The Development Board provides support and leadership to help the Institute attract philanthropic gifts and raise awareness of the vital research that is being undertaken. This Board works to strengthen QBI's ability to raise essential funds for research.

Board members are unpaid volunteers who have excellent knowledge and experience of corporate engagement, funds management and the not-for-profit sector. The Development Board meets every second month and currently has 5 external members.

Jeff Maclean - Chair

Jeff is Chief Executive Officer of their family business, the Index Group, which manages industrial properties throughout Brisbane. Jeff’s father sadly died of motor neuron disease (MND) in 2005 and his family and friends have passionately funded MND research at QBI ever since. Jeff lives in Brisbane.

Mike O’Brien - Board Member

Mike owned and operated an international logistics company for over 30 years before retiring in 2011. With a little more time on his hands, he is interested in “giving something back”. Mike also enjoys travel, has a variety of charitable interests and lives in Brisbane.

Simon O’Brien - Board Member

Simon is a Director at UBS Wealth Management based in Sydney. Having grown up in Brisbane, Simon returns regularly and is actively involved in the community. Simon is interested in QBI’s Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research and neurogenesis research.

Susan Pearse - Board Member

Susan is co-owner of corporate consultancy agency, Reinvention. The company provides motivational speakers in corporate training and consultation. She also runs an offshoot company called Mind-Gardener which produces gift style products sold in a variety of alternative and holistic health shops and online. Susan is particularly interested in QBI’s research into learning.

Robyn Hilton - Board Member