The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) is deeply grateful for the support and participation of its volunteer Development Board.
The Board plays a vital role in helping to elevate the Institute’s profile locally and nationally, develop and sustain strategic business partnerships, and develop and enhance the diversified funding streams that make our research possible.
Board members are prominent representatives from the community who are committed to improving health care through innovative, leading-edge research with the potential to change lives on a global scale.
For more information about UQDI’s Development Board, please contact Nicole Zanyat at 

Board Members


Mr Peter Bishop (Chair)

Peter Bishop is founder and Director of HLB Chessboard and has been in the accounting and finance industry for 18 years.  As a chartered accountant Peter has worked for Deloitte and was Principal in charge of Corporate Finance in Queensland at Crowe Horwath.  Peter has spent many years in the investment banking industry in Sydney and Brisbane.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
His clients range from large private companies to ASX-listed organizations and growth business. Peter regularly acts as lead advisor to boards on merger and acquisition transactions and provides strategic advice to clients.

Ms Sofie Formica

Sofie Formica has been at the vanguard of mass media and communications globally over the last 20 years in a variety of roles as TV personality, producer, marketer and adviser.
She currently wears a “number of hats” including: Host of the Great South East (Seven Network), Co-Founder/Director of Media Potential (a boutique media and communications firm), Ambassador of Infiniti Motor Cars Australia, Ambassador Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Spokesperson (RACQ, Sunsuper), Master of Ceremonies and facilitator across corporate, philanthropic and government sectors.
As a passionate advocate for personal and environmental well-being, Sofie brings an aptitude to UQDI which is both rare and valuable in communicating our opportunity and achievements. 

Mr Michael Hawkins 

In addition to being the Executive Chairman of APSA (the Asia Pacific Screen Awards), Michael's roles include Executive Director of the National Association of Cinema Operators – Australasia, Chair of the Australian International Movie Convention and Director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation Ltd.  He is also the Deputy Chair of Screen Queensland and a director of Qi Power Limited.  
He serves on the Foundations of the Queensland State Library and the University of Queensland Diamantina Research Institute.  
He is a lawyer by training and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Ben Kehoe

B.A. UQ. Grad. Dip. Business Admin. (QUT) FAICD
Ben Kehoe is a Management Consultant and Business Adviser with extensive commercialisation experience. For over thirty-five years he has worked in a range of Industries as business has restructured and repositioned to manage the seismic changes occurring through globalisation and the emergence of new technologies. He has extensive experience in Agribusiness, Biotechnology, Manufacturing and Industrial products.
He has held Board positions in Healthcare, Biotechnology and professional sport (Rugby).  Currently he holds positions in a number of private companies and is a syndicate leader with the CEO Institute.  



Mr Robert (Bob) Henricks

A graduate of Indooroopilly State High School, Robert (Bob) Henricks is a retired electrician. Bob joined the Electrical Trades Union in 1963, and has been a dedicated union activist and leader ever since. He has held many key positions within the union, including Assistant State Secretary, State Secretary (1987-2002), and National ETU President.
Bob has also held several leadership positions within the Australian Labor Party, including as a delegate from his branch and from his union to various party committees. He served as a member of the Queensland Branch Committee of Enquiry in 1978, on the State Campaign Committee in 1972, and chaired the Disputes Tribunal for some years.
Bob currently serves acts as Chairperson of a number of companies associated with superannuation and training in the electricity industry. 


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