Meet the team

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Mr Peter Kerr
Chairman of the Board

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer at Mount Gibson Iron Limited following a long stint as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this Peter held the CFO position at Bannerman Resources. 

An Australian Chartered Accountant, he has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry in Australia and Canada. 

Having been part of Diabetes Research WA’s board from 1997 to 2000 and impressed by the work of the organisation over a long period, Peter kindly re-joined us in October 2015. 

Peter was appointed Chairman in May 2017 and is passionate about research into all forms of diabetes.

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Dr Joey Kaye
Vice-Chairman

Dr Kaye is a Consultant Endocrinologist and the Director of Diabetes Services at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia.

Joey completed his undergraduate medical training at The University of Western Australia, physician training at various hospitals in Western Australia and completed specialist training in Endocrinology and Diabetes in 2001. Joey undertook a PhD in neuro-endocrinology at the University of Bristol, UK from 2000-03.

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Ms Sally Bruce
Honorary Secretary

Sally has over 18 years’ experience in estate litigation and succession planning and holds the position of Special Counsel at Jackson McDonald. Estate litigation is a major part of Sally’s practice. She has acted in many family provision disputes and strives to achieve cost-effective mediated outcomes wherever possible.

Sally believes assists with ensuring we are on the right track and has a particular interest in Wills and Bequests.

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Mrs Maria (Janette) Lano
Honorary Treasurer

Maria is a highly experienced group accountant at Ramelius Resources Limited. Prior to this, she worked at Perseus Mining Limited and Mount Gibson Iron. Maria joined our Board in May 2017, replacing Peter Kerr as honorary treasurer. 


Maria has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and is a member of CPA Australia. 
Maria understands first-hand the power research makes for those living with or at risk of diabetes.

Maria lives with type 2 diabetes and believes research will change the future for many people at risk of developing diabetes.

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Ms Sherl Westlund
Executive Director

Sherl joined Diabetes Research WA team in 1997 after returning to Perth following a stint in the country as the Clinical Co-ordinator of the Northampton Asthma Service and Resource/ Education Officer for the Asthma Foundation in the Midwest.

Sherl has ensured quality world-class diabetes research is the main focus at DRWA and continues to develop connections and partnerships within  Western Australian.  She believes the benefits not only change the future for those at risk of diabetes, but also for the wider community and health sector including a reduction in government spending in the sector.

Sherl is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australasian Society for Association Executives.

Diabetes Research WA Board Members

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Mrs Catherine Broadbent
Board Member

Cathy is a Principal Accountant and tax advisor who spent more than 20 years at Price WaterhouseCoopers and is a member of the Salary and Allowances Tribunal. She has a personal interest in diabetes and helping to progress the search for a cure.

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Professor Elizabeth Davis
Board Member

Liz is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Perth Children's Hospital in Perth, WA. She is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

Liz works as a clinician and is actively involved in diabetes research, obesity and the metabolic syndrome in children.

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Mr Ken Pettit SC
Board Member

Ken is a Senior Counsel and commenced practise at the Independent Bar in 1995. Ken has practised in large commercial matters, administrative and constitutional law, public sector inquiries and investigations, industrial law and native title litigation.

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Ms Liz McGrath
Board Member

Liz is a writer and communicator with more than 25 years’ experience working in Australia, London, and New York. Recently Liz left her position as Media Advisor and Uniview Editor at The University of Western Australia to become a freelance journalist.

Liz has a daughter with type 1 diabetes and is determined to assist in ensuring research remains a focus for us.

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Mr Mervyn Rothstein
Board Member

Mervyn is a retired commercial lawyer and immigration agent and has had involvement in various diabetes associations here and in South Africa for over 30 years.

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Mr Brad Russell-Lane
Board Member

Brad recently retired from his role of CEO North West Shelf & Vice President Australia Business at Woodside Energy where he worked since 1989. He is now dedicating his time to two WA organisations in the NFP sector adding his skill and expertise where necessary.


Brad is a committee member at Southern Capes Motorcycle Club and has been instrumental in building this club up from scratch.


He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 36.

Brad is an advocate for workplace and corporate giving and believes diabetes research in WA is world-class.

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Dr Erica Smyth
Past chairman of the board

With a Master of Science degree in Minerals Exploration, Erica has enjoyed a long career in the minerals and petroleum industries and is now a professional company director. She is an independent director of Emeco Holdings Ltd, ANSTO, the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations). 

Erica, who has type 1 diabetes, has been with us since 1998. In 2013 she was included in the Women in Mining (UK) worldwide list of 100 inspirational women in mining and inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame on 8th March 2016.

Medical advisory panel

  • Dr Joey Kaye (chairman)
  • Professor Elizabeth Davis
  • Dr Gerry Fagan
  • Dr Send Khee Gan
  • Professor Tim Jones

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