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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors bring professional expertise in a variety of areas. The Board is responsible for providing strategic oversight, financial management, review of our performance as well as ensuring we are governed by appropriate policies and procedures.

Each board member is passionate about the work undertaken and bring great foresight to guide the NORTH Foundation now and into the future.

Michael Ellies

Director, Chair

  • Director, Australian Science Media Centre
  • Director, Sangui Bio
  • Former CEO – Salary Packaging, Smartgroup Corporation

Deb Willcox


  • Chief Executive, Northern Sydney Local Health District
  • Former Director of Operations, Sydney Local Health District
  • Former General Manager, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Jonathan Morris


  • MBChB, Medicine
  • Professor of Obsetrics and Gynaecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist
  • Former Director, Kolling Institute
  • Former Professor, University of Sydney

Tim Parker


  • BCom (Acc), GDipFP, CA
  • Chair, Audit, Risk and Finance Committee
  • Principal, Bedford Chartered Accountants

Penny Williams

Director, Secretary

  • MBH, GAICD, BMedSc
  • Member, Audit, Risk and Finance Committee
  • Former Medical Affairs Consultant, Meda Pharmaceuticals Australia
  • Former Medical Compliance and Communications Consultant, Sanofi

Merren Armour


  • GAICD, LLB (Hons), BA
  • Head of Legal, Novartis Oncology
  • Finance, Risk & Audit Committee Member, Water Polo Australia
  • Former Chief Of Staff to Chief Operations Officer, Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Media, Telstra Corporation Limited

Ian Dardis


  • B.SC. (Joint Hons), F.C.A. (England and Wales), GAICD
  • Principal and Founder, Bedford Advisory
  • Former CEO, Dentons Australia Ltd
  • Former Vice President, EDS

Tanya Bowes


  • BA (Hons) Business Studies, GAICD
  • Director, Corporate Affairs, CSIRO
  • Director, Australian Science Media Centre
  • Former Chair, Vodafone Foundation

David Singer


  • BCom, MAICD, Fellow, Securities Institute Australia
  • Former Managing Director / Head of Sales Trading, UBS Securities Australia Limited
  • Former Vice President, Equity Sales Trading, Merrill Lynch Australia Limited