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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.

His background provides him a wide understanding of business management and advocacy at all levels of industry and Government. John is currently Chairman of the Northern Co-operative Meat Company, a globally recognised farmer owned Co-operative. He is currently Chairman of the Co-operative Alliance in northern New South Wales and represents the industry at both State and national levels.

John has a strong rural focus and has a particular interest in rural health issues. After being diagnosed with a potentially life threating invasive form of squamous cell carcinoma whilst living in western NSW, John appreciates the importance of support and information for patients having difficulty accessing specialised treatment.

John has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (UNE) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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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.

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

Daniel has extensive professional experience in Private Equity and Strategy fields through his work as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co in Sydney and New York, CEO of Sands Group, and now Managing Director of Redwood North, a Private Equity and Real Estate Investment Firm.

Daniel has completed an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York, an LLB/ B.Com (Accounting) from Bond University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Alison Button-Sloan

Alison Button-Sloan

Director

RN, RM, Grad Dip Diabetes Education
Following a long career in midwifery, Alison now works as a practice nurse and diabetes educator.

Since her melanoma diagnosis in 2013, she has worked both directly and in partnership with other consumers, health professionals, cancer organisations and researchers to improve outcomes for those people and their families impacted by melanoma. She has co-facilitated the MPA Melbourne Support Group since 2014.

Alison’s current board and consumer appointments include:

  • Australian Melanoma Management Guidelines Panel with Cancer Council Australia and Melanoma Institute Australia
  • Victorian Cancer Biobank
  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Melbourne Melanoma Project Consumer Reference Group
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Victorian Cancer Clinical Trials Advisory Panel
  • Australian Melanoma Consumer Alliance
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Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer

Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer

Director

Marie-Claire has a background in clinical social work and holds also post-graduate degree qualifications in social policy, research and management.

She has experience in a range of clinical, policy, research, academic and senior management roles within health and social assistance, having worked in government, higher education, commercial and non-profit sectors. Marie-Claire’s most recent previous roles include: National Clinical Director for 1800RESPECT, the national telephone and online counselling service for people impacted by sexual assault and domestic and family violence and Director of Support Programs for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Marie-Claire is currently working as a consultant with health, human services and social care organisations in the areas of strategic planning, psychosocial program innovation and development, quality assurance and improvement. She is also a national director of the Australian Association of Social Workers, currently serving as National Vice-President. Marie-Claire is a 2012 Winston Churchill Fellow. Her research involved an overseas study on the organisation of social work education and workforce planning in the United States, Canada, England and Denmark. She is currently undertaking a doctorate in social work at UNSW in Sydney.

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Martin Keetels

Martin Keetels

Director

Marty is a member of the Australian innovation ecosystem. As Innovation Lead for a multi-billion dollar organisation, Marty executes a dynamic innovation agenda.

This sees Marty market intrapreneurial innovation and identify, invest in and work with Australian start ups. He has a strong focus on robotics and population health.

Marty is a legal practitioner (BA/LLB UQ) with an MBA (MGSM). He was awarded Australian Young Manager of the Year from the Australian Institute of Management in 2011.

When not innovating, Marty is the founder of Beer InCider Experience – one of Australia’s favourite beer festivals. Marty sits on the boards of Clevertar, Melanoma Patients Australia where he Chairs the Fundraising Committee and Redhair Events.

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Jillian Richards

Jillian Richards

Director

Jillian is a partner with KPMG where she is responsible for the provision of external audits and other assurance services to many companies across industries.

These industries include the financial services and not for profit sectors. Jillian brings strong finance, risk and governance experience to the board, having worked with listed and non-listed clients in Australia and is the chair of MPA’s Finance and Audit Committee.

Jillian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Queensland and is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

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Dale Shuttleworth

Dale Shuttleworth

Director

An experienced manager, with over 30 years ICT industry experience, Dale has held senior positions at Datacom, Pronto Software and Madison Technologies.  He was the Member for Ferny Grove within the Queensland Government from 2012 to 2015.

Mark Smithers

Professor Mark Smithers

  • University of Queensland – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 1977
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 1985
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 1986
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Ad Hom) 2012
  • Mayne Professor, Head of Discipline of Surgery, University of Queensland
  • Director, Upper Gastro-intestinal and Soft Tissue Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital.
  • Chairman, Queensland Melanoma Project
  • Director, Melanoma Patients Australia

Melanoma interests:
Surgeon involved in the management of patients with all stages of melanoma for 26 years.
Senior surgeon at the Melanoma Clinic at the Princess Alexandra Hospital

Research involvement:
Epidemiology of melanoma in Queensland – Collaboration with the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Epidemiology Unit.
Assessment of the outcomes of patients with high risk primary and secondary melanoma.
Phase I-III trials in the surgical and medical management of patients with stage III and IV melanoma. These include locally based studies as well as collaboration in national and international trials.

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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.

She was subsequently diagnosed in mid-2013 at stage IV melanoma.She was treated with Keytruda as part of a trial from October 2013 to October 2015 and has shown no evidence of disease in regular scans since that time.

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