Who we are


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

  • Professor Graeme Samuel, Chair
  • Ms Samantha Bowen
  • Mr Richard Grellman
  • Professor Robert Williamson
  • Mr Gary Barnier
  • Dr Martin Cross
  • Dr Jane Thompson

The Expert Advisory Panel

The Institute 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.

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

The Secretariat

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

  • Janice Besch, Director
  • Stephanie Ellis, Assistant Director
  • Robyn Clough, Research Policy & Governance Officer
  • Pauline Gallacher, Project & Reporting Officer
  • Bojana Kos, Research Network & Communications Officer
  • Lauren Saunders, Executive Assistant