Meet the Team
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
Below are the profiles of the Central Office staff, we hope you enjoy meeting the team!
MR VINCENT SOBCom, MPICT, MSc
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Most recently, Vincent held leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on vaccines, neuroscience, and rare diseases. Prior to working in the healthcare sector, Vincent advised Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentarians in Australia (Federal and NSW) and Malaysia (Federal), and worked in investment banking and equities broking.
Vincent was formally trained at the London School of Economics and Political Science graduating with a MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management (Distinction) in addition to at Macquarie University with a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (Distinction), and a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting.
On a personal note, Vincent is married to Jane and they are the proud parents of Frederik and Esme. His interests include kayaking and ocean swimming.
DR HAYLEY SEEBBiomedSc (Hons), PhD, GradDipPH
HEAD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, RESEARCH AND OPERATIONS
Hayley has a cell biology background in respiratory medicine. She completed her PhD in investigating innate immunity in COPD at the University of Newcastle. Hayley now leads the research team at TSANZ supporting projects and registries, award administration, and translating research into policy via evidence-based publications. Hayley is passionate about supporting the research community and provides a linking role in the establishment of strategic partnerships, delivery of advocacy, and liaison between the respiratory community and key stakeholders. Working at TSANZ has sparked a developing interest in Public Health for Hayley and she is increasingly involved in public health advocacy.
Alongside her employment, Hayley has been a medic in the Army Reserve for 15 years and been involved in numerous deployments, including capacity building abroad and domestic security. Hayley enjoys intertwining her military work with education and her work life and believes each supports the other in her professional development.
MRS HANNAH KEEPBSc (Hons), PGCert, QTS (UK)
HEAD OF OPERATIONS, MEMBERSHIP AND EDUCATION
Contact Number: +61 291 702 616
Using her experience in both education and health, Hannah is working to advance the educational experiences and offerings within TSANZ. Working with key stakeholders and reporting to the CEO, Hannah is currently responsible for the Lung Health Framework project, overseeing its development and implementation.
Away from work, Hannah is a busy mum of three. She is a keen traveller and is passionate about exercise and staying healthy.
DR SHAKTI SHUKLA...
MS EVON WUCPA, MCom, BCom
Her prior experiences include roles as proprietor of an accounting practice maintained a high client retention through trustworthy and professional conduct, and as an Assistant Manager, where she managed tax compliance teams of 12 and implemented structural changes, and as a Senior Accountant, where she achieved the highest accuracy rate in preparing accounts and returns. Evon’s versatile career also encompasses key contributions at various mid-sized and independent accounting firms, reflecting her proficiency in providing hands-on financial solutions, strategic advisory, and implementing efficient accounting practices. Her dedication to excellence has garnered recognition, with former partners and managers consistently seeking her return to their teams.
At leisure time, Evon enjoys spending time with her 2 boys, traveling and watching comedy series like Friends.
MS MANALI DEORUKHKAR
SENIOR EDUCATION AND HEALTH OFFICER
Contact Number: +61 291 702 619
Manali is the Clinical Quality Officer at TSANZ. Having worked in the public and private healthcare settings, she brings over 7 years of clinical and non-clinical experience in the health field. An overseas Dentist, she moved to Australia to pursue her Masters degree in Health Management with majors in Quality and Patient Safety from Queensland University of Technology.
In her previous role as the Quality Improvement Officer, she was in charge of implementing and overseeing the Comprehensive Care and Communication for Safety Standards in the hospital and managing various quality improvement projects. She brings to TSANZ her knowledge of the Australian Quality and Safety Standards and her project management skills.
At TSANZ, using her education and experience, Manali is working on the Quality Use of Medicines in Chronic Airways Disease Program and Competency. She reports to the Head of Operations, Membership and Education and the CEO. In her spare time, Manali enjoys exploring different cuisines and reading books.
At TSANZ, Phoebe assists with all aspects of the TSANZ membership services, manages the membership database and communications. She also supports TSANZ Sub-committees, Special Interest Groups as well as Branches.
Outside of work Phoebe enjoys spending time with her fur babies, cooking and training at the gym.
MS CAROLINE IULIBA, PGDip
SENIOR POLICY AND ADVOCACY OFFICER
Caroline has a strong public sector background with over nine years’ experience in government policy, community engagement, project delivery, and working with Minister’s offices across the health, education, and immigration sectors. She joins TSANZ from New Zealand’s Ministry of Health where she worked on several key policy projects across the health workforce strategy and policy space.
Caroline is deeply passionate about social justice issues and the advocacy of forgotten and marginalised groups, and spends her spare time completing her Master’s degree and volunteering in her local community. She also enjoys travelling, staying fit and active, supporting her favourite sports teams, and has an interest in films and theatre.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
At TSANZ Ally reports to the Professional Development and Clinical Quality Manager, working closely with key stakeholders to coordinate and oversee the development and delivery of educational offerings at TSANZ.
Outside of work, Ally is also a professional AFL player.
MS CARMEN RANNO...
RESEARCH AND AWARDS COORDINATOR
Extension Number:+61 291 702 620
As the Awards and Research Project coordinator, Carmen began working with TSANZ in 2023. She works alongside esteemed faculty members, board subcommittees, and researchers to facilitate recognition of academic achievements in the respiratory field. Her commitment to healthcare, education and research earned her a TSANZ team spot.
Before joining TSANZ, Carmen spent 15 years in medical administration, practice management, and surgical administrator positions. Her clinical and administrative knowledge is an invaluable asset to the team. Carmen is accredited with NATA for phlebotomy collection and Australian Workplace Drug Testing Services (AWDTS).
Carmen is a dedicated healthcare professional, a proud mother of five, and a passionate motorbike enthusiast. She is committed to shaping the future of healthcare through education and research. Carmen’s dedication is inspiring, and she hopes to advance her career with TSANZ by pursuing a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice/Master of Public Health.
MS NATASA PETROVIC...
Senior Data Management Officer
MS JENNIFER BRAZENDALE...
Contact Number: +61 291 702 621
Mrs Muriel Medeiros BurttetBA-Accounting, Dip Bus
Graduated from the CSU University and TAFE with a double degree in Accounting and Business.
Since the beginning of my career, I have worked in the commercial accounting business and have learned from all aspects of the accounting profession.
At TSANZ I look after all the accounting aspects from payables and receivables to payroll, creating financial reports and more, supporting the finance team and other stakeholders in the business.
In 2024 I will be starting my CPA program studies with the view of deepening my accounting skills and developing my career.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my 2 kids and husband, practising yoga, reading, and going to the beach.
MS MADELAINE ORR...
CLINICAL AND PUBLIC POLICY COORDINATOR
Contact Number: +61
MS JACQUELINE LENTON...