Steering Group

Southern Cancer Network Steering Group:

Governance is provided to the Southern Cancer Network by the South Island Alliance Leadership Team and the Strategic Planning and Integration Team.

The SCN Steering Group has an advisory and directional role to provide guidance to the Network and to oversee the development of the annual work plans and regional strategic plan. The Steering Group will also consider and prioritise advice and recommendations from other Network groups in order to integrate funding and population requirements to achieve the Network vision.

Membership of the Steering Group is multi-disciplinary, including clinical, managerial, Planning and Funding, PHO, NGO, Māori and consumer representation from across the South Island.



  • Chair (Interim) - Ralph La Salle, Team Leader Secondary Care, Canterbury DHB 
  • Nicholas Glubb, Manager, SCN (ex officio)
  • Dr Shaun Costello, Clinical Director, SCN (ex officio)
  • Lexie O’Shea, GM Clinical Services, Nelson Marlborough DHB
  • Lisa Blacker, Director of Nursing, South Canterbury DHB
  • Theona Ireton, Kaitiaki, Canterbury DHB 
  • Dr Tristan Pettit, Paediatric Oncology, Canterbury DHB
  • John MacDonald, Chair, South Island Cancer Consumer Group;
  • David Meates, lead CE for the SCN
  • Dr Sue Crengle, Chair, Te Waipounamu Māori Leadership Group for Cancer 
  • Kylie Parkin, Portfolio Manager, Maori Health, West Coast DHB
  • Helen McDermott, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand