RBWH Foundation is governed by a voluntary board who meet every two months. Current Board members are as follows:
The Hon Warwick Parer – Chairman
(BComm (Melb), FAIMM)
The Hon Warwick Parer AM first became a member of the Australian Senate in 1985, and from March 1996 to October 1998 he was Minister for Resources and Energy. He retired from the Senate in 2000. Mr Parer has since held the position of Chair of the Coalition of Australian Governments Independent Energy Review Panel and was a member of the Governing Council of the Old Parliament House (Qld). He has also served as President of the Queensland Liberal Party from 2006 until February 2008. In 2012, he was appointed as Chair of Stanwell Corporation, the largest energy provider in Queensland.
Hamish J L Doley – Deputy Chairman
(BSc, BCom, CA, FFin)
Hamish is a Partner of KPMG and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, focusing on providing audit and advisory services to private and family businesses through the KPMG Private Enterprise practice based in Brisbane. Prior to joining KPMG, Hamish attained a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science at University of Queensland, which led to his interest and support for medical research. Hamish has provided support and pro-bono advisory services to Boards of other not-for-profit organisations through community initiatives such as the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF). In addition to his role as Deputy Chairman of the Board, Hamish chairs the RBWH Foundation's Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Lawrie W Powell
(AC, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRACP)
Professor Powell originally undertook his postgraduate training at the then Royal Brisbane Hospital before heading overseas to undertake further study and various positions at hospitals in London, America and Denmark. Back in Australia, he was awarded a personal Chair by the University of Queensland in 1978 and then, in collaboration with Professor June Halliday and Professor Graham Cooksley, he established an internationally recognised liver research group. In 1990, Professor Powell was appointed Director of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) where, amongst other achievements, he was instrumental in the successful development and planning of the $64 million Cancer Research Centre. Professor Powell has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of his research contributions and has held many prestigious positions including President of the International Association for the Study of Liver (1986 to 1988). Professor Powell is currently Director of Research at RBWH, honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow of the QIMR and Professor Emeritus at The University of Queensland.
(Assoc Dip (Music))
Mrs Jenniwaty Luhur-Hii is a Director of Maximus International Pty Ltd. She is also Vice President of the Buddha’s Light International Association of Queensland. Jenniwaty was awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2002 by the then Royal Brisbane Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital Health Service District, in recognition of her contribution to the hospitals and health district through raising funds for medical research.
(AM, LFAIB, JP, Dip Mech & Elec Eng, Chartered Builder, Hon Prof Building & Construction Central Queensland University)
Peter has been the Managing Director of Peter Fardoulys Constructions since 1976. He is also a board member of Opera Queensland (1981 to present) and the Crèche & Kindergarten Association of Queensland (1967 to present). He is a past National President of the Australian Institute of Building. In 2005, Peter was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the building industry and to the community through arts, medical, children’s and church organisations. In 1977 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal and in 2011 he was awarded the Centenary Medal, both in recognition for Peter's services to the building industry and to community groups. He has been a national councillor to his institute since 1978.
John George has owned and operated a number of retail and wholesale businesses in the Australian fresh food sector since 1980 but is best known for his role as Managing Director and co-founder of Australia’s largest supplier and manufacturer of fresh chilled foods, Mrs Crocket’s. Since the mid 1990s, John and his brothers have been involved in expanding the family property investment, management and development business which is known as The George Group. John has also served as director and then Chairman for the Board of the Centre for Food Technology and also on the Board of the Queensland Institute of Technology as well as various other educational advisory positions.
Bruce Humphrys is the Managing Partner of Brisbane-based law firm HopgoodGanim Lawyers. Bruce began his legal career with the firm in 1979 and has been the Managing Partner since 2001, responsible for leading the firm’s 25 partners and over 200 employees. Under Bruce’s leadership, HopgoodGanim has experienced significant growth to become one of Queensland's largest independent law firms and, as consistently recognised by independent adjudicators, one of Australia’s most successful legal practices. Before his current role, Bruce was one of the firm’s lead partners within the commercial property group. During his career as a property lawyer, he was involved in many of South-East Queensland's largest property development projects.
(BA, BSOCWK, Grad Cert HM, MAASW)
Scott McMullen has a clinical background as a social worker and initially worked in forensic psychiatry at the Park Centre for Mental Health. He then managed the Rehabilitation Service as a member of the hospital executive and was an active driver of the hospital's redevelopment. Following this, Scott worked in Corporate Office for Queensland Health which led to a four month role in Bundaberg as part of the Queensland Health Response Team. Scott then returned to Brisbane where he took up the role of Team Leader Mental Health, Central Area Health Service and for two years following that was the Deputy Director, Clinical Governance, Central Area Health Service. Following Queensland Health's restructure in 2008, Scott took up the acting role as Director Allied Health at RBWH and in 2009 moved into the permanent position of Executive Director of Corporate Services at RBWH. Scott has also held a number of board positions for Queensland University Rugby Club, Drug Arm Queensland and the Nyunda Park Cooperative. Additionally, he held the executive position of Vice President of the Mental Health Association of Queensland. Scott is dedicated to improving the patient care experience through innovation via research.
Laura Perkins was born and educated in the United States, obtaining a Bachelor of Business degree from California State University. Since then she has worked as a financial analyst and training specialist and has also owned several businesses.
Cass George had a career in Early Childhood education and is a speech and drama teacher. Cass is also on the Australian Youth Orchestra National Advisory Council. She and her husband have two daughters.
(AM, OAM, KSJ, JP, DipFm, GradCertBus (Philanthropy & Npst), EMFIA, FAICD, FAIM, CFRE, MBA)
Peter joined RBWH Foundation as CEO in July 2009. Peter gained experience in fundraising for the hospital sector through his six year role as Executive Director of The Millennium Foundation Ltd, which is the fundraising arm of Westmead Hospital and Westmead Millennium Institute (WMI). WMI is one of Australia’s premier research institutes and Peter’s responsibilities included strategic direction and leadership of the team. Prior to his appointment with WMI, Peter worked in commercial/retail banking for 22 years with a focus on credit quality, corporate reconstructions and corporate affairs.