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 Director & Fundraising Manager
As 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.
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.
Andrew has worked as an accountant for 14 years in Warrnambool at local firm McLaren Hunt where he currently holds the position of Senior Accountant. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin Warrnambool before continuing his studies to become a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Andrew accepted an invitation to join the board in February 2018 and will provide his finance and business knowledge to the foundation. Andrew is a keen sportsman having spent 18 years playing for the Warrnambool Football Club. He is married to Jessica and has two young children.
Chris Broadley is a highly experienced commercial manager with over 25 years’ general management experience in pharmaceuticals, life Sciences and health-related ICT research in corporate and not-for-profit organisations. With a professional focus on rare diseases, Chris combines a passion for mutually beneficial partnerships and technological advancement to improve patient outcomes where possible. His career accomplishments include 5 successful years as a Country Manager in New Zealand, driving global export growth as a manager with a major multinational pharmaceutical company, and general management of genomic services to the research community among his many management roles. He has a Bachelor of Science with majors in Pharmacology and Immunology from Monash University and an MBA from Macquarie University in NSW.
Dr Lucy Forrest
Family Support Co-ordinator
Dr Lucy Forrest joined the Leila Rose Foundation as a Family Support Coordinator in April 2018. In this role, Lucy supports families caring for a child with rare cancer, helping them to navigate the healthcare system, and the challenges of caring for a child with a rare cancer. Lucy completed her PhD in paediatric palliative care, examining how families from diverse cultural backgrounds engage with palliative care and music therapy. Lucy is a registered music therapist and has over 20 years’ clinical experience in adult and paediatric cancer settings. She provides music therapy to people across the lifespan in oncology, palliative and bereavement care, and also works in early intervention with children, and neuro-rehabilitation.
Professor Grant McArthur
Professor Grant McArthur is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and holds a Ph.D. in Medical Biology. He is the Executive Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre; inaugural Lorenzo Galli Chair of Melanoma and Skin Cancers at the University of Melbourne and Senior Principal Research Fellow (NHMRC). He is also Head, Molecular Oncology Laboratory -Cancer Research, and Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist -Cancer Medicine, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Professor McArthur was the inaugural winner of the Translational Research Award of the Foundation Nelia et Amadeo Barletta, held the Sir Edward Dunlop Clinical Cancer Research Fellowship of the Cancer Council of Victoria, won the inaugural Martin Lackmann medal for translational research, and in 2017 he received the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, Novartis Oncology Cancer Achievement Award. He is national and international study co-chair of a number of clinical trials of targeted therapies. Professor McArthur is on the editorial boards of Annals of Oncology, Anti-Cancer Drugs, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the Open Clinical Cancer Journal, Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology and the Journal of Personalised Medicine. He has published over 200 papers including senior or first author publications in many leading global medical journals.
Associate Professor Tracey O’Brien
Associate Professor Tracey O’Brien is the Director of the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital. Prof O’Brien is also a Clinical Research Fellow for the Children’s Cancer Institute. With this Prof O’Brien is a key leader of the Zero Cancer in Children initiative, a very important study which holds great promise to improve the outcome for all children diagnosed with both rare and more common forms of childhood cancer.
Professor O’Brien has more than 80 publications in high impact journals including Blood, Stem Cells, Leukaemia, Journal of Clinical Oncology, British Journal of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation and has authored 7 leading textbook chapters on leukaemia, child cancer or transplant.
Professor O’Brien completed her post-graduate medical training at the University of Minnesota where she was awarded the position of Chief Fellow.
Marc Leishman is one of Australia’s top ranked international golfers. With his current world ranking in the top twenty, Marc demonstrates all of the attributes of a true sports professional. On top of that he is a devoted family man and a wonderful role model. Marc and his wife Audrey have established the Begin Again Foundation in The United States, which aims to bring life’s most pressing needs to families experiencing medical and life crises. After a number of years of direct support for the Leila Rose Foundation in Australia we are delighted to formally welcome Marc as a member of our team in his new role as an LRF Ambassador to support our efforts to beat rare childhood cancer.
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.
Matthew Monk has been immersed in Warrnambool and its’ region for most of his life.
Matt finds himself busy year round hosting a breakfast radio show on Coast FM in Warrnambool and owns and manages The Flying Horse Bar & Brewery. While he’s not living his day to day life which includes a busy family of 6, he is travelling the country and overseas as an Emcee with the Mclaren F1 racing team and other official events such as the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Vodafone, Zambrero, NT YMCA as well as several charity, sporting and community groups more locally.
Matt is well known to the foundation being a key influence over the Leila Rose All Stars Football game in 2016.
Join as a Volunteer
The Leila Rose Foundation run regular fundraisers throughout out the year. To ensure donations go direct to supporting families we appreciate the great work that our volunteers do. If you think you could assist and any way please get in touch.