Cure Brain Cancer is led by a team of passionate people from a cross-section of the medical and professional community. Find out more about who we are below
The Executive Team
Michelle Stewart, CEO
Michelle joined Cure Brain Cancer in 2013 and has worked across the life sciences sector in a variety of roles, including more than 10 years in clinical development. Her expertise includes attracting investment into life sciences, global clinical research, patient-centric research and commercial drug development.
Barrie Littlefield, Head of Engagement
Barrie joined Cure Brain Cancer in July 2013 after a period of reflection following the death of his 10 year old daughter, Eloise from brain cancer. Barrie has extensive marketing, communication and change experience and cut his teeth working for big pharma. He is also an experienced facilitator and entrepreneur having developed his own start-up.
Andy Burke, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary
Andy joined Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in March 2017 after more than 25 years in the Financial services industry. Andy is a Chartered Accountant whose expertise includes process optimisation and governance, team collaboration, and cost management. Andy is fiercely committed to the fight against cancer having lost his wife to the disease in 2007.
Luke Alexander, Head of Communications & Marketing
Luke is a highly experienced PR and communications leader dedicated to using strategic insight and ideas to help build a better world. With more than 14 years’ experience across global agency, NFP, and government, he has an award winning passion for building and delivering integrated communication strategies with a particular focus on social impact, advocacy, and driving better health outcomes.
Nici Andronicus, Head of Development
Nici joins Cure Brain Cancer Foundation after a diverse career in professional sport, media, events, marketing and strategic partnerships. After completing a degree in sports marketing and representing Australia for more than ten years at Triathlon and Modern Pentathlon, Nici made the switch to sports marketing as Director of Media and Marketing for Sports World Media Group in London and subsequently worked in various media and corporate roles. Her dynamic interpersonal, analytical, management and planning skills are now applied to the important Head of Development role. Nici’s greatest passion is building strong strategic partnerships and thrives in the energetic, fast-paced, collaborative setting experienced at Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D
Dr Cavenee is Director of Strategic Alliances in Central Nervous System Cancers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, San Diego and Distinguished Professor at University of California, San Diego. His work on the genetic basis of cancer predisposition and progression comprises more than 300 publications and has been recognized with more than 80 honours and awards.
Prof Mark Rosenthal
Prof Rosenthal is Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s Clinical Trial Unit and is Chairman of the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology(COGNO). Read more.
Prof Inder M. Verma, Ph.D
Inder Verma is Professor at the Laboratory of Genetics at The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and holds the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science. He is also an American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology. Read more.
Dr Helen Wheeler
Dr Wheeler has been a Medical Oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital since 1990, sub-specialising in neuro-oncology. She has extensive experience in initiating and running clinical trials. Read more.
A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw
Associate Professor Mustafa Khasraw is a medical oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He is also a senior research fellow at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre of The University of Sydney, Clinical Lead for the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO), cancer research fellow at Deakin University with leading role in several clinical and translational laboratory programs. Read more.
Bec Lucas, Tony Lucas Research Grant
Bec’s father Tony Lucas died in 2011 and was a passionate supporter of the Foundation. Bec founded the Tony Lucas Research Grant in his memory, as well as the annual Beach Walk for Brain Cancer on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Chris Smith, Radio Broadcaster
Chris Smith is a radio broadcaster and great supporter of the Foundation.
Stuart Taylor, Author of Assertive Humility
Stuart Taylor is a director and board member of The Resilience Institute,
a global organisation that works with organisations and people to liberate human performance sustainably. Closer to home, Stuart also leads The Resilience Institute in Australia.
Holly Brisley, Actress and presenter
Holly has been personally affected by brain cancer, losing her father to the disease in 2012. She is a passionate supporter of the Foundation and helps us to raise funds and awareness.
Hamish Park, Dine for a Cure
Hamish Park is Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of Victoria. He lost his father Andrew to glioblastoma multiforme in 2004. In addition to his work as an inaugural committee member of Melbourne’s Dine For A Cure, he also volunteers as a phone counsellor assisting families caring for people with cancer.
Joel Parkinson, Champion surfer
Joel Parkinson or “Parko” is a world champion Australian surfer from Queensland. He won the ASP World ChampionshipTour Surfing Title in 2012 in Hawaii at the Banzai Pipeline, and has had a glittering career in international surfing, winning eleven elite ASP titles.
Pat McCutcheon, NSW Waratahs
Pat made his Super Rugby debut in 2010 with the NSW Waratahs and was part of the championship squad to win the 2014 Super Rugby. Pat was inspired to become our Ambassador after his involvement with Cure Brain Cancer through NSW Waratahs’ Charity Match Program.
Jacob Walker, Sports producer
Jacob was diagnosed with a Grade II astrocytoma in February 2014. Ever since he has been raising awareness of brain cancer and connecting with other people living with the disease to share stories.
Candice Wyatt, Journalist and presenter
Candice is a journalist and currently co-presents Ten Eyewitness News in Melbourne. Candice is a passionate advocate for brain cancer research after losing her mum to the disease in 2013.
Alex Cullen, Presenter and Journalist
Alex Cullen has been a presenter and journalist with the 7 Network’s Sunday Night since April 2010. Alex’s father Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer in April of 2016 and Alex became Cure Brain Cancer's National Ambassador for Walk4BrainCancer.
Marcus Paul, radio presenter
Marcus Paul reads Breakfast News at i98FM in Wollongon. He gives his time to numerous charities, including Cure Brain Cancer.
Darcy Lang, Geelong Cats
Darcy is an AFL footballer who plays for the Geelong Cats. After losing his cousin Bec to brain cancer, Darcy is now part of an extremely passionate fundraising community in Colac and is supporting the foundation to raise awareness.
Peter is a Queensland radio and television sports commentator and was inspired to become an ambassador for Cure Brain Cancer after losing a family member in 2015. Peter wants to help raise awareness and funds to get new treatments to patients faster.
David was first invited to train with the NSW Waratahs at age 22 and now is in his fourth year with the team. He is currently studying for a Commerce degree at Sydney University.
On 22 July 2016, Jane Gordon became just the 5th Queensland woman to successfully complete a solo crossing of the English Channel. Inspired by her late friend Jess Warner who passed away from brain cancer at just 32 years of age, Jane founded “Swimming 4 Jess” to tell the story of Jess’s battles and raised in excess of $149,000 during the year long fundraising campaign.
Louise Burrows | Louise 'Cookie' Burrows
Australian Rugby Wallaroo and Advocate for Women in Sport, Louise Burrows has played in three World Cups as well as a Tri Nations series. Louise was selected in the 2016 Wallaroos Squad to play two test matches against the NZ Black Ferns, including the double header at Eden Park before the Bledisloe Cup. Captain for ACT women's Brumbies and a PE teacher for Canberra Girls Grammar School, Louise became Cure Brain Cancer’s Canberra Ambassador after a close family friend had been diagnosed with a GBM.
Model and athlete, Amy Pejkovic, was forced to put her Olympic dreams on hold in 2012 to have a large tumour removed from her brainstem. Now fit and healthy, Amy is focused on the 2020 Olympic Games and raising funds and awareness for brain cancer.
Meet our Board of Directors