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Our Board and Staff

Westmead Medical Research Foundation is governed and supported by a dynamic, highly-skilled and well-connected Board of Directors. Each member of the Board is passionately involved in the success of the Foundation.


Mr Joe Rizk OAM (Managing Director, Arab Bank Australia)

Vice President
Ms Kerrie Kelly

Mr David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber

Professor Jeremy Chapman, AC (Director — Division of Medicine and Cancer Services, Westmead Hospital)

Professor Tony Cunningham, AO (Executive Director, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research)

Mr Stephen Jenkins

Mr Joe Khattar, AM (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dyldam Developments)

Mr Danny O’Connor (Chief Executive, Western Sydney Local Health District)

Mr Alan Overton, AM

Mr Mathew Nott (Director Corporate Communications, Western Sydney Local Health District)

Ms Catherine Hill

Company Secretary 
Mr Ray Horne


Farewell to our COO

On Thursday 25 August, Westmead Medical Research Foundation farewelled Belinda Szafraniec – Chief Operating Officer. Belinda decided to pursue a new career opportunity, which offered her the benefit of working closer to home.

Since joining the Foundation in 2010, Belinda has been a valuable member of the WMRF team. We are very thankful for her hard work, enthusiasm and dedication and we wish Belinda every success in her new position.

Until a replacement COO is appointed, Susie Saba – Partnerships Manager and Ray Horne – Finance Manager will be overseeing all fundraising and financial/administrative matters.

If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to contact WMRF on 1800 639 037 or at wmrf@wmrf.org.au

Joe Rizk, Chairman

On behalf of Board and staff


Partnerships Manager
Susie Saba

Finance Manager
Ray Horne

Marketing & Development Manager
Ana Gatt

Relationship Manager
Alison Whittaker

Senior Trust Fund Administrator
Jo Sabbouh

Finance & Database Officer
Lois Liu

Fundraising Coordinator
Kerri Crossling

Marketing Coordinator
Joanna Madrid



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