Executive Management Team

Scott Macfarlane


Scott has been a paediatrician and paediatric oncologist since 1985. He was trained in Auckland and Melbourne and has held clinical appointments in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hamilton and Auckland.


He has been appointed to a number of leadership positions including clinical director of paediatrics in Hamilton, president of ANZCHOG, chair of POSG and clinical leader at Starship Children’s Hospital. He is past continental president of Oceania for SIOP and chaired the local organising committee for the SIOP 43rd Congress.


He was a member of the board for Cancer Control New Zealand and member of the Ministry of Health Cancer Treatment Advisory Group. He is an Honorary Life member of the Child Cancer Foundation and was chair of the Ronald McDonald House Auckland Trust. He is currently a trustee for the A+ Charitable Trust and the World Child Cancer Charitable Trust.

Elizabeth Ryan

Elizabeth Ryan (ADHB)


Elizabeth has substantial experience in the health industry and the public sector more broadly, focussing on project management roles in the areas of workforce development, Allied Health, and patient experience. She has a Masters degree (First Class Honours) in Economics, a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Management Studies/Labour Relations (University of Auckland), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership (Waikato University).


Most recently she has worked as a project manager at Counties Manukau Health, and has also worked for the Ministry of Health in the Public Health Group.


Elizabeth has worked across government, NGO and the private sector and has a range of experience bringing together individuals and organisations to achieve common goals. Elizabeth is passionate about improving the patient journey and improving health care outcomes for all, with a particular interest in health equity.


Amanda Lyver


Amanda trained in New Zealand and Canada and completed her FRACP in Paediatric Oncology in 2008. She completed a post-graduate Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Care in 2010 and has been a member of the South Island Palliative Care Alliance and the National Paediatric Palliative Care Reference Group.

Amanda has been involved as a Health Professional Representative with the Child Cancer Foundation for a number of years. In 2013 Amanda became Clinical Director of the Child Cancer Services based out of CHOC in Christchurch.

Kirsten Ballantine


Kirsten joined the National Child Cancer Network in 2011 as the analyst and coordinator of the New Zealand Children’s Cancer Registry. She holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Canterbury.


She leads the NZCCR research programme and has overall responsibility for producing regular registry reports, journal publications and conference papers. Kirsten enjoys supporting other NCCN research projects by producing ad hoc datasets, providing research methodology advice, conducting statistical analysis for clinician-led studies, and supervising summer studentship projects.  She has also contributed to Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer research, co-authoring the AYA incidence and survival analysis which was instrumental in the establishment of the AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa and serving on the AYA Information Gaps Working Group and AYA Data Monitoring Advisory Group. Kirsten has particular interests in registry development and the long term outcomes for child cancer survivors.