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: Professor Hugh Grantham ASM MBBS, FRACGP

Born and educated in England, Professor Hugh Grantham has interests in prehospital and emergency medicine, medical education and clinical governance.

After relocating, Professor Grantham commenced general practice in Mildura, and was recruited to lead the clinical development of the Ambulance Service in Adelaide. He was Medical Director of the Ambulance Service until 2011, and inaugural professor of paramedics at Flinders University until 2019. Involved in postgraduate medical emergency education since 1990, Professor Grantham developed the paramedic course, and the postgraduate paramedic courses. He is the senior educator for the National Advanced Life Support program as well as teaching for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the College of Sports Physicians. Professor Grantham holds the humanitarian services medal for leading overseas aid teams in disasters, and the Ambulance Service Medal. He was a member of the EMF Research Evaluation Panel and is currently Chair of the Research Committee. A passionate sailor, he is Chair of the One and All tall ship board.


Director: Chris Headon BLLB (Hons), BCom (Accounting), GradDip Legal Practice, GAICD

Chris is a skilled Director appointment for the EMF. He is a Director of KPMG Law Australia where he specialises in technology and intellectual property law.

Chris has degrees in law and accounting and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently a Director of Marathon Health Ltd, a not for profit primary healthcare provider, and one of the largest NDIS and Headspace providers in NSW. He also serves as a government appointed member of the Veterinary Practitioners Board of the ACT.

Prior to his appointment to the Board of the EMF Chris served as the Company Secretary of Recreation Aviation Australia and the Australia India Business Council.

Chris is a volunteer firefighter and served in the Australian Army Reserve. He grew up on a farm in Hay, NSW and writes books in his spare time.


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 (Queensland Health Board nominee): Adj Professor Shelley Nowlan RN, BN, MHM, Grad Dip PM, MAICD and FACN

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.


Director (ACEM Board nominee): Dr Andrew Spiller BSc, MBBS(Hons), FRACGP, FACEM

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 (ACEM Board nominee): Dr Viet Tran BSc, MBBS, FACEM

Dr Viet Tran developed a passion for Emergency Medicine while training in Queensland and is now an Emergency Physician at Royal Hobart Hospital. He founded TASER (Tasmanian Emergency Medicine Research Group) where he is the Director of Emergency Medicine Research and Chair. Dr Tran is a member of the University of Tasmania Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee, the Emergency Medicine Australia journal editorial board, and the Emergency Medicine Clinical Trials Network Executive. He is the Regional Censor for Tasmania, Discipline lead for Emergency Medicine at the Tasmanian School of Medicine. Dr Tran is driven to enhance infrastructure to improve emergency medicine research capacity and fulfils advocacy roles as the Deputy Faculty Board Chair for Tasmania. He founded and moderates doctorswriting.com.


Our team

General Manager: 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 is responsible for EMF’s research grants programs. She 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.


Communications Manager: Kellie Furey

Kellie supports the EMF by sharing the stories of its research programs through media and social media activities, publications, marketing collateral, the EMF website, and events. Kellie brings 20 years of communications experience in private and public health and non profit organisations in Melbourne and Brisbane.


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.


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