Board of Directors

Andrew Thompson


Deputy Chair

Tony Barber

B.Bus, CA

Director and Secretary

Our Patron

The BrightSpark Foundation recognises the outstanding contribution of our patron and alumni, Professor Lyn Beazley AO. Professor Beazley was Chief Scientist for Western Australia (2006-2013), making history as the first woman to hold this state-based role nationwide. Admitted to the Office of the Order of Australia in 2009 and named West Australian of the Year in 2015, Professor Beazley has a distinguished career in translating and promoting scientific research for the benefit of the community. As a neuroscientist, her research has focused on recovery from brain damage and changing clinical practice in the treatment of preterm children. In collaboration with Professor John Newnham, Professor Beazley identified the correct dosage of corticosteroids to assist lung development in preterm babies, in a treatment that is now standard clinical practice worldwide. Professor Beazley is currently the Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University.


The BrightSpark Foundation is a public ancillary fund registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and is constituted as a trust with a company limited by guarantee acting as corporate trustee. As the Foundation is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a deductible gift recipient, any donations made to the Foundation by eligible donors are tax deductible.

Our annual financial reports are available via the ACNC website.

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