Meet the Team
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
The Central Office of TSANZ is located in Sydney, and is staffed by a small team of passionate and capable staff members. Together, the staff oversee much of the behind-the-scenes operation of the Society, and are responsible for the events, advocacy, rules and compliance, governance and structure, research projects, awards and grants, partnerships and business development, laboratory accreditation, social media, membership engagement, and the educational courses and webinars that TSANZ provides.
Below are the profiles of the Central Office staff, we hope you enjoy meeting the team!
MR VINCENT SOBCom, MPICT, MSc
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Vincent So is the CEO of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and is deeply passionate about public health, respiratory science, and medical education. His mission is to empower TSANZ members, so they can continue saving lives through clinical practice and research while building meaningful careers.
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.
MS KERRY-ANN PLANTMBA(Exec), ACMA, CGMA
OPERATIONS AND MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6202
Bringing her passion for process improvement, technology transformation and keen interest in staff development and mentoring, Kerry-Ann is looking forward to leveraging her experience to help deliver sound governance and financial sustainability practices at TSANZ.
A keen traveller, Kerry-Ann started her career in the UK Government, before moving into the private sector, working in Italy and France as an accountant in the hospitality sector before moving to Australia in 2004. In Australia, she has worked in the IT, Hospitality and Mining sectors in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
Kerry-Ann is a Chartered Management Accountant and completed her Executive MBA in 2016. In 2020 she completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.
Away from work, Kerry-Ann is passionate about helping others and is training to be a personal development and career coach. In her free time, she volunteers at Greyhound Rescue and has previously volunteered on the planning committee for the Mother’s Day Classic, supporting women and families affected by Breast Cancer.
DR HAYLEY SEEBBiomedSc (Hons), PhD, GradDipPH
Research and Public Affairs Manager
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)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CLINICAL QUALITY MANAGER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6215
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.
Mrs Rita SalamehBBiomedSc
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6213
Rita is a highly experienced medical professional with over 20 years’ experience working across health organisations including major hospitals, private laboratories, global pharmaceutical and health-tech startups. She is the Registries manager at TSANZ responsible for ensuring effective management and operational oversight of the TSANZ clinical quality registries.
Rita holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from UTS. She started her career at Royal North Shore Hospital as a Hospital Scientist in the endocrinology department. She then moved into clinical trials, to expand her knowledge in research, new treatments, and study design. Following years in the laboratory, Rita decided to take an opportunity to work for a global pharmaceutical organisation. During this time, she gained experience in customer engagement, application support, operational and project management within the areas of Haematology, Biochemistry, Serology, point of care devices and genomic profiling testing. She then spent some time in a digital health technology company working closely with health care professionals to understand their needs and optimise the use of newly designed clinical trial software.
Her strong passion and commitment to bring better health outcomes to patients is a key deriver in her daily work.
Outside of work, Rita enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach and being outdoors. She also loves to travel, cook for family and friends, and spend quiet time reading.
Clinical Resources Officer
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6208
MS MANALI DEORUKHKAR
CLINICAL QUALITY OFFICER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6210
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 a project to improve the quality and delivery of the Community Spirometry services and Competency. She reports to the Clinical Quality Manager and the CEO. In her spare time, Manali enjoys exploring different cuisines and reading books.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6207
Mr Dattatreya StottBSc (Double major: Microbiology and Immunobiology)
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6209
Dattatreya is the registries officer at TSANZ. Having worked in both public and private healthcare settings, including working as a respiratory scientist at NSW health, he brings over 5 years of experience in the health field. Having pursued a science degree with a double major in microbiology and immunobiology from The University of Sydney, he is passionate about helping healthcare professionals and organisations deliver better outcomes for the community.
At TSANZ, utilising his experience Dattatreya assists in the maintenance, co-ordination and development of clinical quality registries through collaborating with healthcare professionals and researchers.
POLICY AND ADVOCACY OFFICER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6205
MR MAX CAMPBELLBA (Hons), MA
CLINICAL QUALITY COORDINATOR
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6211
At TSANZ, Max co-ordinates and manages lab accreditation, spirometry, and liaison with external stakeholders to ensure best practice in the field. He works very closely with the LAQC; liaising and building rapport with external stakeholders.
Ms Phoebe PhamBA, MBA
Phoebe joined TSANZ in July 2021 bringing her strong experience in customer service and office administration. After completing a Master degree in Business (Marketing), Phoebe decided to take on the Hotel Management degree to expand her knowledge and pursue her career in hospitality. Prior to joining TSANZ, Phoebe has experience working as an Admin Officer and Education Officer for non-profit organisations.
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 MELISSA CUE...
EVENTS AND MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6206
RESEARCH AND AWARDS OFFICER
MS CAROLINE IULIBA, PGDip
SENIOR POLICY AND ADVOCACY OFFICER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6205
Caroline is a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer; her role primarily focuses on respiratory health policy and advocacy in New Zealand.
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.
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