Our Staff

Delaine Smith, CEO

Delaine Smith commenced with the ALLG in 2008 as the Operations Manager in a team of just 3 ALLG staff.

Under the guidance of the ALLG’s clinician based Executive committee structure, one of Delaine’s first undertakings was to adopt the Members desire to implement a Board of management structure, and implement a strategic plan for the group. With the appointment of the Board of Directors complete in 2010, Delaine was appointed the CEO, and went about formalising the ALLG’s relationship with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, improving the ALLG's grants position and increasing the ALLG staffing to better improve the clinical trial program service to the Members. After a comprehensive business review, Delaine recently lead the ALLG to commence its own in-house trial centre which opened in July 2013.

Well supported by a knowledgeable Board, motivated membership, dedicated office team, and distinguished consumer panel, Delaine is progressing further the ALLG's strategic plans in the areas of marketing, philanthropy and fundraising. A key priority for the ALLG research effort is the sustained functions of the Tissue Bank facility, which is ably led by Megan Ellis.

Delaine is currently the Chair of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Executive Officer Network, and has held a range of advisory appointments in key government and industry sector.

Dilu Uduwela
Administration & Events Officer

Dilu commenced her current role at ALLG as Administration & Events Officer in March 2009. Dilu has over 10 years of experience in event management, website development and maintenance, project management and office administration having worked across many other industry areas overseas. In her current role at ALLG, she plays an active part in organisation of meetings and events, management of membership, coordination of various publications and day-to-day operations and maintenance of the ALLG website. Dilu also manages a range of ‘behind the scenes’ projects, most notable of her achievements in 2012 is the implementation and design of the ALLG ‘consumer’ website.

Kelly Hetherton
Business Manager

Kelly joins the ALLG with 15 years of accounting and finance experience. A CPA qualified accountant, she commenced her career at PwC, in advisory services, later transitioning to industry within the transport and logistics sector. Subsequent roles have broadened her knowledge of both financial and management accounting across varied industries. She joins ALLG as the Business Manager, following four and half years in senior accounting roles at The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Kelly has extensive experience in stakeholder reporting, system implementations and business process improvement.

Megan Sanders
Program Manager

Megan’s career has spanned the pharmaceutical industry, translational research and investigator-initiated clinical trials. Megan commenced her career in new product development at CSL Limited, then pursued a career in translational research with completion of a PhD at the Department of Immunology, University of Melbourne, and a subsequent post doctoral position at The Ludwig Cancer Institute, Melbourne, studying CD8+ T cell vaccines. Megan then returned to drug development, briefly working at Medicines Development Limited on HIV and coeliac disease clinical trials, before commencing with the ALLG. Previously Megan held the newly established Protocol Development Coordinator role at the ALLG, where she was responsible for coordinating the development of more than 20 ALLG clinical trial protocols spanning all disease areas. Megan currently holds the role of Program Manager at the ALLG, where she is responsible for establishing and managing the ALLG Trial Centre and managing the programme of upcoming clinical trials that will be run through the ALLG Trial Centre.

Brock Patton
Protocol Development Coordinator

Brock joined the ALLG in January 2017, and brings with him a background of multi-disciplinary experience spanning clinical, diagnostic, research and business development work.

His research experience covers basic science through to clinical trials, beginning as a research assistant at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney. Brock contributed to high-level research in Asthma and COPD, before pursuing further education in immunology. He has a strong background in sleep and respiratory medicine, and his research interests included immunological ramifications of obstructive breathing disorders. Brock's qualifications include a Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Science-Immunology.

Frances Skrezenek
Grants and Training Coordinator

As the Grants and Training Coordinator at the ALLG, Frances is responsible for a number of activities related to: the training and educational requirements of the full and associate members in relation to elements of investigator initiated trial development and conduct; supporting all aspects of grant submissions (sourcing funding and preparing proposals and reports); developing strong relationships with consumer groups and facilitating the implementation of the marketing and fundraising strategies of the ALLG.

Frances has undertaken this role recently after more than 20 years of experience at the University of Melbourne providing high level policy and project support to the senior executive in matters related to research. Her qualifications include a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne.

Janey Stone
Research Officer

Janey works two days a week, assisting on various projects as required. As a Research Officer, Janey contributes her expertise and knowledge from her long time involvement with the ALLG. She produces the regular members' newsletters, writes reports and articles for external organisations, assists PIs with preparing trials for publication and manages older completed trials. She also provides input and assistance to the CEO and the SAC.