Management board

Professor Jeremy Chapman AC – Chair

Clinical Director of Medicine and Cancer, Westmead Hospital and Director of Western Renal Services. Deputy Chair Western Sydney Local Health District Board.

Jeremy has been involved with the Tissue Typing Laboratories and the Australian Organ Donation program for the past thirty years. He chaired the creation of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry from 1991 onwards.

Jeremy’s current interests involve research and teaching at the University of Sydney. He is Editor in Chief of the journals Transplantation and Transplantation Direct.

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 from1992-1995.  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 ARCBS (Medical Consultant to the Tissue Typing Service) and clinical positions at both the RAH (as a member of the Leukaemia and BMT service) and TQEH (as Head of Clinical and Laboratory Haematology since 2002).  Since 2005 he has held leadership roles in the Public Health sector including; Medical Head of the Division of Medicine at TQEH (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 (CALHN) from 1st November 2012.  He also Chairs the State Blood Management Council. His predominant area of clinical expertise is in malignant haematology and bone marrow transplantation.

Professor John Croucher AM

Professor John Croucher has been an outstanding figure in the Higher Education sector for many years, having played a significant role on both the national and international stage.  He received the prestigious inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award from Macquarie University for exceptional achievements and remarkable qualities, locally and abroad, and outstanding contributions to the Mathematics and Statistics professions. In January 2015 John was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to mathematical science in the field of statistics, as an academic, author and mentor and to professional organisations”.

John has won more national outstanding learning and teaching awards than any other academic in the country and in 2013 received the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year. As a leading researcher he has published over 120 refereed research journal and 25 refereed conference papers in areas of interest to educators, statisticians, lawyers, medical practitioners, mathematicians, computer analysts, historians, scientists and managers. These involve a rich blend of publications in both Australia and overseas, with 70% of his papers appearing in international journals in the USA, New Zealand, Asia and the UK.

He is also one of Australia’s most prolific authors with 30 published books both nationally and abroad. John is an elected Fellow of both the Royal Society of the Arts and the Australian Mathematical Society with his world class research leading to numerous invitations both national and internationally as a keynote speaker.

In March 2013 John was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) and underwent a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor 2015. This was very successful, thanks largely to the wonderful work of his medical team and the ABMDR. As a result, he brings a unique perspective to the Board. He is currently a Professor in the Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University.

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 worked for the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) since its inception in 1991. Prior to this, her role was in solid organ donation as one of the state donor coordinators for NSW. Whilst at the ABMDR, she was seconded part time to the NSW Department of Health on a project to investigate the possibility of a NSW tissue banking service. Sally has recently retired from her position as Executive Officer of the ABMDR.

Dr Anthony Keller AM

Tony Keller is the current chair of the Donor Centre Advisory Committee of the ABMDR. After qualifying and training in internal medicine in Sydney, he spent seven years in Edinburgh, initially doing research in endocrine immunology and immunodeficiency, and then moving into the transfusion service to continue training in immunohematology and transfusion medicine. He has Fellowships from the Royal Australian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and is a member of the Royal College of Pathologists (London). He was Director of the Hunter Region Blood Transfusion Service in Australia in the early 1980s, and moved to Perth as Director of the Western Australian Blood Transfusion Service in 1984 and continued in this role during the change to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Since 2003, he held the position of National Donor and Product Safety Specialist for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Tony was also an external expert on the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Quality Assurance in Blood Transfusion Services. Prior to his retirement from the Blood Service in mid-2016  he served  for many years as Chair of the Donor and Product Safety Committee  of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Anthony Montague

Anthony Montague is the National Executive Officer of the ABMDR. Previously, he was the National Cord Blood Network Operations Manager, a role he held for eight years. Anthony’s original training is in engineering, and he has 25 years’ experience in development, quality systems, project management and business management. In the last ten years he has directed his attention to healthcare management, in particular to bone marrow transplantation and the systems for delivering health information. His qualifications include an engineering degree, an MBA and a Master of Public Health.

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 Parkville Integrated Haematology Service and with his appointment in the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine.

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 currently President of the Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Chair of the Medical Working Committee and President-Elect of the World Marrow Donor Association. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

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 300 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, on the Board uand Co-Chair of the Patient Advisory and Advocacy  Committee for the World Network of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

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

More recently Leonie completed a three-year term as Victoria’s inaugural Lead Scientist. In this capacity Leonie was a contributing member on the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, provided contributions to the Education State activities and STEM plan via the Tech Schools STEM Future Industries Advisory Panel and the STEM advisory committee, represented Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and participated on a range of advisory committees and funding assessment panels spanning innovation, education and advanced manufacturing.

Leonie Walsh has received a BSc and an MSc from Swinburne University, an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2014 Leonie received an Honorary Doctorate (HonDUniv) from Swinburne University of Technology for contributions and leadership in scientific enterprises, innovation and the community.