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Board of Directors

Head and Neck Cancer Foundation

Associate Professor Thomas Havas – Director and Chairperson

Tom Havas is Head of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Hospital. He has extensive post-fellowship experience and training in all aspects of head and neck oncology. Apart from his clinical experience, he has over 70 refereed publications and has over 150 major national and international presentations on his curriculum vitae.

In his role as Chairman of the Foundation, he hopes to facilitate ongoing research at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the University of New South Wales in all aspects of Head and Neck Oncology, working towards best possible patient outcome

Mr John Fordham – Patron and Director

John Fordham is a former newspaper journalist who was recruited by Qantas to its worldwide corporate communications team, later heading up its publicity campaigns in the United States and Australia. Later, with his wife Veronica, a tourism industry professional, they founded The Fordham Company which initially provided media relations services in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors before launching a foray into talent management.

Dr Catherine Meller – Director

Dr Catherine Meller is a otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon whose passion lies in facial reconstruction and facial nerve reanimation. Catherine has trained in innovative centres in the United States, including the John Hopkins Hospital Baltimore and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She lectures regularly at national and international conferences. She is accredited with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and graduated with honours from University of Sydney medical school. 

Through the Prince Of Wales Hospital, Catherine enjoys providing a large range of ENT services, including management of skin cancer and facial nerve disorders. She is an active member of the Academy of Surgical Education, and spokesperson for the Royal College of Surgeons ‘Women in Surgery’ chapter.

Nick Fordham – Director

Nick Fordham is chief executive officer of the leading Australian talent management agency, The Fordham Company, whose clients include some of the nation’s most respected and high profile individuals.  Since acquiring the ownership of the business in 2014, Nick Fordham has significantly, and creatively, expanded its base to include investment in television production rights and partnerships in consumer-driven businesses.

Dr Ian Jacobson – Director

Ian has completed the training programs and passed the Fellowship exams in both General Surgery and Otolaryngology.

He has worked as an Ear, Nose and Throat/Head and Neck Surgeon on the Randwick Campus since 1997 and continue to have an active clinical role in the management of both adults and children at the campus.

He has published both locally and internationally, and have presented at local ENT/Head and Neck Surgery meetings. He is currently the supervisor of surgical training in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

He is an active member of the recently established Prince of Wales Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Research Group.

He has a commitment to excellence in all aspects of medicine and am enjoying his role mentoring aspiring young surgeon

Professor Phillip Crowe – Director

Phil Crowe obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Sydney before obtaining a PhD (D. Phil) at the University of Oxford in 1986, as a Rhodes scholar.  He then completed surgical training in the Gallie Course of the University of Toronto before fellowship positions at University of Capetown and Prince of Wales Hospital (POWH), Sydney in 1992.  He was a visiting scholar at the University of Calgary in 1998.

He has been a clinical academic and consultant surgeon at University of New South Wales since then, practising as a surgical oncologist at POWH. He has been Professor of Surgery at, UNSW since 2004, Head of Department of General Surgery, POWH, and Director of the Sydney Sarcoma Unit and Surgical Oncology Research Group, at University of New South Wales. 

Phil also has a long standing interest in medical education obtaining a Diploma in Higher Education in 2000.

Gabriella Hijazi – Director and Public Officer

Gabriella of Gillis Delaney Lawyers is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws with a  bachelor of Science, Human Biology at Macquarie University. She has extensive experience in charitable work including her assistance with the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District in the development and implementation of the Mental Health First Aid Program.  She brings legal knowledge and organisational skill at a corporate Board level through her contribution to the many charity organisations she supports and to the broader Australian community. Gabriella was invaluable to the establishment of the Foundation.  

Professor Robert Farnsworth – Director

Professor Farnsworth commenced his medical career as a Junior Medical Officer at Sydney Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital and remained with Prince of Wales when it joined the Prince Henry Hospital as the foundation teaching hospital to the University of New South Wales Medical School.  He completed his training in Urology and was appointed as a Staff Specialist at Prince of Wales and the Prince Henry Hospital in 1969. Although Head of Department of Urology for over 25 years he commenced a more significant health management role as Director of Surgery in the new Program structure at the Prince of Wales Hospital in 1998 and remains a Co-Director of the Surgery & Perioperative Medicine Program at Prince of Wales & Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital.

He was on the staff at Sydney Children’s Hospital since its establishment in 1962 as a Paediatric Urologist and Head of Department. He retired from SCH in 2017.

Following the NSW Area Health Service restructure and establishment of Area Health Advisory Councils in 2004 he accepted a ministerial appointment as the foundation Chair of South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Advisory Council. He was appointed to the Board of the new South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service in 2012 and will complete his appointment term in 2021.

Anthony Jefferies – Director and Secretary

Mr Jefferies is qualified in New South Wales to practice as a lawyer.  His practice spans over 25 years in private practice. Anthony is a Partner at Gillis Delaney Lawyers and has represented both private individuals and publically listed companies across a broad range of commercial disputes. Anthony has a breadth of experience as a company director.

Chief Financial Officer

Vince Lagana – Chief Financial Officer

Vince Lagana is a dedicated accounting professional and financial advisor specialising in the medical and dental fields with 30 years of experience in taxation, financial planning, finance and risk management.

Vince commenced his career at Arthur Young after having graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in accounting and taxation in 1986.

He joined Bongiorno & Partners (NSW) Pty Ltd in 1989 and with the continuity of expertise and a commitment to long-term client guidance has built truly exceptional relationships with all his clients.

Vince is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner and a member of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Vince is also a Director of several charities and enjoys assisting clients with achieving their philanthropic goals.