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Alastair Lucas Endowment Fund

Angus Morgan

04 August, 2015

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IMAGE: Christian Johnston, Goldman Sachs Head of investment banking in Australia and New Zealand

Former Burnet Institute Chair Alastair Lucas AO is to be honoured with an endowment fund in his name, to be launched with generous financial contributions from Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Group.

The fund will be an enduring tribute to Mr Lucas, who died peacefully on 6 July, aged 63, of a brain tumour.

In a brilliant career in investment banking, Mr Lucas distinguished himself as one of Australia’s most experienced corporate advisors with both Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Group.

His two decades with Macquarie Group culminated in his appointment as Chairman, Investment Banking, before his appointment in 2004 as co-Chairman, Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand.

The Alastair Lucas Endowment Fund will be used to support in perpetuity the Alastair Lucas Prize for Medical Research into diseases affecting poor and disadvantaged communities.

“Alastair has made a truly remarkable contribution to our country – he has been one of our leading investment bankers for over 30 years and has had an extensive and truly meaningful involvement in medical research and many other worthy causes, which have had far reaching positive impacts on the broader community,” Christian Johnston, Goldman Sachs Head of investment banking in Australia and New Zealand said.

“Goldman Sachs alongside Macquarie Group is honoured to play a small part in establishing the Alastair Lucas Endowment Fund which will create an enduring legacy for Australian medical research.”

IMAGE: Robin Bishop, Burnet Board Member and Head of Macquarie Capital in Australia and New Zealand

Robin Bishop, Head of Macquarie Capital in Australia and New Zealand said: “Alastair will be remembered not only for his services to corporate Australia but also for the profound impact of his work championing advancements in medical research. It is a privilege to support the researchers who strive to find new ways to prevent, cure and treat the medical conditions affecting the most vulnerable people in our community.”

The Alastair Lucas Endowment Fund was formally announced on Monday at a Tribute Service at Federation Square in Melbourne, attended by more than 350 friends, family and colleagues to acknowledge Mr Lucas’ exemplary contribution to Australian public life.

Federal Health Minister, The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Federal Opposition Leader, The Hon Bill Shorten, and Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC were among the speakers.

Burnet Chair from 2002-2014, Mr Lucas was also founding Chairman of the Medical Research Future Fund Action Group and co-founder and Chairman of cord blood and tissue bank, Cell Care, Australia.

He was a Board member at Research Australia and helped to develop the Medical Research Foundation to engage Australians in philanthropy.

In recent years Mr Lucas was active in animal welfare through Australia for Dolphins, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, Animals Australia, and Flora and Fauna International.

Mr Lucas was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his outstanding contribution to medical research and international health, animal welfare, philanthropy and the business community.

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Angus Morgan

Senior Media and Communications Officer

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angus.morgan@burnet.edu.au

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