Our Management

Jeff Mitchell

Mr Jeff Mitchell

MBA, GAICD

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Mitchell joined as CEO in October 2016. Prior to this role, Jeff was a member of the Cancer Council NSW Board and was Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Investment Committee and IT Committee.

Jeff brings nearly 40 years of experience in financial services including financial markets, investment banking, and corporate and institutional banking in Australia and internationally. He was a member of the executive team at Westpac Group, responsible for strategy implementation, and has also led major change programs and businesses across the range of financial service sectors.

Rory Alcock

Mr Rory Alcock

BA (Hons)

Director, Community Engagement & Program Delivery

As Director of the Community Engagement & Program Delivery Division, Rory is responsible for engaging communities to Cancer Council NSW. This includes promoting and delivering prevention, advocacy, information and support programs along with developing opportunities for people across NSW to contribute and support Cancer Council NSW through volunteering and fundraising.

Rory holds a Bachelor of Arts, Hons (Economics & Social Studies) from the University of Manchester. He has 15 years’ experience working in health and community service organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has previously held a number of Advocacy and Community Engagement and Program Delivery roles within Cancer Council NSW, with his most recent prior role as Senior Regional Manager for Greater Western Sydney.

Greg Bisset

Mr Greg Bisset

BBusSc, BCom(Hons), MBA

Chief Operating Officer 

Greg leads the Finance, Strategy & Operations Division, which includes Finance, Risk, Audit, Property and Facilities, Legal, Company Secretarial, Project Management, and Strategy and Planning. Greg joined Cancer Council NSW in October 2017 after a nine-year career with InvoCare Limited, including five years as InvoCare’s Chief Operating Officer of Australia. Greg has had an extensive international career in retail and operations management and business development, including senior operational roles in South Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Commerce Honours from the University of South Africa and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, and is a registered Justice of the Peace for NSW.

Professor Karen Canfell

Professor Karen Canfell

D.Phil (Oxford)

Director, Cancer Research  

Professor Karen Canfell leads the Cancer Research Division and is an Adjunct Professor at Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney. She holds a D.Phil. (PhD equivalent) in Epidemiology from the University of Oxford. Her work involves the evaluation and translation of new strategies for cancer screening. A focus has been the interplay between HPV vaccination and cervical screening in both high and low resource countries. She has led economic evaluations of new cervical screening approaches for government and her group’s work also underpins the current Renewal (review) of the National Cervical Screening Program in Australia.

In collaboration with the Victorian Cytology Service, Karen initiated Compass, which is Australia’s largest clinical trial to assess cervical screening in an HPV‐vaccinated population. In 2015, Karen received a ‘100 Women of Influence’ nomination in the AFR/Westpac awards and also received a national Research Excellence Award from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Branko Ceran

Mr Branko Ceran 

DipProg

Chief Information Officer

Branko Ceran leads our Information Technology team and brings a strategic approach to his role. He is responsible for ensuring we maximise our technology investments. With over 25 years’ experience optimising our management and transforming organisations, Branko joined Cancer Council NSW in July 2014 from the not‑for‑profit MTC Australia, where he led an ambitious technology transformation. Nominated in 2014 as one of the Top 100 CIOs globally, Branko previously worked as an independent consultant for several of Australia’s  largest financial service organisations including NAB, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Anita Dessaix

Ms Anita Dessaix

MA (Communication Management), MPH

Director, Cancer Prevention & Advocacy

As Director Cancer Prevention & Advocacy, Anita is responsible for leading strategy and program efforts in the two Cancer Council NSW strategic priority areas of Prevention and Advocacy. The Division’s focus is on reducing the burden of cancer and reducing cancer risk across NSW communities, through targeted programs, policy, advocacy and retail stores. 

Anita holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Public Health from The University of Sydney. She has more than 15 years’ experience within the NSW public health sector, with 12 years in cancer prevention specifically. Anita has held a number of senior management positions in public health having previously worked  in organisations such as the Cancer Institute NSW, the NSW Ministry of Health as well as private consulting.

Fiona Fahey

Mrs Fiona Fahey 

BSocSc

Director, People & Communications

Fiona Fahey holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Resources) and a Master of Commerce (Human Resources) from UNSW. She has more than 17 years’ experience in human resources, working across a diverse range of industries including community services, financial services, engineering and education. Fiona has held a number of senior human resources positions in the corporate, not‑for‑profit and public sectors, including Mission Australia and NSW Trade & Investment. Fiona is responsible for our strategic direction and leading the delivery of human resources and volunteering programs, services and technologies to build a talented, diverse, engaged and productive workforce to support the organisation.

Annie-Miller

Ms Annie Miller 

DipBus, DipMgt, DipLifeCoach

Director, Cancer Support Services

As Director of the Cancer Support Services Division, Annie is responsible for leading Cancer Council NSW’s contribution to its mission area of information and support for people affected by cancer, overseeing programs including 13 11 20 Information and Support, Legal and Financial Support services, Peer Support, Transport to Treatment, Accommodation, Information Services as well as a suite of Survivorship programs. Annie is also leading a new Connected Care initiative ensuring people affected by cancer will receive the support they need on the ground when they need it.

With a background in business, senior management, life coaching and stakeholder engagement across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, Annie is passionate about translating research to development of strategic support services for effective and sustainable delivery across metro and rural areas. Annie has a depth of experience in innovative program and project development and community education. She is a Partner Investigator on Research grants and a member of the COSA survivorship working group. She holds Diplomas in Management, Business and Life Coaching and in addition to this she has more than six years of lived experience as a cancer carer.

Lyndsey Rice

Ms Lyndsey Rice 

BA

Director, Marketing & Fundraising

As Director of Fundraising, Lyndsey Rice is responsible for fundraising income and developing opportunities for people to connect with and support the work of Cancer Council NSW. She provides leadership and strategic direction to teams responsible for individual giving, event fundraising, community fundraising, partnerships, direct marketing and major gifts.

Lyndsey holds a Bachelor of Arts (Literature) and is a mentor at the Fundraising Institute Australia. She has 15 years’ experience in fundraising, working across a diverse range of not-for-profit organisations in the social welfare, disability, international development and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Cancer Council NSW, Lyndsey led fundraising teams at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Medical Research Institute.

 

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