Professor Jonathan Crowston – Chairman

Jonathan Crowston is the Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). He has concurrently been appointed as the Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne, the oldest and most prestigious ophthalmology chair in Australia.

A glaucoma specialist with science and medical qualifications, Jonathan Crowston trained in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He came to Melbourne in 2006 from UC San Diego to establish the basic science program at CERA and to head the university’s Department of Ophthalmology.


Dr Kate Taylor – CEO and Managing Director

Kate Taylor trained as an ophthalmologist, and holds a MPH from Johns Hopkins University as a Fulbright Scholar. She has worked with McKinsey & Company, the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Initiative, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. She brings experience in innovative partnerships spanning new vaccine development through to innovative financing, including the multi-billion dollar Advanced Market Commitment for pneumococcal vaccines. 

Kate also sits on the Board of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and the Australian Digital Health Agency's Clinical and Technical Advisory Committee. She previously was involved with the board of the Mental Health Cooperative Research Centre in Australia and internationally with the boards of Roll Back Malaria, Stop TB, the GAVI Alliance, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 


Mr Mark Kirkby

Mark Kirkby is a Chartered Accountant with extensive commercial and financial management experience. He has worked in both executive and non-executive senior financial management roles in various industry sectors in Australia and offshore. Mark is currently the Commercial Director of PGA Management Pty Ltd, a private family group with business interests in listed equities, investment properties and commercial enterprise. Mark is also a member of the group's Investment, Property and Commercial Governance committees.

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Mr David Mandel

Mr Mandel had an international career including with Smorgon Consolidated Industries and Visy. He is an experienced NED, currently serving on commercial boards of health and technology startups, as well as on the Boards of Commonwealth Games Australia, Squash Australia, and the Royal Children’s Hospital, where he oversaw the successful implementation of their electronic medical record system and community-facing portals. 

Mr Mandel has a BSc from the University of Sussex and qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has been honoured with the Centenary Medal for Community Service.


Mr Andy Sheats

Mr Sheats was Founder and CEO of -- Australia’s first new health insurance company since 1977. He raised $85m funding and led the company to $110m revenue in under 3 years. Prior to this he was an executive at REA Group ( for 6 years when it scaled revenue from $30m to >$250m and increased market cap from $150m to >$5 billion. Andy reported to the CEO(s) with responsibility for Strategy, M&A and Corp Development; with more than 20 transactions completed. Sheats earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, after which he worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen. Andy's efforts have been recognised with numerous awards including: the Telstra Australian Business Award and Australian Growth Company CEO of the year in 2014/15.