About us

We are a team of Australian doctors passionate about
accelerating #digital #health

Based in Wollongong, NSW, Australia we are a team of three doctors with over 20 years experience helping our patients.  For this reason, we believe we are best suited to lead a project that handles your most sensitive asset – your health data.  Our proof of concept will launch in Wollongong in January 2019 with our MVP following shortly after.

Our vision

A world where we harness the the true power of healthcare data to help everyone lives healthier lives.

Our values

  • Integrity

  • Excellence

  • Diversity

  • Passion

Maxims

We believe our health data should be always secure we welcome diversity in our company and recognize the value it brings honesty and integrity are among our foundation values

Meet the Team

DR ROB LAIDLAW

Founder & Executive Director

DR TOM PITHAM

Communications Director

Dr Patrick Tully

Advisor for Operations

Mr  Martin McGinty

Strategy and Commercialisation

Mr Kieran Mesquita

Head of Blockchain

Mr Steve Asher

CTO

Mr. Brendan Hill

Strategic Advisor

Mr. Truong Pham

Strategic Advisor

Mr. David Chung

Legal Advisor

Mr. Nabeel Siddiqui

Data Scientist

Ms Elisa Choy

Data Strategy

Mr Anthony Liang

Summer Analyst

Clinical advisors

Meet the Board

Dr Robert Laidlaw

Executive Director & Chairperson

The Company has an industry-leading Board of Directors. Whilst still delivering a diversity of backgrounds, each of our Board members collectively has decades of experience, many sitting on multiple boards themselves. The Board had been selected to represent some of the most respected Australians within the fields or medicine, blockchain, entrepreneurship, medical risk and product.

With experience practicing medicine and in leadership and advisory roles in the health industry, Dr. Rob Laidlaw brings a wealth of medical and technological expertise to the creation of Secure Health Chain. Commencing his career as a board member for the Queensland AIDS Council, Dr. Laidlaw later moved into practicing as a Neurosurgery Registrar for NSW Health. Along with creating Secure Health Chain, Dr. Laidlaw currently works as a Clinical Academic at the University of Wollongong and a Medical Doctor for the juniors and reserves grades for the St George Illawarra Dragons. Dr. Laidlaw holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from James Cook University.

Dr Jane Thomason

General Board Member

Frontier Technology and social impact thought leader, recognised in Forbes Magazine (2018) as Blockchain’s Leading Social Development Evangelist, and The Introducer (2019) as a Blockchain women leader, Jane is a pioneer for Blockchain & digital technologies for social impact, education and empowerment of women. She is focussed on emerging economies and how Frontier Technologies can accelerate poverty reduction and improve service delivery. In 2018 she was awarded Top 10 Digital Frontier Women and UN Decade Of Women Quantum Impact Champion.

She has held Board and CEO roles in tertiary hospitals and the health care sector in Australia and globally. She founded an international development company in 1999, built it to $50 m revenue, merged with Abt Associates and led to achieve a tripling of revenue and diversification to $250m with 650 staff. She resigned as CEO in March 2018 to commit full time to a global digital transformation agenda.

She has 30 years’ experience in emerging economies in public health, poverty and inequality. She holds multiple appointments including Global Adviser on Digital Transformation Abt Associates, Digital Transformation Adviser to the Partnership for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, Digital Transformation Sub-Committee Chair, Kina Bank Papua New Guinea, Founding Member, British Frontier Technology Industry Association, Fellow of the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Section Chief Co-Editor Blockchain for Good: for Frontiers in Blockchain.

Jane is an adviser to Blockchain start-ups with social impact applications and is currently working with start-ups to develop Blockchain use cases in emerging economies. She is a regular hackathon judge and mentor including London Blockchain Week, London Fintech Week, Consensys and EOS Global Hackathons. She believes that the next wave of transformational innovation will be from emerging economies and has the potential to reduce inequality and improve services to the poor.

Ms Sonja Bernhardt

General Board Member

Sonja Bernhardt OAM holds three management and information technology related degrees, including an MBA.

She is CEO and Director of ThoughtWare the developer of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance software solutions focused on the aged, community and disability sectors. A big believer in getting involved in her industries of choice has meant that throughout her career Sonja has served on technology related committees for the United Nations, APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), Ministerial Advisory Boards, as well as prestigious national and state-based organisations. By so doing she has contributed significant efforts to the technology industry. This earned her a prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day in 2011.

Sonja is the recipient of many awards for both her business and herself as a businessperson and as an industry identity. Including being inducted into the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame (Silicon Valley – 2005).

Ms Pia Turcinov

General Board Member

Pia holds a number of positions which are connected through a common focus on the opportunities which innovation, disruption and diversification offer. Bringing a wealth of experience from the private, not for profit and government sectors, she commenced her career as a corporate lawyer in Sydney and later practised commercial law in Western Australia. Over the past 25+ years, she has held senior positions within the industry, provided leadership and governance as a company director and facilitated innovation across a number of State and Federal Government initiatives. She is a committed and active protagonist within the Australian innovation ecosystem, with a passion for entrepreneurship, technology and future proofing Australia.

As co-creator of the Global Pathways Program, Pia applies this approach to collaborate with a team of highly experienced professionals and thought leaders to enable innovative entrepreneurs to commercialise, scale and enter global markets.

Pia shares her expertise as an innovation champion, mentor and facilitator as a keynote speaker on topics relating to future skills, disruption, innovation, entrepreneurship and STEM. As the mother of three daughters, she remains an enthusiastic champion for diversity, disruption and enabling female entrepreneurship. In October 2018 Pia was honoured to be awarded the 2018 Excellence in Gender Equity Promotion Award by the United Nations Association of Australia (WA Division) Inc.

Mr Jamie Skella

General Board Member

Winning the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer award for his Blockchain voting system, that world-first technology was listed 7 among 100 innovations that will change the world by The Australian. Selected as 1 of 25 individuals spanning 20 nations, Jamie was invited to the BMW Foundation Global Table as a result of this most recent work, has dedicated the past 20 years to identifying and seizing emerging technology opportunities across ASX 100 businesses, award-winning startups, and global brands.

Spending those years building teams and designing experiences across Blockchain, IoT, esports, virtual reality, future food and more, Jamie also previously founded Contact Light to create Embark – an app featured by Apple seven times, including global App of the Day. A cornerstone of Embark’s functionality, he invented patent-pending IoT technology named Nearcast, letting consumers engage with out-of-home environments in groundbreaking new ways.

Formerly Head of UX at the Australian Football League, Jamie worked on UI, connected stadium visioning, and spearheaded the organisation’s first virtual reality R&D initiatives. In his younger years, Jamie played for Australia’s best esports team and is now an owner of Australia’s first esports bar, partnering with organisations such as the Adelaide Crows and Australian Red Cross for social good causes.

Designing not only interfaces, technologies, and businesses, but culture as well, Jamie presents often at events both local and abroad, such as TechEd and Xerocon, on topics including the future of work, the identification of change as an opportunity, and how to foster mindsets for innovation in government and enterprise.

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