Research and Education Committee

The primary role of the Research & Education Committee is to:

  • provide leadership to, and governance oversight of research and education conducted by the CEC, to improve the safety and quality of care for patients in NSW public hospitals; and
  • advise the Board on the priority, quality and relevance of research and education undertaken or proposed to be undertaken by, on behalf of the CEC.
Prof Andrew Wilson
Committee Chair

Professor Andrew Wilson is Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney and leads the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. His research interests concern the application of epidemiology to informing decision making in clinical medicine, public health, and health service policy and planning. His specific areas of interest are chronic disease prevention and management. His specific areas of interest are chronic disease prevention and management. His previous non-academic roles include Deputy Director-General, Policy, Planning and Resourcing, Queensland Health, and Chief Health Officer, and Deputy Director-General, Public Health, NSW Health.

Dr Andrew Cooke

Dr Andrew Cooke is currently an Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine, specialising in adult and paediatric emergency care. He works in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and at the Sydney Children's Hospital, NSW. Andrew holds a Master of Laws, and has practised as a solicitor, with public and private sector experience in NSW and Victoria. He received the Sydney University Medical School Travelling Fellowship in 2008 and is also a recipient of a Full Commonwealth Scholarship to Cambridge to undertake graduate training in law. Andrew is a member of the Australian College of Legal Medicine.

A/Prof Mary Haines
BA Hons (Psych), PhD, GAICD

Associate Professor Mary Haines has worked in senior positions across the government, academic, corporate and independent sectors.  She is currently a Board Member Sydney Local Health District; Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute; Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health University of Sydney; and runs her own consulting business.

Her expertise lies in health research, translational initiatives, evaluation, strategic policy development and implementation.

Prof Phillip Harris OA
BSc(med) MB BS DPhil FRACP FACC FCSANZ

Professor Phillip Harris is a Cardiologist and a Clinical Professor of the Central Clinical School, University of Sydney.  He is the Chair of the Board of South Western Sydney LHD, is the Clinical Director of the Cardiovascular Service of Sydney LHD and was a member of the Independent Panel advising Minister for Health on the implementation of the recommendations of the Garling Special Commission of Inquiry.

Professor Harris is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Cardiac Society of Australian and New Zealand.  Professor Harris was appointed to Membership of the Order of Australia in 2009

Ms Carrie Marr
Chief Executive

Prior to her October 2015 appointment as our Chief Executive, Carrie was the Executive Director, Organisation Effectiveness at Western Sydney Local Health District. Carrie earlier held a number of leading executive and consultant positions in the United Kingdom for a variety of organisations including the National Health Service, Scotland.  Carrie is a graduate of the renowned advanced training program in Quality Improvement at Intermountain Health Care, Utah, USA. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing); a Diploma in Education (Nurse Teaching); and a Master of Science (Organisation Consulting).

A/Prof Brian McCaughan AM

Professor Brian McCaughan is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and cardiothoracic surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His major clinical interest is the management of lung cancer. He has held a number of positions with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and was President of the NSW Medical Board for five years.

Professor Sandy Middleton

Sandy Middleton is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute, a joint initiative between St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University. She has led large multi-site cluster randomized controlled trials in stroke and implementation research.

She is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee, the Stroke Foundation Clinical Council, a Director of the St Vincent's Clinic Board, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry.

A/Prof David Peiris
MBBS(hons) MIPH PhD FRACGP FARGP

Associate Professor David Peiris is Head of Primary Health Care Research at the George Institute for Global Health. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and a practising GP. He was the 2015-2016 Australian Harkness Fellow in Healthcare policy, based at the Harvard School of Public Health.

David has been a board member with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and was the inaugural CEC Ian O'Rourke PhD scholar from 2007-2009. He leads several NHMRC grants, testing strategies to improve primary health care systems in Australia, India and China.