Cancer Council Australia

Annual Review 2015-2016

Board members in 2015-16

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Profiles of our Board members in 2015-16

 Nicola Roxon

The Hon. Nicola Roxon BA/LLB (Hons), GAICD (from June 2015)
Chair – Board, Chair – Executive Committee, Member – Governance Committee, Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (until March 2016)

The Hon. Nicola Roxon is a well-respected figure in Australian public health. As Australia’s Health Minister from 2007–2011, Ms Roxon held responsibility for the Federal Government’s $64 billion health portfolio, and led key public health initiatives, including the introduction of Australia’s world-first plain packaging tobacco legislation. In 2013 she was appointed Australia’s first female Attorney General. Since her retirement from Parliament in 2013, Ms Roxon has developed a career as a non-executive director. She is currently a Director of BUPA ANZ, Chairman of the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board and Chair of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at the Victoria University’s College of Law and Justice.

Stephen Foster

Mr Stephen Foster CFP Dip Financial Planning (from September 2015)
Director, Chair – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (from 8 March 2016), Member – Executive Committee (from 8 March 2016)

President of Cancer Council Tasmania, Mr Foster has been a member of Cancer Council Tasmania’s Board for 16 years. He is a certified financial planner and partner in a financial planning business. Mr Foster has a strong blend and understanding of private and public administration, having worked with the Department of Health and Human Services and with Treasury and Finance. Mr Foster was also a qualified radiographer.

Jane Fenton

Ms Jane Fenton AM, FAICD, FPRIA, Ll.B (Hons) (from May 2012)
Deputy Chair, Member – Executive Committee, Member – Governance Committee (until 8 March 2016), Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (from 8 March 2016)

Ms Fenton founded the public relations and marketing communications consultancy Fenton Communications. She is Chair of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Deputy Chair of the Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd, a MCG Trustee, immediate past Chair of VicHealth, a former Board Member of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a Life Governor of Very Special Kids. Ms Fenton is a Telstra Business Women's Award winner and received an Order of Australia Medal (AM) for service to the community, particularly through support of a range of health, medical research, youth and women’s groups.

Christine Brill

Ms Christine Brill JP, Grad Cert Mgt, Grad Dip Emp Rel, Master HRM, CAE, FSAE, AFACHSM, MAICD (until May 2016)
Director, Member – Governance Committee (until May 2016), Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (until May 2016)

Ms Brill is a Director of Cancer Council ACT and has been President of Cancer Council ACT since 2008. Ms Brill was the CEO and company secretary of the Australian Medical Association (ACT) Limited (until 31 July 2015) and Director of AMA Member Services (until November 2015). Ms Brill is a part-time employee of the Australian Medical Association (ACT) from November 2015 and has 30 years’ experience in not-for-profits and community organisations.

Annette Burke

Ms Annette Burke BA Hons, Dip Ed, MEd, MBA, ARLP Fellow (from November 2014)
Director, Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (from 8 March 2016)

Ms Burke is a Director of the Board of Cancer Council NT, Chair of the Top End Health Board and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Having worked for the Abu Dhabi Government as Curriculum Manager at the Centre of Excellence and Director of Executive Education at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Ms Burke negotiated the first ever partnership with five of the world’s leading education institutions – Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, London Business School, Singapore Civil Service College and the National School of Government UK. Ms Burke was Mayor of Palmerston City Council from 1997 to 2007. She has post-graduate qualifications in education, international relationships and negotiations, and business administration.

Judith Dwyer

Professor Judith Dwyer Ph.D, MBA, BA, FAICD (from October 2013)
Director, Chair – Governance Committee (from 8 March 2016), Member – Executive Committee

Professor Dwyer is a health care management academic at the Flinders University School of Medicine, and a former CEO of Southern Health Care Network in Melbourne, and of Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, having worked in the Australian health system for more than 20 years. She was recently awarded the Sidney Sax Medal for her life-long contribution to the health system. She conducts research focused on health system governance and design with a focus on Aboriginal health policy and services, consults to government and other clients on related topics, and teaches in the Flinders’ Masters of Health Administration. She is the lead author of the popular textbook Project Management in Health and Community Services.

Sandra French

Mrs Sandra French AM (from November 2013)

In 1990, Mrs French became the first female elected Mayor of Burnie City Council. She was inducted to the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women in 2009 for her service to the community and received an AM in 2010. Mrs French was the Founder of the Burnie Youth Council and Youth Making Changes Around Burnie. She has been Tasmanian State President (1987-1990) and National President (1988-1990) of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association. She is a Local Government Association of Tasmania representative on the State Library Advisory Board and The Heritage Council, and chairs the Burnie Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee.

Graham Gibson

Mr Graham Gibson QC, BA, LI.B (Hons) (QLD) (from April 2008)
Director, Member - Governance Committee

Mr Gibson is Chairman of Cancer Council Queensland. He is a practising barrister and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1989.

Anita Green

Dr Anita Green MBBS, MSpMed, FRACGP, FASMF, FAICD (from February 2014)

Dr Green is a Director of Cancer Council Queensland, Deputy Chair of the Metro North Brisbane Primary Health Network and a member of the RACGP Queensland Advisory Board. She works at the University of Queensland Health Service as a General Practitioner, is a Visiting Medical Officer at The Prince Charles Hospital Heart Lung Institute and Chief Medical Officer for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Dr Green is an experienced medical educator, with an appointment as a part-time Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

Bruce Hodgkinson

Mr Bruce Hodgkinson SC (until March 2016)
Director, Chair - Governance Committee (until 8 March 2016)

Mr Hodgkinson is Chair of Cancer Council NSW and has been a practising barrister at the Sydney Bar since the early 1980s. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2001, is the head of Denman Chambers and continues to practise extensively in the field of work health and safety, coronial and regulatory inquiries and sports law. He is also the Chair of the Rugby Union Players Association.

Meinir Krishnasamy Professor Meinir Krishnasamy BA, RN, DipN, MSc, Ph.D (from August 2015)

Professor Krishnasamy is President of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. She is Chair in Cancer Nursing at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Cancer Experiences Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in Melbourne. She is a past President of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.

Rosanna Martinello Ms Rosanna Martinello BCom, FAICD (from May 2010)

Ms Martinello is the consumer representative on Cancer Council Australia's Board. She brings to the Board direct consumer experience as a cancer survivor, carer and advocate. Ms Martinello also brings extensive board and business experience.

 Jeremy Millar

Associate Professor Jeremy Millar BMedSci, MB, ChB, FRANZCR, FAChPMed, (from May 2015)

Associate Professor Millar is the Director of Radiation Oncology at Alfred Health in Melbourne, where he also specialises in genito-urinary cancers. He has adjunct academic appointments at Monash University - where he works in cancer clinical quality registries - and at RMIT University, where he has physics research interests. He is Chair of the Clinical Network of Cancer Council Victoria, and a member of Cancer Council Victoria's Executive Committee (Board). He has previously been Medical Director of the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service.

Sandro Porceddu

Associate Professor Sandro Porceddu MBBS (Hons), FRANZCR, MD (until August 2015)

Associate Professor Porceddu is the immediate past President of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. He is also President of the Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG), former President of the Australian Sarcoma Group and former Chair of the TROG Trials Scientific Committee. Associate Professor Porceddu is a full-time Senior Radiation Oncologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane, specialising in head and neck cancers.

Stephen Roberts

Mr Stephen Roberts BB (UTS), MBA (INSEAD), GAICD (until March 2016)
Director, Chair – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (until 8 March 2016), Member – Executive Committee (until 8 March 2016)

Mr Roberts is a member of the Board of Cancer Council NSW and Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council. Professionally, he is an independent company director. He is Chair of Cryosite Ltd, Growth Farms Pty Ltd, Pretium Partners and was Senior Partner and Regional Business Leader of Asia Pacific for Mercer Investments. He brings extensive business and management experience to the Board. Mr Roberts is trained as a chartered accountant, and is also Chair of the POSH Committee, which engages in fundraising activities for Cancer Council NSW.

George Yeoh

Professor George Yeoh BSc(Hons), PhD (from December 2013)

Professor Yeoh served on the Research Grants Committee of Cancer Council WA from 1999 to 2009, the last eight years of which he was Chair. In 2009, he joined the Board of Cancer Council WA and was appointed President in 2014. He is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Professor Yeoh undertakes research at the University of WA and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. He has had a long-term interest in liver development and cancer. He is a Board member of the Institute for Respiratory Health, Deputy Director of the UWA Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine and a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Translational Research Faculty. He is a member of the Cancer Australia Advisory Council.

Mark Phillips

Mr Mark Phillips BCom(Hons), MCom, FAICD (from May 2016)
Director, Member – Governance Committee (from 24 May 2016)

Mark Phillips joined the board of Cancer Council Australia in May 2016. He is Chairman of Cancer Council NSW. Mark has over 35 years’ experience working in the business and not-for-profit sectors. His other current board roles include Executive Chairman of Remagen Capital Partners, a funds management and advisory business; chairman of the Advisory Board of the Banna Property Group; and non-executive director of listed company, CSG Ltd, of General Reinsurance Australia, and a member of the Berkshire Hathaway Group, and of Santa Sabina College. He is also an adviser to Opportunity International Australia, a microfinance charity. Earlier in his career, Mark spent over 20 years with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a variety of senior roles, and then became the Managing Director of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Mark has both a Bachelor and a Masters of Commerce from the University of NSW.

hugh harley

Mr Hugh Harley M.Phil, LLB (Hons), BEc (Hons), SF (Fin) (from May 2016)
Director, Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (from 24 May 2016)

Hugh Harley is a financial services professional, having held senior executive and non-executive roles in the banking sector, and is now a partner in professional services. He currently leads PwC’s Global Financial Services practice across the developing world, including Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Previously he held senior roles in Commonwealth Bank, including head of Retail Banking and of Group Strategy, and was Chairman of the Audit Committee of ING Bank Australia. Hugh is also Adjunct Professor at the Sydney University Business School, with a particular teaching focus on the current implications of economic history. Hugh has honours degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney and an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Hugh has previously held Chairman, Treasurer and Board positions in a variety of not-for-profit organisations, across professional services, education, child welfare, and charitable sectors.


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