Honorary Board Of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a collaboration of dedicated people with the depth and diversity in knowledge and judgment we seek to guide the strategic direction and fiscal trust of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation. We are extremely grateful for their honorary service and time.


Chair and Channel 7 Foundation Member

Paul’s involvement with the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation commenced in 1983, volunteering his time to assist with the annual Christmas Appeal telethon event.

This coincided with the beginning of his career in television, and is ongoing.

Paul formally joined the Board of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation in 2016 and was elected as Deputy Chair in 2018, also joining the Finance Committee at that time.

His skills and expertise developed as Operations Manager at Channel Seven over many years, provide the Board with a clear corporate strategic input .

Paul’s goal is to continue to build upon this outstanding foundation in collaboration with the Board to provide funds for research to improve the health and wellbeing of children.


Deputy Chair and Channel 7 Foundation Member

Stephen joined the Board in 2012 as one of the Foundation members and Board members representing Seven Adelaide and is the current chair of the Nominations committee and current member of the Finance committee.

After graduating from the University of South Australia (Business), Stephen’s background has largely been in the advertising industry having started in 1989 with a business consultancy working on various research projects and production elements. This opened up the opportunity to work in a full service advertising agency environment moving from a production role to media manager for several advertising companies.  In 2004 Stephen was asked join the Seven Network as the Sales Manager before being appointed Sales Director in 2007.

Stephen’s goal is to continue to evolve the Foundation’s contribution within the research and wider community of South Australia.


Executive Director

Greg took up the position of Executive Director and Board Member of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation in 2016 following his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Novita Children’s Services.

Following a 19 year career in the Royal Australian Navy, Greg has held a number of challenging positions in civil infrastructure, manufacturing, global defence businesses and ICT project management, both in South Australia and overseas.

Greg is a firm advocate for generating new knowledge and building research capability in South Australia to improve the health and wellbeing of children.



Jonathan joined the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Board as Treasurer and appointed member of the Finance Committee. As a Certificate Practicing Accountant with qualifications in Finance and Commerce, Jonathon is Company Secretary and Director of the Board with Novita Children’s Services. He has more than 20 years finance experience having worked in banking, retail, construction, agriculture and in the disability services sector with responsibility for delivering financial, accounting and business analysis service. When not working Jonathon is likely to be coaching or enjoying sports.


Chair Research Committee and Co-opted by the Board

Kevin Forsyth is the Dean, People and Resources for the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University and Consultant Paediatrician and Professor of Paediatrics at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. Kevin is also the immediate past Dean and Director of Education for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Kevin’s children’s research interests are significant and include airway immunology of infants, in particular disease mechanisms of bronchiolitis, pertussis disease and immunisation policy, mechanisms of peanut allergy, and the vulnerable infant. His education interests include curriculum design and reform, supervision, e-learning and the intersection of pathways between medical school, pre-vocational and vocational training.


Women’s and Children’s Health Network

Dr Jennifer (Jenny) Fereday has been a Board representative of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation since xxxx and is the Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN).  She has held senior nursing positions in the areas of clinical practice, management, education and research in both the public and private sectors. Her academic qualifications include Registered Nurse (Diploma of Applied Science & Bachelor of Nursing), Midwifery Certificate, Master of Educational Management and Doctor of Philosophy.

Jenny is the professional lead for all nurses and midwives across WCHN and is involved in leading, and contributing to, decision making for nursing and midwifery at a Network, State and National level. She works closely with the university sector and holds an Adjunct Associate Professor role at the University of South Australia.


University of South Australia

Carol Maher is a Research Professor in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at the University of South Australia.

She’s passionate about understanding how daily activity patterns (e.g. physical activity, sleep and sedentary behaviours, like watching television) impact health. In particular, she’s interested in developing system-level approaches that improve people’s activity patterns and health, delivered at scale, to positively impact Australians in the general community and healthcare settings.

Prof Maher is a Section Editor for BMC Public Health, and former Chair of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity’s e- & mHealth Special Interest Group.



Greg joined the Board of Novita in 2009 and was appointed its Foundation member on the CRF Board in 2011.  As Senior Planning Officer at the University of Adelaide and Executive Officer of the University’s Planning and Budgeting Committee, Greg brings a significant level of planning and governance expertise to the Board.  In addition to these roles, he serves as Deputy Chair of the University of Adelaide Club and Treasurer of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in South Australia, and is a member of Novita’s Business Development Committee, and the Finance Committees of both Novita and the CRF.


Flinders University

Professor Claire Roberts is an inaugural NHMRC Leadership Fellow and Matthew Flinders Professor at Flinders University. She was President of the International Federation of Placenta Associations (2017-2021) and is Co-Convenor of Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA). She is Director of the Pregnancy Health and Beyond Laboratory (PHaB Lab). She is an internationally recognized authority and thought leader in placenta research. Claire is Scientific Director of the Adelaide SCOPE and STOP pregnancy cohorts and has developed algorithms for use as screening tools to predict which women are at risk of developing major pregnancy complications including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Her research shows that pregnancy complications identify young women and their children who are at risk of future chronic disease. She has a particular interest in modifiable risk factors for poor health in pregnancy and for the mother and child in the future. She has over 220 refereed publications.


The University of Adelaide

John Lynch is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is a Visiting Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol in the UK. He spent 20 years working in North America and before returning to Australia in 2009 he held professorial positions at the University of Michigan in the USA, and at McGill University in Canada.

He is an internationally recognized scholar in epidemiology and public health. In 2005 he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health. In 2007 his work in social epidemiology and public health was recognized with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Medical Science from the University of Copenhagen. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Australia Fellowship. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences


Channel 7

Chantelle joined the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Board and Finance Committee as a Channel 7 representative in 2019.

Chantelle has an extensive background spanning over a decade in broadcast media.  She began working at the Australian Radio Network in Adelaide, before furthering her career in Sydney. Her positions encompassed marketing, programming, client integration and content roles.  In 2016, Chantelle commenced employment at the Seven Network as Communications Executive, and is currently the Network Marketing Partnership Manager. Chantelle’s national position has seen her work on the Olympic and Commonwealth games.

Chantelle is a passionate believer in children’s’ health and wellbeing and wholeheartedly and passionately supports the research undertaken by the Foundation.


Channel 7 Foundation Member

Libby joined the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Board as a Channel 7 representative in December 2012.

Libby commenced working at the Seven Network in 1999 as a researcher and librarian for 7NEWS, before moving into marketing and promotion and the role of Publicity Manager for Channel 7 Adelaide. Libby now manages the PR and Communications of SkyCity Adelaide.

As the mother of two young girls, she’s passionate about raising awareness and promotion of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation to help prevent conditions affecting the health of children.


Channel 7 and CRF Ambassador

Rosanna Mangiarelli is a reporter, presenter and producer for 7NEWS Adelaide.

Her journalism roles have seen her interview a diverse range of international, national and state identities, and Today Tonight, fronted by Rosanna, notched up 18 successive years at No. 1.

Away from work, Rosanna dedicates her time to an array of charities including Novita Children’s Services and the Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation. She also enjoys holidaying around the state with husband Andrew and their three children – Emma, Olivia and William.

Independent Research Committee

“More than 40 years of working in collaboration is the key to our success in supporting children’s research.”

Funding for research projects is granted annually following the review and recommendation of our independent Research Committee, which comprises nominees of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, Flinders University, The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

Professor Kevin Forsyth – CHAIRPERSON
Dr Rhiannon Pilkington

Mr Paul Jury

Associate Professor Luke Grzeskowiak

Dr Tina Bianco-Miotto

Professor Leanne Dibbens

Dr Jennifer Fereday

Independent Referees


Our Board of Directors and Independent Research Committee collectively acknowledge with gratitude the many members of the international research community who provided independent referee reports for our Annual Research Grant Applications.