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 DHB, 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 Southern Cancer Network 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.

Catherine Haig, project manager

Catherine joined the Southern Cancer Network in February 2020. Prior to this she was the Service Manager for Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Haematology at Southern DHB for 3 years from 2017 - 2019. She has also worked in primary health as the Manager of Student Health Services at the University of Otago for 5 years from 2001 – 2005. Other than her management qualifications and experience, Catherine has a clinical background as a Radiation Therapist. She qualified in 1984 and has worked in various roles in Dunedin as well as at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, the Royal Marsden in London and a number of other Radiation Oncology centres in the UK. Her most recent clinical experience is at Southern DHB for a 10 year period from 2006. She has also held national roles in Radiation Oncology training organisations, advisory boards and the professional body as well as in the NZ Practice Managers Association. Catherine is keen to contribute to SCN utilising both her health management experience and clinical knowledge in Oncology.


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.


Stacy Belser, project manager

Stacy joined the Southern Cancer Network at the end of 2018, following 3 years with the South Island Alliance in a planning and reporting role.  Stacy has previously worked in the strategic policy team at the Ministry of Health and as a communications adviser for Southern DHB, including a secondment to the South Island Alliance.  After working across the health sector at a strategic level, Stacy is looking forward to focusing on more specific quality improvement projects through SCN’s work on equity and supportive care.



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 inequity is kept at the forefront of the SCN's work.