Institute of Health and
Biomedical Innovation

External Engagement Committee

Our External Engagement Committee provides an external perspective and guidance, with members volunteering their time to support the institute's growth, development and research programs.

Major General The Honourable Peter Arnison AC, CVO, BEc (Retd)

Major General Peter Arnison is a former senior military commander with more than 37 years of service in the Australian Army. He served as Governor of Queensland from 1997 until 2003 and as Chancellor of QUT from 2004 until 2012. Major General Arnison is Chair of Brisbane Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies in the UK and has an economics degree from the University of Queensland. Major General Arnison is a Companion of the Order of Australia, a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and a Knight of Grace in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

Dr Amaya Gillespie

Dr Gillespie is the Manager of Partnerships and Special Initiatives at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). She has more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations in international development and public health. Previously she was involved in health promotion research, particularly with school-aged populations. Dr Gillespie holds a Master of Science and a PhD in health promotion and counselling psychology. She is a QUT Outstanding Alumni Award winner.

Professor Michael Irving

Professor Irving has held high-profile positions in research, academia and community organisations. He was Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and Vice-Chancellor of Sohar University in Oman. Research in biochemistry included the application of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to the diagnosing and treating cancer. Professor Irving is district governor of Rotary District 9640 and has been The Southport School Council chairman.

Mario Pennisi

Mr Pennisi is the CEO of Life Sciences Queensland Limited. He has been the CEO of Queensland Clinical Trials Network Inc since 2005. Mr Pennisi has more than 30 years of experience in the life sciences industry. He is a contributor on a number of committees and advisory groups, including the University of Queensland Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Board and Schools of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Industry Advisory Board, as well as the QUT Council and QUT School of Biomedical Sciences Industry Reference Group.

Jane Seawright

Ms Seawright is a corporate lawyer, marketing professional and company director. She has practised at national firms and is a consultant to Tobin King Lateef. She has roles as company secretary and general counsel at CRCMining and Northern Australia Primary Health Limited, is Netball Queensland chair, and is a director of the Residential Tenancies Authority and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. She was previously Queensland Institute of Medical Research Trust chair.

Professor Ross Young

Professor Young is Executive Dean of QUT's Faculty of Health and former IHBI Executive Director. He is a clinical psychologist with research in substance misuse, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Professor Young is a past or present board member of Cancer Council Queensland, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, the Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute and Mantle Housing Ltd. He is Patron of the Association of Relatives and Families of those with Mental Illness, Queensland.