Board member inspired by the GMRI’s work
“The GMRI has an absolutely inspiring story to tell, and I’m privileged to be part of it,” says Jane Parker, a GMRI board member and passionate advocate.
Jane is a lawyer at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, specialising in commercial law and projects with a focus on technology, contracting, intellectual property and governance.
Having done some pro bono work for the GMRI in the past, she was asked to join the board after another lawyer left.
Jane was “delighted” when Swee Tan asked if she was interested in filling the position.
“It was a great moment for me, personally and professionally,” she says.
“After my previous involvement with the Institute, I was very happy to join as it fits my personal values. Their goal is to reduce people’s suffering – how do you fault that?
“It also worked for my professional aspirations, as I was looking to gain experience in a governance role.”
Jane says she is also fulfilling a duty to contribute her skills to a worthy organisation, bringing legal thinking and a different perspective to the table.
“I want to be able to help set up a strategic setting that supports the GMRI in achieving its goals,” she says.
“My legal background is useful in helping to identify, mitigate and manage risks. I also have an element of independence and an objective view, because I don’t have a medical background.”
Jane would like to see the GMRI continue to maximise the use of the new facilities, and gain the flexibility to grow and pursue different options based on current work.
“The GMRI’s work reflects the endeavours of many people over a long time,” she says.
“It’s important this can continue in a sustainable manner, so they can focus on ground-breaking research, rather than fundraising.
“Great people are the backbone of the GMRI – money is an enabler, allowing increases in the scale and pace of research.”