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Team

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

The Executive Team

 

Michelle Stewart, CEO

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.

Andy Burke, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary

Andy joined Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in March 2017 after more than 25 years in the Financial services industry. Andy is a Chartered Accountant whose expertise includes process optimisation and governance, team collaboration, and cost management. Andy is fiercely committed to the fight against cancer having lost his wife to the disease in 2007.

 
 

Luke Alexander, Head of Communications & 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.

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. 

Our Ambassadors

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 great supporter of the Foundation.

Dustin Perry

Dustin’s eight-year-old daughter, Chloe, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. Dustin gained national attention when his open letter to the Prime Minister appeared in The Australian newspaper. Since then, Dustin has worked alongside Cure Brain Cancer Foundation advocating for the disease to become a Government priority.

Senator Catryna Bilyk

Having survived two brain tumours, Tasmanian Labor senator Catryna Bilyk lead the Senate Select Committee in Low Survival Cancers with a focus on Brain Cancer. Senator Bilyk is also Chair of the Parliamentary Brain Cancer and Tumour Awareness Group.

Joanna Collins, A Touch of Beauty, SA

Joanna Collins has been a passionate supporter of Cure Brain Cancer. 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 is a director and board member of The Resilience Institute,  a global organisation that works with organisations and people to  liberate human performance sustainably. Closer to home, Stuart also  leads The Resilience Institute in Australia.

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 Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of Victoria. He 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 Psaltis

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 Horwitz 

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 Roff

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 treatment.

Jane Gordon

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 Burrows | 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.

Amy Pejkovic

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.

 

Ben Fordham

At Sydney’s No. 1 rating radio station, 2GB, since 2011, Ben has hosted Sydney Live in the 3pm-6pm shift, a program that consistently tops the ratings. Thanks to his job, Ben has built close contacts with some inspiring people who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others. Away from his media engagements, Ben volunteers for several charities, including Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, fundraising, lobbying, and as a Master of Ceremonies.

 

 

Meet our Board of Directors