Our Board

The Board of Directors manages the overall business of the Telethon Kids Institute and meets six times annually. Board members serve on a voluntary basis. In order to carry out business effectively, various committees support the Board by offering advice in specific areas.

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John Langoulant

John Langoulant AO

John became Chair of the Telethon Kids Institute in 2008 following his appointment to the Board in 2005. A respected business leader, John holds a number of board positions including Chair, Government Employees' Superannuation Board; Chair, Dampier to Bunbury Pipeline; Chair WA, Westpac Group; Chair, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre; Chair, Committee for Perth; and President, CEDA WA. John also consults to Curtin University and Deloitte. He Chairs the Institute's Remuneration Committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee.


Alex BrownDr Alex Brown

Alex is an Aboriginal medical doctor and researcher with an extensive and unique research program focused on chronic disease in vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on outlining and overcoming health disparities. Alex is the Leader of the Aboriginal Research Unit at SAHMRI and Research Chair of Aboriginal Health at the University of South Australia. He was recently admitted to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and joined the Telethon Kids Institute Board in 2016.


Jonathan Carapetis

Professor Jonathan Carapetis

Jonathan took up the position of Director and Board Member of the Telethon Kids Institute in July 2012. A leading paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist, Jonathan is recognised as a leading mind in the Australian health field, with particular expertise in Indigenous child health. He is a member of the National Committee for Medicine (Australian Academy of Science), One Disease at a Time Foundation Board Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes Board, Chair of the Clinical Advisory Group of the WA RHD Control Program, Western Australian Immunisation Strategy Implementation Steering Committee, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Council and Finance Committee, CSL Young Florey Gold Medical Selection Committee, Youth Justice Board (Department of Corrective Services), Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association, WA Health Translation Network Executive Board, Forrest Foundation Selection Committee (The University of Western Australia), Editorial Board Member, Heart Asia (British Medical Journal), NHMRC Australia Council and RHDAustralia Advisory Committee (ARC).


Jeff Dowling

Jeff Dowling

Jeff joined the Telethon Kids Board in 2009, bringing significant financial expertise as Former Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Western Region. Jeff is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. His board appointments include Chair of S2 Resources and Deputy Chair of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. Jeff Chairs the Institute's Finance Committee.


Jozef GeczProfessor Jozef Gécz

Jozef joined the Board of Telethon Kids in 2016 and is also a member of the Institute's Scientific Advisory Council. Jozef is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Human Genetics at the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Adelaide, and established and heads the Neurogenetics Research Program at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.


Michael Manford

Michael Manford

Michael is the Executive Chairman of Patersons Securities Limited in Perth.  He joined the Telethon Kids Board in 2008 and also Chairs the Institute's Risk and Compliance Committee. Michael is also a Panel Member of ASIC Markets Disciplinary Panel.



Michael McAnearney

Michael McAnearney

Michael is a Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of Gerard Daniels.  Michael joined the Board of Telethon Kids in 2012 and is also a member of the Institute's Risk and Compliance Committee and Remuneration Committee.  Michael is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the British Institute of Company Directors.


Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty AM

Jim joined the Telethon Kids Board in 2009 after stepping down from a long political career which included positions of WA State Health Minister and WA Attorney General. Jim is also on the boards of Brightwater Care Group and Access Housing Australia, and is a volunteer with Fremantle Sea Rescue. He is also a member of the Institute's Finance Committee.


Nicole O'ConnorNicole O'Connor

Nicole joined the Telethon Kids Board in 2016 and is also a member of the Remuneration Committee. Nicole is General Manager Western Australia of SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software. Nicole is closely embedded into SAPs social programs for Young People - Young ICT Explorers & STEM - and is also the Executive Sponsor of the SAPs Business Women's Network in WA. Nicole is also as Board member of Fremantle Primary School, a Trustee of CEDA, and Member of Committee for Perth and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Rohan Williams

Rohan Williams

Rohan accepted a position on the Telethon Kids Board in 2013 and also Chairs the Institute's Development Committee. Rohan is Executive Chairman of Dacian Gold Ltd and was the founding CEO and Managing Director of Avoca Resources Ltd prior to a merger in 2011 to form Alacer Gold Corp where he was a Non-Executive Director until September 2013. Rohan has worked extensively in the resources sector including with WMC Resources Limited where he held Chief Geologist positions at St Ives Gold Mines and the Norseman Gold Operation.


A number of committees offer advice to the Board and management in specific areas.  Below is a list of the current committees and the Chair of each.

Board Sub-Committees

Finance Committee
Chair: Jeff Dowling

Risk & Compliance Committee
Chair: Michael Manford

Remuneration Committee
Chair: John Langoulant

Institute Committees

Aboriginal Consultation Committee for Applied Research and Evaluation (ACCARE) 
Chair: Kate George

Animal Ethics Committee
Chair: Bruce McHarrie

Statement of Commitment to Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research

Community Advisory Group

Institute Biosafety Committee
Chair: Anthony Kicic

Occupational Health & Safety Commitee
Chair: Kristy Le May

Scientific Advisory Council
Chair: Jonathan Carapetis

Research Excellence Council
Chair: Paul Watt

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