Our board and team

Our board

Chair & ACEM Board nominee: Dr Kim Hansen MBBS (Hons I) MBA, FACEM

Dr Kim Hansen was appointed EMF Chair in March 2019. Dr Hansen is an experienced Emergency Consultant with a passion for Safety and Quality in healthcare. Dr Hansen is the Queensland Faculty Chair for ACEM (Australasian College for Emergency Medicine), a member of ACEM’s Council (CAPP), a member of the ACEM Quality and Patient Safety Committee and is the inaugural Chair of the IFEM’s Quality and Safety Special Interest Group. She has been heavily involved in several Patient Safety projects including EMER (Emergency Medicine Events Register), IFEM’s Quality Framework and the IHI Accelerated Patient Safety Course. Born and bred in Brisbane, Dr Hansen graduated from The University of Queensland with first class honours and a University Medal, completed her Emergency Medicine training in Melbourne and has recently completed an MBA. Dr Hansen works as Director of St Andrew’s Hospital Emergency as well as a Senior Staff Specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department. In her spare time she enjoys playing basketball, tennis and hiking with her family and friends.


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

Cathy is a skilled director appointment for EMF and the Chief Financial Officer with Affinity Education Group. Prior to joining Affinity, Cathy was 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 (ACEM Board nominee): Dr Shane George BSc, MBBS, MPH, FACEM

Dr George is a paediatric critical care physician working in paediatric emergency medicine and paediatric intensive care at Gold Coast University Hospital. He is the clinical lead of children’s critical care research for Gold Coast Health, and is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Dr George is an early career researcher with a special interest in research in improving the safety of airway procedures in critical care and the use of haemostatic resuscitation techniques to reduce blood product requirements in paediatric haemorrhage. He is a member of the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International collaborative (PREDICT) and the ANZICS Paediatric Study Group, through these networks he has collaborated on numerous multicentre projects.


Director (ACEM Board nominee): Dr Jeremy Furyk MBBS, MPH&TM, MSc, FACEM

Dr Jeremy Furyk is a senior emergency physician at the University Hospital Geelong, in Victoria. Prior to commencing his current role in 2018, he was a senior emergency physician and active clinical researcher at The Townsville Hospital in North Queensland for more than 10 years. Dr Furyk has undertaken a MPH&TM from James Cook University and a MSc (Clinical Trials) at London University. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of Public Health. He has diverse professional and research interests and has successfully completed numerous single site and multicenter clinical trials as well as many other collaborations. A recent focus of research efforts has involved paediatrics with the Paediatric Research in Emergency Department International Collaborative (PREDICT) network. Dr Furyk is committed to the advancement of the research agenda within the emergency medicine community. He has been on the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Clinical Trials Group for several years and was recently appointed the newly established ACEM Research Committee. He has always advocated for the participation in research as ‘core business’ for emergency physicians and essential in the continued evolution of our specialty and critical to ensure the highest possible care to our patients.


Director (ACEM Board nominee): Dr Andrew Spiller

Dr Andrew Spiller is an Emergency Medicine physician working in the Emergency Departments at both the Greenslopes Private Hospital and Logan Hospital, where he is Deputy Director. Dr Spiller has been a member of the EMF Strategic Grants Committee since 2017 and is involved in coordinating the research group at Logan Hospital. He is also a member of the Queensland Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Faculty and Queensland Ambulance Medical Advisory Committee. He has previously worked as a General Practitioner and a Medical Officer for the Royal Australian Navy as well as spending a year working in Emergency Medicine in Iceland.


Director (Queensland Health Board nominee): Adj Professor Shelley Nowlan

Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan has held executive leadership roles within Queensland Health since 1998 and is currently serving as the State’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. Professor Nowlan has earned a reputation in her 30 plus year career as a people-orientated nurse leader, who is experienced in clinical innovation, leading strategic planning, government policy and significant nursing workforce commissioning. Through her current roles, professorial roles with The University of Queensland Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, and Griffith University School of Medicine and faculty membership of the Queensland University of Technology, her strong advocacy for nursing and midwifery informs policy development at State and National level for clinical practice innovation, research, curricula and workforce development.


Our team

General Manager: Dr Sonĵ Hall Harkness Fellow, PhD, MPH, FACHSM, GAICD

Dr Sonĵ Hall is the EMF General Manager. Appointed in January 2019, Dr Hall was mandated to lead EMF through a dynamic growth phase with a focus on strategy, innovation, business development and stakeholder engagement.

The Harkness Fellowship recipient has more than three decades of healthcare leadership experience across the health, government, academia and the not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining EMF, Dr Hall held interim executive and consultancy appointments with RAND Corporation, ACT Health, CSIRO, Bond University and the Queensland Productivity Commission. Highlights of her executive career include holding executive appointments with Australian Commonwealth and State governments, establishing the Health Collaborative Research Network, being appointed the founding Chief Executive with the Youth Cancer Fund and the inaugural Deputy Chief Executive with the NSW Bureau of Health Information. She has also served on numerous Boards and Committees, including most recently the West Moreton Hospital and Health Board.

Dr Hall has a first-hand understanding of research and the importance of creating robust evidence which can be translated into policy and practice. She has held academic appointments with The University of Western Australia and Curtin University and Professorships at Central Queensland University and Bond University. Dr Hall has attracted more than $5.5 million in research grants from the NHMRC and NIH and published 30 plus journal articles with more than 1400 citations. She also reviews for the NHMRC and ARC.

Dr Hall is an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Editor-in-Chief for the Australian Health Review, an International Correspondent on Healthcare Policy for The Commonwealth Fund (New York), and serves on human research ethics committees for Bellberry Limited.


Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer: Beth Chapman BBus, CPA

Beth is 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: 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.


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 Officer: Ms Dee Tierney

Dee is the first point of call for EMF grant recipients. Her position entails the comprehensive administration of all EMF awarded research grants.


Office Administrator: Jody Tregidgo

Jody plays an integral role in the daily operations of EMF. Her extraordinarily broad remit makes her indispensable to the entire team.


Improving jellyfish sting treatment

EMF funding is improving emergency care for the elderly

Trauma: better treatment for severe bleeding

CONTACT US +61 7 3720 5700 info@emfoundation.org.au Suite 1B, Terraces, 19 Lang Parade, Milton Qld 4064