Our board and team

Our board

Chair & ACEM Board nominee: Dr Anthony Bell MBBS, FACEM, MBA, MPH, FRACMA

Dr Anthony Bell was appointed EMF Chair in May 2017. Dr Bell is an emergency medicine specialist and the Director of Medical Services for UnitingCare Health’s The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. Previously, he was the Director of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Dr Bell has also held state-wide Clinical Chair positions. He traained in medicine in Australia and is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine as well as the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. In addition, Dr Bell also holds an MBA and a Masters of Public Health both from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as well as having studied ‘Managing Healthcare Delivery’ at the Harvard Business School.

Dr Bell has successfully secured several research grants and is committed to fostering clinical research in emergency medicine. He has a keen interest in quality improvement, clinical redesign, health services research and policy development at a system level. He holds academic appointments with two universities: he is an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Queensland University of Technology.

He maintains a strong interest in value based healthcare delivery, is passionate about implementation of the right change and is a strong advocate for the power that a positive culture can have as we work together as multidisciplinary teams to achieve excellence in healthcare delivery.


Director: Ms Cathy Montesin BBus (Hons), GradDipAppFinInv, ACA

Cathy is a Director at InterFinancial Corporate Finance, providing specialist advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, sourcing private equity capital, and strategic financial advice. Cathy spent 15 years in the Transaction Advisory Services teams at PwC and Ernst & Young in Brisbane, Sydney and San Francisco, undertaking valuation, due diligence, financial modelling, capital raising and Independent Expert Reports for public, private and government entities. During this time, she was the Queensland representative on the National Business Valuation Special Interest Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. More recently, Cathy led the Financial Planning and Analysis team at Cleanaway Waste Management Limited, Australia’s largest waste management company, operating a national network of collection, processing, treatment, recycling and landfill assets from over 200 locations across Australia.  During her time at Cleanaway, Cathy was responsible for the strategic planning, budgeting and reporting processes, the oversight of group capital investment, M&A activity and investor relations support. Cathy has also spent time in the credit restructuring team at NAB, and worked as the CFO of a property company working towards an IPO.


Director: Dr Peter Isdale AM PhD, BA (Hons), MAICD

Dr Isdale is the Managing Director of  Intergyre Pty Ltd; Chairman of the  Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd; Deputy Chairman of Suncare Community Services Ltd; a non-executive Director of the  Australian Medical Association (Qld); Chairman of the  Advisory Board for the Medical Engineering Research Facility, Queensland University of Technology (QUT); a Member of the  Advisory Committee for the Institute for Future Environments at QUT;  a Commercialisation Strategy Advisor for the University of the Sunshine Coast; and holds an Adjunct Professorship in the School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering at QUT. He has held directorships on boards in Australia, Asia and the Pacific Rim for 30 years. For nine years, Dr Isdale was CEO of The University of Queensland commercialisation company, IMBcom (in 2015 he was also interim CEO of QUTbluebox). Dr Isdale began his career as a marine scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in 1981; he was appointed its Executive Director of Business in 1996. He has co-authored more than 50 scientific papers. Dr Isdale was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006. He is chair of the EMF Research Evaluation Panel, and serves on the Strategic Grants Committee.


Director (Queensland Health Board nominee): Dr John Wakefield PSM MB CHB MPH (research) FRACGP FACRRM FRACMA

Dr Wakefield is Deputy Director General – Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health and an Adjunct Professor of Public Health – Queensland University of Technology. He has more than 20 years’ experience in clinical and management roles in rural, regional and tertiary public sector health services in Queensland. After completing a Fellowship at the National Centre for Patient Safety of the VA Health System in the United States, Dr Wakefield returned to Queensland in 2004 and established the Queensland Health Patient Safety Centre, which he led until late 2012. He is actively involved in national efforts to improve patient safety in partnership with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. He chaired the National Open Disclosure Pilot Project and regularly teaches Open Disclosure and other patient safety curricula. His research interests include patient safety culture, safety performance measurement and Open Disclosure. In 2011, he was awarded a public service medal for services to patient safety as part of the national Australia Day Awards.


Director (ACEM Board nominee): TBA

Director (ACEM Board nominee): TBA

Director (ACEM Board nominee): TBA

Our team

General Manager & Company Secretary: Beth Chapman BBus, CPA

Beth was appointed General Manager in July 2016, having previously been responsible for overseeing all aspects of financial management, company secretarial and statutory reporting obligations for EMF. Beth brings extensive experience from the private, public and not for profit sectors both in Australia and in the United Kingdom, with more than 20 years in senior positions.


Research Manager: Lisa van den Berg BSc MSc (Hons)

Lisa has several years experience in university research innovation and knowledge transfer in Australia and New Zealand. In this sector, Lisa worked closely with researchers to identify and develop ways to translate their ideas into practice, focusing on relationship building and the translation of multi-disciplinary projects. Prior to joining EMF, Lisa was a Commercial Manager at qutbluebox, the Queensland University of Technology innovation and knowledge transfer company. She is committed to fostering research innovation and enhancing the impact of research outcomes through developing strategies, collaborations and partnerships.


Research Support Network Manager: Tegwen Howell BEcon, MEcSt

Tegwen is responsible for overseeing the pilot phase of the EMF Research Support Network in Queensland. Tegwen brings to her role more than 20 years’ health research experience in Australia and Canada. She is an experienced health economist who has worked across the health spectrum, including public health, health economics, health policy, health technology assessment and clinical research. Tegwen has managed several large multi-site research projects in emergency medicine and cardiology, including the role of Senior Research Officer and Project Coordinator with the Headache Investigation Snapshot. In addition, Tegwen has also managed multi-disciplinary teams evaluating clinical, economic, ethical and social implications of emerging health research.


Communications Manager: Julia Renaud BSc Agr (Hons I), PGradDip J

Julia has more than 20 years’ experience in communications and research, and specialises in communicating scientific, technical and research-based services, products or outcomes. Prior to joining EMF, Julia ran a corporate communications consultancy, Strategique Pty Ltd; collaborating with industry, universities, government and start-ups on a range of projects from developing communication strategies, marketing collateral, websites and annual reports to running innovation competitions. Julia began her career in molecular biology with CSIRO and then the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). After completing a postgrad in journalism at The University of Queensland, Julia moved into communications and marketing with the Leukaemia Foundation. Before establishing Strategique, Julia was the Corporate Development Manager for UniQuest, The University of Queensland’s technology transfer company.


Grants Associate: Dr Hong Nga (Angie) Nguyen Vu MA, PhD

Angie has extensive experience in university research and research management in Germany, USA, Switzerland and Australia. Prior to joining EMF, Angie worked in research management and administration at Griffith University and prior to that, The University of Queensland. Angie completed her PhD at the University of Zurich and worked as a Project Manager at the Regenerative Medicine group at the University Hospital Zurich.


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