Meet our team

Meet our core corporate team members.

Lauren Barber

managing director

Ms Lauren Barber is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with post graduate qualifications in Healthcare Leadership and Cosmetic Dermatology. Her post-qualification training includes IV cannulation, blood transfusion management, clinical supervision skills and trauma nursing.

Her nursing career began in Emergency and she has since gained experience in primary healthcare and management. During this experience Lauren has seen the effects of severe reactions to needles and the consequences of healthcare avoidance.

Lauren has also assisted clinical psychologists over a number of years treating patients with needle related fear and anxiety.

Early on in her career Lauren developed a technique of injection that utilized the gate control theory of pain which enabled the majority of her patients to not even notice then injection had been given.

In 2016, after spending several months unwell and being on the receiving end of many injections, she had an epiphany and commenced research and experimentation to transfer this method of injection into a product.

After many months of research and experimenting at home NeedleCalm Pty Ltd was born. After Lauren’s third operation she left a stable position as Nurse Unit Manager with a six-figure salary to dedicate the necessary time to bringing NeedleCalm Pty Ltd to life.

Vicki Gillespie

director of commercial operations

A professional business leader with extensive commercial experience in variety of healthcare sectors.

Vicki’s 25 year career spans across the multiple channels and therapeutic areas. With a strong understanding of the health care landscape Vicki has led successful commercial projects through health economics, innovative strategies and technologies combined with disruptive business models.

From startups to mature businesses, Vicki has worked with direct and indirect businesses to deliver regulatory access, market penetration and commercial outcomes through strategic partnerships in the ANZ and Global markets.

Megan Guy

clinical nurse specialist

Megan is a highly experienced Clinical Nurse Specialist who more recently has been Nurse Unit Lead for oncology in several major Sydney Hospitals, and is currently Managing Director of a company specialising in patient recruitment for clinical trials.

While nursing and patient care is her passion, Megan’s background beyond Nursing extends to the commercial sector holding leadership positions at the Commonwealth Bank where she was responsible for ensuring compliance with bank policies and procedure, and similarly with Telstra, ensuring standards of knowledge, compliance and customer service at a major call centre.

Megan’s role at NeedleCalm Pty Ltd makes full use of her unique combination of medical, patient, customer, procedural and technical skills.

Jen Hamilton

marketing communications specialist

With qualifications in both medical science and marketing, Jen is a healthcare marketing specialist with over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry as both a medical scientist and in marketing management roles.

Jen has worked with global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies including commercial stage companies, start-ups, not-for-profits and industry organisations to develop and deliver effective marketing communication plans in local and international markets.

Bringing a breadth of knowledge to NeedleCalm™, Jen’s experience extends across product launches, market research, written communication, marketing collateral development, digital marketing, website development, social media, event management and public relations as well as leading marketing teams. Strong communication skills have enabled Jen to connect and engage with a wide range of audiences including investors, clinicians, patients and industry partners.

Board of Directors

Sheena Vinden
Jonathan Jeffries


Dr Lyndal Thorburn