Our Board & Staff

Our board consists of outstanding business and legal professionals who each volunteer their time and expertise. The board includes parents of children who have experienced cancer and a childhood cancer survivor, who bring a personal understanding of the challenges and issues.

 

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Jeremy Smith - Chairman

Jeremy is a barrister specialising in commercial, property, employment and estate litigation. Jeremy joined the board of the Children’s Cancer Foundation in 2009. Jeremy is the father of Linus who was diagnosed with a rare and very dangerous tumour, rhabdomyosarcoma, in 2007 at the age of 3 years. Linus is a happy and healthy teenager now.

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Anthony McGinn OAM – Deputy Chairman

Tony is Founder and Director of MCM Entertainment Group. Tony’s son Ben was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2000 at the age of 3 years, Ben is now a healthy teenager.  Tony was elected President of KOALA Foundation in 2003 and Chairman in 2005. He launched The Million Dollar Lunch in 2005 and acted as its Chairman 2005-14.

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Jeff Darmanin

Jeff is a management consultant with a background in manufacturing and finance. In 2009, Jeff's 15 year old son, William was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumours. After 4 years of relentless fighting he sadly lost his battle. Will's journey inspired Jeff and his family to join the fight against childhood cancer.

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Nat Lippiatt

Nat is Director of Three's a Crowd, a Melbourne-based strategic brand agency. Her career began in the Private Office of Jeff Kennett where she worked as a designer and photographer within the Communications Unit. Nat moved to private enterprise before founding Three's a Crowd in 2000.

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Maurizio Marcocci

Maurizio is Director of University Food Group, and Chairman of My Room. The Marcocci family was instrumental in the establishment of My Room as a consequence of Maurizio’s diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 13 in August 1991. Maurizio has been actively involved and supported My Room over two decades.

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Kevin Martin

Kevin is a chartered accountant in the professional and commercial sector. He was the Chief Financial Officer of a major Australian listed company for many years, a director of numerous subsidiaries in Australia and overseas. Currently, Kevin is the Global Financial Director of Ryco Hydraulics Group entities. Kevin was a director of both KOALA Foundation and the Children’s Cancer Foundation prior to the merger in 2012.

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Mary McGowan

Mary is a registered nurse in paediatric oncology, has been involved in many professional cancer nursing groups and is also closely involved in fundraising activities for several children’s cancer community groups. Mary joined the board of the Children’s Cancer Foundation in 2001. She is also a founding and current committee member of My Room.

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James Roche

James is an executive director of Roche Holdings and is a director of the Australian Davos Connection. James’ past roles have included co-founder and owner of HealthCare of Australia Holdings and an analyst with Merrill Lynch investment banking group. James is the former Chairman and current Committee member of My Room.

 
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Aileen Boyd-Squires GAICD – Chief Executive Officer

As Director of Research Partnerships at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Aileen worked with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and other external stakeholders developing research and clinical capacity. She was a board-level Publishing Director at Blackwell Publishing (now Wiley), in Melbourne and in Paris where she established a European office, publishing medical books and journals.

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Ashley Amore - Finance Manager

Ashley is a chartered accountant with experience across public practice and industry accounting, most recently in media and entertainment. Prior to joining as staff, Ashley was a regular volunteer for the Foundation over six years.

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Kate Cadet - Marketing and Communications Manager

Kate brings a vibrant marketing focus to the team, having worked with many corporate, government, FMCG and media brands around Australia throughout her career. Kate has qualifications in graphic design, holds a Master of Marketing and has authored content for a range of businesses as a former freelance writer.

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Sophie Kunze - Event Coordinator

Sophie is an international management graduate with experience in a variety of sectors across Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Combining her strong administrative skillset and passion for not-for-profits, Sophie provides invaluable support for the Foundation’s fundraising and event organisation.

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Fiona Dickson - Community Giving Coordinator

Fiona has a wealth of fundraising experience, working within the not-for-profit sector in the UK and across Australia. She has a passion for community fundraising, specifically charities supporting children. Fiona engages the community and connects them to the Foundation’s work.

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