John James Memorial Foundation


The Board of Directors consists of six Member (Doctor) Directors and three Non-Member Directors


Professor Paul Smith


Orthopaedic Surgeon

  • Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, ANU Medical School
  • Head of Department, Orthopaedic Surgery, The Canberra Hospital
  • Director, Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit
  • Director, ACT Bone Bank

Professor Smith is an Orthopaedic Surgeon practising in Canberra. His special interests are in pelvic and acetabular surgery, hip and knee reconstruction and replacement surgery and complex revision joint replacement. His private practice surgery is through the Calvary John James Hospital and the Canberra Specialist Surgical Centre.

MartinP2013 Dr Prue Martin



  • Anaesthetist in Canberra public and private hospitals
  • Director of Anaesthetic Group ACT

Dr Martin grew up and was educated in rural NSW, completing Medicine at the University of NSW. Her Anaesthetic training was at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. Over the last 25 years, she has worked in public and private practice in the ACT and in Sydney. She was previously the Deputy Director of Anaesthesia at Calvary Hospital and has served on the ACT Regional Committee for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists as Regional Education Officer. She currently acts as an assessor for the International Medical Graduate Committee of the Australian College of Anaesthetists.

Dr Martin is a keen participant in the Foundation’s outreach work, in particular paediatric dental and ENT services in remote areas of the Northern Territory.

cropped Vida ViliunasDr Vida Viliunas



Dr Viliunas has worked as a clinical anesthetist in Canberra since 1995.  She has been active in the Australian Society of Anaesthetists at regional and national levels and is the current education officer and CPD committee chair. She has also been chair of the final examination in in anaesthesia and an examiner for ANZCA. Dr Viliunas has a special interest in preparing candidates for their final examination in anaesthesia. She convenes the annual bootcamp weekend that is supported by the Foundation and hosted in the Foundation’s theatrette.



Linda Weber 2017

Dr Linda Weber



Dr Weber has been in public and private anaesthesia practice in Canberra, including at Calvary John James Hospital, since 1992. She has served the John James Hospital as a Board Member from 1995 to 1997 and the Director of Anaesthesia from 1993 to 1996. She has served in a number of local and federal roles for the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and ANZCA and was awarded the ASA President’s Medal for services to the Society in 2010. She is an accredited editor who edits the above-mentioned journal and the Final Fellowship Examination of ANZCA.


Liz G 2017Dr Liz  Gallagher



Liz Gallagher is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who is a VMO at several Canberra hospitals and a registrar training supervisor. She is a member of the AMA-ACT Board and AMA Federal Council.  Liz has been involved with Foundation activities for many years, including as a volunteer in the NT and more recently in the Solomon Islands. She also supports the Foundation’s Medical Education program by mentoring final year James Cook University medical students during their clinical placement in Canberra each year.  Liz previously served on the Board between 2011-2013.



AcworthB2013Mr Brian Acworth


Retired Banker with Westpac.
Non-Member Director, John James Memorial Foundation Board (one of three non-Doctor directors and has played a significant role with finance, investment and risk management aspects of the business).

  • Retired Head of Government Business for Westpac Bank (1996-2011)
  • Chairman, Solar Share Community Energy
  • Community Officer, Order of Australia Association – ACT Branch
  • Director and 50% owner PlantsPlus and Loganholme Nursery & Landscape Centre
  • Member, Federal Law Courts Audit and Risk Committee.

Brian Acworth has been Chairman and member of a wide range of government and community committees and organisations. He held a number of senior positions during his career and has considerable board, governance, private enterprise, business and Government experience. He has long been recognised for his energy, ability to generate business, integrity and his personal, government and business networks in the ACT and Queensland. Mr Acworth has been a mentor for Aboriginal business people for over 20 years with a number of success stories.


HarmerJ2013_INTERIM2Dr Jeffrey Harmer
AO BA (Hons) Dip Ed PhD Honorary Doctorate UC, FAIM, FIPAA


Retired – Public Service. Non-Member Director of John James Foundation Board since 2013.
Dr Harmer had a 33 year career in the Public Service. He held a range of executive positions including Secretary in a number of Australian Government departments, playing a pivotal role in numerous significant reforms during that time.
Dr Harmer was awarded the inaugural Australian Government Leader of the Year in 2009 by a panel established by the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2010 Dr Harmer was awarded an AO in the Australia Day Honours.
He retired from the Public Service in 2011.


SullivanM2013Mr Mark Sullivan


Retired – Public Service

Non-Member Director of the John James Foundation Board since 2008
Member of the Australian Taxation Office Audit Committee

Previous appointments:

  • Managing Director ACTEW Corporation since July 2008
  • Member of the ActewAGL Joint Venture Partnerships Board
  • Director – Australian Water Association
  • Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • President of the Repatriation Commission
  • Chair of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
  • Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services
  • Chief Executive of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
  • Deputy Secretary of Immigration at the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Mark Sullivan has extensive senior managerial experience in both the private and public service sectors.

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