Meet the team

Mr Peter Kerr
Chairman of the Board

Peter is chief financial officer at Mount Gibson Iron Limited and previously held the same 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 greatly admiring 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.

Dr Joey Kaye

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.

Ms Sally Bruce
Honorary Secretary

Sally has over 18 years’ experience in estate litigation and succession planning and holds the position of Special Council 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.

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, joining 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.

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Ms Sherl Westlund
Executive Director

Sherl joined Diabetes Research WA 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 with Western Australian individuals, businesses and corporate community who enable research to continue.  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

Associate Professor Elizabeth Davis
Board Member

Liz is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Deputy Head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Princess Margaret 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 research being diabetes, obesity and the metabolic syndrome in children.

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.

Ms Liz McGrath
Co-opted Board Member

Liz is a writer and communicator with more than 25 years’ experience working in Australia, London, and New York and is the Media Advisor and Uniview Editor at The University of Western Australia.

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.

Mr Brad Russell-Lane
Co-opted Board Member

Brad holds the role of CEO North West Shelf & Vice President Australia Business at Woodside Energy where he has worked since 1989. 
Brad is a committee member at Southern Capes Motorcycle Club. 
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.

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)
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Davis
  • Dr Gerry Fagan
  • Dr Send Khee Gan
  • Associate Professor Tim Jones


to advance research
to help find a cure
to raise awareness