Executive Management Team

Executive Management Team

The IHMRI Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Board of Directors and provides overall leadership, strategic management and direction for the Institute. 

The Executive Director is assisted in the high-level management of IHMRI’s research program and operations by the Clinical Director, who also acts as IHMRI's Deputy Executive Director.

Executive Director, Professor david adams

Professor David Adams

T: +61 2 4239 2264 | E: djadams@uow.edu.au

Professor David Adams joined IHMRI in December 2015 and is former Director of the Health Innovations Research Institute at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. He was an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow from 2010 to 2015 and was previously Professor and Chair of Physiology at the University of Queensland, Head of Department of Physiology & Pharmacology (1998-2000), Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences (2000-07) and Professorial Research Fellow in the Queensland Brain Institute (2008-09).

He is a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant (2005-2019) to identify novel pain therapeutics based on venom peptides (conotoxins) from cone snails. He has published over 180 refereed journal articles (112 as first or senior author) in leading journals and 16 book chapters. He has been principal supervisor and co-supervisor of more than 30 PhD students.

Professor Adams is the past President of the Australian Physiological Society, a former member of the National Committee for Biomedical Science, Australian Academy of Science and a member of five Editorial Boards of international scientific journals. He is currently a member of NHMRC Assigners Academy and a member of the Research Management Council for Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia.

Clinical Director and Deputy Executive Director, Professor Leonard ARnolda

Professor Leonard Arnolda 120

T: +61 2 4221 4307 | E: larnolda@uow.edu.au

In January 2016, Professor Leonard Arnolda was appointed IHMRI’s inaugural Clinical Director – a new leadership role shared between IHMRI and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) to encourage and support clinical research in the region and facilitate collaborations between IHMRI-affiliated academic and clinician researchers.

Professor Arnolda obtained his PhD from Monash University where he studied the role of vasopressin in heart failure. He was then a Commonwealth Medical Fellow and National Health and Medical Research Council Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellow at Oxford University (UK), where he studied skeletal muscle metabolism in heart failure.

Returning to Australia, he accepted a post at the Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia, working there until 2001 until he moved to Perth to take up the role of Professor of Cardiology at the Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), where he served terms as both head of the hospital’s Cardiology Department and head the RPH’s unit of the University Department of Medicine.

In 2009 he was appointed Director of Cardiology at ACT Health and Professor of Cardiology at the Australian National University.

Professor Arnolda is an active researcher whose work spans basic laboratory science and clinical research and involves investigations on the physiology of the heart and circulation in health and its pathophysiology, as manifest in diseases such as heart failure and high blood pressure. He currently chairs the National Blood Pressure and Vascular Disease Advisory Committee for the National Heart Foundation and the Hypertension working group of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.


Picture of Kara Lamond

T: +61 2 4252 8941 | E: klamond@uow.edu.au

Ms Lamond was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and is responsible for the general management of IHMRI’s governance, communications, planning, finances and infrastructure.

With senior-level experience in both the public and private sectors, Ms Lamond has led major reforms and initiatives in service delivery and infrastructure management.

Her most recent positions include Executive Manager of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at the NSW State Emergency Services, and Executive Director at Migration Law Australia.

Ms Lamond also gained extensive experience leading health and justice projects as Senior Manager for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wollongong. She also has a Graduate Law degree from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England.

Last reviewed: 8 March, 2017

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Strategic Plan 2017-2021

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