We’re proud to have such an enthusiastic Board of Directors dedicated to our cause.
Neil Pennock, Chair & Co-Founder
Neil is a PMO & Departmental Finance Specialist at AMP. Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Neil completed his Marine Biology degree at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, and followed his dream of working in the field to Australia, where he promptly took a job in Finance. He has worked at AMP since 2000.
Neil was Trace’s partner, and it was his love for Trace and his respect for the staff who cared for him that inspired Neil to set up this Foundation. His passion for this cause is the driving force behind the TLR Foundation.
Kathryn Viegas, Vice-Chair & Co-Founder
Kathryn is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law and is a Director and Co-Founder of Nomos, a boutique immigration law firm in the Sydney CBD. She holds a Master of Laws degree from Sydney University and has been actively involved in educating lawyers and other professionals throughout her career, including in her current role as a lecturer at Victoria University. A passionate believer in social responsibility, Kathryn is also the Chair of the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre and a Director of Diverse Women in Law.
Kathryn initially met Trace professionally and acted as his immigration lawyer, helping him to eventually become an Australian citizen. We are proud Kathryn’s law firm, Nomos, is The TLR Foundation’s first official corporate partner.
Dilir Ali, Director
Dilir currently studying international studies and law at the University of Sydney. He has worked extensively across the non-profit sector including as a youth worker in Western Sydney and is on the executive committee of two non-profit student consultancies at the University of Sydney – The Poke Initiative and 180 Degrees Consulting. With experience in strategy consulting, marketing and website design, Dilir brings a youthful perspective to the TLR board when searching for the next generation of stem cell donors.
Amanda McLaughlin, Director
Amanda is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Apheresis at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, a joint facility of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Amanda began her transplant career in 1994 at The Royal Melbourne Hospital caring for stem cell and bone marrow transplant patients before joining the St Vincent’s team. She has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and post graduate qualifications in Cancer Nursing and Apheresis. Amanda is very involved with the Haematology team and their education program both in Australia and developing countries. The education program has supported health professionals in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and The Philippines. Amanda is heavily involved with the day to day organisation and proceedings of stem cell collection and she is very inspired by her work. Her motto is – “make a difference to my patient’s day.”
Ramtin Sohrabian, Director
Ramtin is a certified Salesforce Instructor. He is a Salesforce Certified Cloud Specialist with over 10 years of technology industry and fundraising consulting experience. After spending four years at Blackbaud working alongside Trace, and working with different organisations of all sizes, Ramtin decided to move to the Salesforce ecosystem and explore his passion for cloud computing.
With a wide range of experience working with enterprise clients, he has worked on over 50 Salesforce implementations and has led enterprise Salesforce implementations for some of the most respected nonprofits in Australia. Ramtin witnessed first-hand what transplant patients go through as he visited Trace while going through his treatment so has a special connection to the TLR cause.