About us

Nicholas Glubb, manager

Nicholas commenced as the new manager for the Southern Cancer Network in August 2017.  Most recently Nicholas has been the Operations Director, Specialist Community & Regional Services at MidCentral District Health Board, and took up this role in 2009.  He had management responsibility for six specialist secondary/tertiary services for the MDHB provider arm, Regional Cancer Treatment Service, Child & Women's Health, Clinical Support, Public Health and Dental Services. Nicholas brings to the Cancer Network operational experience managing a cancer service, along with considerable involvement in the Central Cancer Network (CCN), chairing the network’s FCT Steering Group and since 2015 the governance group for CCN. Relocating to Christchurch means a return home for Nicholas, and he and his partner are enjoying being back in the South Island.

 

Dr Shaun Costello, clinical director

Shaun completed his training at the Royal Free Hospital and went on to study for the MRCP at Aberdeen. He then moved to Glasgow to train in Clinical Oncology, qualifying in 1990 with the FRCR - and picking up an MSc in Medical and Clinical Oncology along the way. Shaun spent his Senior Registrar year in Christchurch Hospital and was appointed Consultant in Oncology at Dunedin Hospital in 1992. He was involved in developing and directing the National Stereotactic Radiosurgery Service; and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal college of Physicians of Glasgow in 1996. In 2001, he was recruited to Ontario Canada as Medical Director for the new cancer centre in Grand River. In 2002, Shaun became fellow of the Canadian College. The following year, he was re-recruited to Dunedin to work in the Oncology Service. In December 2003, he was appointed Director of Medical Services for Healthcare Otago. Shaun has been clinical director for SCN since its inception.

 

Janfrey Doak (JD), project manager

Janfrey has been a project manager with the SCN since July 2013. Prior to this she worked in cancer research both as a coordinator of cancer clinical trials and in clinical trial protocol development. In addition she has spent 15 years as a Radiation Therapist both in Canterbury and the UK. Janfrey brings a strong clinical perspective to her role.
 

Dr Ursula Jewell, project manager

Dr. Ursula Jewell has worked for over 10 years in Cancer Research, characterising genetic and molecular processes that cause cancer as well as developing new genetic screening methods to better identify cancer presentations. Her qualifications include a Master’s in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, PhD from the Medical School at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and an MBA from the University of Canterbury. Since 2010 she has worked as project manager and also acted as interim manager for the Southern Cancer Network, among other projects driving the implementation of Faster Cancer Treatment in the South Island DHBs. Most recently Ursula has taken a year’s leave of absence to work as science support for Antarctica New Zealand at Scott Base in Antarctica. At the SCN Ursula is focused on supporting DHBs to provide Faster Cancer Treatment, and Cancer Informatics.

Simon Pointer, project manager

Simon commenced at the Southern Cancer Network in September 2018. Simon is a New Zealand registered pharmacist and completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Otago. Since then, he has had roles in both hospital and community pharmacy, in the UK and New Zealand. In 2011, Simon moved to Dunedin, to become the Aseptic Production Unit pharmacist and Oncology/Haematology pharmacist. This led to work implementing and supporting electronic prescribing software in medical oncology and haematology and project management work in Faster Cancer Treatment. At the SCN, Simon is looking forward to supporting South Island DHBs in Faster Cancer Treatment, as well as other IT-related cancer projects.

 

 

Eila Cunnah, project coordinator/admin

Eila joined the Southern Cancer Network at the end of January 2018, after spending 5 years as Personal Assistant to the SIAPO General Manager.  Eila has worked in health for over 15 years in administrative roles throughout Southern DHB, South Canterbury DHB & most recently Canterbury DHB.

 

 

Our working groups

The SCN is supported by a number of working groups, which offer specialist oversight of the Network's projects and provide advice on services for specific groups of patients, such as AYA (adolescent and young adult).

The South Island Cancer Consumer Group offers a consumer perspective, and the Te Waipounamu Māori Leadership Group provides advice on tikanga and kaupapa Māori, and helps to ensure that reducing inequalities is kept at the forefront of the SCN's work.