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.

Diane Moore

Di joined NFMRI in July 2019, having previously run her own business Surf Coast Bookkeeping for five years as a Bookkeeper/BAS agent working with various clients in the sectors of Hospitality, Allied Health, Retail and tradespeople across the Surf Coast and Geelong. Di holds a full qualification in Bookkeeping, is a Certified Bookkeeper Member in Practice with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, a Xero Certified Advisor and a Registered BAS agent with the Tax Practitioner’s Board. Prior to branching out on her own, Di worked as a Bookkeeper for various businesses in the retail and manufacturing areas. She also worked with the Victorian Education Department for 15 years as a Business Manager in Primary and Secondary Schools and was seconded in to the Department, to act in additional roles providing support at Financial Reporting days, participated in the Tax Compliance program involving peer GST compliance audits at various schools, worked at a regional level as a Schools’ Trainer in the Finance accounting package and as a Test Analyst, undertook Alpha testing of the finance package and provided support. She was an innovator in creating ways of using technology in the administrative environment while at Coburg Senior High School. This resulted in statewide recognition and was the recipient of an Innovation Award from the Association of Business Managers in Victorian Schools that took her to an eLearning conference in Salt Lake City to expand her skills and knowledge. Di is also a musician and teacher who loves to share her passion of music in her spare time by volunteering with Barwon Health in the Children’s Ward at University Hospital.