The Board of Governors is chaired by Dr Stephen Hollings and comprises nominees from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH), the Central Sydney Area Health Service (CSAHS), the ANZAC research institute, concord hospital, leading corporate executives, together with the director of cardiovascular research at the Heart Research Institute. 

The Board is responsible for the governance of the institute. It approves and monitors budgets and scientific progress. The majority of the board positions are available to be filled by election by the members of the incorporated company, the Heart Research Institute Ltd, to represent the Corporate and Scientific Community.

The Board comprises of

Dr Stephen Hollings


Stephen is currently working with an organisation developing software to allow those people living with disabilities to participate more fully in the digital age. He also has interests in a digital start-up business seeking to assist school-leavers and graduates with their career choices. He is a senior executive and non-executive director with extensive experience in highly competitive, customer-driven industries and has successfully led businesses through periods of growth and development as well as through times of unprecedented change – created by economic turbulence, industry restructuring and disruptive technology. In his various Chair, CEO and senior executive roles he has become known for providing a strong focus on and a personal commitment to the development of emerging leaders, providing organisations with a robust talent pipeline. He has played a key role as an executive coach and mentor for over 15 years. Until recently, Dr Hollings was Director of Sales Strategy at NewsCorp Australia, Chairman of the Audited Media Association of Australia and of and a Director of the Community Newspaper Group. He has a PhD in history, is a Foundation Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Life Fellow of the International Marketing Institute of Australia. He is Chairman of the Heart Research Institute.

Dr Teresa Anderson


Teresa Anderson is Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District and has over 30 years’ experience as a clinician and manager in the public health system, including General Manager, Liverpool Hospital and Director, Clinical Operations, Former Sydney South West Area Health Service. Dr Anderson is also a board member of the Ingham Health Research Institute, ANZAC Research Institute, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and Inner West Sydney Medicare Local.

Mr John Batistich

John Batistich is Director of Marketing for the Westfield Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in research, marketing and general management with blue chip companies. Marketing communications led by John have won a Cannes Lion Award and an Australian Advertising Effectiveness Award. John is a member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society Client Advisory Board and the Australian Research Awards judging panel. John holds a Masters in Management degree from Macquarie Graduate School of Management majoring in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Western Sydney majoring in Marketing and a Certificate in Digital Marketing from the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising.

Mr Barry Brownjohn

Barry Brownjohn is a non-executive Director of Citigroup Pty Ltd and Bakers Delight Holdings Pty Limited and a recently retired Director of Dexus Property Group and The South Australian Financing Authority. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Finance and Systems from the University of NSW. Barry has extensive experience in international banking in North America, Asia and Australia. He has served in senior executive positions for the Bank of America and in numerous industry positions including chairing the International Banks and Securities Association in Australia and The Asia Pacific Managed Futures Association.

Professor Wendy Jessup

Wendy Jessup completed her tertiary scientific training at the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield in the United Kingdom. She moved to Australia in 1989 to take up a position at the Heart Research Institute. She was promoted to leader of the Cell Biology Group in 1994 later also becoming Deputy-Director until shortly before her departure in 2002. Until the end of 2012 she was a Principal Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and a Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, where she co-led the Macrophage Biology Group at the Centre for Vascular Research. She is now a Principal Research Fellow in the Atherosclerosis Laboratory at the ANZAC Research Institute.

Professor Leonard Kritharides

Len Kritharides is Head of Department and Director of Cardiology at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) Sydney, Professor of Medicine at The University of Sydney, Head of the Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory Group at the ANZAC Research Institute and Deputy Clinical Director of the Cardiovascular Stream of the Sydney Local Health District. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, his postgraduate physician training in Cardiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and in 1994 he completed a PhD in macrophage biology at the HRI. After postdoctoral research at the HRI and in the USA, he took up an appointment as Staff Specialist in Cardiology at Concord Hospital in 1998 and became Head of Department in 2003. He was awarded a NSW Government Community Services Award for his contribution to Concord Repatriation General Hospital by the Premier Morris Iemma in 2006 and the President’s Medal for contributions to the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2013. He is currently Chair of the Cardiovascular Health and Advisory Committee of the National Heart Foundation.

Ms Cath Rogers

Cath Rogers has held several global finance and technology focused roles including with a successful software venture in London, Accenture strategy consulting in Sydney, ABN AMRO corporate finance in Sydney, and Credit Suisse investment banking in Sydney, New York and Latin America. Cath has also worked with the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group in Washington DC, Masdar Capital, a sovereign wealth fund in Abu Dhabi, Anchorage Capital Partners in Sydney and AirTree Ventures, a Sydney-based venture capital fund focused on digital and software investments. Cath is the co-founder of a technology venture called the Digital Receipt Exchange. In addition to the HRI, Cath is a Non Executive Director of ASX Listed McGrath Real Estate and not for profit Heads Over Heels which supports women entrepreneurs. Cath holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance from the University of New South Wales and Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in France. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Stephen Simpson

Professor Stephen Simpson is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, a University of Sydney cross-faculty initiative aimed at researching and implementing cross-disciplinary approaches to alleviating the burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions, and is the Executive Director of Obesity Australia. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, he undertook his PhD at the University of London. Stephen spent 22 years at the University of Oxford, first in Experimental Psychology, then in the Department of Zoology and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, before returning to Australia in 2005 as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, then ARC Laureate Fellow. In 2007 Stephen was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, in 2013 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London as “one of the world’s foremost entomologists and nutritional biologists”, and in 2015 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia “for eminent service to biological and biomedical science.”