Our Board

The Foundation is governed by the Board of Directors, and its assets are managed by a Finance Subcommittee. Research grants submitted by applicants are reviewed and approved by a Research Subcommittee. The Board of Directors is represented on each Subcommittee, and other members of the Subcommittees have relevant experience to the function of those Subcommittees, with specialist external advisors available to assist as necessary.


Dr Andrew D Beischer (Chairman)
MBBS, MD, FRACS, FAOrthA, Dip. Anat,. Dip. Bus. (Governance), GAICD

Director since 1999. Andrew is an orthopaedic surgeon and is the founder of the Victorian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Clinic based at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria.

For nearly two decades he has been responsible for the training of Victorian & Tasmanian Orthopaedic Registrars and fellows in the area of Foot and Ankle surgery. 

Andrew is actively involved in numerous research projects in the treatment of conditions of the foot and ankle and the use of information technologies to improve healthcare delivery. He has published his research findings in international journals. He is an international reviewer for Foot and Ankle International Journal.

Andrew is a past board member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and past Chair of its Asia Pacific Committee and remains the Chair of its Patient Education Committee. Andrew has also been a member of the AOA National Joint Replacement Registry since 2007.

In partnership with the Epworth Hospital and the AOA, Andrew established the Victorian Orthopaedic Observership Program in 2015. This program has sponsored more than 50 orthopaedic surgeons and nurses from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to stay in Melbourne to update their clinical skills. In partnership with Orthopaedic Outreach, Andrew has led 12 surgical teams to teach the principles of contemporary orthopaedic surgery in Ho Chi Minh City.

In addition to his surgical schedule, Andrew serves on several other professional orthopaedic, research and hospital governance committees as an active contributor and policy maker.



Mr John C Fast
BEc (Hons), LLB (Hons), F FIN, MAICD

Director since 1984.  John is an economist and lawyer.  John is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seawick Pty Ltd.  Previously John was one of the most senior executives at BHP Billiton (BHPB).  His role included central involvement in the development and implementation of the strategy that resulted in the reconstruction and repositioning of BHPB as one of the world’s leading resources companies and with the major transactions that gave effect to that strategy.  He was BHPB’s Chief Legal Counsel and Head of External Affairs (with overall group responsibility for BHPB’s worldwide political and country risk), a member of its most senior management committee as well as its Investment Review Committee. 

Before BHPB, he was the senior commercial partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions at the law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler.  John is a former member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel and consults to a number of private and public companies on Governance, succession and strategy.  John is currently an Executive Director of ESL Support Pty Ltd, BT Assurance Systems (Aust) Pty Ltd, Learning Base Pty Ltd and The Development Studio Pty Ltd, as well as the Deputy Chairman of the Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation and a Non-Executive Director of The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.  He is a former Non-Executive Director of Investa Funds Management Limited and the Gandel Group Pty Ltd and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Tertiary Scholarship.

Ms Sandra Fairchild
BCom (Hons), CA, MAICD

Director since 2013.  Sandra is an accountant and an experienced commercial business builder.  Currently she is CEO of Yang Kee Group Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of the privately owned Singapore-based logistics company, Yang Kee Logistics Pte Ltd.  As the CEO of Yang Kee Australia and New Zealand, she has operational and commercial oversight of the Australian operations of the Axima Pty Ltd group and the previously NZX listed Fliway Group.  The company’s trans-Tasman integrated logistics service provision comprises a footprint of 18 sites, seven warehouses and revenue of over AUD180m.

Prior to joining Yang Kee, Sandra was CEO of Axima Pty Ltd.  She championed and successfully implemented an M & A agenda that saw the business grow from being a boutique, local freight forwarder and customs agency, to an international freight, transport and 3PL fulfilment business.  She steered the company through an aggressive global expansion programme delivering a network of wholly owned offices through China and most recently in the United States.

Sandra was also a Senior Manager at Arthur Andersen.  Her experience there included audit services, corporate finance, strategic planning, activity based costing as well as general operational consulting and business process improvement. 

Sandra is a member of the Logistics Association of Australia and the Large Format Retail Association.

Associate Professor David Allen

Director and Chairman of the Research Subcommittee since 2017.

David is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Health and is a Gynaecological Oncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

He was appointed Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne in 2004 and has also been appointed as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne.

He is a member of the Quality and Safety Monitoring Committee for the National Cervical Screening Program in Australia (Department of Health and Ageing), Secretary (and Past President) of the Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and Board Member of the International Federation Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy.

Previously he has been Chairman of the Governance Committee of the North-East Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (2005-2010) and Chairman of the VCOG Executive Committee, Centre for Clinical Research in Cancer at the Cancer Council of Victoria (2007-2009). David is also on journal editorial boards and is a peer reviewer for a number of international journals. He has also been an examiner for certification in Gynaecological Oncology (CGO) at RANZCOG.

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Mr William Baylis

Will joined the Board of NBMRF in 2016 and is Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee.

Will has over 33 years of experience working in financial services. He  currently works as a portfolio manager in Funds Management with Martin Currie Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He has also worked with Deutsche Bank in various roles including research sales and as head of the Melbourne equities business. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Will worked at ANZ (McCaughan) Securities for eight years as head of equities desk across various regions, including London and New York.

Prior to that, he was with National Mutual Funds Management as an investment analyst. Will has a Bachelor of Economics and Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and holds a Diploma of Financial Planning. Will is also a Fellow of Finsia.

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Ms Anne E Beischer

Anne joined the Board of NBMRF in 2017 and is a Member of the Finance and Research Subcommittees.

Anne is an accountant working with family businesses.  She has also worked for the Foundation since February 2002 as the Finance Manager, working closely with the founder, Norman Beischer, in managing the corpus and the operations of the Foundation.  She took on the Chief Executive Officer role after Norman’s death, stepping down from that position in February 2017.

Anne’s prior experience includes Senior Manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in internal audit and business advisory services, and Corporate Auditor at Dun and Bradstreet, Inc.