Helen has been on the board of Charlies Foundation for Research since 2010, and became chairperson in 2014.
Outside her involvement with the foundation, Helen is Director of Marketing at leading accounting and business consulting firm RSM Australia, where she is responsible for a nationwide marketing strategy and a team spanning 30 offices across the country.
Helen has over 17 years’ experience in creating and executing marketing campaigns across RSM’s various areas of expertise, which include tax, auditing, accounting, business solutions and business finance.
Being actively involved in the community is important to Helen, who is also president of the YWCA in Perth. She believes that the foundation plays a key role in developing and providing and experiences at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Osborne Park Hospital that transform the lives of patients and their families.
RN, BAppSc(Nurs), MN(Research)
Sue is Nurse Director for Corporate Nursing Research and Education at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and is an adjunct associate professor with Edith Cowan University.
In addition to being a key member of the leadership teams at the Centre for Nursing Research and the Centre for Nursing Education, Sue is also director of the Magnet Hospital Program, as well as a clinical nurse consultant and nurse practitioner.
With a remarkable 45 years of service, Sue was honoured in the 2015 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Honour for her leadership and mentoring skills.
As a director at Charlies Foundation for Research since 2011, Sue is passionate about the role of the foundation and the importance it plays in the promotion of research that improves patient care.
Sue’s favourite aspects about working with the foundation are the culture, people and academic vibe.
Professor John Beilby
PhD, FAACB, FFSc(RCPA)
Professor John Beilby is a medical scientist at PathWest and adjunct professor in the UWA School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In addition, John is Head of Department of the Diagnostic Genomics Laboratory at PathWest in the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre.
John enjoys being involved in the Australian medical community and has been a board member with Charlies Foundation for Research for over 10 years. Apart from diagnostic work, he has a strong interest in clinical research and teaching genetics. Moreover, he has produced over 200 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr Paul Woods
Dr Paul Woods has been an Intensive Care Specialist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for over 30 years, and currently the Department Head of the Intensive Care Unit. In addition, Paul is also the Director of Education and Simulation for Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME).
Paul has had an extensive history working in Intensive Care and has strong interests in Acute Trauma Management and Organ Donation in his field. Being passionate about Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and his patients is the core reason Paul is involved with the Foundation Board. Paul is one of the board’s longest standing members who has dedicated his time, support and enthusiasm to Charlies Foundation for Research.
Outside of work, Paul loves to travel to destinations where he can enjoy his favourite interests, snow skiing and scuba diving. Although, it’s a struggle to find a holiday where he can enjoy both at the same time.
Dr Aron Chakera
MBBS(Hon), MRCP, DPhil, FHEA, FRACP
Dr Aron Chakera began his medical career as a junior doctor at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital after graduating from UWA in 1999. He then moved to the UK to complete a PhD and specialist training in renal medicine. Aron returned to the hospital in 2012, and later took up the role of Director of Research for Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Health Care Group in 2015.
Aron is passionate about research and the benefits it brings to patients, and he continues to be an active researcher. His projects span the spectrum of basic science to clinical trials, with a primary focus on improving health and outcomes for patients with kidney disease.
Aron believes Charlies Foundation for Research plays an essential role in supporting research and researchers, like himself, across Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Health Care Group. He takes great pleasure in working on the foundation’s board to help the organisation achieve its goals.
Framy Anne Browne
Framy Anne Browne is the lead partner of Lavan’s Family Law team and provides expert legal advice and representation in all areas of family law. In 2015, Framy was recognised by the Doyles Guide for Australian Best Lawyers and was also recognised in the 2016 listing of Rising Stars in Australian Family Law.
Originally from Sydney, Framy holds a Combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law from Macquarie University and a Master of Applied Law (Family Law).
Framy most values the time she spends with her three teenage children – Angelica, Billy and Isaac – and her long-term partner, Ryan. In her spare time Framy loves to read, appreciate the arts, travel, keep up to date with current and foreign affairs, swim and take long walks on the beach.
She has had a longstanding passion for education and a real appreciation for research and development and the role Charlies Foundation for Research plays in facilitating such invaluable work.
Robyn joined the Foundation Board in 2019 as the Treasurer. She has an extensive background in accounting and finance, holding senior leadership positions across mining, finance and public transport.
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