Professor Sir John Savill, BA, MBChB, PhD, FRCP, FRCPE, FRCSEd(Hon), FRCPCH(Hon), FASN, FRSE, F.MedSci, FRS

Executive Director

John Savill has been Executive Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health since July 2019, having served in the UK as an honorary consultant in renal and acute medicine from 1990 to 2018. John graduated in Physiological Sciences from Oxford in 1978 and in Medicine from Sheffield in 1981.  He received a PhD (London) in 1989.  After junior hospital appointments in Sheffield, Nottingham and London, he spent seven years in the Department of Medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, with spells as an MRC Clinical Training Fellow and Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow.   
In 1993, he moved to the Chair of Medicine at Nottingham; subsequently moving in 1998 to Edinburgh as Professor of Medicine where he set up and became the first Director of the University of Edinburgh/Medical Research Council Centre for Inflammation Research.   
Between 2002 and 2017 he served as the first Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine; he was appointed to the Regius Chair of Medical Science in 2017.  

From 1st June 2008 to 30th September 2010, he was Chief Scientist for the Scottish Government Health Directorates (part-time). 

On 1st October 2010 he was appointed as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Medical Research Council, combining this with Head of College duties in Edinburgh; he demitted from the MRC at the end of March 2018. 

His work has been recognised by fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Society of Nephrology, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Royal Society and honorary fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  He was a member of the Medical Research Council from 2002 to 2008 and chaired two Research Boards during this period.  He was knighted in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List for services to clinical science. 

Professor David Story, MBBS, MD, BMedSci, FANZCA

Associate Director

David is Professor and Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne; Deputy Director, and Head of Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit Program at the Centre for Integrated Critical Care; and Director of the Melbourne Clinical and Translational Sciences (MCATS) research support platform. He is also a senior clinical anaesthetist at Austin Health.

Eleanor Bonikowski, BA

Executive Assistant

Eleanor has worked in Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant roles for the past ten years supporting CEOs, Directors and their teams primarily in not-for-profit organisations. In the UK, Eleanor worked in the social housing sector and the tertiary education sector (University of the Arts London). Before joining the MACH, Eleanor worked at a Melbourne-based specialist medical training college.

Michelle Iddles, BSc

Clinical Trials Manager

Michelle worked in clinical research for the Pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. Her last 15 years were as cofounder and director of Trident Clinical Research Pty Ltd, a Contract Research Organisation with offices throughout Australasia.

Her strength in Project Management is suited to the Clinical Trials Manager role at MACH to facilitate research within the MACH members. She has qualifications in Pharmacology, Law and Project Management.

Lauren Wallis, MSc BSc (Hons)

Project Officer

Lauren has a background in Evidence-based Medicine and systematic reviewing, previously working for the British Medical Journal group in the UK, developing content for Clinical Decision Support tools to be used by clinicians at the point of care. She has also worked in Haemato-Oncology research, screening novel anti-cancer compounds and developing apoptosis detection imaging assays in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies.

Nick Walsh, BA (International Studies)

Project Officer

Nick joined the MACH from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences where he worked in international relations, helping to develop strategic partnerships with overseas universities, hospitals and research institutes. Prior to this, Nick worked in governance and project roles at RMIT University and state and federal government departments, including an internship at the Australian Trade Commission in Malaysia. Nick is currently completing a Master of Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne.

Heather Whipps, BA

Project Officer

Heather has worked in tertiary education for almost ten years, holding roles in departmental administration, project management and student program management, primarily in health and health equity research and policy translation contexts. Prior to joining the MACH, Heather worked for McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has additional experience in scientific journalism, marketing and public relations in the private sector.

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The mission of the MACH is to improve health and wellbeing by integrating medical research, education and clinical care.


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