Our governance

We are incredibly well resourced with some of the greatest minds in New Zealand and international science working to direct and focus our work through our Directorate, Advisory Board, International Science Advisory Board, Māori Advisory Board, and Research Advisory Committee.


Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull, KNZM, FRSNZ
Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull is the Director of the Centre for Brain Research and a Distinguished Professor of Anatomy at the University of Auckland.

Professor Alan Barber
Professor Alan Barber is the Deputy-Director (Clinical) of the Centre for Brain Research and a practising neurologist.

Associate Professor Deborah Young
Associate Professor Deborah Young is Associate Director of the Centre for Brain Research and Director of the NeuroDiscovery Behavioural Unit within the centre.

Associate Professor Lynette Tippett
Lynette Tippett is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory board is responsible for shaping and guiding the strategic direction of the Centre for Brain Research.

Chair, Professor John Fraser
Professor John Fraser is the Dean of the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. He is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, governance and management of the faculty.

Deputy Chair, David Mace, FCANZ, FCIS, FHKSA
David Mace is the Chairman of the Freemasons Roskill Foundation. He is a Chartered Accountant and has held numerous managerial and directorial positions at the world’s largest accountancy firms.

Professor John Hosking, FSRNZ
John is Dean of Science, assuming the role in June 2014. Prior to that, he was Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University and before that he was Professor of Applied Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland.

Jo Brosnahan, QSO, MA Hons, FCILT, FNZIM
Jo Brosnahan is the founding Chair of Leadership NZ, the Chair of Landcare Research and a director on a number of boards.

Wendy Fleming, RN
Wendy Fleming is a Registered Nurse and the current Chair of Alzheimers New Zealand Charitable Trust. Additionally, she is responsible for raising funds for research into dementia.

Dr Richard Frith
Dr Richard Frith is a neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist at ADHB. He is Chair of the A+ Trust, the Charitable Trust associated with the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), and Chair of the Julius Brendel Trust.

John Villiger, PhD
John Villiger has spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry working predominantly in drug development. He has served on several boards of Australasian biotechnology companies and the University of Auckland.

International Science Advisory Board

This group of international experts ensure that the activities of our centre remain focused on our research goals, so that all appropriate opportunities and challenges developing from the centre's activities are fully realised.

Professor Chris Shaw
Christopher Shaw is Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics, Head of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Director of the Medical Research Council Centre for Neurodegeneration Research and Director of the Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

Professor Stephen Davis
Professor Davis is the Director of the Melbourne Brain Centre. He is the inaugural Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne. 

Professor Anne Young
Professor Young is the Distinguished Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She established the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND).

Professor Wickliffe Abraham
Professor Wickliffe Abraham has played a leading role in promoting neuroscience research and teaching at the University of Otago. In 1997, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2007 he was awarded a Royal Society of New Zealand James Cook Fellowship.

Professor Perry Bartlett, FAA
Perry is the Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland. He is internationally renowned in the field of cellular and molecular neuroscience.

Professor Donna Rose Addis
Donna Rose Addis is a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Māori Advisory Board

The Māori Advisory Broad guides the Centre for Brain Research on tikanga, Māori engagement and development, and how to conduct research for and with Māori.

Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull (Ngāti Rāhiri, Te Ātiawa)
Director of the Centre for Brain Research and Professor of Anatomy at the University of Auckland.

Dame Rangimārie Naida Glavish (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi)

General Manager, Māori Health and Chief Advisor Tikanga at Auckland and Waitematā District Health Boards, Chairwoman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua.

Professor Papaarangi Reid (Te Rarawa)
Tumuaki (Deputy Dean – Māori) and Head of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland

Professor Michael Walker (Whakatōhea)
Founding Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence, and Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland

Research Advisory Committee

The Research Advisory Committee consists of leading scientists from across the centre. They help to shape the ongoing development of the centre and its staff and students.