Associate Professor Marion Saville - Executive Director and Public Officer

MBChB, Am Bd (Anat Path & Cytopath), FIAC , Grad Dip Med (Clin Epi), GAICD

Associate Professor Marion Saville is a New Zealand medical graduate who trained in Anatomic Pathology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She went on to complete a fellowship in Cytopathology at East Carolina University and a research fellowship at Georgetown University, focussing on HPV.

After completing her pathology training she returned to NZ and later to Australia, where she completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney.

She has held a number of leadership positions in cytopathology laboratories in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne. She is a past president of both the New Zealand and the Australian Societies of Cytology and she chaired the ASC Board of Examiners from 2009 until 2013.

She has held the position of Executive Director of VCS since 2000.

Marion has served on numerous cervical screening advisory committees in Australia and New Zealand. Most recently she was a member of the Renewal Steering Committee, a group established by Australian governments to provide oversight to “Renewal” of the National Cervical Screening Program and is currently a member (Deputy Chair) on the Working Party to draft “Clinical Management Guidelines for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer”.

Associate Professor Julia Brotherton - Medical Director – National HPV Vaccination Program Register & Epidemiologist – Victorian Cytology Service Inc

GDip App Epi, B Med (Hons), MPH (Hons), FAFPHM, PhD, GAICD

Julia Brotherton is a public health physician and Medical Director of Australia’s National HPV Vaccination Program Register. She is a medical graduate from the University of Newcastle, NSW, has a Masters degree in Public Health and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Sydney and holds a Fellowship in Public Health Medicine. For the past ten years Julia has been involved in research and policy development informing the implementation and evaluation of HPV vaccination programs in Australia. She has been a lead investigator in Australian research which has demonstrated the world’s first evidence of dramatic declines in both HPV infections and pre-cancerous cervical lesions in young women post- vaccination. She has over 100 publications to date.

Mr Les McLean - Director – Corporate Services

BBus(Acc), FCPA, GAICD, FIWA

Les is the Director Corporate Services, and has a strong financial background and almost 10 years experience at Executive level. Recently joining VCS, Les is a high performing CFO, externally recognised in the water industry, particularly in strategy execution, business development, sustainability and innovation. Les is a skilled relationship manager who leads by example and communicates confidently and with impact. Possessing a positive outlook, Les provides a strategic focus, and oversees all Financial, HR, Legal, and Risk Management aspects of VCS.

Matthew Cunningham - Director – Information Communication and Technology

BBus (InfoSys), MISM

Matt Cunningham is Director - Information and Communication Technology, responsible for providing strategic leadership and management for technology operations, services, and innovation. He is an experienced and highly effective Executive leader with over 20+ years in Health ICT, who utilises his strong communication and relationship management expertise to deliver and manage a portfolio of ICT services including; applications development, integration, service management, security, outsourcing, vendor and contract management, procurement (supplier/purchaser), project delivery and program management, business continuity/DR, business intelligence, data exchange/eHealth, and infrastructure. Matt has a proven track record of successfully managing IT operations, as well as leading the implementation of significant strategic ‘greenfield’ initiatives.

Dr Stella Heley - Director - Education and Liaison Services

BA(Hons), MB BS, DipVen (Lond),FAChSHM

Dr Stella Heley is a Sexual Health Physician and the Director - Education and Liaison Services at VCS. Well known to the GP and nursing community, Stella has spoken to hundreds of health practitioners over the years giving support to enable the best management of both the cervical screening program and sexually transmissible infections. Stella was a member of the HPV Vaccine Working Party of ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization) prior to the introduction of the HPV vaccine onto the National Immunization Program in 2007. She has written on these topics for a number of medical journals and is regularly invited to speak at medical meetings.

Dr David Hawkes - Director – Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

BSc(Hons), PhD

David Hawkes is a molecular virologist who undertook his PhD on HIV at the Burnet Institute. He has worked in a range of areas of virology including holding post-doctoral fellow positions at the University of Melbourne and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Medical Research, and as a visiting fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. He has published extensively, including in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the Medical Journal of Australia, Vaccine and Nature. His current focus is the transition to a HPV-based cervical screening program and he has been an active member on several advisory committee covering the implementation and safety of the new National Cervical Screening Program. In his spare time he is a passionate advocate for vaccination.

Ms Grace Tan - Director – Cytology and Histology

BSc, CTASC, MBA

Grace is a senior scientist with more than 25 years’ experience specialising in gynaecological cytology. She has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the strategic and operational requirements of a pathology laboratory. Her current focus is managing the workforce for the transition to the new National Cervical Screening Program in 2017. Grace was a member of the Examiners Board for the Australian Society of Cytology (ASC) for eight years, three of which she served as Chief Examiner. She is an active member of the ASC and has presented at both local and national ASC meetings. She remains a current committee member of the Victorian Branch of the ASC, having served as the State Councillor for three years. She is also a member of the RMIT Program Advisory Committee, where she is engaged as an industry expert in the program quality review.