Our Board of Directors is responsible for the National Ageing Research Institute's overall performance and compliance, providing strategic direction, effective governance and leadership.
- Associate Professor Michael Murray AMMB BS MPH FRACP FAAG (Hon)PresidentAssociate Professor Michael Murray has a broad range of management, clinical and clinical teaching experience in the area of aged care. He is the medical director of Continuing Care and head of Geriatric Medicine at Austin Health, Associate Professor at Melbourne University and Adjunct Associate Professor Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, and the University of Notre Dame. Associate Professor Murray holds a number of board and committee positions with a variety of health and educational institutions, including the position of Continence Foundation of Australia National President, which he has held since 2004.
- Derek McMillan GAICDBSc (Hons), Dip EdVice PresidentMr McMillan has held Executive and Board positions in Health and Ageing organisations since joining Australian Unity in 1999. Mr McMillan was Chief Executive Officer, Independent and Assisted Living at Australian Unity from 2005-2017, being responsible in that role for the operations and development of retirement villages, residential aged care, in-home care and disability services. In 2018 Mr McMillan founded Centennial Living, an organisation which assists developers and investors participate in Seniors Living by providing advisory expertise and operational capabilities across the value chain. Mr McMillan was a director of a number of Australian Unity subsidiaries, and held directorships with the Property Council of Australia and Leading Aged Services Australia – Victoria. In 2012 Mr McMillan was elected the inaugural chairman of the new retirement housing peak body, the Retirement Living Council, a position he held for 3 years.
- Richard GallinaBComm (Accounting) Grad Cert Innovation & EntrepreneurshipTreasurerMr Gallina has worked closely with businesses in the SME market providing accounting, taxation, compliance and management reporting services since commencing as an Accountant in 2006. With over ten years of hands-on experience (in both an outsourced and professional capacity) he has delivered strategic direction and been the catalyst for change and organisational efficiency. His most recent employment was as an accounting Director of BlueRock, a specialist entrepreneurial advisory firm. Founding Deke Consulting in 2018, an organisation which delivers commercial advice and strategic initiatives, all of which is underpinned by strong accounting and taxation acumen. He is a member of Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and holds a post-graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship and innovation. Mr Gallina has been a director of the National Ageing Research Institute since 2014.
- Ms Maree McCabePsych Nurse, Grad Dip Psych Nursing, Grad Dip Bus Admin, M Bus Admin, GAICDMemberMs Maree McCabe is the Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer's Australia Vic (since Oct-2010) and has a strong track record in championing strategic and operational change and creating effective stakeholder partnerships. Ms McCabe has held Executive Manager and Chief Executive Officer roles with comprehensive experience spanning the acute psychiatric, health and ageing industries including The Leaper Corporation (TLC Aged Care) Melbourne, The Melbourne Clinic, St John of God Health Services Sydney and was a consultant for the Future Choices Management Service Melbourne. She was also an Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Surveyor.
- John WatersLLM, B ComMemberMr John Waters holds degrees in law and commerce from the University of Melbourne. He was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1977. Mr Waters has extensive experience as a lawyer specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including contractual, trade practices and regulatory disputes. He was a partner with Mallesons Stephen Jacques, on of australia’s leading law firms from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. He became a board member of the National Ageing Research Institute in August 2016. He is also a board member of Australian Prostate Cancer Research.
- Associate Professor Briony DowBSW MA PhDDirectorBriony Dow is Director of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. At NARI Briony oversees a range of both social and clinical gerontology research programs, including her own research into elder abuse and carer mental health. Briony has been at NARI for 16 years during which time she has published over 70 peer reviewed publications and over 30 major reports to government. Prior to her work at NARI, Briony practised as a social worker in community aged care. She is a past President of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and she represents NARI and the AAG on the Australian Government’s Aged Care data Advisory Group.
- Professor Danny LiewMBBS BMedSc FRACP PhDMemberProfessor Danny Liew is the Chair of Clinical Outcomes Research, Head of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Co-Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Research and Education at Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM). He is also a consultant physician at the Alfred Hospital in General Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology. From 2010 to 2015, Danny was the inaugural Chair of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne, Director of the Melbourne EpiCentre (Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research) and Head of Medical Unit 1 at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Danny’s research capacity and interests lie in epidemiology, clinical trials, health services research and health economics and his research has informed policies and service re-design in hospitals, Danny became a board member of the National Ageing Research Institute in May 2019.
- The Hon. Marsha ThomsonMemberMarsha worked as an economic forecaster for IBIS Research Services and in project management for the State Transport Authority. She also worked as a senior adviser for State and Federal Ministers. Marsha was elected to the Victorian State Parliament and has served in both the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, the latter as the Member for Footscray. She has served as a Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs and was the first Woman in Australia to hold the portfolio of Minister for Information, Communications and Technology. Before retiring from parliament in 2018 Marsha was Special Adviser to the Premier Daniel Andrews in the areas of Trade and Innovation. Since retiring from Parliament Marsha has taken on a role as a Strategic consultant.