4 May 2016
The new Chair is the Professor Simon Maddocks, the first ever Menzies Scholar to be appointed to the role.
Brian took over the role from Sir Guy Green and has overseen significant progress and change, in particular last year’s launch of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, the fourth Menzies health and medical research institute, which focuses on allied health research.
“The launch of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland and the agreement with Griffith University was a realisation of a long-held objective of the Foundation to promote allied health and give it the recognition it deserves, so that was really a great achievement,” Brian said.
“I am also really pleased to have been part of the reshaping of the Board and a process to develop significant plans that take the Foundation forward to a bright future. I’d really be thrilled to see an increase in the number of Menzies Scholarships – a primary of objective of the Foundation – particularly scholarships in innovation.”
As a law graduate himself – Brian was a partner and later consultant with national legal firm Clayton Utz for 18 years – the establishment of the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law in 2014 was a rewarding development, particularly as it recognised a previous Chairman of the Foundation.
Brian had an early stint as one of the founding directors of the Menzies Foundation and took on the role of Deputy Chair from March 2002 until he was appointed Chairman.
With the benefit of a legal background, Brian has also given much of his time to the Foundation as a member and Chair of the Menzies law scholarships selection panel. He has been active on the Menzies Foundation Investment and Finance Committee.
As a director on the Menzies Foundation Board (since 1993), Brian was involved in many significant decisions, including to establish what became a 10-year relationship with the ANU and University of Sydney, with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy. Brian is also the Menzies Foundation representative on the board of the Menzies Institute of Medical Research in Tasmania.
Brian leaves the board in an excellent position with high calibre directors with a diverse range of skills.
“I will miss the stimulation of being part of the work of the Menzies Foundation and the warmth and friendship of my fellow directors and the team at the Foundation. It’s been an absolute pleasure and professional privilege to work with them all,” Brian said.
Photo by John Casamento, taken at the 2015 Menzies Oration at the University of Melbourne.