The Advisory Board provides strategic advice to the Director and senior executive, with respect to the sustainability of the Institute, the commercialisation of research, and engagement with the community.

In particular, the role of the Board is to:

  • Provide strategic advice in terms of fundraising ideas and sustainability of the Institute
  • Increase community awareness of the world-class research taking place at QBI
  • Provide guidance, advice and linkages for the researchers whose research shows clinical and translational opportunities
  • Provide introductions to key people in business, industry and government 

Board members are unpaid volunteers with a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise that they are willing to share to advance the success of the Institute. The Board meets, on average, four times each year.

Mr Jeff Maclean (Chair)

Jeff Maclean

Jeff Maclean began his working career selling pool supplies, and in 1977 became the Queensland Distributor for Kreepy Krauly, the automatic pool cleaning device company.

In 1995, Jeff joined his father, Ross, at The Index Group managing a variety of business interests in the mining, water treatment and industrial property sectors. Ross passed away from motor neurone disease in early 2005, and Jeff took over the position of CEO/Director of The Index Group.

Jeff have been associated with QBI since 2004 when Professor Perry Bartlett established the Ross Maclean Fellowship. The Maclean Family have been dedicated supporters of QBI since this time.

Jeff has served as a Committee Member of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal since 2007 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). Jeff joined the QBI Development Board in 2006 and became Chair of the Advisory Board in 2018.

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AODr Sallyanne Atkinson AO was the former ― and still only ― female Lord Mayor of Brisbane and has blazed a trail as a journalist, political and business leader, and working mother.

She is a long standing member and former Chair of QBI’s Advisory Board, President of The University of Queensland’s Women’s College and former Queensland Chair of the Crawford Fund for Agricultural Research.

She places a high value on education and is committed to the exploration of the science that underpins learning.

Professor Aidan Byrne

Aidan Byrne

Professor Aidan Byrne commenced as the Provost and Senior Vice-President of The University of Queensland in October 2016.

Prior to this appointment Professor Byrne was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (2012-2016), a position in which he delivered increased knowledge and innovation through managing funding schemes, measuring research excellence and providing policy advice to Government.

Before that, he was Dean of Science and Director of the Australian National University (ANU) College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (2008-2012). He was also Head of the ANU Department of Physics (2003-2007).

Professor Byrne completed a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science (First Class Hons) in physics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and has a PhD in nuclear physics from ANU. He was a National Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (1985-1986) and a von Humboldt fellow at the University of Bonn, Germany (1986-1989). In 1991 Professor Byrne returned to ANU as a Research Fellow.

His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei, and the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors). He has published more than 200 papers.

In 2012 Professor Byrne was awarded the ANU Peter Baume Award for eminent achievement and merit of the highest order.

Professor Byrne is a member of the MBIE Science Board (New Zealand) and the National Research Foundational Scientific Advisory Board (Singapore). He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics.

He was previously a member of the National Science, Technology and Research Committee, Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC), Defence Intelligence Organisation Scientific Advisory Group (2007-2008), the ARCom Expert Advisory Group and a member of the Australian Academy of Science Committee for Physics (2005).

Mr Tim Crommelin

Tim Crommelin QBI boardTim has over 40 years’ experience investment banking, stockbroking and the property industry.

Tim is the Chairman of Morgans Holdings (Australia) Limited. He was appointed General Manager of the Girdis Group of Companies (Property Development and Investment) in 1974 before joining Morgans in 1986. He is Chairman of AP Eagers Limited, Deputy-Chairman of The Morgans Foundation, a Director of Senex Energy Limited, Australian Cancer Research Foundation, The Brisbane Lions Foundation and Abney Limited. Tim is a member of the Senate of The University of Queensland and  was formerly Deputy Chairman of Queensland Gas Limited and CS Energy Limited. He is a Fellow of the Securities Institute of Australia (FSIA) and a Member of the Stockbrokers And Financial Advisers Association.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Queensland, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Hawaii.

Dr Eamonn Eeles

Mr Médy Hassan

Medy Hassan

Médy Hassan is the founder and Managing Director of investment and property group Haus Holdings, co-founder and Director of private equity group Vitae Capital and the Executive Chairman and Director of Rural and Regional Health and Medical Group MedCIRC

Médy is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and the University of Canberra as well as an Industry Fellow of the University of Queensland & QBI

With more than 25 years’ industry experience covering over $3.5B of investments and projects, Médy specialises in capital raising for properties, investments and ventures, ‘whole of life’ business strategies, innovative acquisition and delivery models, and the development of major residential, commercial and special purpose projects in both Australia and overseas. He has worked with all three tiers of Australian government, major national institutions and private sector investors.

Médy has built a reputation as an industry leader able to deliver real-world outcomes with global reach. Committed to giving back to industry and the community, Médy contributes to national industry bodies at an executive level, sits on private sector and academic/industry research boards including the Queensland Brain Institute (UQ), the John Curtin Medical Research Foundation (ANU) and the Centre for Integrated Project Solutions (RMIT). Through this contribution, Médy guides emerging talent to support and lead the industry’s evolution.

Mr Bruce Humphrys

Brunce Humphrys QBI boardBruce Humphrys leads legal and advisory practice, HopgoodGanim Lawyers as Managing Partner and has held this role since 2001. In his years in this role, Bruce has led the firm through a successful period of growth and change, including the firm’s recent diversification into non-legal advisory services.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Partner, Bruce was a partner of HopgoodGanim’s commercial property practice and was involved in several of south-east Queensland’s more significant development projects including the original development of Couran Cove Resort and the landmark Teneriffe Wharves development on the Brisbane CBD fringe.

Bruce champions the firm’s community and philanthropic partnerships and HopgoodGanim has proudly supported the Queensland Brain Institute and its fundraising initiatives for many years.

Professor Alastair McEwan

Alastair-McEwanAlastair McEwan is Dean of the Graduate School and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training) at the University of Queensland. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham. His research interests include bacterial physiology and bioenergetics, redox biology, biochemistry of metalloproteins, chemical biology of transition metals, bacterial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions. Alastair joined the University of Queensland in 1993 and was appointed Professor of Microbiology in 2003. Prior to UQ, he worked as a research fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (SERC NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship) and the University of Oxford (Royal Society 1983 University Research Fellowship) and lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.


Professor Pankaj Sah

Professor Pankaj SahProfessor Pankaj Sah is Director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland (UQ). He is renowned for his work in understanding the neural circuitry of the amygdala, an area of the brain that plays a central role in learning and memory formation. 

He trained in medicine at The University of New South Wales and, after completing his internship, gained a PhD from the Australian National University. Following postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco, and UQ, he established his own laboratory at the University of Newcastle in 1994. He then joined the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University as a group leader in 1997.

He was recruited to QBI as a founding member in 2003, and has been Director since July 2015. Pankaj has published more than 110 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Nature Partner Journal npj Science of Learning, the first journal to bring together the findings of neuroscientists, psychologists, and education researchers to understand how the brain learns.

Mrs Beverley Trivett

rs Beverley Trivett

Beverley's early career was in fashion, design, development, distribution and retail. She  remained in private enterprise in the retail and service industries and has worked in the UK, India, Europe and Australia.

In 1997 her first husband, John Trivett, died from an aggressive brain tumour, GBM.  This experience led to the establishment, in 1998, of The John Trivett Foundation for research into the causes of primary brain tumours. In 2000 the board began a research relationship with Professor Brandon Wainwright, leading to the appointment of our first Fellow at IMB at UQ. This was the start of my long standing relationship with the University of Queensland. I remained chair of the John Trivett Foundation from its establishment until we merged with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in 2014.  

She previously served as a board member of Flying Arts Australia 2008 to 2011, and The Australiana fund 2008 to 2017; Mrs Trivett represented Queensland as an Australia Day Ambassador 2008 to 2010 and is currently Director of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.