Strong local governance, supported by a locally and globally connected Advisory Board, underpins the HRF Centre. Members are drawn from the previous board of the Hunter Research Foundation, who bring their unique expertise to the new Centre, and which will also continue to reach out to relevant, credentialed experts and leaders to ensure it is globally connected with the world’s best academics and policy specialists.

  • Professor Eileen Doyle

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    Professor Doyle has had an exceptional career in large corporations, which has spanned more than three decades. She has a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics. In 1993 she was Australia's first Fulbright Scholar in Business Management. She completed an International General Management Program at Columbia University in New York.

    Professor Doyle had an executive career in the steel and building materials industries; she was Chairman of Port Waratah Coal Services from 1998 until 2009 and a Director of OneSteel from 2000 until 2010. Professor Doyle is now a professional company director. She is a director of GPT, Boral, OilSearch and the Newcastle Knights. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

    Professor Doyle served on the Hunter Research Foundation Board for over 25 years including 18 years as Chairman.

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  • Professor Maree Gleeson, OAM

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    Professor Gleeson is a world-leading immunologist who has held executive leadership positions in health services, government and medical research. She was Director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute from 2006 until 2011, a joint venture between the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health during a period of significant growth in research funding, researchers and capital funding for construction of the $90 HMRI building.

    Prior to this role, Professor Gleeson was the Inaugural Director of Medical Research in the NSW Ministry for Science & Medical Research from 2004 until 2006, responsible for development and funding of medical research across NSW. Professor Gleeson has over 30 years’ experience in the health sector in diagnostic pathology, including as the Director of Immunology for the Hunter Area Pathology Service. Professor Gleeson is now a professional company director and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Professor Gleeson served on the Hunter Research Foundation Board from 2012 to 2016

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  • Mrs Michelle McPherson

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    Ms McPherson has a wealth of experience in financial positions and chartered accounting with more than 30 years in finance roles including senior roles at Caltex Australia. After joining nib in 2003 as the company's Chief Financial Officer, she was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer as well as Company Secretary of nib holdings limited and nib foundation.

    Ms McPherson is a Director of the Hunter Valley Grammar School and a member of the Council of the University of Newcastle. In addition, she is a member of the advisory board to the Faculty of Business and Law at the University and a member of the University of Newcastle Foundation Advisory Board. Previously, Ms McPherson was a director of Newcastle Port Corporation for six years until the sale of the Port of Newcastle by the NSW Government.

    Michelle McPherson served on the Hunter Research Foundation Board from 2009 to 2016

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  • Mr Bruce Tyrrell, AM

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    Bruce Tyrrell graduated from the University of New England in 1973 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics. He is General Manager of Tyrrell’s Wines, the second oldest, continuously owned and operated, family winery in Australia. Bruce has had a broad range of involvement in the wine industry and the Hunter as a Director of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association (for 30 of the last 40 years and was President twice) and the Hunter Valley Research Foundation for 22 years.

    Tyrrell’s is a founding member of the Australia’s First Families of Wine, with Bruce as Chairman starting 2017.

    In 2006, Bruce was recognised with an Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the Australian wine industry, and he was honoured as a Hunter Valley Living Legend at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards. He received the Graham Gregory award in 2016 for service to the NSW Wine Industry.

    Under Bruce Tyrrell’s management Tyrrell’s continues to remain family owned and is one of the pre-eminent family owned wine companies of Australia.

    Bruce Tyrrell served on the Hunter Research Foundation Board from 1994 to 2016

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