Craig McGown is an investment banker with over 35 years of experience consulting to companies in Australia and internationally. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree awarded at the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr McGown is an executive director of the corporate advisory business New Holland Capital Pty Ltd and prior to that appointment was the chairman of DJ Carmichael Pty Limited.
Now retired John Price has had over 40 years’ experience as a local business owner. He is an Emergency Services Volunteer and a Lung Champion for the Institute. John brings his insights and experience based upon his journey of living with a rare lung disease. He also brings his experience of what it is like to be a patient living in an isolated area and patient who does not enjoy the support mechanisms so readily available to other well-resourced diseases. John has developed a keen interest in research and aims to support those striving to make the world of patients a better one.
Johnson Kitto brings his extensive legal and managerial experience to the Institute. He has practiced in Western Australian law courts and specialist tribunals for over 25 years and manages the busy Perth law firm Kitto & Kitto. He also co-hosts a weekly ABC Radio legal advice segment where assists people with common legal queries. Mr Kitto is a prominent advocate for drug law reform and is presently working to develop collaborative law approaches to family law and domestic violence cases.
Sue Morey is a leading figure in her profession as a nurse practitioner in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Ms Morey has spent over 40 years as a respiratory nurse and has watched the developments of respiratory medicine for pulmonary TB, asbestos related diseases, asthma, cystic fibrosis and lung transplantation and interventional endobronchial procedures. Sue was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2004 for her services to respiratory medicine nursing.
Anthony Fortina is the Deputy Director, Office of Research Enterprise at UWA and manages the Research Development and Innovation portfolio. He is The University of Western Australia representative on the Board. Mr Fortina has worked in the Higher Education sector since 2003, in technology transfer, research and business development and in legal roles. Prior to that Mr Fortina worked for multinational companies in various managerial and senior in-house legal roles in the mining, industrial gases, industrial products and healthcare sectors.
Gary Lee is a chest physician and professor with over 15 years experience in researching pleural diseases, especially pleural malignancies and infection. His work has been translated into clinical practice on many occasions. This has directly contributed to reducing healthcare costs as well as improving patient care. Professor Lee’s research program consists of; state-of-the-art imaging facilities, clinical trials and biobank networks.
Cecilia Prêle obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from University College London, UK in 2001 and is currently employed as Head of Unit for the Tissue Repair Group within the Institute. Associate Professor Prele is the staff representative on the board. She also holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at UWA. Her research focus includes lung fibrosis, malignant mesothelioma and lung growth and regeneration.
Emeritus Professor Geoff Stewart completed his BSc and PhD at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He was a Research Fellow at the Western Australian Institute for Child Health at Princess Margaret Hospital. Geoff became an NHMRC Research Fellow before becoming a Senior Lecturer at UWA. He was formally the Head of Microbiology and subsequently the Head of the School of Biomolecular, Biomedical and Chemical Sciences at UWA. Geoff’s research focus is on respiratory health, particularly the role of allergy and allergens in the development of asthma.