ANZUP Staff

The ANZUP office is a small team who work closely with the multi-disciplinary membership, both nationally and internationally. All staff are focussed on supporting the research and fundraising activities of ANZUP, raising awareness of prostate, bladder, penile, kidney and bladder cancer, as well as the need for better treatments and outcomes for patients with these cancer types.

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Margaret McJannett
Chief Executive Officer

Margaret's background is in oncology nursing. She has worked as a clinical nurse consultant at The Sydney Melanoma Unit, research coordinator in the Medical Psychology Research Unit, Sydney University and project officer at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane.

She was the EO of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) and Cancer Council Australia before joining ANZUP. She has facilitated and contributed to COSA's and CCA's expert committees, the national Cancer Co-operative Clinical Trials Groups and COSA's collaborative role with key stakeholders.

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Gillian Bailey
Marketing and Communications Specialist

Prior to joining the ANZUP team, Gillian spent 12 years living and working in London. For 10 years she worked in healthcare communication agencies helping pharmaceutical firms develop and roll out events as well as marketing and educational materials. Prior to her return to Australia she was a Senior Communications Officer at The Department of Health, UK within the infection control team.

Gillian holds both a Bachelor of Medical Science degree and a Masters in Communications.

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Lucy Byers
Head of Marketing and External Communications

Lucy is a marketing and communications professional with over 18 years' experience, who has worked in a diverse range of organisations, in strategic and operational positions.

Lucy joined ANZUP as Marketing and Communications Manager in May 2016, and in that time has developed the marketing strategy to increase brand awareness and engagement for the organisation. Lucy works in all areas to achieve this including marketing planning and strategy, digital activities, campaigns, events, sponsorship, partnerships, communications, publications and branding.

Lucy holds a BA Communications and Advanced Diploma in Business and Marketing.

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Tom Cusick
Clinical Trials Project Manager

Thomas has an academic background in medical sciences and research. The excitement, challenges and opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of others inspired Thomas to pursue a career in clinical trials research.

Prior to joining the ANZUP team in June 2020, he previously worked at The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and the St Vincent’s Prostate Cancer Centre; where he accumulated substantial research experience managing multiple clinical trials.

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Abigail Gatling
Digital Marketing Specialist

Abigail (Abi) is an experienced digital marketer with a background in communications, events and partnerships across the government, education and not-for-profit sectors.

Abi first joined the ANZUP team in August 2019 as Marketing and Communications Manager, leading the Below the Belt Pedalthon events and coordinating the magazine, ‘A little below the belt’, while Lucy Byers was on maternity leave.

Abi now works as the Digital Marketing Specialist and creates compelling, engaging and beautiful content to enhance ANZUP’s communications, marketing and fundraising.

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Eugenie Lee
Clinical Trials Project Manager- Translational Research

Eugenie will be leading up the coordination of all the ANZUP Translational Research projects (including coordinating sample shipments with the respective central biobank/s and project teams where required). Prior to joining the ANZUP team, Eugenie has had over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Clinical Trials Management and Specialist Drug Logistics sector. She also has extensive expertise in managing specialist pharmaceutical products, developing and validating systems and procedures, and managing all aspects of complex clinical trials and commercial drugs logistics. Eugenie’s passion is to serve patients and their families through Clinical Trials Research to deliver innovative, quality and reliable products and/or better treatment options to patients in need, now and the future.

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Nisha Rana
Head of Research Operations

Nisha Rana has an extensive background in Clinical Trials management and operations. Passionate about delivering ground breaking research from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside quicker (translational research), Nisha was keen to hang up her lab coat and move into Clinical Trials management.

Nisha has worked in trials across a host of Therapeutic Areas (TA) such as Respiratory, Oncology and Mental Health in both Europe and ANZ regions. Actively engaged in process development and improvement, as well as study set-up, biospecimen management and the greater translational research efforts of ANZUP.

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Nicole Tankard
Head of Internal Communications and Media

Nicole has over 15 years’ communications experience, and has worked across a range of industries including financial services, professional services, telecommunications and energy.

Nicole holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications majoring in Public Relations and Marketing and joined ANZUP in 2019.

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Julijana Trifunovic
Head of Partnerships & Engagement

Julijana’s (Joolz) role with ANZUP is to lead fundraising and philanthropy initiatives. Julijana’s background is in oncology nursing, fundraising and marketing. Joolz has been fundraising for 25 years and has helped raise over $32 million for numerous charities including Red Nose Australia, Children’s Medical Research Institute and ANZGOG more recently. Julijana has also been an active member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia over the years, representing and contributing to the industry. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

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Leslie Tinkler and Jo Stubbs
Volunteers

Leslie and Jo joined ANZUP as volunteers almost a decade ago. Their ongoing dedication and support to ANZUP has been vital. Their organisational skills, patience and assistance has continually helped with the successful delivery of projects and events.