Appointed 2017Ashley Reid has over 20 years of experience in the community services sector and the public service. He occupied a senior role at MercyCare from 2001 to 2011 with responsibilities including fostering and youth services, community programs and early learning services.
In October 2011, he was appointed CEO at Ngala, a leading provider of early parenting and child health services in WA.
Ashley was a Board Director for the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) and Community Employers WA (CEWA), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and, in 2019, he was awarded the Leadership WA Distinguished Fellow Award for his outstanding and enduring contribution to the Western Australian community.
Ashley maintains a strong focus on research and evidence-based services to support those most in need and brings experience of both service provision and advocacy to Cancer Council.
DR RUTH SHEAN AO – President and Chair
Appointed May 2019
Ruth worked with the WA Government for 18 years as Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Disability Services Commission and the Department for Community Development. She was Commissioner for Public Sector Standards, the government watchdog which oversaw standards within the public sector and assisted with the appointment of government CEOs.
Prior to joining government, she was CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Association of WA and Executive Officer of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health. Ruth has held leadership positions on reviews and committees for both state and federal government. She has experience in university governance, having been on governing councils of both Curtin and Murdoch Universities, where she was Pro Chancellor. Ruth has a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is Chair of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. In November 2019, Ruth was elected as Chairperson of the Cancer Council WA Board and CCWA’s President. Ruth is also a Board member of Cancer Council Australia.
GAVIN BAIN – Vice President
Appointed September 2016
Gavin is CEO of leading creative consulting and technology agency, Wunderman Thompson. He has spent over 30 years working in and alongside some of Western Australia and Australia’s most loved and successful brands, and brought his marketing skills to bear in Board positions at Nulsen, and West Australian Ballet. Gavin is also on the National Board of The Advertising Council Australia and is also State Chair of the Council.
DR PAUL CANNELL
Appointed May 2016
Paul graduated from The University of Western Australia in 1981. He trained as a Haematologist in Perth and spent two years post fellowship in the Haematology Department at the Royal Free Hospital in London working as a Research Fellow in the department of Professor Victor Hoffbrand. He was appointed as a Consultant Haematologist to Royal Perth Hospital in 1993. He was appointed as Head of Service in 2005 and continued in this position until transferring to Fiona Stanley Hospital in 2014 where he holds the posts including Co-Director of Medical and Surgical Specialties and Discipline Lead for PathWest Haematology. He continues to practice as a clinician with particular interest in haematologic malignancy and bone marrow transplantation.
Appointed September 2014
Suzanne is a management executive and business leader with more than 30 years’ experience. Her career has spanned diplomacy, corporate affairs, tertiary education and membership associations. She has an extensive background in business strategy, marketing, communications, international affairs and corporate governance. She has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia, where she established the international arm of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a Director, Suzanne has served on both international and national Boards in the health sector, international aid development and the arts over the past 15 years.
Appointed November 2016
Cheryl Chan has over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer, specialising in employment and discrimination law, and has worked across a number of different industries such as oil and gas, retail, financial services, health, education and government. She has worked in Perth, Melbourne and London and has managed numerous high profile mergers, acquisitions and divestments, regulatory investigations, employment and discrimination issues and litigation and industrial relations issues. She is currently responsible for all legal issues relating to staff across the Asia Pacific region for a global oil and gas company. Cheryl also chairs an independent public school
board and has previously served on the board of 100 Women and the Inner North Community Foundation. In 2017, she was selected as a participant in the Australian Institute of Company Directors – Director Pipeline Project. In 2019, Cheryl was named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers of WA Incorporation.
Cheryl’s skills include strategy, change management, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and risk management, crisis management, legal, industrial relations and leadership.
Appointed May 2018
Giacomo is an executive leader who specialises in technology strategy and digital transformation. His most recent roles include Manager Technical Services and Manager Technology Design & Architecture at BHP following a successful transition from the finance sector where he led the development and deployment of Online Banking Systems for Bankwest. He has 10+ years of management experience, with a strong technical and financial background, currently managing the technology design of the BHP Iron Ore production systems portfolio.
Giacomo has led cultural change and introduced key new technologies in all previous organisations as well as built and managed high-performing teams. He is proficient at navigating an always-evolving technology landscape and competing business priorities, creating the conditions for successful delivery of complex initiatives.
Appointed December 2018
Tracie is an accomplished adviser and investment professional with 23 years’ experience in Investment Management, Financial Services, Accounting and Business Strategy. Currently the Investment Director of a private investment company, Tracie has founded two successful Financial Services businesses, worked in senior leadership teams and as a consultant. Through her career she has developed strong industry knowledge across a variety of sectors including finance, medical technologies and retail.
Tracie has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and B Law) is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of our Finance committee, Vice chair of Perth Investment Angels, and a mentor for the CSIRO On Accelerate program. She is heavily involved in Perth’s Start-up community and has a passion for supporting innovation and mentoring future entrepreneurs.
PROFESSOR RUTH GANSS
Appointed October 2019
Ruth is the Scientific Head of the Cancer Division at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and holds a professorial appointment at the University of Western Australia. Her own research group at the Perkins has a strong focus on cancer, the tumour microenvironment and immunotherapy. Ruth obtained her PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 1994 and, over the last 20 years, has conducted internationally competitive cancer research in Germany, the US and Australia. From 2008-2012, Ruth was the inaugural Cancer Council WA Research Fellow, has served for 10 years on the Cancer Council WA Research Committee and, in 2014, received the inaugural Cancer Council WA Cancer Researcher of the Year Award. She has held leadership positions in national and international research committees. Ruth is a Member of the Senior Faculty at the Harry Perkins Institute which provides strategic advice to the Director and Board, and also serves on the Board of the Cancer Research Trust in WA.
PROFESSOR ANNA NOWAK
Appointed March 2020
Anna is a medical oncologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and a Professor within the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. Anna treats and researches two invariably fatal cancer types: mesothelioma, and malignant brain tumours. Since 2018 Anna has been the Director of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD), an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence based at UWA. With a research team of around 35, NCARD has an international reputation for mesothelioma immunology, biomarkers, and translational clinical trials. Anna also has a leadership role in brain tumour research, and since 2017 has been the Chair of the CoOperative trials Group for NeuroOncology (COGNO), the national brain tumour clinical trials group. As well as her medical qualifications, Anna holds a PhD in tumour immunology, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical trials and quality of life research, giving her a unique translational perspective with expertise in laboratory science, clinical trials, patient-rated outcomes and quality of life. Anna is passionate about patient-doctor communication, mentoring, and women in oncology and science.
Appointed November 2021
Jason is a finance professional with over 25 years experience across banking, technology and resources industries. His roles in complex, heavily regulated businesses with a broad range of stakeholders has provided extensive experience in strategy, capital management; business integration and governance. Jason is the Chief Financial Officer at Australian Strategic Materials where he is responsible for finance and business development.
Jason’s previous roles include Senior Vice President Financial Services at Woodside Energy, Chief Financial Officer of Bankwest and Chief Financial Officer of Westpac New Zealand. Past governance roles include as a Board Member of Volunteering WA, WA Council Financial Services Institute of Australia, Bankwest Foundation Advisory Committee Chair and Chartered Accountants Institute Auckland Leadership Group. Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Appointed November 2021
Michael is the Office Managing Partner of the Perth Deloitte office and has over 30 years of consulting experience across a broad range of industries. Michael specialises in large-scale organisational transformation and business process improvement.
Michael also has a passion for making an impact in the community. He is a Director of the Wirrpanda Foundation, former Chairman of Leadership WA, a Governor of the University of Notre Dame Australia and the former Chairman of Workpower Inc. Michael is a Board member of Deloitte Australia , and a Director of the Deloitte Foundation. The Deloitte Foundation is responsible for the firm’s community programs including skilled volunteering, pro bono services, community engagement and financial assistance.
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC
Position accepted 2018
The Western Australian Governor has traditionally been the Patron of Cancer Council WA.
Mr Beazley is the 33rd Governor of Western Australia, and prior to taking up this role on 1 May 2018, had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan.
In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.
We are pleased to have Mr Beazley as our Patron and to be working with him to promote our mission of reducing the incidence and impact of cancer on the Western Australian community.
Former Cancer Council WA President, Professor George Yeoh with our Patron, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, and our CEO, Ashley Reid.