Our Why

The Common Good, an initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, is established to help people live healthier for longer.

Through the power of the collective, we support and facilitate the work of incredible researchers who are dedicated to making breakthroughs in the areas of heart disease, lung disease, mental health, and dementia.

Researchers rely on time to make medical breakthroughs that go on to save lives. Our goal is to provide them with as much time as possible in the hopes of changing lives for the better all around the world.

What we do

  • We support health innovation that tackles chronic diseases which affect 90% of the population.
  • We support the local hospitals we are associated with.
  • We self-fund our charitable operating costs through our commercial activities.
  • We apply 100% of public donations to the purpose.
  • We will be the most effective and efficient health innovation charity in Australia.

Using the power of us all, we can sustainably fund innovative medical discoveries that will profoundly improve and save lives.

We believe in The Common Good because it makes things real in three important ways:

We make what we do tangible

We’ve quantified that every

$48 donated = 1 hour
of research time

We communicate with our donors to let them know when the Time they gave us is being used, and how their contribution is making a real impact

The research we fund is focussed on real outcomes

Our research space is unique in that researchers have timely access to patient samples and work directly with frontline health professionals in a teaching hospital environment

We focus on funding innovative research that has the potential to have a very real and profound impact

We dare to be different to maximise the impact

We operate commercial businesses to help self-fund our charitable operations

We offer people hope and inspiration to encourage involvement without 'guilting' people into giving.

To sustainably fund medical innovation, we have to consider doing things differently both in how we run our operations and engage our stakeholders

Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Hornby OAM

Chief Operating Officer

Katrina Beasley ACA

Research Development Manager

Assoc. Prof. Stephanie Yerkovich

National Corporate Impact Manager

Wayne Thomson

General Manager of Community Fundraising

Mick Dwane

General Manager of Marketing & Memberships

Chloe Nguyen


Kerry O’Brien

Award winning journalist, author and host

"I have not taken the role of becoming an Ambassador lightly; I have seen the great work that is going on. I have seen the dedication and the passion. I urge you to join me for The Common Good."

Michael Groom

Mt Everest Conqueror

Helping lung transplant patients to live longer and healthier lives

Trevor Gillmeister

Australian Rugby League Legend

Helping to fight asbestosis, the disease which claimed his father

Sterling Nasa

Dementia Campaigner

Helping to tackle Dementia through the project “Sterling’s dream”

Bill McDonald


Finding better treatments for heart disease

Claire Holt

Actress, global ambassador

"For $48 an hour, it’s such a small amount to make a difference. So I’m really hopeful by getting behind this I can also encourage others to do the same."

Kate Phillips

Heart and double lung transplant recipient

Competing in triathlons and living life to the fullest. Ambassador for the Tour de Brisbane.

Richard Bettles

Ultramarathon Runner

Star of The Unforgettable Run where he completed the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc, an ultramarathon run throughout the French, Italian and Swiss Alps all done in the name of dementia research.

Mark Knowles

Australian Hockey Champion

"The Common Good is important because chronic illness affects so many of us and those we love. I'm looking forward to bringing people together in support of amazing medical research to help change this."

Board of Directors

Mr Christopher Morton (Chair)
Managing Director, Unity Pacific Funds Management Limited

Ms Veronica (Bonny) Barry 
Metro North HHS Representative

Mr Toby Innes 
Head of Retail & E-commerce
Brisbane Airport Corporation

Ms Catherine Donovan
Head of PR Strategy & Events - Network 10

Mr Paul McMahon 
Company Director

Mrs Lara Lowndes 
Managing Director - Lowndes Holdings Pty Ltd

Mr Anthony White 
Chief Executive Officer - Terry White Chemmart

Ms Margo MacGillivray
Governance Advisor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Ms Kim Wainwright 
Managing Director - Xplore Resources

Finance, Audit & Risk Committee (FAR)


Oversight of financial governance, financial reporting, audit and risk

Mr Paul McMahon (Chair)
Company Director

Mr Toby Innes
Head of Retail & E-commerce
Brisbane Airport Corporation

Mr Christopher Morton
Managing Director, Unity Pacific Funds Management Limited

Ms Margo MacGillivray
Governance Advisor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Mr Michael Hornby OAM
Chief Executive Officer - The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation

Mrs Katrina Beasley 
Chief Operating Officer - The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation