Karyn Phillips BAppSc (HIM)
Head, Business and Research Operations - Executive Management Team
Stoy Drinic BSc
Research Grants and Contracts Manager - Executive Management Team
Salema Barrett BSc (Hons), PostGrad Cert (Marketing Management)
Communication Manager - Executive Management Team
Annette Griffith
Senior Executive Officer to the Director of NCIRS

Annette Griffith is the Senior Executive Officer to the Director of NCIRS with linkages to the Executive Management Team whilst supporting the NCIRS Head of Business and Research Operations.

Annette brings over 12 years’ experience to the table with expertise in executive support, business development and project management. Having worked within NSW Government, not for profit organisations and the private sector, she has positively contributed to developing new ideas and business system improvements including projects that have provided quality outcomes to the people of New South Wales.

Carol Corbett BEc
NCIRS Human Resources and Cultural Lead

Carol has extensive experience in office administration. Carol has a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting and Law) degree and is a Justice of the Peace. She has worked in various NSW community health services and has developed expertise in a wide range of NSW Health applications. Carol also has experience in managing quality improvement projects. In her role at NCIRS, Carol manages recruitment, post-graduate students and other HR activities, as well as being involved in policy and procedure development and providing senior and operational support.

Bronwyn Ward
Senior Administration Officer - Government Grants and Policy Support

Bronwyn joined NCIRS in 2021. Bronwyn has extensive experience working in student and academic management, including 15 years at the University of New South Wales, where she provided program management support to academics in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Computer Science Engineering. Bronwyn also has experience in all aspects of student enrolment, as well as project/change management. Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, majoring in Sociology and Literary Studies.

Duncan Campbell-Avenell BCA, DipArts (Eng), MPubComm
Editor and Content Manager

Duncan Campbell-Avenell joined NCIRS as Editor and Content Manager in 2023. He has previously worked in a variety of editorial roles, primarily in the textbook and magazine industries. Duncan specialises in copyediting, proofreading, copywriting and managing publishing projects. He provides editorial guidance for NCIRS print and digital materials. 

Madeleine Smith B Media (Public Relations and Advertising)
Media and Communications Officer 

Madeleine joined NCIRS in early 2019. Previously, Madeleine worked in consumer public relations and was involved in a number of successful media campaigns for a broad range of clients, including some of Australia's leading non-profit organisations. At NCIRS, Madeleine leads media relations and is responsible for communicating key NCIRS research outputs to external and internal stakeholders and the general public. 

Katie Sultana B Communications (Advertising)
Communication Officer

Katie joined NCIRS in 2021. She has over 15 years experience working across marketing and communications projects and campaigns in the not-for-profit aged care sector, and retail industry. She holds a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Advertising. As a proud descendant of the Wonnarua people of the Hunter Valley, Katie has a particular interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health initiatives. She is passionate about creating meaningful content and communications which work to deliver and enhance person-centred care and education.

Jackson Young B Commerce (Public Relations and Financial Planning)
Communication Officer

Jackson joined NCIRS in 2021. He has extensive experience working in government-funded health organisations where he has implemented and led a wide range of marketing and communications initiatives in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Sonja Ngenkrajang B. PESS, M. Strategic Public Relations
Communication Officer - Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation (SKAI)

Sonja holds a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences and a Master of Strategic Public Relations from the University of Sydney. 

Her previous experience includes her time at a global public relations agency servicing clients in the pharmaceutical, health and biotech industries, as well as her work in Sydney Future Students coordinating direct communication campaigns in the tertiary education space. 

James Green B.A.Com. B MediaA&Prod
Digital Communications Officer 

James joined NCIRS in 2021. James holds a BA in Communications and a BA in Media Production from the University of Canberra. He is completing a BSc in Medical Science from the University of Sydney. James has a background in media buying and specialises in video production and motion design. 

Lou-Ann Barr 
Administration Officer

Lou-Ann provides a range of administrative support to NCIRS staff. Lou-Ann has over 25 years' experience in various administrative roles within the Department of Health. Before joining NCIRS in 2015, Lou-Ann held the position of Administration Manager at an NSW Health statewide child protection program for over 20 years.

Last updated March 2023