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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.

Meet Dr Carrie Hillyard here.

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 – Christopher Murray

Christopher Murray has 30 years’ experience in the energy, resources and manufacturing sectors in various roles including Principal, Managing Director and Executive General Manager. His expertise includes strategy, business development, research, finance and operations.

Chris has a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a graduate of the Harvard Business School and a member of Engineers Australia.

Mr Murray has a close personal connection with Leukaemia. In 2006 he was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia from which he is now in remission. In 2013 his father passed away as a result of conditions caused by Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia. He understands first-hand the benefits of the Foundation’s work, its mission to care and vision to cure.

Director – Tim Ridgway

Tim is the general manager of a HR consulting firm in Adelaide with 20 years of research and consulting experience and specialist knowledge of the issues impacting organisations, people and culture. He is a registered psychologist and a member of the College of Organisational Psychology.

Tim is a lecturer to the Masters of Organisational Psychology programs at the University of South Australia and Adelaide University. He also serves as a Professional Standards Director for the Anglican Church of Australia.

Director – Philip Bradley

Phillip was the Commissioner of the NSW Crime Commission from 1989 until 2011. Phillip holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Sydney University (1974) and a BA from Macquarie University (1978) and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 1975.

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 Acting CEO – Alex Struthers
Leukaemia Foundation acting CEO, Alex Struthers
Leukaemia Foundation Acting Chief Executive Officer, Alex Struthers

Alex Struthers has over 16 years’ experience in the for-purpose sector in senior leadership roles across fundraising, volunteering and most recently human resources. As an award-winning fundraising professional Alex has worked across Australia and overseas for major non-profits such as Australian Red Cross, CASE Europe, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Make-A-Wish Australia.

Alex joined the Leukaemia Foundation in January of 2017 and set a new direction for our fundraising.  Leading the fundraising management team, they have worked to diversify our fundraising base and continue to drive success in our flagship event, World’s Greatest Shave.

Alex’s formal training comes from a Bachelor of Social Science – Psychology and she also holds qualifications in Project Management and Human Resources alongside an early career in commercial marketing before joining the for-purpose sector. Alex is a passionate advocate for the industry contributing as a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s QLD Committee for over 5 years and held a Board position for a small charity focussing on women returning to the workforce.

Having been personally touched by acute myeloid leukaemia with a close family member, Alex is committed to the Leukaemia Foundation’s vision and strategy, and looks forward to continuing to work alongside the Board, staff, members and volunteers to drive positive change and improved outcomes for people living with a blood cancer across Australia.