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Graham Henderson BEcon, BA, MA, MHist, FGIA

After a long career in IT and general business management, Graham has concentrated on the management and support of community Not-For-Profit organisations and charities.

Graham joined the board of the National SIDS Council of Australia Limited in 2006, serving as Hon. Treasurer from 2009-2011, Secretary from 2015-2017 and Chairman from 2012 to 2017. During that time, he oversaw creation of a unified national organisation, combining the peak federal body with state-based organisations. He served as the first Chairman of the resulting national body, Red Nose Limited.

He retired in November 2017. In other professional activities Graham has acted as Company Secretary to two ASX listed public companies.

Jon Griffin B.Ec. CA. Financial Advisor

Jon comes to NBRI with years of experience in the financial sector. Jon holds a Bachelor of Economics, and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1983. Jon is a registered tax agent, registered company auditor and registered self-managed super fund auditor. Other qualifications include Diploma of Financial Services and a Certificate IV Training & Assessment.

He established and is the principal of the accounting firm APL Financial Pty Ltd, providing numerous tax and financial services to small and medium size business throughout Victoria.

Past roles include treasurer and president of the Brighton Beach Primary School and currently honorary treasurer of the Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria together with auditor, advisor, committee member of numerous other “not for profit” and “for profit” entities.

Dr Maree Brinkman BSc (Nutr), MND, PhD (Biomedical Sciences) NBRI Founder

Apart from concentrating the last 16 years of her career to the combination of nutritional research and clinical work with a special interest in cancer prevention and management, Dr Maree Brinkman also has a background in the Not-for-Profit sector.
This has involved the successful project management of a large dietary calibration study for the Cancer Council Victoria – The results of which have been published here -the successful management of a community theatre program and two years involved in the committee of a local private kindergarten as Treasurer and President.  Maree has also been involved in the successful funding of several large research projects both here in Australia, and overseas, in the UK and Belgium.

Along with running her own private dietetic practice, Dr Brinkman is also an Assistant Professor at the Care and Public Health Research Institute within Maastricht University in The Netherlands, and holds an honourary research fellowship at the Cancer Council Victoria in Nutritional Epidemiology.

Edward McDermott BA (Criminology); B Laws (LLB); GDLP

Edward joins NBRI as one of the two Australian Legal Practitioners from DCM Lawyers.  Edward has completed a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University; a Bachelor of Laws with Honours at Victoria University an international course in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation from the Humboldt University of Berlin and Graduate Diploma in Practical Legal Training from the College of Law. 

Throughout his studies and since being admitted to Practice Law in Victoria, Edward has worked primarily in private legal practice with a focus on individual and small business representation.  In 2017, Edward together with his co-board member Graham Chambers, founded their firm DCM lawyers with a focus to provide clients with clear advice and a personalised uncomplicated approach to problem solving.

As a current practising solicitor, Graham provides legal and strategic advice to individuals and small to medium sized businesses. He focuses on the delivery of clear advice to complex problems and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Science and Law in addition to a Masters in Applied Law.

Graham has practised law in New South Wales and Victoria and is the co-founder of DCM Lawyers. He has spent his career focusing on assisting clients to obtain effective solutions and continues to do so at DCM Lawyers. Graham joined NBRI after a personal family experience with cancer and is committed to applying his problem solving skills wherever the need arises.”

Advisory Board

Prof Dr Maurice Zeegers
Scientific Advisor

Maurice Zeegers is the director of the Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI) at Maastricht University. With over 300 employees and 400 PhD students, CAPHRI provides high quality multidisciplinary research and PhD supervision aimed innovating Public Health and Health Care.

Maurice is a full professor of Complex Genetics and Epidemiology and head of the department of Complex Genetics where he and his team perform their research, within CAPHRI, and also within the NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism.

Maurice received formal training across diverse scientific domains ranging from the allied Medical to Social Science, Data Science, Biotechnological Science, and Management and Economics. His main research interest is in Epidemiology from which he recombines and integrates other bodies of knowledge. He has published over 250 scientific papers and two books in the fields of Nutritional Epidemiology, Cancer Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Forensic Epidemiology, Systematic Reviews and the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Anke Wesselius PhD

Anke Wesselius has a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology and a doctoral degree in Biomedical Science with two majors: “Epidemiology” and “Pathobiology”. Currently Anke is working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Complex Genetics at Maastricht University. Here, she leads the research line “Nutritional and Cancer Epidemiology”.

Wens Brinkman Advisor to the Board – Cancer Survivor

Wens has an IT background in the payments and retail sector in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States. He has worked as CMO and CEO of both private and publicly listed companies.

Wens was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010 and has subsequently had four occurrences of secondary cancers in the lung. Throughout six operations, three rounds of chemotherapy and three rounds of radiation therapy Wens has been able to continue to work and function quite well.

Wens believes that his good outcome is a result of correct diet and exercise plan complementing the good care given by his medical team. Wens is Dr Maree Brinkman’s husband.

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