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Our Board

John Seccombe

John Seccombe

Chairman
John joined the MPA Board in 2015 and was elected Chairman in July 2016. John has a long career in senior management roles in the agricultural sector.
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Victoria Beedle

Victoria Beedle

Chief Executive Officer
Victoria commenced her leadership career in the not-for-profit world after working within the commercial sector in senior executive, business development, marketing and event management roles.
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Daniel Belcher

Daniel Belcher

Director
Daniel co-founded Melanoma Patients Australia, together with Brent Grace in 2006 and has served on the Board since the organisation’s inception.
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Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer

Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer

Director
Marie-Claire has a background in clinical social work and holds post-graduate degrees in social policy, research and management.
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Professor Mark Smithers AM

Professor Mark Smithers AM

Director
Professor Mark Smithers AM is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a Member of the Order of Australia 2018. He is a surgeon involved in the management of patients with all stages of melanoma for 30.
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Karen van Gorp

Karen van Gorp

Director
Karen is a stage IV melanoma survivor who is now an advocate for and supporter of other melanoma patients.  Karen was diagnosed in 2011 with a Clark level III melanoma.
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Professor Michael Kimlin

Professor Michael Kimlin

Director
Professor Kimlin is an internationally renowned visionary leader in Cancer Research and Cancer Control. He is trained as a Cancer Epidemiologist with significant experience and leadership of, and research into, cancer aetiology, risk and control.
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Ruth Power

Ruth Power

Director
Ruth joins the MPA Board in 2021 as a qualified Medical Scientist with strategic and patient-focused Medical, Scientific, Advisory and Program and Project Management expertise across biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry, academia, state government, and public and private clinical health sectors.
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Klaus Bartosch

Klaus Bartosch

Director
Klaus is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of ASX listed health tech company 1st Group Ltd and the company’s online healthcare appointments marketplace MyHealth1st which was launched in 2012.
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