The Stroke Advisory Board is fundraising to substantially increase QBI’s research capacity into Australia’s third-biggest killer.

The Board needs your help to fund four new research laboratories devoted to finding treatments and improving recovery for more than 400,000 Australian stroke survivors.

Lavinia Codd

Lavinia Codd Stroke Board

Stroke research is intensely personal for Lavinia Codd, founding member of the Stroke Advisory Board.

A stroke survivor, she is now a postdoctoral research fellow at QBI, in Professor Perry Bartlett’s laboratory. Professor Bartlett is internationally renowned in the field of molecular neuroscience, most notably for his contribution to the discovery of stem cells in the adult brain.

Lavinia began her working life at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She worked in both the Brisbane and South London offices of PwC, as well as the London office of the Swiss Bank Corporation, and The Walt Disney Company (Australia) in Melbourne. However, after the birth of her first child, Lavinia embarked on a career change and returned to UQ to study science.

Mid-way through her studies, aged just 31, Lavinia suffered a stroke.

The nature of Lavinia’s deficits meant that appropriate rehabilitation was unavailable, so she resumed her Bachelor of Science to drive her cognitive recovery, going on to complete her PhD in Professor Bartlett’s laboratory.

Today, Lavinia is investigating ways of improving recovery after stroke by activating precursor cells to increase the production of new neurons. Her aim is to translate laboratory findings into new behavioural and pharmacological approaches to restore cognitive functions in human stroke survivors.

Andrea Markey

Stroke Board Andrea Markey

Andrea Markey is a Communications and Public Relations specialist with over 20 years experience in the professional services and not-for-profit industries. She has broad experience in internal and external communications, event and project management, editing, content creation, speechwriting, profile building, communications strategy and media relations.

Andrea worked for over eight years at PwC, a global professional services firm, in a national media and communications team. Prior to this, she spent 14 years at the Australian Stock Exchange in a variety of roles including National Manager - Corporate Relations. More recently, Andrea consulted to Icon Cancer Care and Foundation, Australia’s largest private provider of cancer care, creating and delivered communications’ strategies to raise the profile raising of ICF and ICC.

Andrea is a strong supporter of QBI and the work it is carrying out on understanding brain function in both the healthy and diseased brain. Of particular interest is QBI’s current initiative understanding stroke and how to improve the future for stroke survivors. 

Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald has been a partner at McGarry Partners for more than a decade, providing advice, assistance and support to small to medium businesses operating across a range of industries. 

Prior to joining McGarry Partners, Scott was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he gained a broad range of experience working with large corporate clients providing audit, taxation and advisory services both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

As Lavinia Codd’s husband, Scott has an intimate understanding of the effect stroke has on an individual and their family.  He feels strongly about the need for structured recovery programs, which he feels were lacking for Lavinia, and for the need to support further research into stroke. 

Toni Ware

Toni Ware works with clients from a range of industry sectors, providing tailored business development, leadership consulting, personal development, coaching and training services. She has particular expertise in professional services, having worked in senior business development and marketing management roles in Australia and London for top tier firms from both the legal and accounting professions. Toni also spent a number of years in the advertising industry as the national film executive for an Australian media outlet.

Toni is passionate about the work QBI is undertaking, and the establishment of Stroke RecoveryLaboratories. Like many, she has witnessed the fear and devastating impact a stroke can cause to both the sufferers and their families. Toni is also fascinated by the incredible breakthroughs this research is uncovering about the human brain and neuroplasticity and how this applies to our understanding of cognitive abilities, performance, memory, creativity and problem solving.

Craig Thompson

Craig has more than 25 years of extensive financial, commercial and executive experience in working with global corporate organisations, including Shine Corporate Ltd as CFO and Company Secretary; Gallagher Bassett (a subsidiary of a US listed company) as CFO and Company Secretary; and Flight Centre Ltd, Anglo American and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

Craig began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he met Lavinia Codd, a fellow graduate accountant. His interest in stroke research originated from Lavinia’s story. This personal connection to a stroke survivor, his connection as a UQ alumni, and the success to date of QBI made Craig a natural fit for the Stroke Advisory Board. 

Catrina Codd

Catrina Codd is a Clinical Operations Manager at Novotech, an Asia Pacific Contract Research Organisation. She is a Registered Nurse, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Health. 

She has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and research, working in pharmaceutical, hospital, government and academic environments and has worked on local and global drug and device trials in a wide range of therapeutic areas. 

As Lavinia’s sister, Catrina’s strong health background dovetails with her intensely personal interest in stroke research and recovery.

Garry Waugh

Garry Waugh was a partner at PwC Australia for 20 years and is now retired. Garry was a business builder in the Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne markets who assisted companies to identify and receive incentives for undertaking Research & Development activities to obtain government grants and funding. His focus was on maximising claims and benefits while minimising risks.

Garry is committed to the idea that through fundamental scientific research we may discover new treatments to improve recovery following stroke and has joined the Stroke Advisory Board to provide a corporate lens to fundraising.

Liz Brunetto

Liz BrunettoLiz has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services with corporate and not-for-profit industry superannuation funds, and in employee benefit consulting, having worked in stakeholder engagement, business development, corporate communications and strategic marketing roles. She currently works in the university sector, and holds a Masters of Organisational Leadership. Liz is an ardent supporter of the research being undertaken by QBI to find treatments and improve recovery for those affected by brain function disorders. She aims to do this by contributing to the board’s purpose to raise funds and increase community awareness of the world-class research taking place at QBI.