Leadership Team

The richness and diversity of expertise and skills amongst our outstanding leadership team is matched by their dedication and commitment to lead Burnet's mission.

  • Director and Chief Executive Officer

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    Professor Brendan Crabb AC

    BSc(Hons), PhD

    Director and CEO of Burnet Institute since March 2008. Immediate past-President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI). Chair, Victorian Chapter of AAMRI. Awarded an AC for medical research and global health.

Deputy Directors


Executive Management


Program Directors


Deputy Program Directors


Discipline Heads


Senior Management


Headed by Chairman, Ms Mary Padbury, the Board of Directors are responsible for the overall governance, risk management and guidance of the strategic direction of the Institute.

  • Chairman

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    Ms. Mary Padbury

    BA, LLB (Hons)

    Chairman of Burnet from 2019. Director since 2011. Non-Executive Director Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Chair Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board. Former Chairman of Blake Dawson/Ashurst Australia and Vice Chairman of Ashurst LLP.

  • Director and Chief Executive Officer

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    Professor Brendan Crabb AC

    BSc(Hons), PhD

    Director and CEO of Burnet Institute since March 2008. Immediate past-President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI). Chair, Victorian Chapter of AAMRI. Awarded an AC for medical research and global health.

Directors