The Team

The RHH Research Foundation is comprised of five dedicated team members, Heather, Belinda, Claire (currently on Parental Leave), Julie and Brodie 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

Belinda comes to the Foundation with over 15 years’ experience in senior management within both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors across three states. Working in a range of industries throughout her career, Belinda brings a wealth of business and financial and administrative acumen to the Foundation. Belinda oversees the day-to-day financial and administrative operational aspects of the Foundation in support of the CEO and Board.

Julie Turnbull

Research and Administration 

Julie has recently joined the Foundation, filling Claire’s role while she is on parental leave. She has enjoyed a diverse career across a variety of sectors including tourism, local government and graphic design, with significant project management experience, and is keen to utilise her skills within the not for profit sector. Julie enjoys walking, yoga, cooking and has a passion for all things Japanese; she is looking forward to post-Covid when she can travel there again.

Claire Vicars (Parental Leave)

Research and Administration

Claire’s significant experience, gained within several Federal Government agencies including Intellectual Property Australia and the Community Grants Hub, benefits her role in supporting 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. Claire is currently on parental leave until June 2022.

Brodie West

Marketing and Events

Brodie has over 15 years’ marketing and event management experience working with media, brands, agencies and not for profits. Brodie completed his Bachelor of Business degree at UTAS before moving to Sydney to work for News Ltd and DNA magazine. He then returned to Tasmania to work as the Marketing and Event Manager for online supplement giant Bulk Nutrients. After a two-year stint in Melbourne during the peak of the COVID19 pandemic, Brodie has returned to the Apple Isle to join our team. Brodie’s networks extend Australia wide, and he brings a wealth of experience developing strategic partnerships to the team. 

Special thanks to our major sponsor
Johns Group Tasmania