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Mr Rod Halstead held the position of Honorary Solicitor for the Heart Research Institute prior to joining the Board. Mr Halstead is presently Director - Strategic Corp/M&A at the law firm Clayton Utz. Prior to holding that position he had many years’ experience as a Partner at Clayton Utz, with a preceding position as a Partner at the law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Mr Halstead regularly advises Boards and Senior Management of major Australian corporate and financial institutions, with respect to business and governance-related matters. In 2023, Mr Halstead was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).