• Dr David Lloyd, Managing Director

Southern Star Research was founded by Dr David Lloyd, Managing Director. Dr Lloyd has over 20 years research experience working in academia, pharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations.  Prior to founding Southern Star Research, he was the Clinical Operations Manager at an Australian CRO, before moving to the role of Business Operations Manager. During this time David also provided contract Clinical Research Management services to international Pharmaceutical companies. Previous to this he was the Clinical Research Manager at Bayer Australia Ltd.

David has provided expert clinical advice and guidance to numerous biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies. He has broad therapeutic area expertise and has worked across all phases of clinical trials, with strong project management and business management skills.

Dr Lloyd is member of the Pharmaceuticals Industry Council, and is the Co-Chair of the Pharmaceuticals Industry Council Research & Development Taskforce. He is also a member of the Federal Government Clinical Trials Action Group (CTAG) Coordination Group representing the pharmaceutical industry. This group comprises relevant federal and state government agencies, consumer representatives and researchers, and is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the CTAG recommendations. David was also a committee member providing expert advice to the Federal Government’s Clinical Trial Action Group on patient recruitment in clinical trials, and continues to provide advice to the federal government in medical research matters.

David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Pharmacology and a PhD in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney.

  • Dr Tracey Frear, Clinical Operations Manager

Tracey has 20 years experience in the clinical research industry.  After completing her PhD in Virology at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK, she joined Procter & Gamble in 1992 as a Clinical Research Associate and then Project Manager.  Working across Phase II-IV clinical studies she specialised in the areas of respiratory, dermatology and gastroenterology. Tracey became Clinical Team Leader with responsibility for coordinating clinical research programmes in Europe, India and Australia. 

Tracey joined BIOS Consultancy and Contract Research (CRO) as a project manager.  In this role Tracey led a number of European based projects, including medical device studies.  In addition to her clinical role Tracey was also responsible for the development and roll out of a number of management and training processes and procedures to aid in the development of individuals, and optimise productivity.

In 1997 Tracey worked as a freelance consultant, providing project management and medical writing services for clients ranging from large pharma to small biotech the areas of oncology, radiopharmaceutics and neurology.

In 2003 Tracey relocated from the UK to Sydney, Australia.  She joined Schering Plough and then moved to Trident as a project manager  In 2010 she was promoted to Clinical Team Leader for NSW and QLD, with responsibility for the management and mentoring of a large regional and office based  team of CRAs and project managers.   In 2011 Tracey joined Southern Star Research as Senior Project Leader and then promoted to Clinical Operations Manager.