The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute Leadership Advisory Board (ARMILAB)

ARMILAB enhances the reputation and positioning of the Institute by liaising with key stakeholders including business, government, media and the broader community. 

ARMILAB works closely with senior management to promote the vision, role and accomplishments of the Institute. It helps ARMI achieve its goals through:

  • advocacy
  • contributing experience and insight
  • supporting and mentoring the Institute’s Director and its leadership
  • supporting the Institute’s fundraising objectives by assisting the Institute and Monash Advancement to build key philanthropic, donor and funding relationships.

ARMILAB members 

Dr Janine Kirk, AM, Chair
The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Deputy Chair
Andrew Brough
The Hon John Brumby AO
Professor Peter Currie
Andrew Dyer
Dr Frances Guyett
Tangerine Holt
Dr David Rhodes
Dr Zita Unger
Sonya Walker


Dr Janine Kirk AM (Chair)

Janine Kirk

Janine Kirk is the founding Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust Australia which was established to represent the charitable interests of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Australia.

Prior to her current role, Janine was a partner at EY where she was responsible for establishing and leading the Victorian Government and Public Sector practice for the firm, and was the Leader Community responsible for the firm’s corporate responsibility engagement across Oceania. Janine was also a director of the Ernst & Young Foundation.

In addition to her role at the Prince’s Trust Australia, Janine is also currently Chairman of the Melbourne Prize Trust; Chairman, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute Leadership Advisory Board; Chairman of the PNG KuKuKuKu Tribe Advisory Council, and a Director of the Invictus Sydney Games. She is a Founding Member of the Berry Street Childhood Alliance and an Ambassador for Teach for Australia and the Australian Community Foundation.

In 2016 Janine was awarded a Deakin University Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Award for her contribution to business, education and the community. Janine was also awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2006 for her contribution to Melbourne and to child welfare. She received an Honorary Doctor of Law from Monash University in 2007, and was appointed a Vice- Chancellor Professorial Fellow at Monash University in 2012-2015. She is a recipient of The Centenary Medal, is a British Chevening Scholarship winner; was made a Fellow of the Victorian Endowment for Science Knowledge and Innovation, and was awarded Life Membership of Berry Street Victoria, The Committee for Melbourne and The BioMelbourne Network for her contribution to those organisations.


The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO (Deputy Chair)

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Dr. Patterson was a Senator for Victoria for 21 years.  Prior to entering the Senate she managed a small business before attending university and attaining a PhD in Psychology.  She taught at Sydney and Monash Universities and held senior academic positions including Chairman of the School of Behavioural Sciences at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences (now at Latrobe University). 

She was elected to the Senate in 1987 and in Government held a number of executive positions including Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2001, she was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Health and Ageing and then in October 2003 Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues.  She retired from the Cabinet in 2006 and from the Senate in June 2008. 

In 2002 when Minister for Health she took legislation through the Senate on behalf of the Government which permitted within very strict parameters the creation of stem cell lines from donated embryos excess to IVF requirements.  In 2006, she developed a private member’s bill which passed into law in December of that year, to extend existing legislation permitting research using somatic cell nuclear transfer.

 She was a member of Monash University Council for twenty years and has been a member of Guides Australia since she was 10 and a Life Member since 2002. She joined Interplast Australia and New Zealand as a Director and Board Member in 2006, was appointed Vice-President in 2009 and retired at the end of her term in 2015.  In September 2008 she was appointed Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University until 2015 and in 2016 was appointed a Professorial Fellow in the Monash Faculty of Medicine. She served on the National Mental Health Commission (2014-2016) and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (2014-2016). In 2016 she was appointed, for a 5 year term, as the Age Discrimination Commissioner at Australian Human Rights Commission.  In 2009 she was appointed a Director of the Brockhoff Foundation.  She is also Patron of the Australian Boys Choir.


Andrew Brough

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Andrew is an avid explorer, innovator and investor to create a better society through R&D for anything is possible.  He is an expert in trends and technology impacting the future of work and education and is passionate about new forms of leadership, learning and collaboration to drive change for the future at the nexus of technology, culture and purpose.  

Andrew's career has included working in Australia, the United Kingdom, United States and France in executive and non executive roles. Most recently he has spent 6 years as an Executive Director with the Foundation for Young Australians, researching the future of work and supporting the enterprising skills learning and practice of a generation of young people who are going to rethink the world and create a better future. In the UK he worked with the Young Foundation developing partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders and setting up social venture funds in education and health and new ventures including School of Everything, Studio Schools and Social Innovation Camp.  

Previously he worked in technology venture capital and management in Europe developing several ventures from University R&D and consulting on innovation to organisations such as the BBC, NHS, UCL, Siemens and Philips.  Andrew started his career with five years at Accenture delivering systems and change projects in the government, utilities and manufacturing sectors in Australia and the USA.

He has been a board member for commercial, government and social organisations including the National Probation Service and Metropolitan Support Trust in the UK. He has a Masters in Space Science, Cum Laude and Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


The Hon John Brumby AO

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The Hon John Brumby was Premier of Victoria from 2007 to 2010. He has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, six years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and seven years as Federal member for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government.

In Government, Mr Brumby was a champion of science, technology and innovation with major new investments in the Australian Synchrotron, the new Florey Neuroscience Centre, the $250 million BioResource Centre, the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the expansion of WEHI and the new $1 billion Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Since retiring from politics, Mr Brumby has accepted a number of Board positions. He is Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund, Chairman of Citywide Solutions Pty Ltd, Chairman of BioCurate Pty Ltd, Chairperson of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, and National President and Chairman of the Australia China Business Council. In addition, Mr Brumby is an Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne and is Chair of the Melbourne School of Government Advisory Board.

John is actively involved in a range of community and not-for-profit organisations through his work as the Chairman of Trustees of the Joe Welch Bursary Trust, Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation and Chairman of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.


Professor Peter Currie

Peter Currie of ARMI

Peter Currie received his PhD in Drosophila genetics from Syracuse University, New York, USA.  He undertook postdoctoral training in zebrafish development at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in London, UK.  He has worked as an independent laboratory head at the UK Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, UK and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, Australia where he headed a research programme focused on skeletal muscle development and regeneration.

His work is centered on understanding how the small freshwater zebrafish is able to build and regenerate skeletal muscle.

In 2016 he was appointed Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  He is a recipient of a European Molecular Biology Organization Young Investigators Award and a Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship and currently is a Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia.

Prof Currie, along with Dr Georgina Hollway, from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and Dr Phong Nguyen of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University, won the UNSW 2015 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research. They were awarded the prize in recognition of their groundbreaking research into stem cell generation.


Andrew Dyer

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Andrew is a company director and serves on a number of boards including Cancer Council Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also the National Windfarm Commissioner for the Australian Federal Government. 

Andrew’s professional career includes executive and operational roles in the utilities, telecommunications, information technology and professional services industries, primarily in Australia, Asia, the United States and Latin America.  He continues to advise a number of organisations in the private and public sectors and specialises in governance and operational performance.

In addition to his board roles, Andrew is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University, where he assists with the University’s industry engagement programs and lectures at the Monash Business School.  He is a member of the Monash University Industry Council of Advisors (MICA), the Monash Engineering Foundation and serves on advisory boards for the Monash Business School, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash Sustainability Institute and ClimateWorks Australia.

Previous board roles include Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Council and serving on the boards the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Grampians Water, East Grampians Health Service and BrightSource Energy Australia. 

Immediately prior to his board career, Andrew was the Victorian Government Commissioner to the Americas, based in San Francisco, where he facilitated a number of significant trade and investment outcomes for Victoria and Australia. 

A former McKinsey & Co. consultant, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with first class honours from Monash University and an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington DC.  He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Dr Frances Guyett

Dr Frances Guyett

Frances is a professional executive with in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and their commercial applications, as well as international business expertise, having conducted and operated businesses in USA, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.  Frances has in excess of 25 years of experience working with complex and dynamic organisations i.e. universities, public and private start-up, and not-for-profit companies.

Frances has developed a strong entrepreneurial business and technical background with expertise in company structures, capital raising, licensing, divestment, business development, commercialisation including intellectual property protection, regulatory, clinical trials, sales, marketing, manufacturing, operational and strategic planning for not-for-profit, private and public companies.

Frances is currently the Executive Director for Innovation and Commercial Strategy at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service developing an innovative approach to utilise human design thinking to grow business opportunities and operating a number of health related laboratory services. Previously, Frances was appointed as CEO to the New Zealand Health Innovation Hub, RDDT Laboratories and Medvet Science.

Frances is a board member of the International Plasma and Fractionation Association (Holland) and previously held board positions with a number of start-up and health related companies. Frances has a Ph.D, B.SI (Hons), MBA and GAICD.


 Dr Tangerine Holt

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Dr Tangerine Holt joined KPMG as a Director, bringing with her over 20 years higher education industry experience in academic and senior leadership positions.

Dr Holt has both Australian and international experience in academic design, program development and delivery, research, educational leadership, change management, governance and strategic planning in higher education. 

Her extensive experience in the delivery of globally-relevant education, an understanding of global trends and external environmental impacts on high quality education and research has resulted in strategic initiatives and change within complex, internationally diverse organisational environments. 

These translated into key outcomes for the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, Monash University and the University of Louisville, Kentucky, across domestic and international engagement through significant partnerships with universities, government, scholarship bodies and the community; establishment of new programs in medical and health professional education, enhanced the student experience and ensured academic quality; and financial management and sustainability.


Dr David Rhodes

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Dr David Rhodes joined Admedus Ltd as Chief Scientific Officer in July 2013 where he oversees the development of new regenerative medicine technologies and supports their regulatory approval and commercialisation. 

David has more than 16 years’ experience in healthcare and biotechnology, where he has held several senior management and executive level roles. David’s skills bring together senior executive and leadership experience, business management and commercialisation skills, extensive scientific expertise and the ability to formulate and translate science to outcomes, both locally and abroad.

In 1994, he graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Victoria. 
Since then, he has lead a team at one of Australia’s leading virology institutes and held various senior roles in many companies, including Avexa Ltd’s senior executive Head of Drug Discovery and Senior Vice President Biology, where he lead numerous multidisciplinary anti-infective drug development programs and more recently an executive at Admedus Ltd and a Director of Admedus Regen Pty Ltd. David has attracted significant levels of funding from many State, Federal and institute programs across numerous projects for many of the companies in which he has worked. David has published in a wide range of scientific disciplines in many high impact peer reviewed journals, is an inventor on numerous patents and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, Faculty of Engineering.


Dr Zita Unger

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Dr Zita Unger has a distinguished career as an evaluator, educator and entrepreneur, drawing on extensive knowledge of organisational development, business acumen and governance. She gained her doctorate in Sociology of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Zita was founding Director of a consultancy firm, developing an award-winning online survey management platform and delivering survey-based solutions to corporate, education and public sector clients. She taught Program Evaluation at Deakin University to Instructional Design graduate students. 

She is Chair of the Academic Board of Southern Cross Education Institute (Higher Education); Deputy Chair of Monash University Medical Foundation Board; Advisory Board member of the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne; and member of the Defence Reserves Support Council (Vic). She was board member of the Edmund Rice Camps Inc. (Vic) for five years. 

She has received the Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award, and was co-recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society’s highest award for outstanding contribution to the evaluation profession. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society


Sonya Walker

Sonya Walker

A Business Leader (matrix roles across Region Manager/General Manager/Commercial Management/Program & Project Director) with strengths in the building of strong teams and the delivery of results. An excellent track record in the delivery of major organisation change initiatives with integrated commercial and consulting services components. 

A passion for building business' and delivering outstanding sales, marketing and project delivery wins for my clients. I enjoy propelling start up or mature and stagnant business into high growth and profitability through the development of sound strategy and highly targeted execution. As a Corporate Entrepreneur I drive success by leveraging reputable business models to manage risk and performance to secure outcomes. 

With a background in information technology, banking and finance, commercial and public sectors I am also engaged in numerous community projects and have contributed as an MC, Panel Guest and Advisor for Australian IT Industry Association (AIIA), ICT, Public sector and Sustainability in Innovation initiatives.

Specialties: 
Commercial & public sectors - with a Trusted Advisor business style
Expert Facilitator, complex negotiations & lobbying
Excellent strategic planning, business plan development & execution
Business & IT advisory services for government, boards, C-suite leaders 
International trade & investment, trade missions
Business leadership with both sales & consulting delivery skills
Business commercialisation & go-to-market strategy
Strategic planning workshops & consulting projects
Global sales & marketing management
Vendor & partner management (for corporate clients & vendors)
Public & Private sector CFO, CIO & CHRO strategy, 
Development of Programs of Work - Adept at the distillation of complexity & the design of delivery programs,
Large Scale IT Projects - Master Project Director, Advisory & Consulting Services
Specialist IT Projects - Office of CIO/CSO Security, DR/BCP & Subject Matter Expertise 

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