The Aftershock committee

Meet the team helping to improve the five-year survival rate of high mortality rate cancers.

Committee members

Founder & CEO

Suzanne Neate

Following the devastating loss of her mother Teresa in 2016, Suz immediately set about making a difference. Suz started The Aftershock with a start-up attitude, to shine a light on the lesser known ‘forgotten cancers’ that don’t receive anywhere near as much research funding as those such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. Suz has a double Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Management and is also currently working in advertising and partnerships. Suz and Chris are both avid Fremantle Dockers supporters, just like their mum.


Chris Neate

Chris joined The Aftershock upon its establishment. After the passing of his mother, Teresa, he wanted to help put the fight against rare cancers on the map. Chris works at Escala Partners as an Investments Analyst. He rode his bicycle from Fremantle to Melbourne in 2018 – covering over 3,500 kms in 21 days! Chris rode alongside his dad, Geoff, who accompanied him in a caravan for the whole journey. They raised an amazing $40,000 for high mortality rate cancer research.

Advisory Director

Robyn Croucher

Robyn Croucher has been a teacher in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 30 years.  She met Teresa when they worked together, teaching in the ELC at Carey Grammar. Robyn and Teresa developed a close friendship based on, care, humour and mutual support.

Advisory Director

James Nixon

James Nixon was friend of Teresa Neate, and also lost his brother-in-law Steve Ashton to Mesothelioma.

James was an Airbus A380 Captain when he retired after a career spanning thirty one years. He is now back in Melbourne after having lived in Dubai, Bahrain, Vietnam, England, and Malta since 2002. Prior to becoming a pilot he was a freelance writer and photographer and spent eight years running his own marketing and promotions business, Rally Promotions. He is the author of five books, and just released “23 Tips To Survive A Long Flight”. James’ eclectic photography, and much more, can be found at

Board Member

Mike O’Neill

Mike is a Sales Director for a leading SaAS company in Australia. Mike has been closely affected by cancer and brings a lot of drive to The Aftershock. Mike loves all sports, however has a particular soft spot for the Hawks.

Board Member

Chris Haughton

Chris currently works in infrastructure consulting and previously cut his teeth in construction project management. This is his first time in a formal NFP role; he brings passion to a cause which is very close to heart.

Director of Oncology at Alfred Health

Mark Shackleton

Prof Mark Shackleton is the Director of Oncology at Alfred Health, a Professor of Oncology at Monash University, a Victorian Cancer Agency Clinical Research Fellow and Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group. After training in medical oncology and at the Ludwig Institute in Melbourne, he undertook PhD studies at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan, USA. He has consistently published in the world’s top medical and scientific journals, and been the recipient of several major prizes for his research: the 2006 Victorian Premier’s Award for Medical Research, a 2010 NHMRC Achievement Award, a 2011 Pfizer Australia Fellowship, and the 2012 Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.

Creative Director

Rochelle Macdonald

Rochelle’s involvement in The Aftershock came about following the heart-breaking loss of her Mum, Judy, in 2016 from soft-tissue sarcoma. Rochelle is passionate about raising awareness of these terrible cancers and aims to do so through her design background. She specialises in experience and user interface design, currently part of the team at Metronome, the digital agency tasked with The Aftershock’s branding and digital presence. 

Board Member

Matt Pallozzi

Matt Pallozzi joins the board of The Aftershock after year 1 of its existence. He is a physiotherapist and has worked across multiple fields within the industry. He has worked with clients affected by cancer, and key philosophies include remaining fit and active throughout the life cycle.