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Leukaemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma & Related Blood Disorders.

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Our Management

Bill Petch CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

In 2016, Bill was appointed CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, after the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland and it’s national partner charity, the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, unified.

Prior to coming to the Leukaemia Foundation, he spent over a decade with Barnardos, one of the largest and most respected children’s charities in Australia and overseas, and advised global communications firms on social impact and corporate responsibility.

He has developed innovative award-winning social impact programs across a wide variety of industries including finance, health and education. Bill holds a range of post graduate qualifications in politics, marketing, leadership and social impact.

Anthony Steele HEAD OF SUPPORT SERVICES
BN, Grad Cert Ed

Anthony joined the Leukaemia Foundation in 2007. He is a nursing graduate from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) who specialised in oncology/haematology nursing. He has nursed at the Princess Alexandra and Mater Hospitals (Brisbane) and St Vincent’s University Hospital (Dublin). Anthony has an active interest in education, having lectured in anatomy and physiology at the Australian College of Natural Medicine. He also facilitated the graduate nurse program at the Mater Adults Hospital and worked as nurse educator at the Mater Private Hospital (Brisbane).

Dr Anna Williamson HEAD OF RESEARCH & ADVOCACY
BSc(Ed), BSc(Hons)

Dr Williamson joined the Leukaemia Foundation in 2002 to establish its National Research Program and implement standardised services, disease education and psychosocial support programs across Australia. A science graduate from Melbourne University, Anna trained initially as a secondary science and biology teacher going on to complete postgraduate research degrees in Australia, the Netherlands and Germany, specialising in mycology, plant pathology and biological control of plant pathogens. On returning to Australia, she worked for 10 years with the CSIRO as a research scientist and later, research manager. Anna has overseen the expansion of the Foundation's national Support Services team from 10 to 40 people, to include cancer and transplant nurses, social workers and professional counsellors. She represents the Foundation on a number of national and international initiatives.

Dave Simms HEAD OF FUNDRAISING
BA (Hons) Comms

Dave immigrated to Adelaide in 1995 after a career with the BBC and commercial radio in the UK. He’s worked for several children’s charities overseas, plus Novita and the Asthma Foundation in South Australia. Dave has worked on our national fundraising events since 2004, initially as the World’s Greatest Shave Coordinator and now Head of Fundraising. Dave provides leadership and creativity to all of our fundraising programs and campaigns including World’s Greatest Shave, Light the Night, U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year and our annual appeals.

Christine McMillan GENERAL MANAGER - NSW/ACT
DipApSc, BBus, Master of Business

Commencing a career in the health sector, Chris has worked across many other industry areas including information technology, learning and development, human resources, management consulting and finance. Organisations where Chris has held senior executive positions or consulted include: Unisys Australia; Australian Institute of Management; Boral Ltd; BHP Billiton Ltd; Mt Isa Mines; Sony Australia; Drake International; Australian Business Limited; Financial Planning Association; Variety, the Children’s Charity; and Fundraising Institute of Australia. Chris is passionate about the standards of practice within the charitable sector. In the role of CEO, Fundraising Institute of Australia, she played an active part in raising fundraising standards across the sector. This focus continues as a Board member of the National Roundtable of Nonprofit Organisations. 

Simon Matthias GENERAL MANAGER - SA/NT
BMgt (Mktg)

Simon was appointed General Manager of SA/NT of the Leukaemia Foundation in November 2008. Prior to joining us Simon was General Manager of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation in Melbourne. He has a strong affinity for working with cancer causes and his achievements include establishing the Clare Oliver Melanoma Fund in honor of the anti-solarium campaigner who lost her battle with melanoma in September 2006. In 2007, Simon received a Fundraising Institute of Australia national award for excellence in fundraising and a special commendation for the most outstanding fundraising project in Australia. Previously, Simon was Advertising Manager for the University of South Australia where he received the 2002 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence. Since 2008, Simon has lead the project team for the construction of a new $9.5 million Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village, which was completed in October 2013. Simon is married to Kate and they have two children, Hugo and Seb.

Andrew York GENERAL MANAGER - WA

Andrew joined us in July 2013. He grew up in Kenya and from a young age, he wanted to make a difference to people in need. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management at Edith Cowen University. Over the past 15 years he has been General Manager at People Who Care and held management positions at Bethany Community and Derbaryl Yirrigan Health Service. Andrew believes firmly in community and is on the parents committee at Maylands Peninsula Primary School, coaches junior basketball and belongs to the ultimate club in the Perth Beer and Beef Club.