The Waikato Medical Research Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of leading scientists, medical, clinical and business professionals.
Vic Arcus leads a vibrant research group of 12 people based at the University of Waikato. Research in the group focuses on biomedical research and enzyme structure and function. Over the last six years he has been principal supervisor for 5 post-doctoral fellows, 12 PhD students and 2 Masters students. He is currently a Royal Society of New Zealand James Cook Research Fellow (2018-2019).
Vic is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and chair of the Human Frontiers in Science Program (HFSP) grant review panel. The HFSP is an international body based in Strasbourg, France that encompasses 38 countries including USA, European Union, Australia and NZ.
Gillian is a lawyer based in Hamilton and is a Consultant with Norris Ward McKinnon. Gillian has a particular interest in medical research and the opportunity to be involved in providing medical researchers with the funds to undertake research through the Waikato Medical Research Foundation fits perfectly with this interest. Gillian has been on the WMRF for about 3 years and loves her involvement. The prospect of increasing funding for medical research with a Waikato focus is exciting and challenging.
Gillian has previously been involved in various not for profit and charitable organisations including the Hamilton Abuse Intervention Programme and the Waikato Diocesan School Board of Trustees. Gillian’s current role as a lawyer includes sorting out disputes that arise within trusts whether charitable or family, so understands clearly the responsibilities of a trustee.
Sharyn joined Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in 1995 and became a Director in our Business Advisory Services in 2011. Sharyn has a particular interest in small/medium size businesses and working alongside owner/operators and assisting them in all aspects of their businesses.
Sharyn has a focus on management accounting, budgeting and cashflows, and attendances at client board meetings.
Memberships & Qualifications
Frank Scrimgeour, Fellow MSSANZ, Life Member NZAE, Life Member NZARES, is Professor of Economics and Head of the School of Accounting, Finance, and Economics at the University of Waikato. He has published extensively in both the economics and finance literature. He has also provided policy and management advice to Government agencies, private sector firms, and not-for-profit organisations. He has served in not-for-profit governance roles with local, national and international organisations for many years.
Kylie is co-founder and director of HGB Strategic Marketing, based in Hamilton. The company specialises in organisational identity, marketing strategy, brand development and communications.
Coming from a background of 10 years with the rescue helicopters, Kylie has over 16 years of not-for-profit experience, working inside, alongside and at a governance level across multiple charitable sectors – including children’s health, cancer and sports organisations.
Kylie is Chairman of Great Oaks Trading (a subsidiary of St Paul’s Collegiate School), Trustee of Waikato Medical Research Foundation and President of the St Paul’s Collegiate School Rowing Club.
“The driving force in my life is having meaningful experiences. I am passionate about creative and strategy, and by combining these two elements, I’m able to deliver a results-driven experience with a difference.”