Dr Andrew Chow
With over 22 years experience as a General Practitioner and through his own personal journey as father to Leila, Andrew brings extensive experience and understanding of the difficulties faced with caring for a child with rare cancer.
Andrew has a strong record of achievement including graduating from Melbourne University/St Vincent’s Hospital with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1991. He then worked at St Vincent’s hospital for two years before moving to Warrnambool in 1994 where he initially worked as a resident at the Warrnambool Base Hospital (now South West Healthcare).
Andrew joined the team at Cambourne Clinic as a Partner in 1995 with the practice experiencing substantial growth since. Developing a special interest in skin cancer detection and treatment, Andrew now runs regular detection clinics in Warrnambool.
In 1996 Andrew became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is an accredited supervisor involved in teaching junior doctors. He is also an Associate Lecturer at Deakin University involved with the local Medical School.
Founding DirectorAs the mother of Leila, Tracy knows first hand the challenges and lack of understanding that families and friends experience caring for a child with rare cancer. Through Tracy’s own personal journey she has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she can share with others.
Tracy successfully owned and operated a busy hairdressing salon for over 11 years in Warrnambool, giving her a strong track record in small business. With long established friendships and contacts and a very supportive community, this gave Tracy the drive to establish a foundation where she knows she can help others experiencing a similar journey.
With over 35 years combined medical administration and management experience, Trish brings enormous knowledge and excellent organisational skills to the Leila Rose Foundation. This experience includes, staff management and training, recruitment, financial management and general practice management tasks.
Trish first joined the team at Cambourne Clinic in 1977. At this time, the clinic consisted of two Doctors and three administration staff. Trish has played an integral role in the expansion of the clinic which now involves five partners, twelve doctors, eight administration staff and eight nurses.
Having grown up in the Warrnambool area, Trish has very strong community and business connections and brings valuable knowledge to the Foundation.
Trish is married with three children and enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends.
Patricia is a founding member of the Board.
A long career as a Real Estate Valuer and Property Consultant has underpinned Roger's strong belief in honesty and integrity in life and business. Thus, he is highly respected in his profession and in the community. - valuable attributes for the LRF board.
As a resident of Warrnambool for the past 28 years Roger brings a wealth of community engagement and volunteer experience to the Board being an active member of Rotary (Rotary Club of East Warrnambool - Board member in various capacilities, also Club President), and his Church (Finance and Property Committee).
Roger is a dedicated champion for community service.
Helen took on the role of fundraising co-ordinator for the foundation in February 2014 and then accepted a position on the board in August 2014.
She has a strong background in finance and has worked at South West Credit for the past 20 years.
Helen brings a broad mix of experience to the board having worked as a Marketing Manager, Compliance Manager, Projects Manager, and has been the Branch Manager for the past 6 years. Helen is married to Michael and has 4 adult children.
Peter has had 35 years’ experience in the Financial and Banking Sector in Warrnambool, Geelong and other townships in Victoria. He currently holds the position of Agricultural manager for the NAB in Warrnambool.
He has a lifetime of involvement on local boards and committees ranging from Financial, Pastoral, Fund Raising and other wider community groups. Peter comes from a racing family in Warrnambool and whilst attending school, he was an apprentice jockey and held a 80% win/place ratio.
Peter is married to Sharon and they have 4 children. Peter enjoys home cooked meals, horse training, events and supporting people to succeed in their activities and pursuits.
As a Registered Nurse, Suzie extended her qualification to become a Patient Advocate in 2013. Suzies’ paediatric nursing knowledge and career experience has instilled a deep understanding of the needs of families of a child diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer.
In addition to enjoying time with her own family, Susie makes herself available to families throughout Australia affected by rare cancer offering them the services and assistance available through the Leila Rose Foundation. Susie also holds a Commerce degree with a major in Marketing.
Born and bred in Warrnambool, but recognised at a national level for his great success as an AFL footballer, Jordan Lewis was a very welcome addition to the Leila Rose Foundation when he accepted the role as Ambassador.
When approached by the Board, Jordan’s response was “I would love to help out in any way I can”, and true to his word has been very generous in his support of the foundation.
Jordan became a dad himself in September 2015 so now more than ever understands how important this foundation is in supporting those families of young children diagnosed with rare cancers.