Cancer Council Australia

Annual Review 2017-2018

Board members in 2016-17

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The Hon. Nicola Roxon BA/LLB (Hons), GAICD

Chair – Board, Chair – Executive Committee, Member – Governance Committee

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 2011 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 non-executive Director of BUPA, Dexus and Lifestyle Communities, and Chairman of the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board and the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.  


Ms Jane Fenton AM, FAICD, FPRIA, Ll.B (Hons)

Deputy Chair – Board, Member – Executive Committee, Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (from 8 March 2016)

Ms Fenton founded the public relations and marketing communications consultancy Fenton Communications. She is a Director of UniMutual Pty Ltd, Chair of Gather My Crew, Deputy Chair of the Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd, and 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.


Ms Annette Burke BA Hons, Dip Ed, MEd, MBA, ARLP Fellow

Director, Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (from 8 March 2016)

Ms Burke is a Deputy Chair of the Board of Cancer Council NT 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.


Ms Trisha Cashmere BAppSc (Phty) Hons LLB GAICD

Director (from 21 Feb 2017)

Ms Cashmere is the consumer representative on Cancer Council Australia’s Board. She has practised as a physiotherapist in the public and private sectors, and as a commercial lawyer, and now heads up a growing health business. She has held a number of Board Director positions in the health sector. Ms Cashmere brings personal experience of cancer to her role, as the mother of a child who has twice been diagnosed with cancer.


Professor Phyllis Butow BA (Hons), Dip Ed, M Clin Psych, MPH, PhD

Director (from 23 Nov 2016)

Professor Butow is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Foundation Director of the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED), and Foundation Chair of the Psycho-Oncology Co-Operative Research Group (PoCoG) at the University of Sydney. She has worked for over 20 years in the area of psycho-oncology and has developed an international reputation in psycho-oncology research and health communication.


Professor Judith Dwyer Ph.D, MBA, BA, FAICD, FCHSM

Director, Chair – Governance Committee, 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 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.


Mr Stephen Foster CFP, Dip Financial Planning

Director, Chair – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (until 26 July 2016), Member – Executive Committee (until 16 August 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.


Mrs Sandra French AM


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 for the Burnie Youth Council and the Youth Making Changes Around Burnie. She has been Tasmanian State President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (1987-1990) and National President (1988-1990). 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.


Mr Graham Gibson QC, BA, Ll.B (Hons) 

Director, Member – Governance Committee (until 23 Nov 2016)

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




Dr Green is a Director of Cancer Council Queensland, 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. She has over 20 years’ experience on not-for-profit Boards in the health sector.


Mr Hugh Harley M.Phil LLB (Hons), BEc (Hons), SF (Fin)

Director, Chair – Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (from 26 July 2016), Member – Executive Committee (from 11 October 2016)

Hugh Harley is a financial services professional, having held senior executive and non-executive roles in the banking sector, and now is a partner in professional services. He currently leads PwC’s Global Financial Services practice across the Asia-Pacific. 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. Mr Harley is also Adjunct Professor at the Sydney University Business School, with a particular teaching focus on the current implications of economic history. He has honours degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, and an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Mr Harley 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.



Director, Member – Governance Committee (from 2 May 2017)

Sue Hart has extensive experience in the public and private sectors in both Australia and overseas, and is currently a Director and senior consultant at CMS, an Association Management Company. In this role, Ms Hart provides specialist services to a number of public and private sector boards, assisting with corporate governance, compliance and effectively recording their deliberations, as well as assisting their Chairs in their management roles. She has been awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in recognition of her extensive work in corporate governance at a business and personal level, including publication of a number of papers regarding governance processes and provisions in the not for profit sector.


Professor Meinir Krishnasamy BA, RN, DipN, MSc, Ph.D

Director (until 23 Nov 2016)

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


Ms Rosanna Martinello BCom, FAICD

Director, Member – Governance Committee (until 23 Nov 2016)

Ms Martinello was the consumer representative on Cancer Council Australia's Board until November 2016 and bought to the Board direct consumer experience as a cancer survivor, carer and advocate. Ms Martinello also bought extensive board and business experience.


Professor Jeremy Millar BMedSci, MBChB, FRANZCR, FAChPMed


Professor Millar is the Director of Radiation Oncology at Alfred Health in Melbourne, where he also specialises in genito-urinary cancers and leads the brachytherapy team. He has an adjunct academic appointment at Monash University, where he works in cancer clinical quality registries. He is Deputy Chair of the Cancer Council Victoria, and was the chair of their Clinical Network 2011–2017. He has previously been Medical Director of the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service.


Mr Mark Phillips BCom (Hons), MCom, FAICD

Director, Member – Governance Committee

Mark Phillips is Chairman of Cancer Council NSW. Mark has over 35 years’ experience working in the business and not-for-profit sectors. His is also Chief Executive of CatholicCare Sydney. Earlier in his career, Mark spent over 20 years with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a variety of senior roles, then became the Managing Director of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Mr Phillips has a Bachelor and a Masters of Commerce from the University of NSW.

Mr Roger Traves QC

Director, Member  Governance Committee (from 2 May 2017)

Roger Traves QC is a member of the Queensland Bar and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003. Mr Traves specialises in commercial law, administrative and public law and is a former president of the Bar Association of Queensland. He is a senior member of Level Twenty Seven Chambers, the largest barristers’ chambers in Queensland, and is currently the Deputy-Chair of the Board of Directors, Cancer Council Queensland, and a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee. Mr Traves is the past president of the Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of Queensland.

George Yeoh

Professor George Yeoh BSc (Hons), PhD


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 Molecular Sciences and an Emeritus Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences. 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 currently serves on the Cancer Australia Advisory Council.




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