Stella runs own business Stella Connect P/L, helping people, organisations and their ideas connect to maximise productive outcomes. Stella recently retired as CEO of Obesity Australia and for nine years before that was CEO of the Bio21 Cluster; Victoria’s leading health sciences/biotechnology research cluster. This was preceded by management roles as Faculty General Manager for the School of Graduate Studies, University of Melbourne and Scientific Executive Officer at the Baker Heart Research Institute.
After gaining a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1984, Stella spent three years as a CJ Martin Fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London before returning to a research career in Australia. Her career was as a biomedical research scientist in the area of diabetes was recognised in 2014 when she was listed on the NHMRC website “High Achievers in Australian Health and Medical Research”. In 1994, Stella helped establish the Premier’s Award for Medical Research in Victoria, which recognises outstanding talent amongst young Victorian medical researchers.
Stella is currently on the Boards of The Bionics Institute, the Victorian Cancer Biobank, the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust and the Melbourne Boston Sister City Association where she Chairs the Hugh Rogers Fellowship Committee. In 2012 Stella was made an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne In 2013 she was awarded a Certificate of Merit upon graduation from the AICD Company Director’s Course.