All have extensive personal experience of the diverse and dynamic population of South Western Sydney and are committed to strengthening the capacity and reputation of the Ingham Institute as a world-leading centre of research excellence.
Professor John Watson, AM is Senior Vice Dean, Clinical Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW. Until August 2018 he was Head of the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School, and Consultant Neurologist at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai, Sydney Adventist and The Mater Hospitals. Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. For some six years he served as Chair of the University of Sydney’s Human Research Ethics Committee, and he has served on various NHMRC subcommittees and panels.
In 2011 he established and headed Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School, Sydney Medical School’s newest Clinical School and the only fully-fledged clinical school in NSW operating within a private hospital setting: the first class of medical students graduated in 2015.
In 2015, Professor Watson was honoured as Member of the Order of Australia (AM) ‘for significant service to medicine in the field of neurology, to medical education and administration, and through mentoring roles.’ In 2014 he was awarded the University of Sydney MD, a higher research degree for his collected scientific work over three decades.
In recent years he has served as a Board Director in the not-for-profit sector, and has successfully completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors Course and passed its examinations.
Most recently Professor Watson has been working on the concepts of Better Value Health Care, and the better preparation of students and of junior and middle stage practitioners in understanding the health services that they will part of, often for decades.
Professor Watson commenced medical studies at the University of Sydney in 1973, interrupting this course to take a BSc (First Class Honours) in Neurophysiology. He was the New South Wales Rhodes Scholar for 1977, which enabled him to travel to Oxford University for a Doctorate in Philosophy, in Neurophysiology. Returning to the University of Sydney in 1981 he completed his medical studies, again obtaining First Class Honours, before commencing work as an Intern, RMO and Registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He then travelled to London where he was a Lecturer and Senior Registrar in Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital. After a year in this position he became a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at University College London, and the MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital. Here he undertook functional brain imaging research using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to explore the visual system of the human brain, and the relationship between the structure and function of the human brain.
As a clinician-scientist Professor Watson’s research has focussed on three main themes: (a) the study of function and structure of the brain (predominantly the posterior brain centres including the occipital cortex and parietal cortex), using advanced brain imaging techniques; (b) methodological improvements related to these studies; (c) clinical studies that provide insight into normal and abnormal brain functions, across a wide range of human cognition. His clinical interests are behavioural neurology including dementia, focal cognitive deficits after stroke, and basic research on the human visual system.
“I consider myself a sensory physiologist interested in understanding normal and abnormal brain structure and function at a systems level, within the posterior regions of the brain, particularly relating to vision and sensory integration in the parietal lobe”.
He has used functional brain imaging such as PET and functional MRI to study visual physiology including human colour appreciation, visual motion, and edge detection. His work has resulted in major methodological contributions. He developed new methods of high-resolution magnetic resonance scanning to delineate specialised areas of human cortex in vivo. Additionally, he co-authored landmark studies identifying human brain areas critical for the detection of colour and motion, with three papers each receiving >1,000 citations. This work was instrumental in advancing knowledge of the human brain and establishing the foundations for the rapid expansion of human neuroimaging.
Terry Goldacre is the Managing Director of Harrington Estates (NSW) Pty Ltd, which since 1993 has been responsible for the development of the leading residential estate Harrington Park. Prior to this, he held executive positions in the civil engineering and land development industries
He is past president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW Division) and is a founding trustee of the Harrington Park Foundation.
Amanda Larkin is the Chief Executive of South Western Sydney Local Health District. Previously Amanda worked as the General Manager of Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals and the Queen Victoria Memorial Home.
Ms Larkin has a Bachelor of Social Work, Associate Diploma in Environmental Service and is working towards a Doctorate in Business Administration.
Amanda has over 25 years of experience in health service management working in the areas of community health, corporate services and acute service management in small and large health services.
Amanda currently serves as a Board member of the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research and the South Western Sydney Medicare Local.
She has done extensive work with management committees and boards of non-government organisations including neighbourhood centres, day care centres, short term and accommodation facilities for men and women. Her specific areas of focus are leadership, governance, patient quality and safety and health service planning and development.
Professor Annemarie Hennessy AM is the Dean and Foundation Chair of Medicine at Western Sydney University.
She was the Director of the Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) Unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Women and Babies (RPAWB) from 1998 until October 2006 and continues in an honorary capacity within the unit.
Annemarie has a commitment to medical research in her capacities as Dean of the School of Medicine, WSU.
She is also the group leader of the Vascular Immunology Group at the Heart Research Institute, Director of the NHMRC Baboon Colony, Chair of the NSW University Physician Training Council and Executive Director of the PEARLS Research Group.
Annemarie is a Renal Physician with a research interest in Hypertension and Hypertension in pregnancy, which she has now been working on for 17 years.
“The broad range of research at the Ingham Institute is very exciting. Its particular strength … is the translation of its research into everyday medicine.”
— Professor Hennessy
Arnold Vitocco is a local Macarthur resident and licensed builder. His family’s development company, D. Vitocco Constructions Pty Ltd, has been building and developing in the Liverpool and Macarthur region since the late 1950s. Notable developments by his family company include the Narellan Town Centre and Gregory Hills, a 2,500-lot subdivision and 43 hectares of employment zone.
Arnold is a member of Narellan Chamber of Commerce and is a committee member of the St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown. He was a Board Director of the South Western Sydney Area Health Service 1997-2003 and a committee member of the Health Research Foundation Sydney South West, which successfully helped raise $8 million.
“The Ingham Institute is about medical research and the wellbeing of people. [Medical research requires] forward planning. If you plant a tree today, in 15 years you will have shade. It’s the same with medical research. We must invest in research to reap those long term rewards.”
— Arnold Vitocco
Jim Marsden OAM is the Senior Partner at Marsdens Law Group. His firm is based primarily at Campbelltown with offices at Liverpool, Camden and the City of Sydney.
Jim has a history in a number of areas of community involvement. His past involvement includes Chairman of West Magpie Rugby League, Wests Tigers, the Chamber of Commerce, and board membership of NSW Rugby League and Odyssey House.
Jim currently Chairs The Macarthur Club and the Macarthur Development Advisory Group based out of Campbelltown.
“Medical research is essential and exciting. I was born and raised in south-west Sydney, and the Ingham Institute gives me the opportunity to participate in the delivery of significant research outcomes in my territory.”
— Jim Marsden
John is a serial entrepreneur, active across diverse sectors including marketing, agriculture, property development, technology, horse breeding and racing.
After a highly successful marketing career at Ingham Enterprises, John continues to build brands as a Director of Upstart Marketing, and Chair of the Ingham Institute Marketing and Fundraising Committee.
As Director and Co-owner of Ingham Property Group, John has a strategic and governance role in the development of property assets across New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
Complimenting Johns wealth of experience, horse breeding and racing is another passion for John, as Director of Ingham Racing, Rockingham Thoroughbreds and James Harron Bloodstock. Previously John held Director roles with the Australian Jockey Club and the Australian Stud Book (2008 – 2012).
A founding investor and Director of farming and livestock SAAS company Agriwebb, brings John’s heritage in food production together with his curiosity for agriculture and technology.
“The incredible contribution that our research teams are making to the health of our local and national community, and in fact global health issues, makes me feel humble and proud.” John Ingham
Karen is the General Manager of Liverpool Hospital. Karen has experience in leading teams for the planning, building and commissioning of the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia, as well as experience in implementing service delivery models, achieving activity and financial performance targets, operations management, financial accountability, emergency management and strategic planning and Population Health.
Karen is also an Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Surveyor.
Morris Iemma served as Premier of NSW from 2005-2008 and prior to that held the ministerial portfolios of Treasury, Health, Sport and Recreation, Public Works and Services, and Minister Assisting the Premier. During his Parliamentary career he held the seats of Hurstville and Lakemba, in the South District.
Mr Iemma is currently a board member of TAFE NSW and is Chairman of Riverwood Community Centre, Miracle Babies Foundation and NSW Cancer Institute. He has also served on the Boards of Beyond Blue, the SCG Trust and as Chair of the South East Sydney Health District.
Dr Teresa Anderson is the Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District, providing services to more than 600,000 people in Sydney and beyond.
Dr Teresa Anderson has worked in the NSW public health system for more than 30 years and has extensive experience as a clinician, manager and health service leader. She has held positions as the Director, Clinical Operations, Sydney South West Area Health Service, General Manager, Liverpool Hospital and Director of Community and Allied Health Services for the Liverpool Health Service.
She serves on the boards of the Ingham Institute, Centenary Institute, Heart Research Institute, ANZAC Research Institute and Healthshare, and is also the Chair of the Sydney Research Council.
Dr Anderson is focused on supporting collaboration and building partnerships to provide excellent health care. She is widely acknowledged for supporting and mentoring her staff in fostering new ideas to drive efficiencies and best practice.
Tim Bryan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Perich Group and a Chartered Accountant.
He is a Founding Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee, Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation and Chairman of St Gregory’s College Finance Advisory Committee.
Tim has a special interest in research into childhood diseases.
“What excites me most … is the motivation and passion of the researchers who call Ingham Institute home.”
— Tim Bryan
Tony Perich AM is the Joint Managing Director of Leppington Pastoral Company, Organic Fertilisers [Leppington], the Greenfields Development Company, Arrowvest, Narellan Town Centre and Dart West Development Ltd.
Tony has an outstanding record of service within the local community having previously served as President of Narellan Rotary, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for the Spastic Centre’s Growthpoint Project in Liverpool, Vice-President of the Narellan Chamber of Commerce and President of the Dairy Research Foundation of the University of Sydney.
In addition Tony is an ongoing member of the Urban Taskforce, the Property Council of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia.
He has enormous interest in all areas of medical research and development with a particular interest in cancer research.