Introducing Professor Sean Emery – Board Director

Professor Sean Emery is the Senior Vice Dean of Research and Operations at UNSW Medicine. He has taken on incremental levels of organisational responsibility, from Departmental to Institute and more recently Faculty leadership roles and played a significant role in the development and implementation of strategic planning in each setting.

He is an internationally recognised clinical scientist and his key research outcomes have translated directly into international treatment guidelines for HIV infection. His work has contributed significantly to our understanding of the pathogenesis of HIV disease and the parallel impact of treatment toxicities. He has had considerable success with competitive domestic and international grant funding and an enviable track record of funding from the private sector (career total >AUD150m).

Professor Emery has supervised successful HDR students and mentored numerous professionals whose careers have blossomed in centres around the world. He is drawn to the challenges of a richer administrative and leadership role within a tertiary environment with a strong research commitment and focus to enhance the core remit of education.

Introducing Dr Abby Bloom – Audit and Risk Committee Member

Dr Abby Bloom recently joined the Audit and Risk Managment Committee that is Chaired by Jason Murray.

Dr Bloom is an experienced non-executive company director with special expertise in non-financial risk. Trained in Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale, she received her PhD in Medicine (Public Health) from Sydney University, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor.

Her own research has concentrated in applied public health and chronic disease epidemiology, including the misuse of over-the-counter paediatric medication, the physical and psychosocial impacts of social isolation among older people, and translation of health policy into programs in Jamaica West Indies and Senegal.

Dr Bloom is an expert in hospital Public-Private Partnerships, and has advised The World Bank, UNICEF, the IFC, AusAID and USAID. She has co-founded 3 medical device companies, and most recently has developed a digital social enterprise to help families manage the ageing journey.

She is currently a board member of Sydney Water, The Sydney Childrens Hospital Network, and The State Insurance Regulator. And she serves on several Independent Audit and Risk Committees.