Meet our Spokespeople

  • Adjunct Professor Karen Canfell

    Adjunct Professor Karen Canfell

    Karen Canfell is the Director, Cancer Research Division at Cancer Council NSW, Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, and Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney. She leads a program of research which provides...
  • Alecia Hope

    Alecia Hope

    Alesha Hope is the Corporate Partnerships Manager at Cancer Council NSW. Alesha works with corporate organisations who share our vision of a cancer free future. Alesha’s team seeks to create long-term partnerships that deliver clear benefits to our...
  • Alka Bisen

    Alka Bisen

    Alka Bisen is the Program Manager for Financial Assistance Services at Cancer Council NSW.  She has been working with Cancer Council NSW for the past 8 years and currently oversees the Statewide financial assistance program and no interest loans for...
  • Anita Dessaix

    Anita Dessaix

    As Director Cancer Prevention and 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...
  • Annette Beattie

    Annette Beattie

    Annette is the Manager of the Cancer Peer Support and Counselling programs and has been working with Cancer Council NSW since 2010. She now leads a team of health professionals, volunteers and stakeholders to deliver a suite of complementary supportive...
  • Annie Miller

    Annie Miller

    As Director of the Cancer Support Services Division, Annie is responsible for leading Cancer Council NSW’s contribution to its key mission-related area of information and support for people affected by cancer. Annie is responsible to ensure each area...
  • Bradley Gellert

    Bradley Gellert

    Brad Gellert is the Manager, Policy and Advocacy and is responsible for overseeing Cancer Council NSW’s public policy agenda and advocacy activities.  Brad and his team’s role is to drive reform in cancer control public policy, programs and funding...
  • Dr Carolyn Nickson

    Dr Carolyn Nickson

    Dr Carolyn Nickson is a Senior Research Fellow and leads our Pathways–Breast research team. Dr Nickson’s is an epidemiologist specialising in the evaluation of breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. Key areas of research include population...
  • Christina Watts

    Christina Watts

    Christina is a Senior Project Officer in the Tobacco Control Unit within the Cancer Prevention and Advocacy Division. Christina works across a range of tobacco control policy issues, including tobacco retail, smoke-free environments and e-cigarettes,...
  • Clare Hughes

    Clare Hughes

    Clare is the Nutrition Program Manager for Cancer Council NSW working to promote healthy lifestyles and creating an environment that supports and encourages Australians to make healthy choices to reduce their cancer risk. Clare and her team of dietitians...
  • A/Prof David Smith

    A/Prof David Smith

    A/Prof David Smith has published and presented extensively in cancer epidemiology in NSW. His major interest is in prostate cancer, specifically in the epidemiology of the disease, the effect of PSA testing on the population trends and in the patterns...
  • Honorary Professor Dianne O'Connell

    Honorary Professor Dianne O'Connell

    Honorary Professor Dianne O'Connell is a Senior Epidemiologist and Manager of the Methods Group at Cancer Council NSW’s Research Division. Honorary Prof O’Connell has extensive experience in designing and analysing epidemiological studies and randomised...
  • Dr Eleonora Feletto

    Dr Eleonora Feletto

    Eleonora completed a PhD in the Pharmacy Faculty at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include the areas of cancer control, environmental risk factors of cancer, the implementation of health services in practice and the use of alternative...
  • Emma Cadman

    Emma Cadman

    Emma Cadman is the Skin Cancer Prevention Programs Lead at Cancer Council NSW. Emma’s team focus on changing the behaviour of populations at risk, influencing key settings and addressing state-wide policy issues to reduce the burden of skin cancer...
  • Frances Waterford

    Frances Waterford

    As Chief Information Officer, Frances Waterford is responsible for the Information Technology strategy to enable Cancer Council NSW to achieve its strategic and operational goals. She provides leadership and strategic direction to teams responsible for...
  • Greg Bisset

    Greg Bisset

    Mr Greg Bisset, BBusSc, BCom(Hons), MBA, Chief Operating Officer  Greg leads the Finance, Strategy & Operations Division, which includes Information Technology, Finance, Risk, Audit, Property and Facilities, Legal, Company Secretarial, Project Management,...
  • Helena Claridge

    Helena Claridge

    Helena Claridge (Bachelor of Commerce, CA ANZ , GAICD) joined as CFO in May 2019. Helena brings nearly 35 years’ experience as a finance professional. Most recently, Helena worked for Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited, supporting the Board...
  • Jane Hobson

    Jane Hobson

    Jane Hobson leads the Research Grants Management Team at Cancer Council NSW. In this role, she facilitates $10 million funding a year for cancer research. In order to decide which research the organisation funds, Jane and her team ensure both the scientific...
  • Jennifer Birks

    Jennifer Birks

    Jennifer Birks is the Philanthropy Unit Manager at Cancer Council NSW. Her goal is to reduce the impact and lessen the burden of cancer on people and the community by creating meaningful partnerships with corporate and philanthropic New South Wales. Jennifer...
  • Jill Mills

    Jill Mills

    Jill Mills joined Cancer Council NSW in 2013 to develop programs and services for Young Adults (aged 18 to 45). She was integral in the development of the survivorship webinars and is continuing to develop programs and services for cancer survivors....
  • Joshua McNeil

    Joshua McNeil

    Joshua McNeil manages the Direct Marketing and Insights Unit at Cancer Council NSW. Over the last 6 years Josh lead growth in the bequests, regular giving and appeals programs at Cancer Council NSW. Through these programs, $33 million a year is donated...
  • Dr Julia Steinberg

    Dr Julia Steinberg

    Dr Julia Steinberg is a Research Fellow in our Cancer Research Division. Julia’s research leverages large-scale genetic, genomic, and epidemiological data to gain insights into human health and reduce the burden of disease. Julia completed a DPhil...
  • Dr Kate Simms

    Dr Kate Simms

    Dr Kate Simms has a PhD in mathematical modelling and works as a postdoctoral research fellow at Cancer Council NSW. Kate’s research focusses on modelling the impact of HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening across a range of settings including...
  • Laura Muir

    Laura Muir

    Laura Muir is a Pro Bono Case Manager at Cancer Council NSW. Laura manages pro bono referrals nationally, helping people affected by cancer to access free legal, financial, small business accounting and workplace assistance where they would be otherwise...
  • Dr Laura Twyman

    Dr Laura Twyman

    Dr Laura Twyman is a Senior Project Officer in the Tobacco Control Unit at Cancer Council NSW. Dr Twyman holds a PhD in Behavioural Science from the University of Newcastle. Her research interests include optimising the delivery of smoking care through...
  • Liz King

    Liz King

    Liz is the Manager of the Skin Cancer Prevention Unit at Cancer Council NSW and works to change social environments and individual behaviours that promote good sun protection, reduce the risk of skin cancer, and improve the health and wellbeing of people...
  • Lyndsey Rice

    Lyndsey Rice

    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...
  • Dr Marianne Weber

    Dr Marianne Weber

    Marianne has been a Cancer Epidemiologist at Cancer Council NSW since 2006. She is a Senior Research Fellow with a PhD in Psychology from the University of NSW and has an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with the University of Sydney. She leads the lung...
  • Megan Smith

    Megan Smith

    Megan’s research focuses on optimising cervical cancer prevention, at the population level and in different population subgroups. She has contributed to a large number of reports to government, including several evaluations that have directly informed...
  • Michelle Smerdon

    Michelle Smerdon

    Michelle Smerdon is the Manager of the Legal & Financial Support Services, leading a team to assist people affected by cancer in financial hardship to access free professional support through the Pro Bono Program or financial counselling assistance...
  • Dr Natalie Taylor

    Dr Natalie Taylor

    Dr Natalie Taylor has expertise in health and organisational behaviour change. Her current research is focussed on testing the impact of behaviour change and implementation science methods for enhancing the translation of clinical guidelines to improve...
  • Paul Grogan

    Paul Grogan

    Paul Grogan is Senior Strategic Adviser for our Pathways research program. Paul’s role is advising on research strategy and prioritisation, including horizon scanning, program evaluation and opportunities for collaboration. For 15 years previously,...
  • Dr Peter Sarich

    Dr Peter Sarich

    Dr Peter Sarich is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a research interest in the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney School of Public Health in 2018. His projects have investigated the...
  • Mr Rory Alcock

    Mr Rory Alcock

    As Director of the Community Engagement and 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...
  • Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker

    Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker

    Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker’s research is focussed on identifying environmental, lifestyle and molecular risk factors of prostate cancer, to improve our understanding on the interactions between modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. She completed...
  • Wendy Watson

    Wendy Watson

    Wendy Watson is the Senior Nutrition Project Officer for Cancer Council NSW, working to promote healthy lifestyles and creating an environment that supports and encourages Australians to make healthy choices to reduce their cancer risk. Wendy and her...
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