Mrs Ann Chang
Mrs Chang is the widow of the late Dr Victor Chang. She has been involved with the Institute since its inception and was an inaugural member of its Board. Mrs Chang is a staunch supporter of the Institute and remains a member of the Appeals Committee. Marcus Chang, Ann’s youngest son is also a member of the Victor Chang Appeals Committee and became a new Ambassador to the Institute in 2011.
Mr Steven Lowy AM
Building on the work of the inaugural Chairman, the Honourable Neville Wran AC QC, Mr Lowy’s Chairmanship was marked by the development of an environment in which the Institute advanced its international reputation for excellence in cardiovascular research and training.
His tenure on the Board also saw the Institute move into a state-of-the-art building, which now houses more than 150 world-class scientists carrying out vital research into heart disease, and bears the name of both the Lowy and Packer families.
In giving so much of himself to the Institute, in terms of his time, expertise, and very generous financial support, Mr. Lowy has placed the Institute in a strong position for a new phase in its development, and leaves a legacy from which we will benefit for many years to come.
The late Hon. Neville Wran, AC, QC
On June 30, 2008 our inaugural Chairman, the Hon Neville Wran, AC, QC retired from the Victor Chang Board after 14 years at its helm. His tenure saw the Institute grow from having very few staff, renting a floor in the Garvan Building, to having its own purpose-built $80 million facility with a staff of 150 world-class scientists.
Mr Wran was an incredibly generous and inclusive Chairman. He encouraged other directors and sought their views. He was a master at chairing meetings and a stickler for punctuality, ensuring meetings never ran over the allotted time! ‘There are two things a good Chairman must do’, Mr Wran would say. ‘The first is never run out of money, the second make sure you have a great Chief Executive’.
His consummate political skills and his tact meant the interests of the Victor Chang Institute were always at the front and centre, but not at the expense of our reputation, or our long-term relationship with other important institutions.
Mr Wran graciously accepted our invitation to be a Patron of the Institute upon his retirement and as an acknowledgment of his enormous contribution. The boardroom in our new facility is named The Hon Neville K Wran, AC, QC in his honour. The Institute is what it is today thanks to the Chairmanship of Mr Wran. We thank him for his mentoring, guidance and wisdom in making it a world-class research institute.
The late Mr Kerry Packer, AC
Mr Packer was a great Australian and played a fundamental part in the establishment of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, after Victor Chang’s death.
Victor Chang operated on Mr Packer after his heart attack in 1990, and refused to accept payment for the surgery. During the opening of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Kerry Packer noted “When he (Victor) gave me my heart operation he wouldn’t let me pay for it, so he got square with me at a later date”. However, without Mr Packer’s $3 million dollar personal donation, the Institute would not have been established, and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his generosity. Subsequently, Mr Packer continued to support the Institute through assistance from Channel 9, and through our Capital Campaign for a new building – with Kerry’s son James chairing our Capital Campaign Committee. Both Mrs Roslyn Packer and Mr James Packer are Life Governors of the Institute.
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