Caro Gatley: Trustee
I am driven with a passion for people, life, business and hospitality.
My professional development to support my trustee role includes: Director and Registered Financial Adviser of Caro & Co Insurance Specialists; courses in strategic planning; Institute of Directors governance course; business management training; member of NZFAA; Waikato Dio Board Trustee (9 years); and a member of global organisation MDRT (4 years).
My insurance practice is in its 14 year and specialises in the shareholder/buy sell/key person area. We have a mix of personal, business and farming clients and previously sponsored Women in Dairying for nine years. We have supported the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust for 12 years.
My partner Hugh and I converted Ravenswood Manor in Karapiro to a boutique B&B. We attract international and national tourists; plus guests for corporate, sporting and wedding events. Community roles include: Neighbourhood Watch coordinator; member of Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and Optimum Group.
My personal interests include gym; tennis; walking; dragon boating; cooking; wine tasting, travel and reading. My three adult children remind me where my heart is always.
Debbie Gisby: Trustee
Debbie Gisby has been with Graham Brown & Co Limited since 2001, and specialises in commercial operations and not-for-profits. Her background and experience in successful business management, and management accounting means she can offer not only tax advice, but also practical business solutions at a grass roots level.
Debbie became involved with Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust as a trustee and as treasurer.
Fiona Johnson: Fundraising Coordinator
Fiona has been with the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust for just over 3 years managing events, liaising with fundraising in the community, managing the webpage, the database and Facebook pages and our volunteers.
It has been a varied role and Fiona meets a large number of people in the community and local businesses, including those who are on their breast cancer journey or are breast cancer survivors. Fiona says working for a charity is a whole new world and you get to meet so many wonderful people who want to share their story, support the research that we do, and help spread the word on why we do what we do.
Fiona spends time with family, friends and her wonderful dogs outside of the hours of work.
Heather Flay: Research Nurse
Heather is a registered nurse and one of the research nurses for the Trust. She is responsible for coordinating international clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Heather trained as an enrolled nurse during the late 1970s and worked in a variety of roles over the years, in nursing and farming. She then completed a degree in nursing, and became a registered nurse in 1999. From there she worked in mental health, inpatient haematology, oncology, and palliative care. She has learnt a lot about different cancers and how they affect people. She has journeyed alongside many cancer patients and has had the opportunity to help make a difference in the final stages of some of their lives.
Having had a mother go through cancer, and her own cancer diagnosis several years ago, gives her an understanding of what people go through when diagnosed.
In her spare time she enjoys walking or jogging around different areas of New Zealand, kayaking, hanging out with grandchildren, or having fun developing a garden with partner Lee at their new home.
Ian Campbell: Chair
Ian is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Waikato Clinical Campus, University of Auckland Medical School, and a surgeon at Waikato Hospital specialising in the treatment of breast cancer since 1989.
Ian and Jenni Scarlet founded the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust.
Ian is an accomplished researcher, holding positions of responsibility and influence in many professional organisations designing and running clinical trials. He has been involved with more than 30 international clinical trials, leading several for Australia and New Zealand.
Ian has also been a co-investigator on numerous studies from the Breast Surgeons of Australia and NZ (Breast SurgANZ) Quality Audit. He has actively contributed to the Australia and NZ Breast Cancer Trials Group through trial work and has been on their Scientific Advisory Committee since 1992. Ian was elected New Zealand Director on the ANZBCTG Board from 2001-2014. He has co-supervised Sanjeewa Seneviratne for his PhD Thesis on breast cancer outcomes for Waikato women based on the Waikato Breast Cancer Register.
Ian has a passion for seeing research put into clinical best practice, and to this end, he has chaired the NZ Management of Early Breast Cancer Guidelines Group from 2007 to 2009, overseeing the development and publication of these guidelines. He currently chairs the NZ Breast Cancer Working Group which developed the NZ Standards of Service Provision for Breast Cancer. He has been the New Zealand representative on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Breast Section from 2002-2011 and a founding member of the Executive of Breast SurgANZ and their audit subcommittee.
Ian has dedicated his career to evidence based best practice and he never lets it rest!
In 2013 he was honoured as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to breast cancer patients.
When he is relaxing you will find Ian spending time with family or out fishing – his other passion.
Research Nurse and Secretary
Jenni Scarlet: Research Nurse and Secretary
Jenni completed a post graduate qualification in research and this, combined with her experience as an oncology nurse, led to her taking on a position as research nurse at the Breast Care Centre, Waikato Hospital.
Jenni considers herself very fortunate in her professional life to be able to make a difference with extending women’s lives after a breast cancer diagnosis. With the loss of her own mother from breast cancer, she knows only too well that for every woman diagnosed there are also family members and loved ones who are affected. She remains determined that, along with her colleagues, other families will have their mothers around for a long time and that through research, Waikato women will receive the best care possible.
Jenni is one of the founding members of the WBCRT. She is a member of the Australia New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group and was recipient of the Group’s inaugural Data Manager award (2008) to acknowledge outstanding commitment by a clinical trial coordinator/research nurse.
Margaret Comer: Trustee
Margaret Comer having recently retired after 30 years of continuous service as Sponsorship and Community Liaison Executive at Gallagher NZ, is finding enjoyment in spending more time with those closest to her, dipping into a good book, a glass of wine and time in the garden. Margaret has been involved with Waikato Breast Cancer Trust as a Trustee since 2010 and is a breast cancer survivor.
Administrator Data Support
Megan Asplin: Administrator Data Support
Megan has worked at Waikato Breast Cancer Trust for nearly five years in the role of Administrator / Data Support for the Waikato Breast Cancer Register. Megan is responsible for the Work-Up Database which identifies malignant breast cancer cases for the Waikato region. This also includes processes and data entry to complete cases on specific databases related to this work.
Before this Megan has worked extensively in medical administration within the Waikato Hospital and in the private sector. Skills and knowledge from this work has been put to good use in the breast cancer research field of work.
Due to the flexibility Megan’s current role offers, Megan enjoys a lifestyle opportunity to indulge in many varied interests, including a passion for surfing!
Doctoral Research Fellow
Melissa Edwards: Doctoral Research Fellow
Melissa is a general surgery trainee currently studying towards a PhD through the University of Auckland supervised by Associate Professor Campbell. Her research interests are in breast cancer epidemiology and clinical trials. Melissa’s thesis is on the impacts of comorbidity on breast cancer treatment and outcomes, using data from the Auckland and Waikato breast cancer registers. Melissa is originally from the Waikato and has recently settled in Cambridge following several years of clinical work at various hospitals around New Zealand.
Michael Jameson: Trustee
Michael is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, and Assistant Dean, Waikato Clinical Campus, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. His clinical training was undertaken in New Zealand and the UK, including a year at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham. He conducted a Cancer Research Campaign phase I trial of DMXAA in Auckland towards his PhD. He has been a consultant at Waikato Hospital since 2000, where he was also the Clinical Director of Medical Oncology from 2008-2011, and was supported from 2007 by the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Division of the Cancer Society of NZ to spend 2 days a week developing and conducting research. He was president of the NZ Society for Oncology from 2011-2013 and is a trustee on local and national research charities and foundations. Since September 2016 he has been head of the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical Campus, which supports training of medical students and postgraduate training of several disciplines.
While he is interested in early phase drug development, most of his own research focuses on the development of effective yet affordable cancer treatment strategies. These include repurposing drugs in oncology (including cimetidine and statins) and the role of selenium in modulating the efficacy and toxicity of cancer treatments.
Coordinator and Waikato Breast Cancer Register Data Manager
Rachel Shirley: Coordinator and Waikato Breast Cancer Register Data Manager
Rachel graduated with a Masters of Social Science specialising in population statistics. She worked for 10 years in the UK Pharmaceutical industry as a database specialist before returning to New Zealand to use these skills at the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust, to coordinate and manage the Waikato Breast Cancer register database. Her main role is to research and enter breast cancer patients diagnosed in the Waikato region into the register, ensure high quality data entry into the register by other team members, manage annual follow-up reviews, and extract data for breast cancer analysis. She also works alongside three other regional data managers (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch) to provide researchers and clinicians a rich resource of New Zealand breast cancer data.
Raewyn Calvert: Trustee
I work as a facilitator/trainer in my own company. I am contracted to the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society – conducting all their volunteer training and some staff facilitation. I am a Civil Aviation Authority approved trainer, regularly conducting instructional techniques courses for flight instructors, cabin crew trainers and airline captains involved in the ongoing training of their pilots.
As a registered marriage and civil union celebrant, I can live out one of my passions – being part of special ceremonies from baby naming to funerals and everything in between.
My involvement with the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust began in 2004 as a participant in one, then a second clinical trial. I have been a trustee on the Board since 2012. So, I bring with me the perspective of any woman having had a breast cancer diagnosis considering participation in a clinical trial. I am a New Zealand representative on the Consumer Advisory Panel of the Australia New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group. Many of the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust clinical trials originate from this group. I also sit on the Cancer Consumer NZ group as a representative of several cancer organisations in NZ.
I have worked with not-for-profit organisations over the past nine years and am also a trustee on the Board of Volunteering Waikato.
My husband and I live in Cambridge in what was an ‘empty nest’ until our grandchildren came along! My grandchildren are a delight and I truly value every moment with them.
Raewyn Sporle: Trustee
For the past 22 years Raewyn has practised as a barrister and solicitor in Hamilton, specialising in all aspects of family law. Her involvement in the legal professions extends over 36 years, and she is currently a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Standards Committee and Trustee for Trust Waikato.
Raewyn is a born and bred Hamiltonian, and is actively involved in the community in both professional and voluntary capacities.
She considers it a privilege and honour to serve on the Waikato Breast Cancer Trust Board since October 2006 and has a keen interest in the Trust’s work.