Our people

Director of Research

Professor Chris Cowell


Chris has been the Director of Research for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) since 2011, SCHN is the largest children’s tertiary healthcare provider in Australia and is committed to improving the lives of children through research led care.

Chris is driving change within the Research Directorate, guiding the Network towards becoming a leading child health research intensive organisation. It is an exciting era with the 2021-2025 SCHN Research Strategy to be implemented with a focus on the four pillars of innovative research: People, Partnerships, Population & Practice, and Precision Health including development and implementation of novel gene therapies for children with rare genetic disorders and cancer.

Chris’ major focus and contributions to health and medical research are through leadership in developing a research intensive health organisation through research and through the nurturing of effective partnerships with hospitals, independent medical research institutes and academic organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

His own research interests are in prevention of metabolic effects of obesity and optimising bone health. Professor Cowell has >180 peer review publications.

Chris has designed and conducted randomised controlled trials, participates in cohort studies and is currently Co-chief Investigator on a NHMRC-funded Partnership Project, CareTrack Kids, which assesses whether health care for children is delivered according to best evidence and guidelines.

Executive and Strategy

Professor Ian Alexander
Associate Director - Laboratory Research
+61 2 9845 3031


Dr Toby Trahair
Associate Director - SCH Research
+61 2 9382 2970


Georgette Danyal
Associate Director - Research Operations
+61 2 9845 1115


Jessica Mathieu
Executive Assistant to the Director of Research 


+61 2 9845 1316


Clinical Trials

Professor Craig Munns
Clinical Trials Lead - Children's Hospital at Westmead
+61 2 9845 3136


Dr Laura Fawcett
Clinical Trials Lead - Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick


Research Operations

Rebecca Rielly
Research Operations Manager
+61 2 9845 3091


Lyndsey Smith
Research Operations Officer
+61 2 9845 1115


Anna Chawa
Research Business Manager
+61 2 9845 1385


Communications & Grants



Allison Mathey
Senior Research Administration Officer - Grants


Clinical Research Support

Sharon Falleiro
Manager, Clinical Research Centre (Westmead)
+61 2 9845 1387


Petrina Hetherington
Manager, Clinical Research Centre (Randwick)
+61 2 9382 5537


Research Ethics and Governance

Asra Gholami
Executive Officer, Research Ethics
+61 2 9845 3066


Lucia Smith
Research Governance Manager
+61 2 9845 1272



General Enquiries

     Kids Research, Westmead
     +61 2 9845 1400
     Kids Research, Randwick
     +61 2 9382 5540