SAHMRI Board bolstered with diverse experience

19 Aug 2022
SAHMRI Board bolstered with diverse experience

SAHMRI is welcoming three new Directors to its Board, bringing with them diverse but complementary skills that span corporate administration, governmental relations, community engagement, not-for-profit sector innovation and our core business of medical research.

Kathryn House, Professor Kate Schroder and Dr Tony Sherbon will officially join the SAHMRI Board at its next meeting on Tuesday, 23 August.

SAHMRI Chair Hieu Van Le says the appointments position the institute strongly to launch into the next phase of its evolution.

“These positions became available because three of our foundational Board Members – Chair Raymond Spencer, Deputy Chair Alan Young and Emeritus Professor John Hopwood – completed the maximum terms allowed under SAHMRI’s constitution,” Mr Van Le said.

“The contributions those three people have made to SAHMRI can’t be overstated, leaving very big shoes to fill. With Kath, Kate and Tony however, we have an exceptional array of talents and people who live the SAHMRI ideals of innovation, excellence and integrity in both their professional and personal lives.”

Kathryn House is well known across South Australia for her decades of volunteer work, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship that have benefited so many individuals and communities. She serves on the Boards of numerous charitable foundations and recently founded Young Impact – a collective fundraising group for school students.

Professor Kate Schroder is one of Australian’s most esteemed scientists She leads the Inflammasome Laboratory at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience and is also the Director of the IMB Centre for Inflammation and Disease Research. Professor Schroder’s lab is known for co-inventing anti-inflammatory drug candidates, the commercialisation of which ultimately led to the highest-grossing ever sale of Australian academic intellectual property.

Dr Tony Sherbon provides SAHMRI with significant knowledge and experience when it comes to the health sector and inter-governmental relations, having spent five years as the Chief Executive of SA Health and leading with distinction as the head of similarly broad health care delivery organisations. His background in the private sector is equally strong, having held senior roles with EY before establishing his own consultancy firm, Sherbon Advisory. Dr Sherbon currently holds a number of Board roles including with the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.

You can view full bios of these three new Directors and other members of SAHMRI’s Board here.

From left: New SAHMRI Board members Tony Sherbon, Kate Schroder and Kathryn House