Staff Profiles

Office for Research

Professor Villis Marshall AC - Director

Professor Marshall is recognised internationally as an eminent urology consultant, educator and researcher. His experience spans the provision of clinical services, general management of public hospitals, both in Australia and internationally, and improvement in safety and quality in healthcare settings. He has over 300 publications. 

In 2006 Professor Marshall was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia for service to medicine in urology and kidney disease research. He is the Chair of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care having held that role since 2012 and is also a Commissioner of the Health Services Charitable Gifts Board. 

In 2016 Professor Marshall took up the (part time) role as the inaugural Director of the Office for Research for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network as he is keen to grow research in the south and make Flinders a centre for excellence for generations to come.

Paula Davies - Assistant Director

With a background in law, economics and psychology, and considerable experience in policy development, risk management and governance over the last 25 years, Paula was initially drawn to the network to implement the outcomes of the research organisational review in 2015. 

Having done so, Paula has recently moved into the role of Assistant Director at a time of considerable enthusiasm for development of research strategy. 

She is keen to be part of the promotion and growth of research with SALHN, in conjunction with its various research partners, to ensure that clinical research is seen as part of the backbone of quality health care.

Simon Windsor - Research Governance Officer

Simon has worked in public, private and university sector research for over a decade and holds a Bachelor of Medical Science from Flinders University.

Simon began his career at the CSIRO in the Human Nutrition laboratory, working on nutritional products. He relocated to the United Kingdom in 2009, where he worked at the Queen Anne Street Medical Centre on a range of respiratory clinical trials.

In 2011 Simon returned to Flinders Medical Centre where he worked with Professor Rob Baker within Cardiac Surgery Research, before moving to the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute (now SAHMRI) to lead the N3RO Trial in 13 hospitals across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Upon completion of the N3RO Trial, Simon held a leadership role at Bellberry Limited where he provided advice and support to researchers from across Australia on protocol development; he also developed projects and conducted site monitoring audits in line with the National Statement.

Simon’s varied international work experience and deep understanding of the current research climate will help enable the Office for Research to support researchers across SALHN and Flinders University.

Petrina Kasperski - Ethics Officer (Quality Assurance)

Petrina has worked in the Office for Research for the past 6 years in the roles of SAC HREC Executive Officer and Ethics Officer.  

As the Ethics Officer, Petrina reviews all applications and amendments through our quality assurance process. The quality assurance process assists researchers in preparing their applications and amendments for committee review.  

She finds her job very rewarding, as the Office for Research promotes research that is ethically sound and scientifically valid, which in turn benefits our participants and our community

Alexandra Mudd

Alex qualified as a nurse in 2006 starting in Liver Transplant before specialising in HIV and Infectious Diseases at the Royal Free Hospital London.  The medico-legal issues involved motivated her to complete a law degree.  

Upon completion, she worked as a legal assistant assisting to interpret medical reports and draft legal documents and client advice.  Thereafter Alex joined the team at the Medical Research Council's Clinical Trials Unit as a HIV research nurse. She continued her work at the Clinical Research Facility, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield where she was responsible for a portfolio of studies recruiting across the hospital.  

Alex moved to Adelaide in August 2017 to join family and endeavours to integrate into the research community at SALHN.  As Ethics Officer Alex provides support to the SAC HREC to ensure the efficient and effective ethical and scientific review of research.

Dominic How

Dominic has been working in SA Health research administration for a number of years across both ethics and governance. 

After graduating Flinders University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) he worked for Abbott Pathology  before joining the CALHN Office for Research where he worked with researchers at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital across both ethics and governance. Dominic brings with him a comprehensive understanding of SA Health governance processes and requirements.  

As Governance Administration Officer, Dominic will be available to assist researchers with their governance submissions and will work with them to achieve final authorisation for their study to commence at SALHN. 

Dominic’s goal is to make SALHN the destination of choice for researchers and sponsors to conduct clinical research that benefits our patients.

Julieanne Charlton - Administration Officer

Julieanne has worked in public health administration for a number of years and provides secretariat services for the Office for Research.

As a keen botanist, Julieanne has a methodical approach to her work and is always on hand to support researchers.





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