About the Stroke Advisory Board

The Stroke Advisory Board is fundraising to substantially increase QBI’s research capacity into Australia’s third-biggest killer.

The Board needs your help to fund four new research laboratories devoted to finding treatments and improving recovery for more than 400,000 Australian stroke survivors.

Read about QBI's stroke fundraising initiative here.

Board Members

Lavinia Codd
Stroke research is intensely personal for Lavinia Codd, founding member of the Stroke Advisory Board.

A stroke survivor, she is now a postdoctoral research fellow at QBI, in Professor Perry Bartlett’s laboratory. Professor Bartlett is internationally renowned in the field of molecular neuroscience, most notably for his contribution to the discovery of stem cells in the adult brain.

Lavinia began her working life at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She worked in both the Brisbane and South London offices of PwC, as well as the London office of the Swiss Bank Corporation, and The Walt Disney Company (Australia) in Melbourne. However, after the birth of her first child, Lavinia embarked on a career change and returned to UQ to study science.

Mid-way through her studies, aged just 31, Lavinia suffered a stroke.

The nature of Lavinia’s deficits meant that appropriate rehabilitation was unavailable, so she resumed her Bachelor of Science to drive her cognitive recovery, going on to complete her PhD in Professor Bartlett’s laboratory.

Today, Lavinia is investigating ways of improving recovery after stroke by activating precursor cells to increase the production of new neurons. Her aim is to translate laboratory findings into new behavioural and pharmacological approaches to restore cognitive functions in human stroke survivors.

Andrea Markey
Andrea Markey is a Communications and Public Relations specialist with over 20 years experience in the professional services and not-for-profit industries. She has broad experience in internal and external communications, event and project management, editing, content creation, speechwriting, profile building, communications strategy and media relations.

Andrea worked for over eight years at PwC, a global professional services firm, in a national media and communications team. Prior to this, she spent 14 years at the Australian Stock Exchange in a variety of roles including National Manager - Corporate Relations. More recently, Andrea consulted to Icon Cancer Care and Foundation, Australia’s largest private provider of cancer care, creating and delivered communications’ strategies to raise the profile raising of ICF and ICC.

Andrea is a strong supporter of QBI and the work it is carrying out on understanding brain function in both the healthy and diseased brain. Of particular interest is QBI’s current initiative understanding stroke and how to improve the future for stroke survivors. 

Scott McDonald
Scott McDonald has been a partner at McGarry Partners for more than a decade, providing advice, assistance and support to small to medium businesses operating across a range of industries. 

Prior to joining McGarry Partners, Scott was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he gained a broad range of experience working with large corporate clients providing audit, taxation and advisory services both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

As Lavinia Codd’s husband, Scott has an intimate understanding of the effect stroke has on an individual and their family.  He feels strongly about the need for structured recovery programs, which he feels were lacking for Lavinia, and for the need to support further research into stroke. 

 

Toni Ware
Toni Ware works with clients from a range of industry sectors, providing tailored business development, leadership consulting, personal development, coaching and training services. She has particular expertise in professional services, having worked in senior business development and marketing management roles in Australia and London for top tier firms from both the legal and accounting professions. Toni also spent a number of years in the advertising industry as the national film executive for an Australian media outlet.

Toni is passionate about the work QBI is undertaking, and the establishment of Stroke Research Laboratories. Like many, she has witnessed the fear and devastating impact a stroke can cause to both the sufferers and their families. Toni is also fascinated by the incredible breakthroughs this research is uncovering about the human brain and neuroplasticity and how this applies to our understanding of cognitive abilities, performance, memory, creativity and problem solving.

 

Craig Thompson
Craig has more than 25 years' extensive financial, commercial and executive experience in working with global corporate organisations, including Shine Corporate Ltd as CFO and Company Secretary; Gallagher Bassett (a subsidiary of a US listed company) as CFO and Company Secretary; and Flight Centre Ltd, Anglo American and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

Craig began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he met Lavinia Codd, a fellow graduate accountant. His interest in stroke research originated from Lavinia’s story. This personal connection to a stroke survivor, his connection as a UQ alumni, and the success to date of QBI made Craig a natural fit for the Stroke Advisory Board. 

 

 

 

Catrina Codd
Catrina Codd is a Senior Clinical Team Leader at Novotech, an Asia Pacific Contract Research Organisation. She is a Registered Nurse, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Health. 

She has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and research, working in pharmaceutical, hospital, government and academic environments and has worked on local and global drug and device trials in a wide range of therapeutic areas. 

As Lavinia’s sister, Catrina’s strong health background dovetails with her intensely personal interest in stroke research and recovery.