ADRF Board

The ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Board comprises of two directors who govern the foundation with independent advice from the ADRF Council comprising prominent health academics and researchers specialising in diabetes and healthcare. This includes providing advice on the most valuable diabetes research proposals to fund via research grants.

The ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Program is overseen by the ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Board and the Research Council. The Board appoints the Independent Chair and ratifies membership of the Council. The Council oversees the grant application process and makes recommendations to the Board regarding grant and fellowship recipients. Council operations are managed by the Executive Group.

Chair: Steven Brett (NSW)


Steven is a Customer Experience Executive, Entrepreneur and Business Management Consultant, founder of Manage Smart, a blogger on leadership and productivity, member, assessor and contributor to the Customer Service Institute of Australia and fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

With extensive experience in business management gained in property, health, financial services, construction, software and other service businesses both large and small over the past 20 years, Steven offers his sales and marketing, operational management and customer experience skills through his consulting firm.

Steven is passionate about improving customer outcomes through alignment with strategic business goals and he shows his clients (medium to large businesses) how to achieve this through increased customer intimacy in a multi-channel customer service environment. Additionally, Steven works with business owners, CEOs and executive leadership teams in their personal leadership development.

Steven has been an Australian Service Excellence Awards winner in many categories, including Best Customer Charter – National 2014, Best Small Business – National 2011 and Best Small Business – NSW 2011, 2013. His commitment to customer experience excellence led to his appointment to the judging panel from 2014 and his appointment as an assessor and consultant to the International Customer Service Standard in 2015.

Professor Trisha Dunning (VIC)

Trisha Dunning

Trisha is Chair in Nursing and Director Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research at Deakin University and Barwon Health in Geelong, Victoria. She has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 1988.

She is currently a Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation and serves on many local, national and international committees.

She is widely published in books, journals and magazines.

Trisha is the current Chair of the ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Council.