The Team

The RHH Research Foundation is comprised of five dedicated team members, Heather, Belinda, Julie, Jos 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 joined the Foundation from 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.

Jos Binns


Joscelyn joined the Foundation’s team in May and brings over 15 years’ experience working in events and business development within hotels, convention centres and local government. She is originally from NSW and has lived and worked throughout Australia as well as abroad in Canada before deciding to settle down in Hobart. She enjoys the process of bringing an event together and is excited bring her experience to the not for profit sector and get to work on the Foundation’s diverse event calendar. In her spare time Joscelyn loves cooking & baking, going on vacations, spending time with her husband and spoiling Daisy Binns, her senior staffy.

Brodie West

Marketing, Communications and Development

Brodie has over 15 years’ marketing, communications, and business development 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