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. 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!

Dr. Graham Hall BAppSci, PhD, CRFS, FANZSRS, FERS
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Graham Hall is an internationally recognised respiratory physiologist and was a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University and held an adjunct position at the Centre for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia. Graham completed his PhD at the Telethon Kids Institute in late 1999 before working in the University Children's Hospitals in Zurich and Bern in Switzerland.

Graham brings great experience and knowledge, including an impressive 20 years working in lung health. He has worked as the Deputy Director and Co-Head of Children’s Lung Health at one of the largest and most successful medical research institutes in Australia, Telethon Kids Institute. Over the course of his career, Graham has established an international reputation in paediatric respiratory science and has contributed to both research and policy development.

With his passion for making a difference in the respiratory health space, Graham inspires colleagues and is a natural leader. His ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and his commitment to supporting the professional development of all those engaged in respiratory health ensure that under Graham’s leadership, TSANZ will continue to be responsive to servicing the educational, professional community, advocacy and other needs of its members.

Ms. Kerry-Ann Plant MBA(Exec), ACMA, CGMA
Operations and Member Services Manager

Kerry-Ann has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance and has worked across a diverse range of industries and roles in both the private and not for profit sectors in both the UK, Europe and Australia.

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 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. Jacky Dawkins BIGS, DEUF
Education and Professional Development Officer

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. Currently she manages the TSANZ Education & Training Sub-Committee and is working on various educational projects within the Society. She has previously assisted with various policy submissions, including the MBS Review and several PHARMAC submissions. Jacky is currently undertaking a Master of Global Health at the University of Sydney to further pursue her interests in this field.

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.

Mr. Christopher Le BSc, MPH (PP)
Policy and Projects Coordinator

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 with Distinction. During his Masters degree, Christopher undertook an internship at the Ministry of Health, was a founding member of the Sydney University Public Health Society, and took on an editorial and research assistant role at the university where he made substantial contributions to consultations under his supervising professor.

At TSANZ, Christopher reports to the CEO and is responsible for the coordination of TSANZ's policy and advocacy submissions, liaison with stakeholders, government, board, and members, and creation and management of a variety of documents, surveys, reports, and databases. He is also passionate about Information Technology and has made contributions to the upgrade process of many systems used behind-the-scenes at TSANZ.

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.

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)
Clinical Registries Officer

Laura is the Registry Project Officer at TSANZ. In this role, Laura coordinates the Australasian Severe Asthma Registry and its module registries. 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.