Chair. Tammy will chair our charitable trust. She is a long term carer of an oropharyngeal cancer patient and advocate for head and neck cancer people in general. A registered nurse in a cardiac unit, Tammy is interested in the science and has helped many patients over the years. Tammy has served on other boards and has chairperson experience.
Secretary and Auckland Lead. Maureen started the Facebook group from which this charity arose. A recurrent tongue cancer survivor, she is aware of the obstacles that can arise on the patient pathway. She enjoys writing content and keeping up with the science on head and neck cancer.
Trustee. Narelle works in the financial sector and is the wife of a long term cancer survivor. She and her husband have been a team when it comes to Shane’s many treatments and she was an early member of our Facebook group. Narelle is aware of the unmet needs of head and neck cancer patients and their families.
Trsutee. Shane is a survivor of a skin cancer which invaded his head and neck. He has been treated in the Bay or Plenty, Waikato and Auckland and has had some intricate microvascular surgery. Shane has project management experience and an uncanny way with words.
Graphic designer. Nicky makes television advertisements and is also a graphic artist. She made our logo and brochures. Nicky had tongue cancer and has returned to near normal two years after surgery and radiotherapy. She has been able to re-establish her business and lend her expertise to our group.
Advisory Member. Toni is a tongue cancer survivor keen to prevent other patients from going through what she has endured. Toni has worked in a family business and in charities and has public relations skills. She is particularly keen to get the prevention message out there, especially in terms of the HPV vaccination.
Treasurer. A chartered accountant from Orewa, Mary had a cancer in her jaw removed two years ago and has had fibula reconstruction and many more minor surgeries over this time. She is a highly creative person, a scrapbooker, card maker and champion decorator of masks. It is good to have a money person who is also a creative thinker on our board.
Trustee. Sue had tongue cancer over 20 years ago before radiotherapy was intensity modulated. In recent years she developed osteoradionecrosis and needed a fibula flap transplant to create a new right mandible. The successful surgery was performed by the same surgeons as in 1999! Sue is a former travel administrator, and we look forward to her admin skills, and her kindness, on our board.