology impacting the future of work and education and is passionate about new forms of leadership, learning and collaboration to drive change for the future at the nexus of technology, culture and purpose.

Andrew’s career has included working in Australia, the United Kingdom, United States and France in executive and non executive roles. Most recently he has spent 6 years as an Executive Director with the Foundation for Young Australians, researching the future of work and supporting the enterprising skills learning and practice of a generation of young people who are going to rethink the world and create a better future. In the UK he worked with the Young Foundation developing partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders and setting up social venture funds in education and health and new ventures including School of Everything, Studio Schools and Social Innovation Camp.

Previously he worked in technology venture capital and management in Europe developing several ventures from University R&D and consulting on innovation to organisations such as the BBC, NHS, UCL, Siemens and Philips.  Andrew started his career with five years at Accenture delivering systems and change projects in the government, utilities and manufacturing sectors in Australia and the USA.

He has been a board member for commercial, government and social organisations including the National Probation Service and Metropolitan Support Trust in the UK. He has a Masters in Space Science, Cum Laude and Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Emeritus Professor Claude Bernard

Emeritus Professor Claude Bernard undertook a Master of Sciences in Microbiology and Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine, Montreal followed by a Doctorate in the same field (1973). Claude then completed a Doctorate es Sciences (DSc) d’Etat, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France (1978).

During his research and teaching career spanning more than 45 years, Claude’s employment, invitations, awards and collaborations are extensive. He has worked at the University of Alberta, Canada; the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia; LaTrobe University, and Monash University MISCL and ARMI. He has undertaken several sabbaticals during his research career at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (1985), Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences at Stanford University, USA (1991); San Raffaele Scientific Institute Milano, Italy; and the Laboratoire d’Immunologie Faculté de Médecine de Nancy, France.

He was a Fulbright Scholar with the Department of Neurology at the University College San Francisco (1998-99), and has held the title of Guest Professor at Kuming Medical University, China and the Bayi Brain Hospital, General Hospital of Beijing Military Command, China (2011-14).

He was the Interim Deputy-Director of ARMI from May 2016 until April 2018.

Professor Kim Cornish PhD FASSA

Professor Kim Cornish is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia. She is the current the Head of the School of Psychological Sciences and the Director for the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (MICCN). In 2019, MICCN will transition into the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health- the first named institute at Monash resulting from the generosity of the late David Winston Turner, who has presented Monash University with Australia’s largest single gift to mental health. Kim will become the founding Director of the Turner Institute.

Prior to joining Monash University Kim held the prestigious Canada Research Chair in developmental cognitive neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal. She is a pioneer in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience having defined attention pathways and their trajectories across development in children with differing brain disorders such as Autism and fragile X syndrome. This work has resulted in a ground-breaking translational suite of interactive cognitive tools known as TALITM – the world’s first interactive attention training program for children with severe attention deficits. In partnership with industry, TALI is now used in clinics all over Australia and is NDIS approved as a medical device.

Professor Cornish is an Executive Board Member of the Australian Brain Alliance (ABA) and a Board member of the Hudson Institute of Medical Research (HIMR).

Professor Peter Currie

Peter Currie received his PhD in Drosophila genetics from Syracuse University, New York, USA.  He undertook postdoctoral training in zebrafish development at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in London, UK.  He has worked as an independent laboratory head at the UK Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, UK and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, Australia where he headed a research programme focused on skeletal muscle development and regeneration.

His work is centered on understanding how the small freshwater zebrafish is able to build and regenerate skeletal muscle.

In 2016 he was appointed Director of Research of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  He is a recipient of a European Molecular Biology Organization Young Investigators Award and a Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship and currently is a Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia.

Prof Currie, along with Dr Georgina Hollway, from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and Dr Phong Nguyen of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University, won the UNSW 2015 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research. They were awarded the prize in recognition of their groundbreaking research into stem cell generation.

Andrew Dyer

Andrew is a company director and serves on a number of boards including Cancer Council Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also the National Windfarm Commissioner for the Australian Federal Government.

Andrew’s professional career includes executive and operational roles in the utilities, telecommunications, information technology and professional services industries, primarily in Australia, Asia, the United States and Latin America.  He continues to advise a number of organisations in the private and public sectors and specialises in governance and operational performance.

In addition to his board roles, Andrew is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University, where he assists with the University’s industry engagement programs and lectures at the Monash Business School.  He is a member of the Monash University Industry Council of Advisors (MICA), the Monash Engineering Foundation and serves on advisory boards for the Monash Business School, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash Sustainability Institute and ClimateWorks Australia.

Previous board roles include Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Council and serving on the boards the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Grampians Water, East Grampians Health Service and BrightSource Energy Australia.

Immediately prior to his board career, Andrew was the Victorian Government Commissioner to the Americas, based in San Francisco, where he facilitated a number of significant trade and investment outcomes for Victoria and Australia.

A former McKinsey & Co. consultant, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with first class honours from Monash University and an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington DC.  He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jeremy Nestel

Jeremy joined the ARMI Leadership Advisory Board in Sept 2018. His professional career includes senior executive roles at Citibank in Australia, London and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Citibank, Jeremy was CFO/COO of Aetna International’s Asset Management business in Hong Kong. From 1982 to 1986 he was an Insolvency Principal at Arthur Andersen, Hong Kong. Presently, he is the Owner and Principal of Avisford Private Capital Consultancy, providing a broad range of investment related services and strategic business advice to Australian and overseas family offices.

As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Jeremy possesses considerable specialised expertise in assisting family-based businesses. He served as Chairman of the Board for Monash University’s Medical Foundation from 2012 to 2017 and is currently a member of the Monash University Investment Advisory Committee. Jeremy is a current member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics attained from the University of Hull in the UK.

Dr David Rhodes

Dr David Rhodes joined Admedus Ltd as Chief Scientific Officer in July 2013 where he oversees the development of new regenerative medicine technologies and supports their regulatory approval and commercialisation.

David has more than 16 years’ experience in healthcare and biotechnology, where he has held several senior management and executive level roles. David’s skills bring together senior executive and leadership experience, business management and commercialisation skills, extensive scientific expertise and the ability to formulate and translate science to outcomes, both locally and abroad.

In 1994, he graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Victoria.
Since then, he has lead a team at one of Australia’s leading virology institutes and held various senior roles in many companies, including Avexa Ltd’s senior executive Head of Drug Discovery and Senior Vice President Biology, where he lead numerous multidisciplinary anti-infective drug development programs and more recently an executive at Admedus Ltd and a Director of Admedus Regen Pty Ltd. David has attracted significant levels of funding from many State, Federal and institute programs across numerous projects for many of the companies in which he has worked. David has published in a wide range of scientific disciplines in many high impact peer reviewed journals, is an inventor on numerous patents and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, Faculty of Engineering.

Dr Peter Rogers

Peter Rogers is a Councillor of the Graduate Union at University of Melbourne, Emeritus Chairman Monash University Engineering & IT Foundation, Chairman of Australian Rotary Health District D9800 Committee, and a Past President of Rotary Club of Melbourne.

His early career was with ICI Australia (now Orica). He worked in agricultural chemicals and plastics businesses and at production facilities at Yarraville and Deer Park in Victoria, and Chester Hill in NSW. He was appointed Staff Manager of ICI Australia in Melbourne in 1980.

Peter was appointed to ICI PLC headquarters in London in 1984 He was a Director of ICI’s subsidiary and associated companies including  ICI Bangladesh, and ICI Bangladesh Trading Company. He was a director of the London based board of Employment Conditions Abroad Ltd (ECA) for two four year terms between 1985 and 2000. He later established International Consultants Centre, a consulting company he led for over 25 years. The company was transferred to the staff in 2015.

Peter was appointed Chairman of Monash University Engineering & IT Foundation Board at commencement of 2009 and served in that role for eight years. During this period the Leadership Program , MITI and three Research Institutes were established. This included establishment of Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME). The Foundation’s endowments reached $60m in 2018. The Faculty of Engineering was ranked highest in Australia in 2015 by Times Higher Education Rankings, and highest in industry engagement and fundraising and retains top ranking in 2019.

Peter was elected to the Board of Hepburn Wind in 2011 – Australia’s first community owned wind farm located at Daylesford Victoria. His tenure covered the period of $10m capital fundraising, construction and commissioning. Awards received during his time on the Board included Premier of Victoria award, WWEA, and Banksia award.

Peter graduated in chemical engineering from Monash, M App Sc from University of Melbourne, and received his PhD degree from Monash University in 1974. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He was awarded a Monash Distinguished Service Medal in 2008, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow 2008, and the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering medal in 2013. In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Monash University.

Dr Zita Unger

Dr Zita Unger has a distinguished career as an evaluator, educator and entrepreneur, drawing on extensive knowledge of organisational development, business acumen and governance. She gained her doctorate in Sociology of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Zita was founding Director of a consultancy firm, developing an award-winning online survey management platform and delivering survey-based solutions to corporate, education and public sector clients. She taught Program Evaluation at Deakin University to Instructional Design graduate students.

She is Chair of the Academic Board of Southern Cross Education Institute (Higher Education); Deputy Chair of Monash University Medical Foundation Board; Advisory Board member of the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne; and member of the Defence Reserves Support Council (Vic). She was board member of the Edmund Rice Camps Inc. (Vic) for five years.

She has received the Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award, and was co-recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society’s highest award for outstanding contribution to the evaluation profession. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society.

Sonya Walker

A Business Leader (matrix roles across Region Manager/General Manager/Commercial Management/Program & Project Director) with strengths in the building of strong teams and the delivery of results. An excellent track record in the delivery of major organisation change initiatives with integrated commercial and consulting services components.

A passion for building business’ and delivering outstanding sales, marketing and project delivery wins for my clients. I enjoy propelling start up or mature and stagnant business into high growth and profitability through the development of sound strategy and highly targeted execution. As a Corporate Entrepreneur I drive success by leveraging reputable business models to manage risk and performance to secure outcomes.

With a background in information technology, banking and finance, commercial and public sectors I am also engaged in numerous community projects and have contributed as an MC, Panel Guest and Advisor for Australian IT Industry Association (AIIA), ICT, Public sector and Sustainability in Innovation initiatives.

Commercial & public sectors – with a Trusted Advisor business style
Expert Facilitator, complex negotiations & lobbying
Excellent strategic planning, business plan development & execution
Business & IT advisory services for government, boards, C-suite leaders
International trade & investment, trade missions
Business leadership with both sales & consulting delivery skills
Business commercialisation & go-to-market strategy
Strategic planning workshops & consulting projects
Global sales & marketing management
Vendor & partner management (for corporate clients & vendors)
Public & Private sector CFO, CIO & CHRO strategy,
Development of Programs of Work – Adept at the distillation of complexity & the design of delivery programs,
Large Scale IT Projects – Master Project Director, Advisory & Consulting Services
Specialist IT Projects – Office of CIO/CSO Security, DR/BCP & Subject Matter Expertise