Management board

Professor Jeremy Chapman AC – Chair

Deputy Chair Western Sydney Local Health District Board. Recently retired as Clinical Director of Medicine and Cancer, Westmead Hospital and as Director of Western Renal Services. Jeremy’s current interests involve research and teaching at the University of Sydney, he is also a board member in a number of not for profit entities. He continues to work in consult roles and as Editor in Chief of the journals Transplantation and Transplantation Direct.

Jeremy has been involved with the Tissue Typing Laboratories and the Australian Organ Donation program for more than thirty years. He chaired the creation of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 1991 and continues in that role today.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of the ABMDR. Lisa has spent a decade as a senior executive in Australia’s National E-Health Transition Authority, and brings a wealth of experience in working with government and stakeholders to fund and deliver collaborative outcomes. In her various roles across both government and the private sector, she has directed national implementation programs, and has led strategy and business development functions, as well as stakeholder engagement and communications.

Associate Professor Peter Bardy

Associate Professor Peter Bardy trained in Clinical, Laboratory and Research Haematology at the IMVS (1987) and subsequently the Vancouver General Hospital and Terry Fox Laboratories in Vancouver Canada from 1992-1995.

His first consultant position was as a clinical haematologist in the Leukaemia and Bone Marrow Transplantation service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital from 1995 to 1997. Since returning to Adelaide in 1997, he has held positions at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood and clinical positions at both the Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Since 2005 he has held leadership roles in the Public Health sector including; Medical Head of the Division of Medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (2006-2008), Chief Medical Officer in the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service (August 2008-July 2010), Chair of the South Australian Clinical Senate (2010 and 2011), Interim Clinical Director Cancer Centre Royal Adelaide Hospital since October 2010 and appointed Clinical Director of Cancer Services in Central Adelaide Local Health Network from 1st November 2012. He also chairs the State Blood Management Council.

Brian Farmer

Brian is a bone marrow donor (donating in 1993) and was a member of the ABMDR’s Ethics Committee. Brian is an engineer by training and a project manager by profession. He is a Churchill Fellow, has been Chairman of the Sydney University International House Council and Chairman of Standards Australia’s Contracts Committee which produced the AS2124/AS4000 suites of contracts. He is a past Managing Director of Capital Insight Pty Ltd.

Sally Gordon

Sally Gordon is a registered nurse whose career was in the field of transplantation for twenty eight years in the areas of solid organ, tissue and bone marrow donation. During that time she was one of two state organ donor coordinators at the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service. She was also seconded to the NSW Department of Health on a project investigating the feasibility of a state-wide tissue banking service. In 1991 she was appointed the first Executive Officer of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry when it was established. Sally retired from this position in 2013 but remains on the National Management Board.

John Roach PSM

John has had over 41 years of experience working within the NSW Public Service. Throughout his career his interest has been in improving financial management at an operational and executive level and developing commercially focused approaches to the delivery of corporate services and public infrastructure.

John has held senior financial positions across NSW Government in transport agencies and as Financial Controller of the 2000 Olympic Coordination Authority.  Most recently, John held the position as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Secretary, Financial Services and Asset Management for NSW Health before his retirement in 2018.

Along with his appointment to the ABMDR Management Board, John’s other governance roles including Chair, HealthShare NSW, board member of Health Infrastructure NSW and board member of South Western Sydney Local Health District.

Professor Jeff Szer AM

Jeff was the foundation Professor/Director of the Department of Clinical Haematology & Bone marrow Transplant Service of the Royal Melbourne Hospital until August 2016 when the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre integration with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Haematology service was completed. He continues as a Disease Group Lead in the Integrated Haematology Service and with his appointment in the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine and has been Director of the Western and Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service since 2008.

He was the foundation President of the Bone Marrow Transplant Society of Australia and New Zealand and remains a member of the steering committee of the Australasian Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Registry. He is immediate past President of the Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and is now President- of the World Marrow Donor Association

Jeff is Editor in Chief of the Internal Medicine Journal and a member of editorial boards of Bone Marrow Transplantation, Blood Reviews and BioMed Central. He has published more than 340 papers in the field of marrow transplantation and blood disorders.

Leonie Walsh

In addition to Leonie‘s role as Non-Executive Director on the ABMDR, Leonie is the President and Chairman of the Fight Cancer Foundation.

Leonie is an experienced leader and adviser in technological innovation with a background that spans more than 30 years of experience both locally and internationally across a diverse range of industries and applications.

More recently, Leonie completed a three-year term as Victoria’s inaugural Lead Scientist from 2013 to 2016. In this capacity Leonie was a contributing member on the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, helped establish the Inspiring Women Fellowship program, represented Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and participated as an industry expert on a range of Government grant programs.

Leonie continues to focus on strategic science and technology issues including innovation efficiency, technology commercialisation, the future skilled workforce and women in science through a range of related boards, advisory committee and advocacy activities.

Leonie Walsh has received a BSc and an MSc from Swinburne University, an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Leonie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, was the inaugural Ambassador for Women in STEMM Australia and in 2014 Leonie received an Honorary Doctorate (HonDUniv) from Swinburne University of Technology for contributions and leadership in scientific enterprises, innovation and the community.

Greg Wilkie

Greg Wilkie is the Executive Director of Manufacturing and Quality at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. Greg has experience leading operational teams, as well as establishing the National Contact Centre in Adelaide and, more recently, driving a lean continuous improvement culture in Manufacturing.

Prior to joining the Lifeblood, Greg was predominantly in business improvement and customer service operations within the logistics, transport and energy industries, including the role of Transfers Operations Manager at AGL Energy and various leadership roles with the Royal Mail in the UK.

Lucinda Smith

Lucinda is a corporate lawyer who focusses on the health, aged care and seniors living industries.  Lucinda is a partner of the national law firm Thomson Geer.  In addition to her work as a lawyer, Lucinda has an active engagement with industry bodies and committees.  Lucinda is currently the independent chair of the Sydney Adventist Hospital clinical school, deputy chair of the Retirement Living Committee (NSW) of the Property Council and a member of the St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Bioethics Committee.