UJV Board

The Raine Study is owned by an Unincorporated Joint Venture (UJV), a collaborative partnership between the University of Western Australia (the centre agent), Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, the University of Notre Dame, Telethon Kids Institute and the Women and Infants Research Foundation.

The UJV Board is responsible for the governance of the Raine Study, custodianship and control of the assets (such as the date, biological samples and intellectual property) and identifying, establishing and maintaining formal partners and collaborators.

The Board is overseen by our independent Chair, Jan Stewart.

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JAN STEWART, Chair, The Raine Study PSM, BA, MSW.  HonDLitt.WAsust, FAIM, GAICD

Jan Stewart was CEO of Lotterywest from 1992 to December 2014 and prior to that appointment was the Director of Grants and Community Development at Lotterywest from 1998 to 1991. Her career before Lotterywest included 8 years as Chief Social Worker at Perth’s major paediatric teaching hospital.

Jan has held many voluntary board positions both locally and internationally for many years.  Her current board positions apart from that at St Bartholomew’s House including the Perkins Medical Research Institute, West Australian Opera, MercyCare, Chairman of the Raine Study Board and she is a trustee of the Feilman Foundation. Jan is Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact and  is a member of the University of Western Australia’s Sports Advisory Committee.

CHARLOTTE DIAZ, Participant Representative (Generation 2)

Charlotte is a Gen 2 participant of the Raine Study and has been an active cohort member since her mother, Fiona, agreed to participate in the first research project which investigated the effects of frequent ultrasound scans during pregnancy.

Charlotte joined Rio Tinto as a Community Investment Senior Advisor in 2015 and provides strategic advice and support to a geographically-dispersed team across WA on partnerships with government and non-profits. She is responsible for the financial management and reporting of the investment portfolio to the Group, developing measurement frameworks and managing key engagement events, such as the business’ annual Colours of our Country art exhibition.

Following completion of a Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin University, Charlotte worked for five years at Scitech leading media relations and supporting corporate partnerships, primarily with investors from the resources sector.

As part of the volunteer role Charlotte represents the UJV Board at the Raine Study Community Advisory Committee, along with Martin Becker.

MARTIN BECKER B.A, Business , Participant Representative (Generation 1)

Martin works as the Executive Manager, Finance Business Services, Business Strategy and Finance with the WA Police Force and is a Gen1 participant of the Raine Study.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Curtin University

Professor Chris Moran joined Curtin University on 1 August 2016 as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research.  From 2007 to 2016 Professor Moran was Professor and Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland (UQ).  The Institute comprises seven discipline-based research centres and is one of the largest entities of its kind in the world.

Previously, Professor Moran was Founding Director, Centre for Coal Seam Gas (UQ) and Founding Director, Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (UQ).  Across a 16 year career with CSIRO, he held a range of leadership roles, including heading the team that developed the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Program.

Professor Moran has been a Board Member of five Cooperative Research Centres.  In the International domain, he was Director of the International Mining for Development Centre and established an International Centre of Excellence for the mining industry in Chile.

He holds a bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (with Honours) and a PhD from the University of Sydney and has a strong international and national reputation for his research and expertise in soil science (digital image processing), natural resources (spatial modelling and statistics) and water management.  Professor Moran has published widely in scientific literature and the broader media.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Murdoch University

Professor David Morrison was appointed to his current position in 2012. He is an Organisational Psychologist by training having graduated in this area from the Universities of Sheffield (Masters) and Wales (PhD) in the UK.

Before taking on senior University roles he was a  chief investigator on a range of Australian Research Council research grants.

Prior to his appointment at Murdoch University he was  Professor at the University of Western Australia and Head of School of Psychology in the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences.  He has held other academic appointments  in Schools of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Murdoch University and the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

He is a registered Psychologist with Organisational Psychology as an endorsed specialty, Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, member of the Academy of Management (US) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Chief Operations Director, Women and Infants Research Foundation

Deborah Attard Portughes is the inaugural Chief Operations Director of the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF).

Deb has a background in business development, marketing and fundraising and experience in stakeholder management.  She was previously the Development Executive for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) where she worked for over 13 years.

Before coming to Australia, Deb worked in Malta where she taught Creative Thinking techniques with Prof. Edward deBono. For 7 years Deb served on the board of POWA institute for creative thinking, here in Australia, this institute is based on Edward deBono’s thinking methods.  Deb also worked as a family and commercial mediator and was an executive producer of a current affairs television program.

Director, Research Services and Innovation, Telethon Kids Institute

A graduate from the University of Western Australia, Paul Watt completed his doctorate in Molecular Biology at Oxford University before taking up postdoctoral appointments at Harvard and Oxford. He was subsequently appointed Adjunct Professor at the University for Western Australia. He is now Director of Research Services and Innovation at the Telethon Kids Institute, where he leads the grants and  commercialization office. Professor Watt has published 59 peer reviewed scientific papers and is primary inventor on 25 patent applications, most of which have been granted in the US and Europe and other jurisdictions. For the last 20 years he has focused on technology translation, having founded InfaMed Ltd to commercialise a paeditric medical device he invented. InfaMed/s successor Visiomed Ltd became Avita Medical (ASX: AVH), on which Professor Watt served as a non-executive director. Professor Watt was also a non-executive director of Phylogica (ASX:PYC), a drug discovery company he founded to commercialise a novel, structure-rich class of peptide known as Phylomers. Phylogica has done discovery alliances with several large Pharmaceutical companies including Janssen, Medimmune/AZ, Pfizer and Roche/Genentech. Professor Watt has held various roles in public and private biotechnology companies over the last 18 years, including CSO, CEO and non-executive director, in which role he currently contributes to Biotech and Medtech companies.

Pro Vice Chancellor, Research, Notre Dame University

As Pro Vice Chancellor Research, Professor Gregory Blatch is responsible for working with the Research Offices, Schools and three Research Institutes across all campuses (Fremantle, Broome and Sydney) to implement the Notre Dame’s vision and mission.

Before joining Notre Dame in January 2017, Professor Blatch was Dean of the College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University (Australia). He has also held various teaching and research, leadership and management roles at the University of the Witwatersrand and Rhodes University (South Africa). Professor Blatch has a specific interest in the role of mentorship in the development of academic and research capability, and has played a foundational leadership role at institutional, national and international levels in building academic and research entities.

Director of Research and Innovation, Edith Cowan University 

Margaret has been the Director of Research Services at Edith Cowan University for over seven years.
Margaret earned her PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts, has worked at Monash University, The University of Western Australia and in the Middle East. A successful medical researcher, she published more than 70 journal articles and was awarded more than $2 million in grant income before transitioning into Research Services. She is a graduate of the AICD’s Company Directors’ course and University Governance course, and now serves on ECU’s University Council, the governing body of the University as well as a number of Boards and State Committees.


PROFESSOR TIM COLMER  BSc. Agric. 1A Hons (1990), UWA; PhD in Plant Biology (1994), UC Davis
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) The University of Western Australia 

Professor Tim Colmer is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and has responsibility for research policy development and leadership of the University’s research activities, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation.

Professor Colmer is a plant physiologist and enjoys working across various academic disciplines to support research at UWA, including research infrastructure initiatives. His substantive position is as a Teaching and Research academic in the School of Agriculture and Environment, the Faculty of Science. His contributions to coursework teaching have been recognised by two national awards. He has supervised 35 PhD students to completion. He has a strong service record (e.g. degree coordinator; postgraduate coordinator; editor of scientific journals; organising conferences/workshops; President of Australian Society of Plant Scientists) and successful leadership experience, as Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning; Head of School; Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research); and currently interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). Professor Colmer is a Board member of the Integrated Marine Observing System, Microscopy Australia and the Population Health Research Network.

Representing The Raine Study at Board Meetings are:

Director, The Raine Study
Director, Centre for Sleep Science, UWA
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, WA Sleep Disorders Research Institute, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Editor in Chief, Respirology

Operations Manager, The Raine Study


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