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 – Registries and Research

Grad Dip 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 over 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 130 publications to date.

Ms Genevieve Chappell - Director - Registry Operatations

BappSc (MRA), MBA

Genevieve Chappell is an experienced senior manager having held numerous service delivery and operations roles in acute, non-acute, public and private health settings for more than 20 years.

Currently as the Director, Registry Operations, Genevieve oversees the operations of the National HPV Vaccination Program Register (NHVPR); Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry (VCCR); South Australian Cervix Screening Register (SACSR) and Victorian Participant Follow Up Function (PFUF) of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP). Genevieve is committed to ensuring the delivery of high quality registry and data services to support program delivery and management, including; data reporting, management and quality, monitoring and follow up services, stakeholder liaison and support, contact centre and mail house services.

With a strong interest in population health and cancer prevention, Genevieve has managed registries and data services since 2000, including eight years as Director of Operations for BreastScreen Victoria, prior to joining VCS in 2008. Other positions held include Manager, Health Information Services, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Health Information Advisor. Genevieve has been and continues to be an active member of national and local committees and working groups on screening and quality.

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 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


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.

Dr Lara Roeske - Director of Education and Liaison

BSc. MBBS (Hon), FRACGP, Dip Ven

 Lara is a GP, Practice owner and Director of  Education and Liaison at VCS. She is co-author and working party member of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program Guidelines and Chair of the RACGP SI Sexual Health Medicine Network. She is a RACGP representative on national and state-based sexual and reproductive health committees. Lara has worked in clinical general practice for over 20 years.