Appeals Committee

The Appeals Committee consists of a group of volunteers and staff who are responsible for the Institute’s fundraising events, aimed at raising the vital funds needed by the Institute to conduct its groundbreaking research. The Committee has as its core an ethos of friendraising over fundraising, because if you don’t have friends, you can’t raise funds!


Mrs Louise Di Francesco (Chair), Mrs Ann Chang, Mr Marcus Chang, Mr Alan Crouch, Mrs Barbara Ell, Mr Errol Goldberg, Professor Robert Graham, Mr Cameron Irving, Mr Alex Schuman, Sr Clare Nolan, Mrs Antoinette Ogilvie, Mr Michael Renford, Mr Robert Ryan, Ms Ariane Gallop, Mr John Shim, Ms Ruth Zukerman.

Young Appeals Committee

The Young Appeals Committee was established in 2013 to help engage younger audiences with the Institute and its work. Chaired by Mr Marcus Chang, the committee consists of a group of dedicated volunteers and staff, committed to raising funds to support research.


Mr Marcus Chang (Chair), Ms Sally Buist, Ms Keren Weiss, Mr Julian Cook, Ms Catherine Dearnley, Ms Jenna Klug, Mr Adam Buist, Mr Anthony Collins, Ms Daniela Elser, Ms Lauren Palmer, Mr Alistair Booth, Mrs Michele Parker, Mr Ashley Parker, Ms Noura Cheded, Ms Eliana De Sousa.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for the oversight of finances for the Board of Directors. The Committee oversees the audit of the Institute’s accounts, investment management, management remuneration, and also sets finance policy for management to follow.


Mr David Craig (Chair), Mr Matthew Grounds, Professor Bob Graham, Mr John Kean, Mr Chum Darvall, Dr Gary Weiss, Ms Janina Jancu, Mr Kiran Narsey.

Media and Communications Committee

The Media & Communications committee is responsible for the overall strategic direction of marketing and communications activities at the Institute.  The committee meets bi-monthly and seeks to bring new ideas in traditional and emerging media platforms to promote the work of the Institute.


Ms Jill Margo (Chair), Mrs Louise Di Francesco, Mr Angelos Frangopoulos, Professor Robert Graham,  Ms Janina Jancu, Ms Ariane Gallop.

Victor Chang Day Organising Committee

This committee is responsible for organising the Institute’s major annual fundraising event, the Victor Chang Day Gala Ball.


Mrs Barbara Ell (Chair), Mrs Ann Chang, Mr Ken Laing, Ms Emma Quick, Mrs Michele Parker, Mrs Diana Ritchie, Ms Ruth Zukerman, Professor Robert Graham, Ms Ariane Gallop, Ms Eliana De Sousa, Ms Jayne Baric.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board comprises six internationally-renowned scientists, who carry out an exhaustive evaluation of the Institute’s research programs every five years, to ensure the Institute remains at the cutting edge of cardiovascular knowledge generation and continues to produce research of a world-class standard.


  • Professor Doug Hilton (Chair)-  Director Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
  • Emeritus Professor John Chalmers – Senior Director and Head, Professorial Unit, The George Institute for International Health and University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Professor Witold Filipowicz – Professor of Biochemistry, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), Switzerland.
  • Professor Lily Jan – Jack and DeLoris Lange Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, University of California, USA.
  • Professor Janet Rossant – Chief of Research, The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada.
  • Professor Stephen Vatner – Chairman, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, USA.

Faculty Review Committee

The Faculty Review Committee comprises eminent scientists from local research organisations who evaluate individual faculty members every five years in order to evaluate their productivity, promote the development of goals and expectations, foster and support faculty development and mentorship, and guide junior faculty in career advancement.


  • Professor John Shine (Chair) – Professor of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biology, The University of New South Wales, Group Leader Neural Stem Cells, Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
  • Professor Peter Gunning – Head, Oncology Research Unit in the School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales.
  • Professor John Rasko – Professor of Medicine, Central Clinical School, The University of Sydney and Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology.
  • Professor Phil Robinson – Head, Cell Signalling Unit, Children’s Medical Research Institute, Westmead.

Committee on Appointments and Promotions

The Committee on Appointments and Promotions meets on an ad hoc basis to evaluate potential candidates for faculty positions within the Institute.


  • Professor Robert Graham (Chair) – Executive Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
  • Professor Terry Campbell – Senior Associate Dean, The University of New South Wales.
  • Professor David Celermajer – Scandrett Professor of Cardiology, Central Clinical School, The University of Sydney and Heart Research Institute
  • Professor Richard Harvey – Co-Deputy Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
  • Professor Doug Hilton – Director, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Professor Levon Khachigian – Centre for Vascular Research, The University of New South Wales.
  • Professor Charles Mackay – Department of Immunology, Monash University, Melbourne.
  • Professor John Mattick – Executive Director, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Professor Jamie Vandenberg – Co-Deputy Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
  • Ms Maria Voukenas - Human Resources Manager, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Committee

The Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Committee (IPCC) is responsible for advising the Institute on its research commercialisation activities. The Institute has also appointed consultants TM Ventures to assist with linking our research to industry and forming new collaborations.


  • Professor Robert Graham (Chair) – Executive Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
  • Professor Roland Stocker – Head, Vascular Biology Division, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • Dr Trevor Davies – Partner, Allens Arthur Robinson
  • Professor Joan Dawes – Senior Consultant, Pestat Ltd; and Innovation Dynamics consulting group
  • Ms Monique Nicolle – Associate, Baker & McKenzie
  • Ms Janina Jancu  – Chief Operating Officer, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • Ms Britt Granath – Senior Policy Officer, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute



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