“When we find a cure for multiple sclerosis – and we will – it won’t be because of any one person. It will be because of all of us, working together.”
Please meet the valuable members of our dedicated team.
BVSc (UQ), GAICD, FAIM, MBA (UNSW)
Chief Executive OfficerRead More
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.
BSc (Hons) PhD
Head of ResearchRead More
Dr Lisa Melton oversees the research funding and coordinating activities of MS Research Australia. This includes the MS Research Australia competitive grant program, national MS research collaborations and commissioned research projects. She also oversees 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.
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING AND OPERATIONSRead More
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.
HEAD OF FINANCERead More
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.
BMedSc (Hons) PhD
Deputy Head of ResearchRead More
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.
BSc (Hons) PhD
RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT COORDINATORRead More
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.
GRANTS COORDINATORRead More
Tanja manages MS Research Australia’s grant programme, preparing necessary digital platforms, documentation and communications for our grant rounds, managing the online grant application portal, receiving and processing applications, seeking peer reviewers and coordinating the activities of the Research Management Council (RMC, grant review panel).
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.
KISS GOODBYE TO MS SENIOR CAMPAIGN COORDINATORRead More
Tanja Voss manages and coordinates all aspects of MS Research Australia’s Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, including communications and marketing, fundraiser liaison, events and campaign operations.
Tanja graduated from Hochschule Fresenius in Hamburg, Germany with a Bachelor of Media and Communication Management, majoring in online and media management. Tanja initially volunteered for Kiss Goodbye to MS followed by a contract with the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign in 2016. Tanja then gained further fundraising experience at a different organisation in the not-for-profit sector before she joined the team at MS Research Australia again.
DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS COORDINATORRead More
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.
RELATIONSHIP AND PLANNED GIVING COORDINATORRead More
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.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATORRead More
Lizzy works in the Marketing and Communications team primarily looking after social media and digital marketing projects for MS Research Australia.
Lizzy graduated from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom with a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Administration. Lizzy has worked in marketing and advertising for 7 years with experience in the financial and fashion industries in London, prior to moving to Sydney.
FINANCE AND DATABASE COORDINATORRead More
Nadya graduated from Kaplan Business School with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting. Prior to joining MS research Australia she was working as a finance and logistics administrator, as well as a business development manager in the commercial sector.