16/10/2018 - 14:29

Chief scientist to chair Lotterywest, Healthway

16/10/2018 - 14:29


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The state government has today announced the appointment of chief scientist Peter Klinken as chair of both Lotterywest and Healthway, continuing the gradual integration of the two organisations.

Chief scientist to chair Lotterywest, Healthway
Peter Klinken will chair both Lotterwest and Healthway boards. Photo: Attila Csaszar

The state government has today announced the appointment of chief scientist Peter Klinken as chair of both Lotterywest and Healthway.

Professor Klinken will serve across both organisations, which share several common directors, a common chief executive in Susan Hunt, and joint office space.

Healthway was previously chaired by professor Bryant Stokes, whose term ended in mid September.

Lotterywest was hitherto chaired by Heather Zampatti, who took on extra responsibilities in August, when the government announced she was one of four people who would serve on the boards of both agencies.

In future she will be just a director of Healthway.

The other three - former Labor government health minister Jim McGinty, public relations adviser Miriam Borthwick and small business owner Stephen Carre - will continue on both boards.

The government also confirmed today the Healthway board will continue to include deputy chair Fiona Kalaf and advertising executive Steve Harris.

The Lotterywest board will continue to include Elisabeth McLellan and professor Kingsley Dixon.

Professor Klinken will assume his role as chairperson this week for a three year term.

He is the current chief scientist of Western Australia, and was previously the executive director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, director of research at Royal Perth Hospital, and the inaugural director of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research.

He is known for his work in medical research and health, and holds a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Both Lotterywest and Healthway will continue to operate under their own legislation.

Premier Mark McGowan welcomed the appointment, while thanking Ms Zampatti for her full term of service.

Professor Klinken is a prized appointment and brings a unique skill set to enable him to chair both Lotterywest and Healthway to ensure they continue to deliver benefits to the community,” he said.

“More than $260 million was returned to the WA community through Lotterywest grants and $463 million was shared among WA lottery winners in the last financial year.”

Health minister Roger Cook also welcomed the new chair.

Professor Klinken is a recognised leader in medical research and will bring great insight and passion to the agenda of Healthway,” he said.

“I welcome Professor Klinken to his new role as he works with the board of commissioners to ensure Healthway maximises opportunities to promote health and wellbeing, and support best public health outcomes for WA.”


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