Who we are


The Board comprises of seven professionals who bring an array of experience to NNIDR. The Board was established by Dementia Australia (formerly Alzheimer's Australia) to provide governance and oversight for NNIDR.

  • Professor Graeme Samuel, Chair
  • Mr Gary Barnier
  • Ms Maree McCabe
  • Dr Richard Grellman


  • Ms Samantha Bowen
  • Dr Jane Thompson
  • Professor Bob Williamson

The Expert Advisory Panel

The NNIDR Director is advised by its Expert Advisory Panel. The Panel provides the dementia expertise to guide implementation of Dementia Institute priorities and ensure delivery of government objectives. Members of the advisory panel have expertise in one or more of the following areas: research experience in relevant areas such as discovery, biomedical and clinical; public and allied health; social, behavioural and economic research; health and aged care service delivery; consumer health issues; business management; research translation and commercialisation; and, government policy and public administration.

  • Ms Janice Besch, Chair
  • Professor Kaarin Anstey
  • Professor Henry Brodaty
  • Professor Annette Dobson
  • Professor Sue Kurrle
  • Professor Colin Masters
  • Professor Perminder Sachdev
  • Professor Peter Schofield
  • Department of Health representative
  • Professor Elizabeth Beattie
  • Ms Isabelle Burke
  • Professor Jürgen Götz
  • Professor Ralph Martins
  • Professor Dimity Pond
  • Professor Graeme Samuel
  • Professor Bob Williamson
  • NHMRC representative

The Secretariat

The Secretariat is responsible for carrying out the vision of NNIDR. The Secretariat consists of:

  • Janice Besch, Director
  • Stephanie Ellis, Assistant Director
  • Bojana Kos, Communications Manager
  • Alecia Slocombe, Events & Membership Coordinator
  • Tanisha Hutchinson, Projects & Reporting Officer
  • Katrina Huntington, Project Officer (ADF2020)
  • Paris Zorzit, Administration Officer