Meet our Board of Directors

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Prof Trevor Leong

President

Trevor is a consultant Radiation Oncologist and immediate past Director of Radiation Oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is the current President/Board Chair of TROG and previously chaired the TROG Scientific Committee. He is also a Board Director of AGITG. Professor Leong is an active clinician researcher who is involved in both translational research programs as well as clinical research. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the management and research of gastrointestinal cancers.

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A/Prof Sasha Senthi

Scientific Committee Chair

Sasha is a Radiation Oncologist at Alfred Health and an A/Prof at Monash University. He has a PhD in the use of Stereotactic Radiotherapy and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. Sahsha started a biobank and co-supervises a lab looking for immunoloigic biomarkers of response and supervises two PhD students. Sasha was appointed Chair of the TROG Scientific Comittee in August 2021 and as a member of the TROG Board of Directors he aims to promote make it easier than ever for investigators to gain funding and initiate trials through the TROG trial development pathway.

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Dr Fiona Hegi-Johnson

Full Member Director

Fiona is a Radiation Oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Victoria and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Clinically, she specializes in the treatment of patients with lung, breast and head and neck cancer. Fiona is also the Chair of the TROG Lung Subspecialty Group.

 

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A/Prof Purnima Sundaresan

Full Member Director

Puma is a consultant radiation oncologist at Westmead Hospital, A/Prof at The University of Sydney and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Her clinical and research specialities are head and neck, skin, lower gastrointestinal and haematological malignancies. Puma has served on the TROG Scientific Committee, Publications Committee (chair), RANZR Radiation Oncology Research Committee and Cancer Symptom Control Trials group’s Management Advisory Committee, and is currently chair of the Board of Head and Neck Cancer Australia. She is Facilitator of the annual RANZCR / TROG SMART workshop and the ACORD concept /protocol development workshops.

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Dr Tim Kuypers

Independent Director & Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Tim works as a Special Advisor for HoustonKemp Economists and the Principal at Walbrook Partners. He is an experienced and well-respected rail safety expert. Tim contributes his vast understanding of regulation to the TROG Board. 

 

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Dr Keen Hun Tai

RANZCR FRO Director

Keen-Hun is Deputy Director of Radiation Oncology, Consultant RadiationOncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is currently in his second 3-year term of FRO Council. During this time he has been a facilitator in the annual Statistical Methods, Evidence Appraisal and Research for Trainees (SMART) workshop for Radiation Oncology trainees of the RANZCR at the TROG Annual Scientific Meeting.

 

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Prof Annette Haworth

Full Member Director

Annette is a Professor of Medical Physics and Director, Institute of Medical Physics at the University of Sydney (NSW) and has more than 20 years of hospital-based clinical experience. She has been involved in   TROG Cancer Research activities for over 15 years including members of the New Techniques and Technologies Committee, the TROG Scientific Committee, TROG Radiation Therapy Quality   Assurance team, a TROG representative on the Global Harmonisation Group as well as being a member of multiple Trial Management   Committees. 

 

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Mr Murray McLachlan

Independent Consumer Representative

Murray is a Deputy Chair of Cancer Voices NSW and a Health Consumer NSW Board member. He has previously volunteered with Cancer Council NSW, drawing on his professional life experience in the NSW public sector around policy and advocacy. His personal cancer experiences include the death of his long term partner from pancreatic cancer in 2007, and successful surgical intervention for prostate cancer in 2009.

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Dr Melissa James

Independent Director New Zealand

Melissa is a radiation oncologist practicing in Christchurch, having completed her RANZCR fellowship training in Australia (Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney) and New Zealand. She has an interest in radiation treatment for brain, breast and skin cancers. Melissa has been involved in recruiting patients to TROG trials since she was a registrar and has been an active member of the TROG urology and breast working parties.

 

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Mr Andrew Beck

Independent Director

Andrew is an experienced in-house lawyer and is currently General Counsel at Pacific National, Australia’s largest private rail freight operator. Andrew is energised by working wth people, improving processes and generating valuable outcomes.  He recognises the importance and value of diversity of thought and brings this to his position on the TROG Board. He is a current member of the Finance Audit & Risk Management Committee

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Mrs Sue Naeyaert

Independent Director

Sue is an experienced international executive in the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked in research as a helath economist and in outcomes research in various cancers, and currently consults to the pharmaceutical industry. Sue has previously held Board positions internationally and is passionate about quality care for cancer patients. She is a current member of the Finance Audit & Risk Management Committee.