Dr Noel Chambers

Chief Executive Officer Noel was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation in April 2013. Noel has a PhD in pharmacology/medicinal chemistry from the University of Sydney. His work experience includes positions in research, research translation, commercialisation, start-up companies, biotechnology and philanthropy. In the early 90’s his patented discoveries in type II diabetes led to a commercial partnership where he lead a team of researchers at the University of Sydney and for which he was presented the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Biota Award for Medicinal Chemistry. Noel then moved into industry where he held senior management positions in research and business development before becoming the CEO of a number of listed (ASX) and unlisted biotechnology/health related companies. In 2009, Noel’s attention turned to philanthropy where he led the establishment of Research Australia’s successful philanthropy program as the Director of Philanthropy. He was a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Council for Intellectual Property (ACIP) from 2009-2014, advising the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and was Chair of the ACIP review into collaborations between Publicly Funded Research Organisations and Industry.

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Nancy Ranner

Grants, Communications and Engagement Coordinator Nancy joined NFMRI in March 2014 following her recent role at the Myer Family Company, where she worked directly with ultra high-net-worth families and clients on the administration of their strategic giving programs. Nancy also oversaw secretariat activities for the Telematics Trust, a charitable fund specialising in philanthropic support for educational projects using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In 2013, she undertook research into Australia’s giving history and was co-author of Australia’s Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts, an initiative led by a working group comprising various philanthropic stakeholders. Prior to this, Nancy worked to promote philanthropy for health and medical research and managed the National Youth Ambassador Program at Research Australia. With an eye for detail, Nancy specialises in communications and process management. Originally from Canada, Nancy brings a wealth of international experience to the team having worked in the community development, government and education sectors in Canada, South America and Korea. She also holds a Bachelor of International Business, along with Post Graduate Certificates in International Business and Trade.

Sonya Milky (nee Kewal)

Book keeper and adminstrative assistant Sonya joined NFMRI in August 2018, having previously been appointed as an accountant at International Taxation Services, where she worked on book keeping, lodgement of activity statements, tax preparation and various other duties as tax agent for some of the firm’s biggest clients. Sonya began working there as an office manager, responsibilities of which she continued to fulfil into her accounting years. Prior to Accounting Brice Consulting, Sonya worked several years in administrative roles in some of the country’s top jewellery stores such as Beville’s and Angus & Coote. In 2016, Sonya graduated from Deakin University with Bachelor of Commerce degree and majored in commercial law. She has since pursued her career in her respective field and has built up experience of dealing with financials of large companies and trusts along with maintaining a professional level when handling confidentiality. Outside of her professional career, Sonya also operates her own cleaning franchise within the Geelong and Surf Coast region, which in her time of operation has seen mass growth in numbers of clients as well as employees.





Looking beyond the research and considering translational needs when funding research. How well are your expectations, application and review processes, measures of success and funding strategy aligned with the next steps for translation?

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