How long have you worked at UOW?

4.5 years

 

What’s your/your team’s role at the University?

CEO and Executive Director, and Distinguished Professor, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI)

 

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Creating an environment and culture for researchers (staff and students) to be engaged and successful

 

What’s the most challenging?

Working in the current funding climate both internal and external. External competitive funding is highly competitive but necessary to undertake research.

 

Proudest work achievement at UOW?

Obtaining the funding (ARC LIEF grant) and establishing the Electrophysiology Facility for Cell Phenotyping and Drug Discovery at IHMRI

 

What goals are you/your team working towards in 2020?

To get through 2020 unscathed!

 

What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?

Engaging with the Illawarra community on behalf of IHMRI e.g. Great Illawarra Walk, Vanishing White Matter – Chloe Saxby Foundation, Illawarra Cancer Carers, etc.

 

Random fact about you or hidden talent?

Conscripted for Vietnam War but fortunately the election of Gough Whitlam and a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship saved me!

 

What’s your favourite place in the world and why?

Cornwall, England where my wife, Trish, and I used to spend summer holidays with our children

 

Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?

To get a non-opioid compound which we have been working on for the past 15 years through clinical trials and on the market for the treatment of chronic pain.