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Debate Profiles

"Do Research and Innovation provide equal inputs to Ageing and Living Well experience, or is one more important to our future well-being?"

Christopher Findlay

Chair: Emeritus Professor Murray Gillin AM

Co-Organiser, Ageing and Living Well Think Tank and Innovation Collaborative
During a career spanning over 60 years Murray worked in the fields of defence science and technology as an Engineer, Research Scientist and as Defence Research Attaché in the Australian Embassy Washington, USA.; and in education as Dean of Engineering, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry/Academic Liaison) and Director Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University of Technology. He has special interests in wealth creation from engineering and innovation (is Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia), in work integrated learning (is Past-President of the World Association for Co-operative Education), and in entrepreneurship education and research (was Founding Chairman of the AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2004-2009). Co-Founder of Pitcher Partners Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2010-2015).

Team A 'Research is More Important'

Pascale Quester

Leader: Professor Pascale Quester

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), University of Adelaide

Professor Pascale Quester is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Adelaide where she provides leadership in the areas of learning & teaching, internationalisation & indigenous education.

Pascale holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Arts (Marketing) and a PhD in Marketing. She is an active researcher in the area of marketing and consumer behaviour, having authored over 200 refereed papers and three textbooks.

In 2012, she was awarded the Ordre National du M\xE9rite (National Order of Merit), one of France's highest honours, in recognition of her contribution to higher education in both France and Australia.

David Panter

Member: Dr David Panter


Dr David Panter furthered his experience in public health services after being recruited to South Australia in 2004 as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service. Over the next 10 years he held a number of positions within SA Health, most notably being the person responsible for developing the SA Health Care Plan 2007-16 and leading the process for the procurement and development of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, and also as the Chief Executive Officer of Central Adelaide Local Health Network with responsibility for over 10,000 staff on multiple sites.

In March 2015, David became the new Chief Executive of ECH Inc., a not-for-profit provider of quality affordable homes and support services for older people.

Jennie Shaw

Member: Professor Jennie Shaw

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide

Professor Jennie Shaw is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Adelaide, which includes the Schools of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Elder Conservatorium of Music, 7 research centres, and the University's 'node' of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions. Her research and teaching interests traverse the arts and humanities, with a particular focus on creative practice as research.

Jennie is involved in several research centres, including the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP), the Australian Workplace Innovation Social Research Centre (WiSER) and the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre also sit under her in the Faculty.

Experience includes serving on the boards of the Primary Industries Innovation Centre, the National Centre for Greenhouse Gas Research and the Conservatorium of Music (as Deputy Chair).

Team B 'Innovation is More Important'

Steve Wesselingh

Leader: Professor Steve Wesselingh

Executive Director, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

In October 2011 Professor Wesselingh took up the position as the inaugural Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Professor Wesselingh has also been appointed as the Infection and Immunity Theme Leader for the institute. Professor Wesselingh was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, from 2007-2011. Prior to taking up the Deanship, he was Director of the Burnet Institute, an independent medical research institute specialising in infectious diseases, immunology and public health.

Professor Wesselingh is an Infectious Diseases Physician and researcher in Neurovirology, HIV and vaccine development and has consistently worked towards the integration of high quality medical research with health-care delivery, leading to improved health outcomes for Australia and the poorly resourced countries of the region.

Nick Callinan

Member: Mr Nick Callinan

Managing Director, Collins Hill Pty Ltd

Mr Callinan is a pioneer of the Australian venture capital industry, having started in 1984 what became the Advent group of venture and private equity funds. In 1994, he went to London and set up new funds to invest in the transforming economies of Central and Eastern Europe. He spent time in Boston with the global firm Advent International (whose name he had used for his Australian companies) and then joined Shell in London to establish an international IT venture fund. He returned to Australia in 2006 and now advises companies, particularly those raising capital to expand their operations. He is currently chairman of Sunshine Heart Inc. and a director of a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Earlier in his career, Nick worked for Cummins Engine Company Inc. ending up as chief executive of its Australian subsidiary. He started his career with Gutteridge Haskins and Davey (now GHD), consulting engineers.

Ian Hardy

Member: Mr Ian Hardy AM

Chief Executive, Helping Hand Aged Care SA

Ian Hardy has been Chief Executive of Helping Hand Aged Care in South Australia since 1990.

A former president of the national not-for-profit peak body ACSA, he has been a member of many of the Commonwealth’s ageing advisory bodies over the past 20 years, and has spoken at conferences around Australia and in New Zealand, Spain and Singapore and at universities in Ravensburg, Berlin and Vienna.

An Honorary Fellow of the University of South Australia, in 2008 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to the community, particularly in the area of aged care as a leading contributor to the development of better services”.

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