Dr Diane Webster is a highly skilled science professional, with experience in the management of projects, people and research. She has a detailed understanding of the Australian regulatory landscape and is adept at working within the scope, policies and procedures of academic and government organisations and committees. She holds a PhD in molecular virology and has been a Project Leader at the Burnet Institute and a Laboratory Head at Monash University. In addition to her role as Research Director at the Prader-Willi Research Foundation of Australia, she is the Chair of the Swinburne Biosafety Committee, a member of the Gene Technology Advisory Committee (until Jan 2017), and was the concluding National Convenor of the Women in Science Enquiry Network (which has now merged with Women in STEMM Australia).
Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of Per Capita, a progressive public policy think tank dedicated to building a new vision for Australia based on fairness, shared prosperity and social justice. Prior to joining Per Capita she was a senior advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, where she managed programs and services for customers from vulnerable backgrounds. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, and for five years was a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments.
Emma holds a BA with First Class Honours from LaTrobe University and an MA with Distinction from Monash. In addition to her positions as Company Secretary on the Prader-Willi Research Foundation of Australia board, Emma sits on the board of Arts Access Australia.
Emily is an accomplished program administrator passionate about social impact. Since November 2013 Emily has served as Director and Vice-President of the Board of The Myer Foundation, where she oversees grant-making decisions, strategy, governance and finances. Emily is also Co-convenor of The Myer Foundation’s Mental Health Committee. She sits on the advisory committee of the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program's "Kids Contribute" project. Emily is driven by a desire to contribute to initiatives that address disadvantage, and her passions lie particularly in youth mental health, disability, child health and wellbeing and prevention of violence against women.
Before returning to Melbourne to start a family in 2011, Emily spent seven years in Europe, working as a consultant in the HR Learning and Performance branch of the UN World Food Programme in Rome, and as Student Affairs Coordinator of the Master of Public Affairs at the renowned French political science university, Sciences Po, in Paris. Emily previously served on the board of the NETS Victoria as well as the Social Justice and Arts and Humanities committees of The Myer Foundation.