Cure Brain Cancer is led by a team of passionate people from a cross-section of the medical and professional community. Find out more about who we are below
Prof Charlie Teo AM, Founder
Prof Charlie Teo is the founder of Cure For Life Foundation, now Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. An internationally renowned neurosurgeon and expert in the field of minimally invasive neurosurgery, he is the only Australian neurosurgeon to be Board Certified in both Australia and the U.S. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011.
Joanne Quin, Chair
Jo holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Leeds, UK and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Adelaide. She brings a broad range of skills to the table and has 10 years experience in banking and finance. Jo was also one of the founding members of the inaugural Brain Cancer Action Week launched in May 2010 at Kirribilli House.
Peter Butler OAM
Peter is a Partner of law firm Freehills. He is Chair of the Starlight Foundation and has been president of a number of other charities. Peter was awarded a medal in the Order of Australia in 1998 for services to the community.
Philip is the Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of IPH Limited, an ASX 200 listed company that operates intellectual property professional services firms throughout Australia and Asia. Philip brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of commercial law, intellectual property and research commercialisation. Philip joined the Board in October 2013 and is also a member of the Finance & Risk Management Committee
Beverley established The John Trivett Foundation in 1998 for brain tumour research, in memory of her late husband John Trivett. In July 2014, the John Trivett Foundation joined with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and Beverley is now an active ambassador, benefactor and director, based in Queensland.
Tony is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years plus experience working in senior leadership roles across a number of different industries including insolvency, technology, legal services, engineering and construction. He brings a broad set of finance, operational, process, systems and business management skills. Tony joined the Board in February 2016 and is also the Chair of the Finance & Risk Management Committee.
Morag is an experienced banker with over 15 years' experience in the Financial Services Industry encompassing the fields of finance, investment banking, balance sheet management, debt structuring/origination and digital strategy. She currently holds the position of Head of Credit Portfolio Management and Capital Advisory at Westpac Institutional Bank and is responsible for the active management of Westpac's Institutional balance sheet including capital, funding and liquidity management. Morag joined the Board in July 2016 and is also a member of the Foundation’s Finance & Risk Management Committee.
Claire is the Managing Director of Blue Seed Consulting, a boutique Change Management consultancy based in Sydney. She is a seasoned Change Management practitioner with deep experience leading and consulting on highly complex and large scale organisational transformational programs including large technology implementations, merger and acquisition led change, operating model redesigns and product launches. Claire joined the board in April 2016.
Michael is the chairman of several private companies and Deputy CEO of EverEdge, specialising in high growth businesses and intangible assets, expanding New Zealand, the US, the UK and Australia.
Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D
Dr Cavenee is Director of Strategic Alliances in Central Nervous System Cancers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, San Diego and Distinguished Professor at University of California, San Diego. His work on the genetic basis of cancer predisposition and progression comprises more than 300 publications and has been recognized with more than 80 honours and awards.
Prof Mark Rosenthal
Prof Rosenthal is Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s Clinical Trial Unit and is Chairman of the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology(COGNO). Read more.
Prof Inder M. Verma, Ph.D
Inder Verma is Professor at the Laboratory of Genetics at The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and holds the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science. He is also an American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology. Read more.
Dr Helen Wheeler
Dr Wheeler has been a Medical Oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital since 1990, sub-specialising in neuro-oncology. She has extensive experience in initiating and running clinical trials. Read more.
A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw
Associate Professor Mustafa Khasraw is a medical oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He is also a senior research fellow at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre of The University of Sydney, Clinical Lead for the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO), cancer research fellow at Deakin University with leading role in several clinical and translational laboratory programs. Read more.
The Executive Team
Michelle Stewart, Head of Research Strategy
Michelle joined Cure Brain Cancer in 2013 and has worked across the life sciences sector in a variety of roles, including more than 10 years in clinical development. Her expertise includes attracting investment into life sciences, global clinical research, patient-centric research and commercial drug development.
Barrie Littlefield, Head of Engagement
Barrie joined Cure Brain Cancer in July 2013 after a period of reflection following the death of his 10 year old daughter, Eloise from brain cancer. Barrie has extensive marketing, communication and change experience and cut his teeth working for big pharma. He is also an experienced facilitator and entrepreneur having developed his own start-up.
Luke Alexander, Head of Communications and Marketing
Luke is a highly experienced PR and communications leader dedicated to using strategic insight and ideas to help build a better world. With more than 14 years’ experience across global agency, NFP, and government, he has an award winning passion for building and delivering integrated communication strategies with a particular focus on social impact, advocacy, and driving better health outcomes.
Nici Andronicus, Head of Development
Nici joins Cure Brain Cancer Foundation after a diverse career in professional sport, media, events, marketing and strategic partnerships. After completing a degree in sports marketing and representing Australia for more than ten years at Triathlon and Modern Pentathlon, Nici made the switch to sports marketing as Director of Media and Marketing for Sports World Media Group in London and subsequently worked in various media and corporate roles. Her dynamic interpersonal, analytical, management and planning skills are now applied to the important Head of Development role. Nici’s greatest passion is building strong strategic partnerships and thrives in the energetic, fast-paced, collaborative setting experienced at Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
Marcella Zemanek, Ambassador
After losing her husband Stan Zemanek to brain cancer in 2007, Marcella joined the Foundation as a board member, bringing with her more than 30 years’ of media experience. Marcella has produced some of Australia’s leading broadcasters, including John Laws and Alan Jones and has devoted almost a decade to raising brain cancer awareness and changing survival outcomes for people living with the disease.
David Campbell, Ambassador
David Campbell is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile entertainers. A proven television and radio host, he also headlines theatre, cabaret and concert performances as well as being a multi-platinum recording artist. David also hosted the 2017 Cure Brain Cancer Foundation Gala Ball.
Marcia Hines, Ambassador
Marcia is an inspiration to women and Australians everywhere, constantly reinventing herself and setting industry benchmarks; moving from Boston Massachusetts to Sydney at just 16 to star in the Australian production of 'Hair', being the first black woman to star in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.
Bec Lucas, Tony Lucas Research Grant
Bec’s father Tony Lucas died in 2011 and was a passionate supporter of the Foundation. Bec founded the Tony Lucas Research Grant in his memory, as well as the annual Beach Walk for Brain Cancer on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Chris Smith, Radio Broadcaster
Chris Smith is a radio broadcaster and was inspired by a series of interviews with Charlie Teo whose dream of a cure he calls "infectious". He has been a great supporter and participated in several of the Foundation’s events since.
Joanna Collins, A Touch of Beauty, SA
Joanna Collins has been a passionate supporter of Cure Brain Cancer since she was inspired by meeting Charlie Teo. Through her incredible efforts she has raised awareness and several hundred thousand dollars to support the work of the Foundation.
Stuart Taylor, Author of Assertive Humility
Stuart Taylor was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2002 and is now thriving. He leads The Resilience Institute helping to liberate human performance, resilience and happiness.
Holly Brisley, Actress and presenter
Holly has been personally affected by brain cancer, losing her father to the disease in 2012. She is a passionate supporter of the Foundation and helps us to raise funds and awareness.
Richard Wilkins, Presenter
Richard has been a generous supporter of Cure Brain Cancer for some time. As an Ambassador he will help raise awareness of brain cancer and the importance of research.
Hamish Park, Dine for a Cure
Hamish Park is a management consultant who lost his father Andrew to glioblastoma multiforme in 2004. In addition to his work as an inaugural committee member of Melbourne’s Dine For A Cure, he also volunteers as a phone counsellor assisting families caring for people with cancer.
Joel Parkinson, Champion surfer
Joel Parkinson or “Parko” is a world champion Australian surfer from Queensland. He won the ASP World ChampionshipTour Surfing Title in 2012 in Hawaii at the Banzai Pipeline, and has had a glittering career in international surfing, winning eleven elite ASP titles.
Pat McCutcheon, NSW Waratahs
Pat made his Super Rugby debut in 2010 with the NSW Waratahs and was part of the championship squad to win the 2014 Super Rugby. Pat was inspired to become our Ambassador after his involvement with Cure Brain Cancer through NSW Waratahs’ Charity Match Program.
Tim Webster, Presenter
One of Australia’s most popular radio and television personalities, Tim has been successful in both areas for over three decades, covering many major sporting events. Tim loves music and golf and he himself is a cancer survivor.
Jacob Walker, Sports producer
Jacob was diagnosed with a Grade II astrocytoma in February 2014. Ever since he has been raising awareness of brain cancer and connecting with other people living with the disease to share stories.
Jim Wilson, Sports journalist and presenter
Jim is a sports journalist and presenter and has a close personal connection to brain cancer, having lost his 6 year old son Sam to the disease in 2010. Jim is passionate about raising awareness of brain cancer and funds for research into new treatments.
Chris Bath, Journalist and presenter
Chris is a journalist and TV presenter. Chris is married to Jim Wilson and together they do great work to raise awareness of brain cancer.
Candice Wyatt, Journalist and presenter
Candice is a journalist and currently co-presents Ten Eyewitness News in Melbourne. Candice is a passionate advocate for brain cancer research after losing her mum to the disease in 2013.
Peter Overton, Journalist and chief newsreader
Peter is the Chief Newsreader for Sydney's 6pm edition of Nine News and a contributor for 60Minutes. Peter has a strong sense of community and wants to help raise awareness of brain cancer and the need for research funding.
Alex Cullen, Presenter and Journalist
Alex Cullen has been a presenter and journalist with the 7 Network’s Sunday Night since April 2010. Alex’s father Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer in April of 2016 and Alex became Cure Brain Cancer's National Ambassador for Walk4BrainCancer.
Marcus Paul, radio presenter
Marcus Paul reads Breakfast News at i98FM in Wollongon. He gives his time to numerous charities, including Cure Brain Cancer.
Byron Webb, radio presenter
Byron Webb hosts Drive on Smooth FM, Sydney and Melbourne. Byron gives his time to MC Cure Brain Cancer's Walk4BrainCancer at Centennial Park in November.
Darcy Lang, Geelong Cats
Darcy is an AFL footballer who plays for the Geelong Cats. After losing his cousin Bec to brain cancer, Darcy is now part of an extremely passionate fundraising community in Colac and is supporting the foundation to raise awareness.
Peter is a Queensland radio and television sports commentator and was inspired to become an ambassador for Cure Brain Cancer after losing a family member in 2015. Peter wants to help raise awareness and funds to get new treatments to patients faster.
David was first invited to train with the NSW Waratahs at age 22 and now is in his fourth year with the team. He is currently studying for a Commerce degree at Sydney University.
Joe played professional rugby union for 11 years and was part of a golden era for the Australian Wallabies side, winning the World Cup in 1999. Joe now works for the University of Canberra. He lost his 41 year old brother, Jake, to a GBM in 2015. Jake received the best care available, however Joe believes there is considerable opportunity to research and improve the treatmen
On 22 July 2016, Jane Gordon became just the 5th Queensland woman to successfully complete a solo crossing of the English Channel. Inspired by her late friend Jess Warner who passed away from brain cancer at just 32 years of age, Jane founded “Swimming 4 Jess” to tell the story of Jess’s battles and raised in excess of $149,000 during the year long fundraising campaign.
Louise 'Cookie' Burrows
Australian Rugby Wallaroo and Advocate for Women in Sport, Louise Burrows has played in three World Cups as well as a Tri Nations series. Louise was selected in the 2016 Wallaroos Squad to play two test matches against the NZ Black Ferns, including the double header at Eden Park before the Bledisloe Cup. Captain for ACT women's Brumbies and a PE teacher for Canberra Girls Grammar School, Louise became Cure Brain Cancer’s Canberra Ambassador after a close family friend had been diagnosed with a GBM
Model and athlete, Amy Pejkovic, was forced to put her Olympic dreams on hold in 2012 to have a large tumour removed from her brainstem. Now fit and healthy, Amy is focused on the 2020 Olympic Games and raising funds and awareness for brain cancer.