Council member profiles

The Council consists of members with vast experience, knowledge and diverse background to ensure a broad cross section of ideas to capitalise on Western Australia’s strengths.

The State Government has used the existing provisions available under the current Industry and Technology Development Act 1998, to appoint members to TIAC.

Mr Alan Bansemer, TIAC Chair and former Health Commissioner

Mr Alan Bansemer has over 35 years' experience in the health sector, including six years as the West Australian Health Commissioner and eight years as the Deputy Secretary to the Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health. He currently runs his own private consultancy group Banscott Health Consulting Pty Ltd, providing strategic advice to health departments throughout Australia.

Mr Bansemer has chaired a number of committees including the Medicare Schedule Review Board and General Practice Consultative Committee. In addition, he has served as a member of numerous health advisory committees including the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, Health Insurance Commission and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Mr Bansemer has a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the South Australian Institute of Technology.

Mr Andrew (Andy) Farrant, Principal, One Degree Advisory

Mr Andy Farrant has over 25 years management experience, serving as a company director in a range of not for profit and commercial entities. In his last job Mr Farrant was the General Manager and Company Secretary for Poseidon Scientific Instruments a defence firm specialising in radio frequency technology. In this role, he was responsible for a leading a team that developed the signal receivers for the Murchison Widefield Array, a pre-cursor project for the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope.

His career also spans across the field of arts management serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Country Arts WA, the Media and Marketing Manager at Perth Theatre Trust, a Director of Regional Arts Australia and the Chair of Federal Ministerial Advisory Committee Playing Australia. He currently is the Principal Consultant at One Degree, a boutique consultancy firm specialising in leadership and communications.

Mr Farrant is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Post Graduate qualification in Arts Administration and is a trained science specialist teacher.

Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE

After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Lyn built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken as Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia. Currently Lyn is Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University.

Lyn was honoured to be Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, advising the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as acting as an Ambassador for science locally, nationally and internationally. With extensive experience serving on advisory bodies, Lyn currently serves several boards including the Federal Government’s Bionic Vision Australia and the State Government of Western Australia’s Technology and Industry Advisory Council. Lyn was a Trustee of the Western Australian Museum from 1999-2006 and currently is Patron of the Friends of the Museum. Recently Lyn joined the Board of the Western Australian Art Gallery Foundation.

In 2009 Lyn was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering later that year. In 2011, she was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, followed by being elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Companion of Engineers Australia. Lyn has worked to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the community, especially to young people, and in 2012 Lyn was thrilled to become the second recipient of the Governor’s Award for Giving, in recognition of her enthusiastic philanthropy. In 2015 Lyn was accorded the honour of being inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame and in November was thrilled and honoured to be announced as WA Australian of the Year for 2015.

Professor Shaun Collin, Deputy Director, UWA Oceans Institute and School of Animal Biology, the University of Western Australia

Professor Shaun Collin is a world leader in comparative neurobiology, a Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Collin, a former WA Premiers Research Fellow, is a world leader in how animals perceive and process their sensory world under different environmental conditions. He uses innovative techniques in anatomy, electrophysiology, bioimaging, molecular biology and behaviour to understand the evolution and mechanisms of neural processing for a range of senses including vision, hearing, olfaction and electroreception. Professor Collin’s research is being incorporated into shark mitigation technologies, improving aquaculture industries, identifying the effects of anthropogenic disturbances such as underwater noise and dredging activities, with the ultimate aim of informing management strategies to conserve Australia’s unique biodiversity.

Professor Collin has held many of the world’s most prestigious fellowships in places such as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the United States (US); the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole in the US; The University of Tuebingen in Germany; the University of Montreal in Canada; the University of Washington (Friday Harbor) in the US; and The University of Queensland in Brisbane. He is the author of over 250 international scientific publications including 5 books on sensory systems of primarily aquatic vertebrates. Prof. Collin has played an important role in the implementation of the Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 in Western Australia.

Professor Barry Marshall AC, Nobel Laureate

Professor Barry Marshall is a Nobel Prize Laureate for Physiology or Medicine. This prize was awarded jointly to Professor Marshall and Professor Robin Warren in 2005 in recognition of their 1982 discovery of the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori that causes peptic ulcer disease. Their work is acknowledged as the most significant discovery in the history of gastroenterology and is compared to the development of the polio vaccine and the eradication of smallpox.

In 1998 Professor Marshall was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 2008, he was elected as a Foreign Member to the prestigious US National Academy of Science. He was awarded a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2007.

Professor Marshall continues to work as a Senior Principal Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and is an Honorary Clinical Professor of Medicine and a consultant gastroenterologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He treats patients with antibiotic resistant Helicobacter pylori infections and leads a team undertaking varied research into the bacterium, from clinical microbiology through to genomics and systems biology. His Helicobacter Research Laboratory is located within the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training, of which he is a Director. In 1996, he was a founder of Tri-Med Distributors Pty Ltd, a company specialising in the distribution and marketing of products for the detection and cure of Helicobacter pylori. In addition, he founded Ondek Pty Ltd in 2005, to develop and commercialise derivatives of Helicobacter pylori that are unable to colonise the gut, but have beneficial therapeutic effects. The first product being developed at Ondek is an immunotherapy for the treatment of eczema; other products will address allergic asthma and food allergies in children.

Prof Marshall is also the Ambassador for Life Sciences for Western Australia.

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