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Murdoch Children's welcomes Sarah Murdoch to the Board

Research News
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Murdoch Children's Research Institute is delighted to announce its long time Ambassador, Sarah Murdoch, has joined its Board of Directors. 

"Sarah has a long history with the Institute, having been our ambassador since 2000. Her standing in the community and advocacy for child health research has been invaluable to date," said Murdoch Children's Chairman, Mr Leigh Clifford AO. Mr Clifford said Sarah's passion for child health research and influence in the community would support the Board in shaping its future direction.

For Sarah, the opportunity to highlight the vital role of child health research and be able to play a role in the strategic direction of the Institute made the decision an easy one. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE was a founding member of the Institute in 1986 and the Murdoch family has supported the Institute since its inception 27 years ago.

"As Ambassador for the Institute over the past 14 years, I have seen the life-saving work conducted by our researchers and have had the pleasure of meeting many of the children who have benefitted from their discoveries. I am absolutely delighted to increase my role at the Institute."

Sarah has been recognised for her philanthropic work on several occasions and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Director, Professor Kathryn North AM said "Sarah will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in strategic management and community engagement to the Board and I look forward to working closely with her."

Sarah's appointment comes as the Institute farewells Janet Calvert-Jones AO, who has stepped down from the Board after almost 28 years of service.

"I would also like to thank outgoing board member Janet Calvert-Jones for her significant contribution to the Institute," Leigh Clifford said.

Based at The Royal Children's Hospital, Murdoch Children's Research Institute is the largest child health research Institute in Australia and is at the forefront of child health research both nationally and worldwide.