Meet the Team

Central Office
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

The Central Office of TSANZ is located in the heart of Sydney, and is staffed by a small team of passionate and capable staff members, led by the CEO, Tanya Buchanan. 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!

Ms. Tanya Buchanan BA (Hons), BSc, MBA, DipPM
Chief Executive Officer

Tanya brings many years of public health and not for profit executive experience to TSANZ. She holds qualifications in Project Management, Quality Assurance, Workplace Training, and Community Engagement. She is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Wollongong, working on tobacco control and brings her passion for this topic to her work at TSANZ.

Tanya has previously held senior executive roles in local government and the not for profit sector both in Australia and the UK. In 2011, Tanya won the Leading Wales Award in recognition of her leadership in tobacco control in Wales and was made a Member of the Faculty of Public Health by Distinction for her contribution to Public Health in the UK.

Tanya has a keen interest in and commitment to governance. In addition to her role with TSANZ, she is also the Chair of NEAS and the Deputy Chair of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation. In her spare time, she competes as a fencer and spends her time coaching and acting on the management committee of her fencing club.

Ms. Nicole Hatten BBus (Acc&Fin), ASA
Finance and Business Development Manager

Nicole brings over 10 years of experience in a variety of finance-based roles to TSANZ. Starting her career in a chartered accounting firm in Sydney, Nicole worked alongside small businesses to perform outsourced accounting functions before her next role took her to Melbourne, where she completed a graduate program at a large national organisation. Upon returning to Sydney, Nicole worked within financial services before commencing at TSANZ. Nicole has a degree in Business (majoring in Finance and Accounting) and has also recently finished her CPA in 2020.

Nicole started at TSANZ in 2016 and has worked extensively within the business in different roles, providing her with wide knowledge of branch events, continuing education and laboratory accreditation. Nicole’s prior experience and passion for both small detail and big picture viewpoints ensures she is well equipped to deal with different issues an organisation may face. Nicole is member-focused and prides herself on providing a high standard of quality in her position of Finance & Business Development Manager and Company Secretary on the Board.

Dr. Hayley See BBiomedSc (Hons), PhD, GradDipPH
Research and Policy Manager

Hayley has worked in the respiratory research space for 15 years, with experience in administration, laboratory, healthcare, and military settings. Hayley has been a part of the TSANZ team since 2015.

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.

Dr. Ezinne Igwe BSc, MSc, PhD
Clinical Research Analyst

Ezinne works as Clinical Research Analyst at TSANZ, where she manages the TSANZ Clinical Quality Registries. This involves set up and engaging with internal and external stakeholders as well as applying relevant research skills to conduct statistical analysis and develop reports that translate data for educational purposes and clinical improvement.

Prior to joining TSANZ, Ezinne completed a PhD in Public Health and Nutrition from the University of Wollongong, Australia. She also holds a Masters in Community Health and Epidemiology from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a Bachelors in Biochemistry from Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria.

Outside of work, Ezinne is passionate about social justice and in her free time she volunteers for a multicultural centre. She also enjoys reading autobiographies and anthologies.

Ms. Jacqueline Dawkins BIGS, DEUF
Continuing Education Coordinator

Jacky joined the TSANZ in April 2018 as the Membership Coordinator before moving to the Continuing Education Coordinator role in October 2019. Jacky holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney, as well as a Diplôme d’Études Universitaires Françaises (DEUF) from Université Jean Moulin 3 in Lyon, France. Jacky is experienced in sales and marketing having worked in a large multi-national company in Sydney prior to joining TSANZ.

Whilst at TSANZ, Jacky has coordinated over 80 Branch events, as well as managed the membership database and communications before taking on the organisation of the TSANZ Webinar series, Competency Program and Educational Courses. She has also assisted with various policy submissions, including the MBS Review and several PHARMAC submissions. Jacky has great experience working directly with members, which has sparked her interest in returning to post graduate study to complete a Master of International Public Health.

Ms. Ivana Garner BA (Hons), DipPubEdit
Clinical and Awards Administration Officer

Ivana brings to TSANZ her strong industry experience, having worked for 11 years in publishing as an indexer, senior editor, and project manager. These skills allow her to flourish in her role as Clinical and Awards Administration Officer, which deals with the production of position papers, guidelines, reports, and other written work.

Before starting at TSANZ, Ivana studied Aviation at UNSW and holds a private pilot's license. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Sydney with Honours in Archaeology, before moving on to complete a Diploma of Publishing and Editing. In 2014, she started her own independent publishing company, Jonquil Press, to publish her books.

Dr. Kylie Monro MIPH, MA, PhD
Membership Coordinator

As the Membership Coordinator for TSANZ, Kylie is responsible for all membership matters and performs office administration tasks and communication with members via TSANZ social media and eNews. Kylie also oversees the Professional Standards Subcommittee, and organises branch events and meetings within the Society. Kylie enjoys providing quality service to members and encouraging members to be more actively engaged with the work of TSANZ. Previously Kylie has performed a similar role for the Public Health Association of Australia. With extensive experience in international health and development, Kylie has worked in a diverse range of policy and research settings, including both government and non-government organisations. Kylie has a PhD in medical anthropology, focused on maternal and child health care among Tibetan refugees, as well as a Master of International Public Health and a Master of Arts (Anthropology and Development Studies). She is passionate about promoting human rights, particularly the rights of all to access quality health care.

Outside of work, Kylie finds contentment in simply spending time with her family and sharing her lifelong love of learning with her son. Major interests currently being indulged through their adventures in homeschooling include dance history, ancient history, Latin and Classical Greek.

Mr. Christopher Le BSc, MPH (PP)
Project Officer (Executive Programs)

After completing a Bachelor of Science (Human Biology) at the Australian National University, Christopher identified public health as an area where he could pursue his ambitions of making an impact on the population. Chasing after this dream, Christopher completed a Master of Public Health (Professional Practice) at The University of Sydney. During his Masters degree, Christopher undertook an internship at the Ministry of Health, where he made substantial contributions, was a lead author in a paper due for publication, and helped in the development of one of NSW’s flagship public health initiatives aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of young children.

At TSANZ, Christopher reports to the CEO and is responsible for the overseeing of projects, liaison with stakeholders, government, board, and members, and creation and management of a variety of documents, surveys, reports, and databases. He also has an artistic side and has made contributions to various graphic design projects.

In his free time, Christopher enjoys team oriented sports, playing a pivotal role in his local indoor soccer team's success and eventual grand final victory. He also enjoys logic and problem solving, and has worked casually as a Rubik's cube tutor.

Mr. Max Campbell BA (Hons), MA
Accreditation Officer

Max is passionate about work and programs that directly help improve the community. Max brings 14 years of strong work experience with him to TSANZ, and has an extensive background in state government, particularly within the Human Services field. Max studied Ancient History and Archaeology for his undergraduate degree and has also completed a Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies, which he hopes will one day allow him to assist communities to tell their stories to others and take ownership of their past.

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. Laura Mitchell BOT (Hons)
ASAR Registry Officer

Laura is the Registry Project Officer at TSANZ. In this role, Laura coordinates the Australasian Severe Asthma Registry. Laura manages the registry, liaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the registry is operational. In this role, she supports sites to contribute to the registry and communicates progress to interested parties including participants, ethics and governance bodies, sponsors, and health experts.

Laura holds an Honours degree in Occupational Therapy (Class I) from the University of Sydney. As an occupational therapist, Laura has clinical experience in paediatric tertiary hospitals and community mental health settings. Laura has extensive experience in Australasian registry research, having previously coordinated a large quality of life study for people born with complex congenital heart disease. In these roles, Laura was a keen instigator and contributor to quality improvement projects and translating these into policy, procedures and/or practice.