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 data, biological samples and intellectual property) and identifying, establishing and maintaining formal partners and collaborators.

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

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Jan Stewart, Board Chair, The Raine StudyJAN STEWART, Chair, The Raine Study PSM, BA, MSW.  HonDLitt.WAust, 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.  She currently holds board positions with the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, MercyCare, West Australian Opera, the State Library of Western Australia Foundation, 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.


WILLIAM AITKEN BCom, GradDip CA, Participant Representative (Generation 2)

William is one of the Raine Study’s “original” babies, a Generation 2 cohort participant who born into the Raine Study between 1989 and 1992.  He has been a member of the Raine Study’s Community Advisory Committee since 2019, and has served as the  participant Generation 2 representative on the Raine Study’s UJV Board since March 2021. William is a graduate of Curtin University, and a member of the Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand.



MARTIN BECKER BA (Business), Participant Representative (Generation 1)

Martin is the parent of one of the original Raine Study babies, making him a Generation 1 participant  of the Raine Study. Martin works as the Executive Manager, Finance Business Services, Business Strategy and Finance with the WA Police Force.




Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Excellence, Curtin University

Professor Garry Allison is the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Excellence at Curtin University. Professor Allison leads the Institutional strategy for innovative PhD programs, Research Training and Research Excellence. From within the Research Office at Curtin he enables continued growth in the research intensity, excellence in research quality and training and the development of valued national and international partnerships. He has overseen the ERA submission for the institution and new Rules, Policies, Procedures and processes for HDR training, scholarship and supervision.

He reports on compliance to Research Training Program expenditures and contributes to the Trajectory training programs for Early and Mid-Career Researchers, and Athena Swan and the Reconciliation Plan. He chairs the institutional Grant Success Panels programs for competitive grant reviews.


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.

Before joining 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, 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, a Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a 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). She 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). Prior to this, she worked in Malta where she taught Creative Thinking techniques with Professor Edward deBono.

Deb is currently on the board of Freeze Frame Opera, and previously served on the board of WA-based POWA Institute for Creative thinking, a not-for-profit insitute 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 of Research, Telethon Kids Institute

Professor Elliott commenced as the Director of Research at the Telethon Kids Institute in 2020.  Her leadership role brings people together to work collaboratively to elevate the research excellence to improve the health and development of children.  Prior to starting at the Institute she was the Professorial Chair of Allied Health and Kids Rehab at Curtin University and the Child and Adolescent Health Services of Western Australia.

She is a chief investigator on over six NHMRC clinical trials or cohort studies and one NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the area of cerebral palsy.  Catherine is currently the Chair of Kids Rehab at Child Adolescent Health Services (CAHS) and a Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy Social Work and Speech Pathology at Curtin University.


Dean, School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame Australia

Professor Chaney commenced with the University of Notre Dame Australia as Dean, School of Medicine Fremantle in October 2017 and was appointed as the National Head of School of the School of Medicine in February 2021. He was previously the Executive Director of Perth Children’s Hospital (responsible for commissioning) in the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) in Western Australia from 2016-2017. He was Executive Director of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in CAHS from 2015-2016; Chairman of the PMH Paediatric Medicine Clinical Care Unit 2011-2014; and Co-Lead of the Child and Youth Health Network for WA Health from 2005-2010, and was on the Board of Kidsafe WA from 2004-2015. He is a past President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) 2010-2012 and he was on the Board of the RACP from 2008-2012. He is a foundation member of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Health (ACAH) and serves on the Board of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation.


Dean of Research, Edith Cowan University 

Professor John Olynyk is a consultant Hepatologist in the Department of Gastroenterology at Fiona Stanley Hospital Group and Dean of Clinical Research, Edith Cowan University. He is also the Honorary Director of Research, Spinnaker Health Research Foundation. Professor Olynyk is a medical advisor to the Haemochromatosis Australia and a consultant for the Lifeblood Australia.  He has established internationally recognized research programs in Hereditary Haemochromatosis and disorders of iron metabolism, chronic liver injury, hepatocellular carcinoma and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  He has published over 230 original articles and has a H index of 60.


PROFESSOR TIM COLMER  BSc. Agric. 1A Hons, UWA; PhD in Plant Biology, 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 UJV Board Meetings are:

Professor Romola Bucks, Director, The Raine StudyPROFESSOR ROMOLA BUCKS MClinPsych, PhD, FAPS, MAICD
Director, The Raine Study
Professor, School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Western Australia




Scientific Director, The Raine Study
Head, Developmental Pathways and Social Policy Team, Telethon Kids Institute




Operations Manager, The Raine Study


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