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
Andy Burke, Interim CEO, 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.
Lyn Moorfoot, Head of Philanthropy & Community Giving
Lyn joined Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in 2015 to start up the Queensland operations and is now based in Sydney. Lyn’s diverse experience spans marketing, philanthropy, volunteer leadership and capital infrastructure funding for leading Australian not-for-profits at state and national level. Lyn has qualifications in marketing, education and the performing arts.
Dan Chapman, Head of Marketing & Communications
Dan has a background in journalism, has edited major publications, managed successful teams, and is a digital content specialist. Experienced in data-driven marketing, Dan joined the Foundation after losing his uncle to glioblastoma (GBM) and is passionate about using his marketing and communications expertise to help people living with the disease.
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. Read more.
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.
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.
Prof Angel Lopez, Ph.D
Professor Angel Lopez AO is Co-Director of the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), a medical research Institute in Adelaide that focuses on cancer. He holds an MD from the University of Rosario, Argentina, a PhD from the University of London, UK, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He has worked for over 30 years on the structure and function of cytokine receptors and their mechanism of action in health and disease. Read more.
A singer, actor and television presenter, Johnny is one of Australia’s most loved entertainers, having shot to fame as a finalist on X Factor Australia in 2011. Johnny was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 and has used his considerable profile to raise funds and awareness for brain cancer.
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.
Jacob is a long-term brain cancer survivor, who is passionate about sharing his story to benefit the cause. He and his wife Kaitlynn openly and honestly share their story on Instagram, detailing the realities of a brain cancer diagnosis to a new audience.
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 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 is a Rugby Union player who currently plays for the Connacht Rugby in Ireland, who he joined in 2018 after more than five years with NSW Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels.
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.
As co-host of Studio 10, Joe is a household name across the country. He is also a well-known and respected journalist, who was recently appointed editor-at-large of news.com.au. Passionate about using his profile to help others, Joe became an ambassador in 2018 following the diagnosis of his friend and colleague Johnny Ruffo.
Former professional football player and title winning coach-turned pundit Mark became an ambassador in February 2018 following his mother’s brain cancer diagnosis. Mark travelled the world as an athlete in a career spanning 18 years. Since retirement he has worked with Fox Sports as their Chief Analyst, and now with SBS on their EPL coverage.
Meet our Board of Directors