CNS Management

The Senior Management Team

CNS boasts a remarkably experienced Senior Management Team who work together to maintain CNS’ unique culture, a stimulating and rewarding work environment, whilst ensuring that CNS provides clients with the very best advice, solution service levels and program outcomes.

Russell Neal

Russell Neal – Managing Director

Russell has been consulting to both Pharma and small Biotech clients on product development strategies and regional trial management for over 27 years’. Initially as a CRA/PM in the UK, Russell moved with Quintiles to Sydney before relocating to Singapore in 1999 as PM/Regional Training Manager. In 2002, Russell returned to Australia joining CNS in early 2003.

Garielle McKee

Gabrielle McKee – Chief Operating Officer

With over 25 years’ experience in pharmacovigilance roles in the pharmaceutical industry and managing clinical teams and projects at international CROs and local Biotech companies, Gabby offers both clients and CNS' own team her unique insight into clinical research management. Having initially joined CNS in 2003, then returning in 2006, Gabby now leads the Clinical Operations and Biometrics teams, providing extensive support as CNS’ Chief Operating Officer.

 Otto Damsma

Otto Damsma – Director, Clinical Programming

Otto is Director of Clinical Programming, encompassing clinical data management, PK/PD analysis and modelling, clinical programming and biostatistics. Otto has been active in various roles in preclinical and clinical drug development, including being the Director of Biometrics for many years at a multinational pharmaceutical company as well as Director of IT. Otto has been involved in preclinical and clinical studies across a wide range of therapeutic areas, in the implementation of R&D quality systems, computer system validation practices, information systems and outsourcing projects.

 Susan Jones

Susan Jones – Director, Quality Assurance

CNS QA dept is led by Susan Jones.  Having worked in Europe, North America and Australasia in both clinical operations and quality roles, Susan brings a breadth of more than 20 years GxP experience and a practical approach to Quality. As Director QA, Susan manages the quality team and develops solutions in response to Clients’ needs.

 Fiona Mackay

Fiona Mackay – Senior Director, Clinical Operations

Fiona joined CNS in December 2012 having worked in New Zealand in various clinical research positions for both large and small CROs and Pharmaceutical companies since 2001. Prior to this she worked in the UK in clinical research in both academic and industry roles. Fiona brings a wide range of clinical experience including operational management across a broad range of therapies, roles and phases of clinical trials.

Louise Moore CNS BioDesk

Louise Moore – Director, BioDesk

Louise is the Director of BioDesk Australia and has been with CNS for over eight years. Louise has more than 20 years’ experience in regulatory affairs and medical writing including nine years working for multinational pharma companies based in the UK and five years in a small Australian biotech, all involving liaison with US, European and Australian regulatory authorities.

 Trent Todd

Trent Todd - Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining CNS, Trent’s professional career has been focused on delivering valuable business and process improvement services to a broad range of medium sized companies, including working in advisory at PwC and also owning his own consulting business. Trent holds tertiary qualifications in Commerce majoring in Accounting (Bcomm) and also a Chartered Account (CA).