Board of Directors

The ICCR Board of Directors has strategic oversight of all ICCR operations.

The ICCR Board of Directors has strategic oversight of all ICCR operations, including but not limited to legal responsibility for the company, financial management, appointment of new council members, compliance regulation, and human resources. The Board complies with the duties set out in the Corporations Act 2001 (Australia). The Board is comprised of the President, Vice President, and includes two Australian Directors as per constitutional requirements.

James Kench

ICCR President & Director - Representing The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)

Professor James Kench, MB BS, BSc(Med), FRCPA.

Professor James Kench, MB BS, DMedSc, FRCPA, graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1986. He commenced training in anatomical pathology in 1988 at Westmead Hospital then completed his training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney NSW, before being awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 1993. He is also a member of the International Academy of Cytology and International Fellow of the College of American Pathologists.

After working as a staff specialist at St Vincent’s and Westmead Hospitals, in 2009 Professor Kench became Clinical Director of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology (formerly Anatomical Pathology) at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, where he is currently also Local Pathology Director-RPA. He was appointed as a Clinical Professor at University of Sydney in 2009 and has subspecialty expertise in prostatic, pancreatic and hepatic pathology. Professor Kench has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles plus several books and book chapters, including co-authorship of the Prostate Cancer chapter in the 2022 WHO Blue Book for Urinary and Male Genital Tumours. He has a longstanding research collaboration with the Prostate Cancer Group at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and is an Executive member of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre-NSW.

Professor Kench has been actively involved in structured reporting initiatives since 2008, including as lead author for the national pathology guidelines on prostate cancer, Chair of the National Structured Pathology Reporting Project for 4 years from 2014, member of the ICCR Dataset Steering Committee for 8 years and ICCR Board for 4 years. He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP) Scientific Advisory Committee, the Australian Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry Steering Committee and its Hepatobiliary Subcommittee, and the NSW Cancer Council Prostate and Colorectal Cancer Expert Advisory Panels.

Kieran Sheahan

Director - Representing the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Faculty of Pathology (RCPI FoP)

Professor Kieran Sheahan, MB, BCh, BAO, BSc, FRCPI, FFPath, FCAP, FFRCPath.
Consultant Histopathologist at St. Vincent's University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin
Clinical Professor at University College Dublin School of Medicine

Professor Kieran Sheahan, MB, BCh, BAO.,B.Sc.,FRCPI, FFPath, FCAP, FFRCPath,  is a Consultant Histopathologist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin  and is Full Clinical Professor at University College Dublin School of Medicine. He trained at the Mallory Institute of Pathology, Boston, where he is Adjuvant Professor of Pathology at Boston University Medical School. He is a Director of the Centre for Colorectal Disease, SVUH. He is the Chair of the Histopathology steering committee for the Irish National ‘BowelScreen’ programme.  He is former Treasurer  & President of the Irish Society of Surgical Pathology (ISSP). He is currently on the Board of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR).

His research interests include prognostic & predictive markers in colorectal cancer, familial gastrointestinal cancer, and application of immunohistochemical & molecular genetic techniques in pathology. He has numerous collaborations internationally. He is author of over 180 original publications in peer-reviewed biomedical journals, & numerous reviews & book chapters. He is co-editor of the upcoming Morson & Dawson’s Gastrointestinal Pathology (6th edition).

Annie Nga-Yin Cheung

Director - Representing the Hong Kong College of Pathologists

Professor Annie Nga-Yin Cheung, MD, PhD.
Laurence L T Hou Professorship in Anatomical Molecular Pathology and Clinical Professor at the Department of Pathology, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Director of the HKU Cervical Cytology Laboratory and the University Pathology Laboratory (Molecular Pathology)
Chief of Service of Pathology, HKU-Shenzhen Hospital

Professor Annie Nga-Yin Cheung is Laurence L T Hou Professorship in Anatomical Molecular Pathology and Clinical Professor at the Department of Pathology, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). She is the key pathologist for gynecological histopathology and cytology in Queen Mary Hospital, Director of the HKU Cervical Cytology Laboratory and the University Pathology Laboratory (Molecular Pathology) as well as the Chief of Service of Pathology, HKU-Shenzhen Hospital.

Professor Cheung was a HKU MBBS graduate and continued her studies at HKU for her MD and PhD. She received her postgraduate gynecological pathology training in the University of Manchester, UK, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, USA. Professor Cheung’s research focuses on ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancers as well as gestational trophoblastic disease, aiming at investigating diagnostic and prognostic markers as well as molecular targets for better therapy. Professor Cheung has received awards on education and research. She has over 250 publications and has contributed to chapters in the WHO Classification of Tumours of Female Reproductive Organs.

Professor Cheung is currently Standing Member, Editorial Board of 5th Edition WHO Classification of Tumours, Commissioner, Lancet Commission on Diagnostics and Chairman, Credentials and Appeals Committee, The Hong Kong College of Pathologists. She is also the Advisor to Executive Board, Asian Oceania Research on Genital Infections and Neoplasia and Immediate Ex-President of The Hong Kong College of Pathologists. Professor Cheung has been President of Hong Kong Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology as well as Council Member of the International Federation for Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy and Council Member at Large of the International Society of Gynaecological Pathologists.

Kerryn Ireland-Jenkin

Director* - Representing the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA)

Associate Professor Kerryn Ireland-Jenkin, MBBS, MBA, MClinLdshp, FRCPA, MIAC, GAICD
Medical Director of Pathology, and Director of Anatomical Pathology, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia.

Associate Professor Kerryn Ireland-Jenkin, MBBS, MBA, MClinLdshp, FRCPA, MIAC, GAICD, graduated in Medicine from the University of Melbourne. She undertook training in Anatomical Pathology at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women’s and Children’s Hospitals and Austin Hospital in Melbourne, being awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2000.

Associate Professor Ireland-Jenkin completed a cytopathology Fellowship at the Victorian Cytology Service (VCS), before working at Melbourne Pathology, becoming the Director of Cytopathology. Since 2006 she has worked as an anatomical pathologist at Austin Health, in Melbourne, becoming both Director of Anatomical Pathology and Medical Director of Pathology in March 2020. Her areas of special interest are in gynaecologic, breast and placental pathology. She is an honorary consultant gynaecologic and obstetric pathologist at Mercy Hospital for Women, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. She was Head of Unit of the Victorian Perinatal Autopsy Service (VPAS) at the Royal Women’s Hospital (2016-2018), and has been a member of the RCPA Board of Professional Practice and Quality (BPPQ) since 2020.

Associate Professor Ireland-Jenkin has been a member of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) expert committee for structured pathology reporting of gynaecologic cancers since 2010, becoming series co-chair for gynaecologic oncology protocols in 2022. She has been a co-lead author of four RCPA gynaecologic cancer protocols.

* Kerryn Ireland-Jenkin is the second Australian Director as per constitutional requirements.

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