CRT Board of Directors

The Cancer Research Trust’s Board of Directors are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance and ethics. The Board is comprised of the following four members:

Peter Mansell (Chairman) BComm, LLB, FAICD

Peter Mansell
Mr Peter Mansell practised as a corporate and resources lawyer for over 35 years before he retired from practice in 2006. In Australia he was a corporate and resources partner of legal firm Freehills, the predecessor firm to Herbert Smith Freehills, and at various times was the Managing Partner of the Perth office, a member of the firm’s National Board and the Chair of the firm’s National Board.

He has extensive experience as a non-executive director and as a Board Chair. In addition to his current directorships, Peter has previously held positions on West Australian Newspapers Holdings Ltd (Chair), Zinifex Ltd (Chair), Foodland Associates Ltd and OZ Minerals Ltd. He also served as the Chair of Western Power.

Peter’s current listed company directorships are Energy Resources of Australia Ltd (Chair) and Tap Oil Ltd.

His current unlisted directorships are Aurecon Group (Pty) Ltd and Foodbank of Western Australia Inc (Chair) and Foodbank of Australia Limited.


Professor Peter Klinken BSc (Hons), PhD, DipEd

Peter Klinken
Professor Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia. His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that suppresses the growth of tumours.

After obtaining his PhD from The University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

His previous roles have included Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia; Director of Research at the Royal Perth Hospital; and the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (previously the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research).

Under his stewardship, the Perkins Institute attracted world-class national and international researchers to the State and made numerous acclaimed medical discoveries. He also spear-headed the development of two new state-of-the-art medical research facilities, Perkins North in Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) and Perkins South in Murdoch (Fiona Stanley Hospital).

Professor Klinken was appointed as Chief Scientist of Western Australia in June 2014 and is Western Australia’s third Chief Scientist, since the role was established in 2003.

Professor Klinken brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chief Scientist. His input will support the Government in growing the State’s science industries to achieve future prosperity for Western Australians.


Peter Leonhardt FCA, FAICD (Life)

Peter Leonhardt
Mr Peter Leonhardt has been a non-executive director and business adviser for over 15 years.

His prior experience encompassed thirty-five years in professional practice as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, including over twenty years as a partner of the firm and positions in four offices in Australia and overseas.

Peter held appointments as Managing Partner of Coopers & Lybrand in Western Australia and as a member of the firm’s National Board for six years, roles that carried responsibility for the strategic direction and management of the firm.

From 1991 to 1999 he was a Member of the State Council of the AICD and is a Life Fellow.

Currently he is Chairman of Carnarvon Petroleum Limited and a director of CTI Logistics Limited.

Peter is also a long-standing member of the Western Australian Yachting Foundation. He was formerly a founding director of the Perkins Institute of Medical Research, which he served for 17 years, Chairman of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, a member of the advisory board of the Perth International Arts Festival and a director of the organising company for the 2011 Perth ISAF World Sailing Championships held in Fremantle.


Professor John Challis PhD, DSc, CBiol, FRSB, FRCOG, FCAHS, FRSC

John Challis
Professor John Challis is currently Executive Director of the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN). John was previously the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Medical Research at the University of Western Australia and also holds the title of University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University.

John completed his training at the Universities of Cambridge, University of California, San Diego and Harvard Medical School and held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, before moving to McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Later he served as inaugural Scientific Director of the Lawson Research Institute, London Ontario and as Founding Director of the MRC (Canada) Group in Fetal and Neonatal Health and Development at the University of Western Ontario. More recently he served as Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, and as Vice President Research and Associate Provost of that University. He was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and served as President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in Vancouver BC.

He has published more than 500 peer review papers and chapters in his research areas of pregnancy, preterm birth and developmental aspects of health and disease and trained more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and held in excess of $25 million peer reviewed research funding. John has an H-index of 69. His contributions have been recognised with Fellowships in the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ad eundem) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is past President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI), the Perinatal Research Society, the Canadian Physiological Society and the Canadian Investigators in Reproduction (CIR within the SOGC). He is recipient of the E.C. Amoroso and the Sir Alan Parkes Lectureships of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (UK), the Sir William Liley lecture of the Perinatal Research Society, the Transatlantic Medal of the British Endocrine Society, the FC Macintosh award and the Sarrazin lecture of the Canadian Physiological Society, the Presidents Scientific Achievement Award, the Distinguished Scientist Award and the Fred Naftolin Award for Mentorship from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the David Barker Medal of the International DOHaD Society and the McLaughlin Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, amongst others.