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, 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.  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.


WILLIAM AITKEN CA, Participant Representative (Generation 2)

As part of the volunteer role William 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.





Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Excellence, Curtin University

Professor Garry Allison commenced as the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Excellence in 2015 within the Research Office at Curtin.

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.

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 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, 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.


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

Professor Gervase 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 following the University restructure.
Gervase graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Western Australia in 1990 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 1998. Gervase has been a practicing consultant general paediatrician since 1999, working predominantly at Perth’s sole tertiary paediatric hospital, Perth Children’s Hospital – previously Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH).
Gervase has served in numerous leadership and management roles throughout his career at PMH and the Child and Adolescent Health Service. In addition to his clinical and leadership roles at PMH. Gervase has undertaken significant National and State leadership roles in health, most significantly as President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Currently he is Board Chair of ARACY and on the board of 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.

He 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 (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
Academic Staff Level E, Psychological Science, UWA

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

Operations Manager, The Raine Study

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