One of the longest serving directors of MS Research Australia, Christina Gillies, is retiring from the Board after 13 years. Chris leaves with the Board’s thanks and grateful appreciation for her contribution to the establishment and development of MS Research Australia.
Chris joined the board in 2004 and has seen the organisation become the largest national funder and facilitator of Australian MS research. We also have an increasing global presence in funding international MS research and collaborating seamlessly with other groups from a wide variety of countries.
Paul Murnane Chairman of MS Research Australia said that ‘Chris provided leadership to stay true to the purpose of MS Research Australia, to seek the cure for MS. The effort and common sense she contributed during the establishment of MS Research Australia, and her clear view of issues throughout our development have been integral to make the organisation what it is today. Chris has made a huge contribution to the family of MS organisations over many years.’
MS Research Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Bergman to the Board. Richard is a Partner at PwC and has over 15 years’ experience working with senior executives and Boards to manage Risk, Financial Crime and Cybercrime. Richard has worked in the firms assurance, consulting and forensic businesses and has global experience in managing crisis and complex investigations.
Paul Murnane said ‘Richard is highly motivated and engaged with MS Research Australia and the team, his valuable professional skills and experience and his passion for fundraising will bring fresh independent thinking to the Board as we continue to strengthen and enhance our 2017-2019 strategic direction.’
Richard has been part of the MS Research Australia Leadership Council and was a founding member of the former MS Saints. He actively fundraises and leverages his networks to actively promote awareness of MS and to support the unique work of MS Research Australia in raising funds directly for MS research.