The Team

The RHH Research Foundation is comprised of five dedicated team members, Heather, Belinda, Sophie, Claire and Eve who all share a passion for local medical research. From a diverse range of backgrounds, we are a cohesive team who approach our daily work with energy and enthusiasm, always striving to maintain a high level of professionalism along with a sense of fun!

Heather Francis

Chief Executive Officer

With extensive experience in the not for profit sector, Heather has been CEO of the Foundation for almost a decade now. Heather’s role is to oversee the day to day activities and resources of the Foundation, providing strategic and governance advice to the Board and various Foundation committees. Heather is devoted to facilitating continual investment in health and medical research to benefit all Tasmanians.

Heather Francis

Belinda Ratnik

Finance and Operations


Sophie Kelly

Events and Marketing

Sophie’s background is sales and marketing across Tasmanian hotels and tourism attractions, as well as work in local government and the not-for-profit sector.  Sophie loves seeing the rewarding aspects of volunteering and is looking forward to supporting the foundation build its event space as well as developing new relationships in the local corporate sector. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys sailing with the DSS, cycling and is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Business Studies with UTAS.  


Eve Curley

Communications and Development

Eve has had over 10 years’ experience in media and communications working in the sports industry, as well as freelance writing stints for a variety of publications.  With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism, Eve has passion for storytelling and the health and well-being of the Tasmanian community.

Eve Curley

Claire Vicars

Research and Administration

Claire has recently commenced with the Foundation bringing with her significant experience gained within several Federal Government agencies including Intellectual Property Australia and the Community Grants Hub. Claire supports the CEO to administer the Foundation’s research grants program, helping to facilitate positive relationships with researchers and guide them through the research grant process.


Special thanks to our major sponsor
Johns Group Tasmania