Former head of Hunter New England Health Katherine McGrath looks back on the formative days of HMRI and believes the establishment of the organisation exemplified the power of unity.
“The great achievement back then was to bring the many different groups together under a structure that enabled us collectively to promote the image, to fund raise and engage with local community to support the growth and development of medical research,” she said.
Ms McGrath paid special tribute to the likes of Libby Rodgers-McPhee who was instrumental in strategic recruitment across local industry, business and community to the first board, and former NBN journalist Jim Sullivan who played a powerful role in communicating the narrative to a wider audience in the media.
“I could see the ongoing work of HMRI researchers offered countless stories of great interest to the public, and I did what I could to see those stories told – not just on NBN news,” Mr Sullivan said. “Early on, though, it seemed a bit like herding cats.”