Saturday, April 20, 2024

Tomkinson appointed to WA health council

Rebecca Tomkinson has been appointed as the new Chair of the WA Government’s Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund Advisory Council.

Medical Research Minister, Stephen Dawson announced Ms Tomkinson’s appointment. She replaces outgoing Chair, John Van Der Wielen.

“I would like to thank John Van der Wielen for his vision and leadership over the past four years, establishing the structures to ensure the success of the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund,” said Minister Dawson.

“Bringing to the table his significant business expertise, he established a governance model, advocated for investment in the health and medical research sector, and introduced a range of programs and initiatives directly benefiting research.

“The Fund is now well-placed for the future, thanks to Mr Van Der Wielen.

“I am confident Ms Tomkinson will take up the challenge and continue the Cook Government’s vision for growing Western Australia’s world class health, medical research and innovation sector.”

An experienced chief executive officer and member of several boards, Minister Dawson said Ms Tomkinson brings leadership, Government relations, strategic communications, policy development, advocacy, and business transformation experience to the role.

She is currently Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) Chief Executive Officer, leading policy development, and promoting the resources sector.

Since its inception, the FHRI Fund has awarded more than $100 million in grants to 480 recipients, with $250 million available over the next four years.

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