Matthew Miles is the Chief Executive Officer of MS Research Australia, reporting to the Board of Directors. He has extensive leadership, executive management, media, finance, marketing, operations, sponsorship and fundraising experience. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a post graduate Master’s (MBA) degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at UNSW.
Matthew has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science undergraduate degree from the University of Queensland, and has significant experience in different areas of medical and veterinary research as well as education at tertiary level.
Prior to joining MS Research Australia, Matthew was at UNSW Australia as the inaugural Director of the Office of Development and External Relations overseeing a wide portfolio. He was the recipient of a Commonwealth Government “Inspiring Australia” award in 2010 as well as a “NSW State Government Science Discovery” award. In 2010, he received the prestigious award for Outstanding Contribution to UNSW Medicine and was twice shortlisted for the University Award (2010, 2012). In 2013, he was bestowed with honorary alumnus status to UNSW Medicine.
In 2015, he was awarded the coveted Harvard Club of Australia Fellowship, attending Harvard University as a not-for-profit Fellow. Matthew is a Board Director of the MS International Federation (MSIF) and an Executive Committee member of the Global Progressive MS Alliance.
Dr Lisa Melton oversees national MS research collaborations and commissioned research projects and overseas the communication of the latest MS research activities to MS Research Australia stakeholders, donors and the broader MS community.
Lisa has a BSc Hons in Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK. Following her PhD, Lisa undertook post-doctoral research at University College London and King’s College London, focusing on the development and regeneration of the peripheral nervous system.
Prior to joining MS Research Australia in 2011, Lisa moved to Sydney and worked at the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Westmead as the Science Communication Officer, contributing to the public communication of the Institute’s research and assisting researchers in seeking philanthropic funding.
Petricia Augustus manages the various communications, marketing and media programs including public relations, website, social media, brochures and newsletters. Petricia also oversees the operational including IT systems, telephony, event logistics and office management.
Petricia has a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University, with a double major in Psychology and History. Prior to joining MS Research Australia, Petricia worked in a variety of industries, including health care, complementary medicine, IT, fleet management and local government. Within these positions her responsibilities have included marketing, communications, market research, customer service and education.
Patrick Foong consults to MS Research Australia as the Head of Finance and is responsible for all financial aspects of the organisation as well as the parent company Multiple Sclerosis Australia. He was appointed as the Company Secretary to MS Research Australia in August 2016.
Patrick graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in accounting and is a qualified CPA. Patrick brings over 20 years of working experience in both charitable and corporate organisations.
Dr Julia Morahan coordinates the MS Research Australia Brain Bank and the national MS Research Australia platform that focuses on genetics (ANZgene). Further, Julia contributes to the communication of research news from the Australian and international MS community to MS Research Australia stakeholders and people touched by MS.
Julia has a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Neurology and Genetics undertaken at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Following her PhD, which investigated the neurodegenerative condition Motor Neuron Disease (MND), Julia was funded by MND Australia to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship to look at genetic and environmental factors in the development of disease.
In 2009, Julia switched her focus to MS and became the first recipient of a joint MS Research Australia – MS UK Fellowship, to work at the University of Oxford which was supported by the Macquarie Group Foundation. Upon Julia’s return to Sydney in 2012, Julia joined MS Research Australia as the Research Development Coordinator, followed by her role as the Deputy Head of Research.
Richelle King manages MS Research Australia’s national fundraising campaign, Kiss Goodbye to MS. Her role includes project management, events, communications and managing community fundraisers.
Richelle graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of International Communications majoring in Public Relations and Media and has over 6 years of experience within the not for profit industry. Richelle has a background in marketing, communications and project management with extensive experience managing national communications campaigns. She has a passion for the not for profit sector and is dedicated to using her skills to make a difference.
Samantha Rosenfels manages many of the MS Research Australia events, including the biennial Progress in MS Research Conferences and Research presentations. Samantha also oversees the grant applications schedule, seeking philanthropic and grant funding.
Samantha graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Public Health. She has a background in community pharmacy and has volunteered throughout Western Sydney, coordinating health programs and advocating for health issues. Samantha was initially a volunteer for MS Research Australia working within the research team, followed by a contract with the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign.
Dr Hamish Campbell is responsible for the communication of research information to the MS Research Australia community. Hamish also oversees the NSW MS Research network and the MS Clinical Trials Network.
Hamish holds a BSc(Hons) in Genetics and a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of Otago (New Zealand). Following the completion of his PhD, Hamish was recruited by the Children’s Medical Research Institute (Sydney), where his primary research focused on the immune system, autoimmune disease and cancer.
Previously, Hamish has co-authored a number of scientific articles and has been an invited speaker at international conferences. Hamish also has extensive experience in the governance of science with previous positions on ethics, biosafety and scientific grant advisory committees.
Neil Robertson currently manages the Relationship and Planned Giving programs of MS Research Australia.
Prior to joining MS Research Australia in 2005, Neil worked in the pre-press printing industry. Neil is a member of the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) and in 2010 was awarded the Rotary International Pride of Workmanship Award.
Tanja Edwards manages all aspects of the CRM database and also assists with the financial administration for MS Research Australia.
Tanja graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in International Business. Prior to joining MS Research Australia, Tanja volunteered in numerous charities while working in the hospitality industry.
Emma Bonehill works within the Communication team, providing administrative support, EA support to the Chief Executive Officer, office management and event coordination.
Emma has completed a Diploma in Business Administration and is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University New England. Prior to joining MS Research Australia, Emma was employed within the University sector for five years in various administrative positions.
Angela Egerton-Warburton manages the various communications platforms and projects within MS Research Australia. This includes social media, digital projects, website maintenance as well as marketing support.
Angela has a Bachelor in Arts with a double major in Communications and English Literature from the University of Western Australia, as all as a diploma in screen from the Film and Television Institute, Inc. During her studies Angela was also awarded a scholarship to study at Boston College in the US, where she was offered an internship with a communications agency in Washington, D.C.
Upon returning to Australia and completing her studies Angela then went on to work in communications and marketing in a wide range of industries including animal welfare, fashion, lifestyle and the arts. After working fulltime in Perth for 3 years Angela decided to make the move to Sydney and join the team at MS Research Australia.