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Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch farewelled

Friday 12 June, 2020

The Leukaemia Foundation has farewelled Bill Petch after the conclusion of his contract as CEO following an outstanding nine years of dedicated service to the organisation.

Mr Petch first served as the CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland in 2012 before being appointed CEO of the nationally unified organisation in 2016.

Leukaemia Foundation Board Chair Dr Carrie Hillyard today recognised and thanked Mr Petch for his invaluable contribution to the organisation, particularly throughout periods of significant organisational change and growth.

“Bill provided thoughtful leadership during the transition period of the national merger by reimagining an organisation which truly focused on individuals’ needs and how to improve outcomes for people living with blood cancer right across our country,” Dr Hillyard said.

“Bill’s commitment to unifying the Leukaemia Foundation was driven by a need to improve outcomes and advocate collectively for people living with blood cancer wherever they live.”

Dr Hillyard also commended Mr Petch for standing together with the blood cancer community and working constructively and collaboratively with all involved towards curing and conquering a complex set of diseases.

“Bill has been an influential voice in shaping awareness of the complexities and effects of blood cancers with government, industry, the media and the community,” she said.

“He commissioned strategic research to deeply understand the unmet needs of the Australian blood cancer community, which provided a platform to design a strategic approach for the newly-formed national Leukaemia Foundation.

“In 2018 under Bill’s leadership, the Leukaemia Foundation commissioned the State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia report – a first-of-its-kind nationwide report revealing the true size, scale and impact of blood cancer and the lived experiences of people living with blood cancer in Australia today.

“Subsequently the Commonwealth of Australia entrusted the Leukaemia Foundation to form the Blood Cancer Taskforce, which has been instrumental in preparing the imminent National Action Plan for Blood Cancer – yet another first for our country.

“Bill’s leadership in creating a framework to bring the Blood Cancer Taskforce and National Action Plan to fruition is just one component of his extensive legacy.

“Bill has left an indelible mark in the Leukaemia Foundation’s history, creating a pathway to the Leukaemia Foundation’s long-term goal to see zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035. Together with the broader blood cancer community, we are energised to continue this vision and implement the necessary projects that will see real change for more Australians affected by blood cancer.

“I want to take this opportunity to warmly thank Bill for his efforts to advance the Leukaemia Foundation’s cause and to wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.”

The Leukaemia Foundation will shortly commence a wide and thorough search for a new CEO.

Leukaemia Foundation General Manager of Supporters Alexandra Struthers has assumed the role of Acting CEO for the duration of the recruitment process.

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