Australian & New Zealand Childrens Haematology/Oncology Group

Board of Directors

The ANZCHOG Board provides oversight and strategic direction, ensuring the organisation’s growth, sustainability and relevance.

Prof Nick Gottardo


Perth Children's Hospital, Perth

Nick Gottardo is a paediatric oncologist/neuro-oncologist and Head of the Department of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at Perth Children’s Hospital. He is also the Co-leader of the Brain Tumour Research Programme at the Telethon Kids Institute. He commenced as Chair of ANZCHOG in 2020 and was previously the Chair of ANZCHOG's CNS Tumours Group.

A/Prof Andy Moore

Deputy Chair

Queensland Children's Hospital, Brisbane

Andy Moore is a Senior Staff Specialist in Paediatric Oncology at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, working within the Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Bone Marrow Transplant Service. In addition to his clinical role, he is Director of Research at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, and Medical Director of the Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank at The University of Queensland. Andy joined the ANZCHOG Board of Directors in 2020.

Dr Neevika Manoharan


Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney

Dr Neevika Manoharan is a Paediatric Haematologist/Oncologist and subspecialist Paediatric Neuro-Oncologist based at the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital. Dr Manoharan returned to a Staff Specialist position at the Kids Cancer Centre after completing a coveted Fellowship in Paediatric Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 2019. Neevika joined the ANZCHOG Board of Directors in 2023.

Dr Siobhan Cross


Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch

Siobhan Cross is a Paediatric Haematologist/ Oncologist at the Children’s Haematology Oncology Centre at Christchurch Hospital, the current chair of the ANZCHOG Leukaemia Lymphoma Group and a member of the Children’s Oncology Group cancer control steering committee. She joined the ANZCHOG Board as the New Zealand representative in 2022.

Ms Rachel Edwards


Queensland Children's Hospital, Brisbane

Rachel Edwards is a Paediatric Oncology Research Nurse with research interests in symptom assessment and management, vascular access and staff wellbeing. In addition to this role, she is employed as the paediatric oncology nursing subject matter expert for EviQ Education, Cancer Institute NSW. In this role she is responsible for developing paediatric oncology curriculum and writing online learning content. Rachel has been the Chair of the ANZCHOG Nursing Sub-group for 8 years and is now representing the nursing membership on the ANZCHOG board.

A/Prof Jordan Hansford


Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide

Jordan Hansford is a Clinical Paediatric Oncologist and children’s brain cancer specialist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Program Leader in Paediatric Neuro-Oncology at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and Affiliate Professor at South Australian Immuno-genomics Cancer Institute, University of Adelaide. Jordan joined the ANZCHOG Board of Directors in 2020 and also serves as Chair of ANZCHOG's CNS Tumours Group.

Dr Sarah Hunter


Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland

Sarah Hunter is Research Manager for Starship Blood and Cancer Centre and has a background in adult oncology nursing. Sarah oversees the paediatric and AYA oncology/haematology research programme at Starship and Auckland City Hospitals.

Prof Deborah White


South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide

Professor Deb White is the Precision Medicine Theme Leader at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide, and Group Leader of the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Genomics and Functional Genomics Research Group and is a Professor in The Faculties of Health and Medical Sciences and The Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Deb is a Board Director of the Australasian Leukemia Lymphoma Group (ALLG) and a member of the Lab Sciences Committee for ALLG and the Leukaemia/Lymphoma Group of ANZCHOG.

Dr Maria Kirby

ANZCHOG Medical Director

Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide

Dr Maria Kirby is a Paediatric Oncologist at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide. She has a particular clinical interest in sarcomas and in neuro-oncology, while her research interests are in clinical trials. Dr Kirby is the ANZCHOG Medical Director.