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
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 Joint Managing Director, Dragoman Pty Ltd.  Prior to founding Dragoman, 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 three Boards in the food and agriculture sector, Langdon Group, AgLink 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, MAIDC

Director since 2013.  Sandra is an accountant and an experienced commercial business builder.  Currently she is CEO of Axima Pty Ltd, a privately owned integrated logistics business.  Axima’s core focus is delivering tailored and flexible supply chain solutions to Australian importers.  Sandra has been central to the development of Axima’s strategy from being a boutique, local freight forwarder and customs agency to a national import freight, transport and 3PL fulfillment business.  She has championed and successfully implemented an M & A agenda that has seen the business grow to being one of the preeminent and most profitable privately held companies within the sector.  She has further steered the company through an aggressive global expansion programme.  Axima has a network of wholly owned office through China and most recently in the United States. 

Prior to joining Axima, Sandra was 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

Secretary since 1998. 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 Heath, 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.