Our Board

The QEIF board brings together respected leaders with a diverse range of health, medical, business, finance and philanthropic experience.

Mark Sheridan


Mark Sheridan is a Partner with leading business advisory firm Mazars in Brisbane. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a member of the  Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was appointed a Director of the Prevent Blindness Foundation in 2003 and Chairman of the Foundation from April 2011.

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Professor Mark Radford


Prof. Mark Radford has been Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Queensland Eye Institute since March 2010.

Mark completed his first undergraduate degree at Flinders University of South Australia in 1978. After being awarded a Japanese Government (Mombusho) Fellowship, Mark completed his Doctor of Medicine at Nagasaki University School of Medicine in 1992. During this period he also completed a PhD at Flinders University (1989).

Mark started his working career as a research academic (lecturer and later Associate Professor) at Hokkaido University in Japan. Between 1993 and 2003, Mark served as a consultant to a number of government and private organisations worldwide, before returning to Hokkaido University to become Professor within the Department of Behavioural Science.

In 2006, Mark returned to Australia to become CEO and Managing Director of Symbiosis Group Limited – a life science investment, management and commercialisation company based in Brisbane, Australia.

Mark has extensive experience in medical research, teaching and management. He has published extensively in the area of medicine, culture & behaviour, leadership and decision-making.

Mark is a member of a number of professional associations. He is Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Australian Institute of Management (AIM).

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Jemma Elder


Jemma is Managing Director of Personalised Plates Queensland, a partnership between the Queensland Government and the world’s largest advertising agency, Publicis Groupe. Jemma is also Managing Director of KiwiPlates, a partnership between Publicis and the New Zealand Transport Agency. She brings an extensive business, sales and marketing experience, having previously worked in senior management positions with ASX listed companies including Ardent Leisure, Goodlife Health Clubs and Dreamworld.

Jemma holds a Bachelor of Business and is presently undertaking studies in Applied Finance. Jemma is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of Management.

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John Lowes


John is a Special Counsel with Shand Taylor Lawyers which he joined as a Partner in 2007. Previously he was the Principal of Lowes & Co, a predominantly property focused law firm which he ran for 11 years. Prior to this he was a Partner for eight years with an international law firm. John holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law.

With over 37 years as a practising solicitor, John concentrated on all aspects of property, small business law and private client advisory. He has also acted for a broad range of health professionals and specialist medical groups. John gained Specialist Accreditation in Property Law from the Queensland Law Society in 2002 and served for ten years as a member of their Specialist Accreditation Board.

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Mario Pennisi


Mario has more than 30 years’ experience in managing and growing commercial operations in the life sciences industry. He is a member of The University of Queensland Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Board, the Chairman of Griffith University’s Clinical Trials Advisory Committee and a Member of the Queensland Government’s Biofutures Industry Advisory Group.  He is also a government-appointed Member of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Council, and associated committees.

Mario’s Non-Executive Director roles include Elo Life Systems Australia Pty Ltd, Alpine Immune Sciences Australia Pty Ltd and Suncare Community Services Ltd. Previous roles include executive positions at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology and Mayne Group as well as serving as CEO of Life Sciences Queensland Ltd. and Queensland Clinical Trials Network Inc.

Chair of QEIF, Mark Sheridan, said “We are excited to have Mario join the QEIF Board at this stage of our development. With Mario’s experience and insight into research and clinical trials, together with his credentials as a Non-Executive Director, we are looking forward to harnessing his skills to support our sustainability and innovation strategies to achieve our purpose of saving sight.”

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