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Our Board and Staff

Our board consists of outstanding business professionals who each volunteer their time and expertise. The board includes parents of children who have experienced cancer and a childhood survivor, who bring a personal understanding of the challenges and issues.

Board and staff members who have been directly affected by childhood cancer

Jeremy Smith

Chairman

Barrister: Commercial, property, employment and estate litigation.

Jeremy joined the board of the Children’s Cancer Foundation in 2009. Jeremy is the father of Linus who was diagnosed with and thankfully survived, a rare and very dangerous tumour, rhabdomyosarcoma in 2007, at the age of three.

Jeff Darmanin

Board Director

Executive Director, Children’s Cancer Foundation

Jeff is a management consultant with a background in manufacturing and finance. In 2009, Jeff’s 15-year-old son William was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumours. After four years of relentless fighting, he sadly lost his battle. Will’s journey inspired Jeff and his family to join the fight against childhood cancer, including as a board member and becoming our Executive Director in 2020.

Peter Crinis

Board Director

Former Chief Executive Officer for Crown Sydney & Crown Hotels

In his former role as Chief Executive Officer for Crown Sydney & Crown Hotels in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, Peter is responsible for one of the largest pieces of tourism infrastructure in Australia. Peter was also a board member of Visit Victoria and Tourism Accommodation Australia.

Tracey Danaher

Board Director

Professor, Monash Business School

Tracey Danaher is the mother of Zac who at age 8, lost his battle with a Choroid Plexus Carcinoma. Her research is interdisciplinary merging psychology, marketing, analytics, and economics in retail and service contexts including health care. Tracey was previously the Academic Director of the Australian Centre for Retail Studies at Monash University and has published extensively.

Nat Lippiatt

Board Director

Former Director Three’s a Crowd (3AC) brand agency.

Nat’s career began in the Private Office of Jeff Kennett where she worked as a designer and photographer within the Communications Unit. Nat moved to the private enterprise before founding Three’s a Crowd in 2000. In 2019 Nat stepped back from business ownership to work as a freelance marketing and branding consultant.

Maurizio Marcocci

Board Director

Director, University Food Group and Chair of My Room

The Marcocci family was instrumental in the establishment of My Room as a consequence of Maurizio’s diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 13 in August 1991. Maurizio has been actively involved and supported My Room for over two decades.

Kevin Martin

Board Director

Chartered Accountant, Chairman Bombora Advice, Non Executive Director Agrocel Industries and Ryco

Kevin has previously held long term Chief Financial Officer position of a significant Australian listed company, a director of numerous subsidiaries in Australia and overseas. Kevin was a director of both KOALA Foundation and the Children’s Cancer Foundation before the merger in 2012.

Mary McGowan OAM

Board Director

Former Community Liaison Officer, Children’s Cancer Centre, Paediatric Oncology, Royal Children’s Hospital

Mary’s nursing career and work in childhood cancer span over 40 years in Australia. Mary joined the Foundation’s board in 2001. She contributes to numerous other children’s cancer committees, volunteer groups and fundraising, and is a founding and current committee member of My Room and the Murray to Moyne. Mary received a Pride of Australia Medal in 2006 and the Order of Australia in 2021, recognising her phenomenal work in nursing and charity work with children’s cancer.

James Roche

Board Director

Executive Director, Roche Holdings and Director, Australian Davos Connection

James’ past roles have included co-founder and owner of HealthCare of Australia Holdings and an analyst with Merrill Lynch investment banking group. James is the former Chairman and current Committee member of My Room.

Vivienne Petroff

Board Director

Executive Director, Flagstaff Partners

Vivienne has a background in investment banking, corporate advisory and commercial finance. She has advised on numerous M&A transactions for clients in the retail, consumer, financial services and technology sectors. Prior to her current role, she has held roles at REA Group (realestate.com.au) and Deutsche Bank. Viv is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Sarah Wyse

Board Director

Independent Advisor and Founder of Wyse Women

Sarah is an executive commercial leader with a track record of leading company-wide shifts in strategy, launching new businesses and motivating small and large teams to deliver bold business goals – whilst having fun along the way. With 20 years of global experience in the media & digital sector, Sarah is driven by evidence based, high impacting, commercially focused businesses and importantly – people, who make a difference.

Renee Jess

Director of Fundraising

Renee has been in the non for profit organisation sector for the past two decades working for organisations such as Vision Australia and Guide Dogs Australia. She has developed key negotiation and influencing skills in commercial partnership and media while running high profile fundraising campaigns and events. Renee ran the Carols by Candlelight event for 8 years and is a true fundraiser at heart, with a passion to drive outcomes.

Jane Holroyd

Finance Manager

Jane’s finance career started in London. While working with PepsiCo, her love of commercial finance was born, working across the franchised European businesses. In 2015, Jane moved to Melbourne with her Australian husband and 2 children. Since then, she has managed international cashflow requirements, capital raise activity, strategic analysis, commercial analytics and legal and HR oversight for various businesses. Jane has also been an active community fundraiser and held many voluntary roles over the past 10 years.

Yen Ee Yeoh

Digital Communications Lead

Yen has qualifications in graphic design and user experience design. She has worked in-house for small to medium businesses and as a freelance designer aiding sole traders with bringing their marketing and media to life. Yen is pleased to be working with an organisation making life-saving change and aims for her knowledge of visual communication to galvanise the Foundation’s brand.

How can you help?

When you love someone deeply you want them to shine in your life always. You will do anything to protect them. Children’s cancer shouldn’t happen – but sadly, it still does. With your help, we're funding game-changing research projects that will help eliminate children’s cancer.