Our Board

Mark Phillips

Mr Mark Phillips

BCom (Hons), MCom, FAICD

Chair of the Board, Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee

Appointed to the Board in April 2013 and re-appointed in April 2016 and April 2019

Mr Phillips has more than 30 years’ experience in business. In a 20-year career with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, he was instrumental in the development of a range of new business divisions. Subsequently, Mr Phillips spent more than 10 years as the Chief Executive Officer of various companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and as an adviser to businesses and not-for-profit organisations. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of CatholicCare Sydney.

Nicholas Adams

Mr Nicholas Adams

BCom (Marketing)

Chair of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee

Elected to the Board in December 2015 and re-elected in December 2018

Mr Adams is the Chief Market Manager at Allianz Australia Insurance and has 23 years’ experience in financial services and telecommunications marketing with companies such as Westpac, American Express and Bupa. He has expertise in customer relationship management (CRM), loyalty and digital marketing, and building data-driven marketing programs to drive both revenue and customer engagement with brands. At a community level, Mr Adams is involved with supporting the homeless through the St Vincent de Paul Society, and Weave, a not-for-profit group focused on disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, women, children and families in the City of Sydney and South Sydney.

Mr Adams was recognised as a Rising Star of Australian Marketing in 2004 and was named the Australian Direct Marketer of the Year in 2010. He was also identified as a Global Marketing Leader in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the New York-based Internationalist Magazine.

James Butler

Mr James Butler

Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, Chair of the Consumer Research Review Panel, Chair of the Relay For Life Steering Committee

Elected to the Board in December 2014 and re-elected in December 2017 

Mr Butler has been an active volunteer for Cancer Council NSW for almost 20 years, holding roles including Chair of the Hills Relay For Life Committee, and Chair of the Western Sydney Cancer Advocacy Network. He is a trained Cancer Council NSW advocate. As a two-time cancer survivor, he understands the need to influence decision-makers around key issues that have an impact on people affected by cancer.

Mr Butler is currently Chair of Cancer Council NSW’s Consumer Research Review Panel and the Hills Community Cancer Network. Mr Butler has also been a business owner for 25 years and is an active consumer representative on cancer services committees in the Western Sydney Local Health District.

Dr Toby Heap

Dr Toby Heap

BAppSc (Syd), MCom (Finance) (Syd), PhD (Syd), CF GAICD

Chair of the Investment Committee, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Member of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee

Elected to the Board in December 2015 and re-elected in December 2018

Dr Heap is a Founding Partner of H2 Ventures, a venture capital investment firm. He is a Board Member of equity crowd-funding platform Equitise and the President of the Alumni Council of the University of Sydney.

Dr Heap previously founded several digital startups, was a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, and was a member of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee. He was Board Chair of contemporary dance organization Shaun Parker and Company and was a member of the Strategy and Risk Committee of the University of Sydney. He helped establish and was a Board Member of Stone & Chalk, an independent not-for-profit fintech hub. He was also a Board Member of SPELD NSW, a not-for-profit organisation supporting children with specific learning difficulties.

Dr Heap holds a PhD in Health Sciences from The University of Sydney. He was awarded Churchill and Eisenhower Fellowships in 2017 and 2018 respectively to investigate disruptive innovation across Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Christine Howard

Ms Christine Howard 

B.Soc.Sc, Dip.App.Sc, Mid

Member of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee

Elected to the Board in December 2017 

Ms Howard has 20 years of health management experience with a specific interest in understanding and responding to the health needs of rural areas. She has a background in nursing, midwifery and occupational rehabilitation before moving to executive management at the Riverina Division of General Practice in 2010. This organisation evolved into the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network covering 124,000 square kilometres in south west NSW. As Executive Manager Planning, Commissioning and Performance, Ms Howard has ensured that primary health services funded through the network have been delivered in direct response to findings from the regional health needs assessments. The health burden of cancer in rural and regional areas continues to present as a significant challenge and one that Ms Howard is passionate about changing.

Dr John Laker

Dr John Laker AO

BEc (Hons 1) (Syd), MSc (Econ) PhD (London), HonDSc (Syd)

Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Cancer Council NSW representative on the Cancer Council Australia Board 

Elected to the Board in December 2014 and re-elected December 2017 

Dr Laker was Chairman of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the regulator of the Australian financial services industry, from 2003 to 2014. An economist by training, Dr Laker had an extensive career in the Reserve Bank of Australia before his appointment to APRA, both in Australia and London, and has also worked in the Commonwealth Treasury and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Currently, Dr Laker is an External Expert for the IMF and has participated in a number of reviews of major banking systems. He is Chairman of The Banking and Finance Oath Limited and a member of the Council of the University of Technology, Sydney, as well as Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s External Advisory Panel. He also lectures at The University of Sydney. Dr Laker was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 and has won other professional awards for his services to the regulation of the Australian financial system.

Professor Jane Young

Professor Jane Young 


Chair of the Cancer Research Committee

Appointed to the Board in June 2016 and re-appointed in June 2019

Professor Young trained in medicine in the United Kingdom in 1983, undertook a Master of Public Health in 1998 and completed a PhD in applied epidemiology at The University of Sydney in 2000. She holds joint appointments with The University of Sydney, where she is Professor in Cancer Epidemiology; and Sydney Local Health District, where she is Executive Director of the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, and Executive Director, Research for the Institute of Academic Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Professor Young is a health services researcher with a focus on applying epidemiological methods to improve cancer services and patient outcomes. She has undertaken research spanning the cancer journey, and has an interest in surgical trials as well as developing and evaluating new models of care, promoting evidence-based practice and using data to improve cancer service delivery. She has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.


Nerida Dean

BEc Dip Ed (UNE)

Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee

Appointed to the Board in October 2018

Ms Dean brings a wealth of experience and a strong community perspective. She has spent the bulk of her working life as a secondary teacher and has served on a number of Boards at a local and regional level, including as the Deputy Chair Queanbeyan Local Health Committee for 14 years.

Ms Dean is currently the President of the Rotary Club of Mullumbimby and is involved with the build of the new Tweed Hospital.  She has been involved with Cancer Council NSW for six years, taking on numerous volunteer roles such as Community Speaker, MP Liaison, Relay For Life Committee member, Eat It To Beat It facilitator, Australia’s Biggest morning tea host and Daffodil Day stall holder.


Dr Haryana Dhillon

Dr Haryana Dhillon

BSc MA(Psych) PhD

Appointed to the Board in July 2019

Dr Haryana Dhillon (BSc MA PhD) is an Associate Professor in Psycho-Oncology at the University of Sydney. She is a Director of the Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making, School of Psychology at the University of Sydney where she co-leads the Cancer Survivorship Research Group.

Haryana has more than 25 years experience in cancer clinical research originally working with the NHMRC Clinical Trial Centre, the University of Sydney across a range of investigator-initiated cancer clinical trials. Over the past 15 years she has focused more on psycho-oncology and behavioural research.

Haryana was formerly a member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Board and Chair of the Survivorship group of COSA. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Psycho-Oncology Cooperative Research Group, and actively involved in leadership roles with other trials groups to promote the inclusion of patient experience and patient reported outcomes in cancer clinical trials.

Dr Jo Mitchell

Dr Jo Mitchell

BSc, Post Grad Dip Nut & Diet, MPH, DrPH, GAICD

Appointed to the Board in November 2019

Dr Jo Mitchell has extensive public sector executive experience, most recently as policy lead for population health in NSW.

This portfolio covered a range of complex and contested policy issues including drug and alcohol, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, overweight and obesity, tobacco control and viral hepatitis.

She successfully led a team with responsibility for developing state-wide policy, supporting legislation and regulation; funding state-wide services and programs; developing service measures and monitoring performance; implementing state-wide social marketing campaigns; and contributing to cross-government approaches to address health and social issues. In 2018 she was awarded the Public Service Medal for her contribution to population health policy in NSW.

Jo has degrees in science, nutrition and public health.