Teamwork makes the dream work
We’re proud and privileged to be able to count on so many people across Australia who share our values and want to help make change.
Our staff, leadership team and Board work tirelessly every day to cure and conquer blood cancer – with care.
We don’t have the space here to introduce all our staff but we’d like you to meet our CEO and Board.
Meet our CEO and Board
Chairman – Dr Carrie Hillyard AM FTSE FAICD
Carrie Hillyard is a professional with a background in the life sciences industry. Her early research was in calcium regulating hormones and cancer. She has widely diversified skills and experience from research through product development, commercialisation and venture capital.
Carrie brings more than 20 years’ experience as a non-executive director, serving on a number of boards including unlisted and ASX listed companies, not-for-profit, government organisations, a small US company and as Chairman of UniQuest, the University of Queensland’s commercialisation company. She has established strong professional, government and community links and has well-established networks both in Australia and internationally. She has been a member of a number of State and Federal government boards and committees, providing advice on the development of the biotechnology and venture capital industries and reviewing industry assistance.
Carrie is a Fellow and director of the Academy of Technology and Engineering and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has angel invested in 2 early-stage companies and currently mentors startups and young women. Carrie was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 and recently AM in the Australia Day Honours.
Director – Lucio Di Giallonardo
Lucio has been a partner of HLB Mann Judd Chartered Accountants since 1996 and is part of the firm’s Corporate and Audit Services division in Perth, as well as being that firm’s managing partner.
In 1990, Lucio completed a six month secondment to the firm’s affiliated office in Toronto, Canada, which enabled him to gain valuable experience in a different environment. Lucio specialises in the audit of listed companies as well as entities in the not-for-profit sector.
Lucio is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a former member of CAANZ’s Audit Advisory Committee. Lucio is also a registered company auditor.
Director – Tony Formica
Tony Formica is a professional company director currently working with start-up companies in the Cleantech sector. Tony is a Chartered Accountant, has an MBA from University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tony has over 25 years commercial experience spread across chartered accounting firms, private sector businesses, and facilitation of training courses for company directors. Tony’s key skills include governance and risk management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and financial management and reporting.
Director – Assoc. Prof. Maryanne Hargraves
Maryanne Hargraves has over 30 years’ experience in cancer care. Her interests include improving quality of life outcomes for people with cancer and their families during and after treatment, engaging with consumers to improve the cancer experience and management of lymphoedema.
Maryanne is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Queensland University of Technology and a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Sub Committee of the Cancer Council Queensland and has been a member of the Leukaemia Foundation Board since 2007.
Director – Darren Laarhoven
Darren Laarhoven is the managing partner of UHY Haines Norton Chartered Accountants, and is responsible for assurance and governance-related assignments.
As Treasurer, Darren brings to the Board skills gained from providing audit and accounting services to clients who include organisations within the not-for-profit sector.
Darren is also a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand’s National Charities and Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee.
Further, he was responsible for the audit of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland for the financial years prior to 30 June 2002, which has provided him with an extensive understanding of the Leukaemia Foundation’s operations.
Director – Andrew Soter
Andrew has worked with a broad range of clients, ranging from some of Australia’s largest companies to the not-for-profit sector, leveraging 17 years’ experience of Government and business knowledge by enhancing a client’s understanding of the political decision-making process. Andrew identifies key decision-makers and influencers, outlines possible issues that may need to be overcome, and creates solid pitches and approach strategies in order to help achieve success.
Leukaemia Foundation CEO – Chris Tanti
Chris has a long-held passion for improving health outcomes by making sure everyone gets the care they need, regardless of their circumstances and background.
His career has been characterised by the development of game-changing health services and he’s an accomplished CEO both in Australia and America, working across mental health, disability and aged care.
Chris has a background in social work and over the last 25 years has held national and international senior executive positions, including as CEO of Australia’s National Disability Services and Headspace.
In recent years he has managed his own consultancy, working with universities and health services.
Chris has considerable experience working with governments and in advocacy, program and organisational innovation, with qualifications from La Trobe and Melbourne universities and the Harvard Business School.