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
MD BS, FRACS, Dip. Anat. (Chairman)
Director since 1999. Andrew is an orthopaedic surgeon and is the founder and head of the Victorian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Clinic at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria.
He is currently the Director of Training of Victorian Orthopaedic Registrars 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 he has published his research findings in international orthopaedic journals.
As the Director of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital over the last decade, Andrew has become nationally recognised as an expert in the reconstruction of the severely injured lower limb and in the surgical management of the diabetic foot.
In addition to his surgical schedule, Andrew serves on several professional orthopaedic and research 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 also President of The Australia Russia Dialogue, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarship, Chairman of NIEF Ltd and a member of the Board of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
Mr Andrew N Maughan
LLB, BSc, MBA (Hons), Grad. Dip. Applied Finance, F Fin, FAICD
Director since 2003. Andrew is Managing Director of Somerset Capital, a boutique corporate advisory and investment firm. He advises privately owned businesses and small cap listed companies.
He also provides institutional and family office investors with “alternative asset” investments including direct venture capital and is the Australian representative for a US based global private equity fund and a US based AgTech venture capital fund.
Andrew currently Chairs five Boards in the food and agriculture sector, Langdon Group, AgLink Australia, AGn VET Services, AGn VET Rural and The Pastoral Pork Company, and is a Director of The Gardinder Foundation. Formerly, Andrew was a Board member of Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and an Independent Director of Pork Cooperative Research Centre.
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
MBChB, MMed(O&G), FCOG(SA), FRANZCOG, CGO, MRACMA, AFCHSE, PhD
Director and Chairman of the Research Subcommittee since 2017.
David was appointed Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne in 2004. He is a Gynaecological Oncologist at the Mercy Hospital for Women and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He has also been appointed as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne.
He is also currently the Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Health, a member of the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council (Ministerial appointment), a member Quality and Safety Monitoring Committee for the National Cervical Screening Program in Australia (Department of Health and Ageing), and member (and Past President) of the Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
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 is also an examiner for certification in Gynaecological Oncology (CGO) at RANZCOG.
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 in Funds Management with Martin Currie Australia. 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.
Ms Anne E Beischer
B.Bus, CPA, GAICD
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.