The Alertness CRC is governed by a Board of Directors that is independent of all participant organisations. The structure of the Alertness CRC is designed to ensure an independent and high standard of corporate governance and an efficient and transparent intellectual property management mechanism, with a consistent and genuine end user focus.

Board Members

Deena Shiff, Chair has 15 years’ experience as a non-executive director on both public and private sector Boards and experience in fostering emerging businesses.

She served as a Group Managing Director at Telstra Corporation and was the founding CEO of Telstra’s corporate venture capital arm. Prior to that, Deena was a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons, in house corporate counsel at Telstra and a senior executive and adviser on legal and social policy reforms for the Australian Government.


Ian Farrar is an experienced company director who has chaired public, private and government organisations and is well versed in contemporary corporate governance issues.

He is a skilled commercial manager with a strong track record of achievement in funds management and strategic asset allocation, financial management, insurance, information systems, statistical analyses, occupational health and rehabilitation, research management and organisational change.


Anthony Williams, CEO, has extensive experience and a proven track record in clinical research and business development.

As a team leader with international, national and regional roles, Anthony has expertise in research management, financial modelling, corporate governance, intellectual property management and contract development.


Jan Bingley has more than 17 years of experience in the financial sector, and is an active Executive Committee Member on a number of public and government organisations.

She has extensive experience in business development and developing commercialisation strategies involving IP protection, and has been involved in a wide range of transactions involving equity and commercial licensing.


Advisory Panels

Two Participant panels advise the board in the context of the essential participants’ agreement.These panels meet at least annually.

The Strategic Review Panel advises the board on the project activities and research direction.  The Research Translation Panel advises the Board on the research translation activities of the Centre.