• Professor Sir John Savill

    Executive Director


    John Savill has been Executive Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health since July 2019, having served in the UK as an honorary consultant in renal and acute medicine from 1990 to 2018. His work has been recognised by fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Society of Nephrology, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Royal Society and honorary fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List for services to clinical science.

  • Professor David Story

    Associate Director


    David is Professor and Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne; and Head of the University of Melbourne Department of Critical Care. He is a member of the Council of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), Deputy Chair of the ANZCA Research Committee, and the Chair of the ANZCA Safety and Quality Committee. His main research interest is clinically and cost-effective approaches to reduce perioperative risk, complications, disability, and mortality. He also does translational work in acid-base disorders; and is a consumer investigator in diabetes care. David is a Staff Anaesthetist at the Austin Hospital where he provides perioperative care for most procedural specialties including liver transplantation.

  • Nick Walsh

    Chief Operating Officer

    BA (International Studies), M Public Policy and Management

    Nick oversees the operations of the MACH to deliver the strategy and facilitate research collaboration across MACH members. He also directly supports a number of MACH committees including the Aboriginal Leadership Group, Primary Care, and Strategic Translational Research and Platforms.

    Nick joined the MACH from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences where he worked in international relations and has held governance and project management roles in higher education, state and federal government departments.

  • Eleanor Bonikowski

    Executive Assistant


    Eleanor provides support to the MACH Executive, Board and Council. She also supports the MACH team in the running of the MACH office.

    Before joining the MACH, Eleanor worked at a Melbourne-based specialist medical training college. She has worked in Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant roles for the past thirteen years supporting CEOs, Directors and their teams primarily in not-for-profit organisations.

  • Dr Gaya St George

    Senior Project Officer


    Gaya supports various committees and themes including omics, molecular imaging, Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) and other strategic initiatives.

    Gaya has background in clinical quality registries, clinical trials and epidemiology research. Prior to joining MACH she worked for Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, managing a clinical quality registry and obtained her PhD investigating susceptibility to early-onset squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.

  • Lauren Wallis

    Senior Project Officer

    MSc BSc (Hons)

    Lauren provides support to the Women’s and Newborn Health theme, Health Services Improvement and Implementation theme, and Data Driven Healthcare Improvement platform. Lauren also supports a number of projects including the state-funded Victorian Collaborative Healthcare Recovery Initiative, and the AHRA Transformational Data Collaboration.

    Lauren has a background in genetics, haemato-oncology research, and evidence-based medicine. Prior to joining MACH she worked for the British Medical Journal group in the UK, developing Clinical Decision Support tool content for use by clinicians at the point of care.