Meet our Team

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    Verity Hawkins
    Chief Executive Officer
    Verity was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2021 and brings over 25 years’ experience to her role. Prior to joining Cancer Council ACT, she led non-profit organisations, and ran social impact and transformational change projects in organisations including Lifeline, YWCA Australia, and HSBC Bank.
    Verity has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, post-graduate qualifications from Macquarie Business School, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She served on the board of UN Women Australia for six years and is currently a board member of Canberra Art Biennial.
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    Mark Ginswick
    Chief Operating Officer
    Mark has worked in public service for almost 20 years and joined Cancer Council ACT so he can continue to support the community. With experience in corporate and client services, systems and processes, both in Australia and overseas, Mark brings a new perspective to the organisation. As the Chief Operating Officer, works closely with the CEO, Mark leads the organisation’s HR and Corporate Services as well as overseeing the governance framework. Mark also manages the Client Services Team, striving to meet gaps in community needs through implementing new cancer support programs.
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    Suzanne Barnes
    Office Manager and Executive Assistant
    Suzanne brings over 20 years of experience in supporting teams with her charming professional manner and exceptional communication. Suzanne works with the whole team to provide support that ensures the smooth running of the Cancer Council ACT office so that client-facing staff can focus on engaging with clients as much as possible. Suzanne also supports our CEO, enabling her to spend time on activities that make a long-term difference to people’s lives.
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    Pat Wynn
    Finance Manager
    Pat brings over 20 years of experience in finance to Cancer Council ACT, having joined the team part-time in 2022 and increasing her capacity in 2023. Pat looks after financial management, analysis and reporting required to support and position Cancer Council ACT for future growth.
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    Brigid Lacey
    Fundraising and Marketing Manager
    Brigid is an experienced fundraising and philanthropy professional who has worked on local and national campaigns across various sectors. Prior to joining Cancer Council ACT, Brigid managed alumni and donor relations at ANU and the National Museum of Australia. Brigid is a Fundraise for Australia Fellow, a Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, and is completing a Master of Business in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. In her role, Brigid ensures all donors feel part of our community, connecting people with opportunities to advance our fight against cancer.
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    Kathlene Robson
    Cancer Support Coordinator
    Kathlene is a Registered Nurse who specialises in cancer nursing and has a passion for haematology. She has worked in cancer care across various nursing roles for many years. As a Cancer Support Coordinator for Cancer Council ACT Kathlene provides support, information, and education to the community for cancer patients, their families and friends, medical professionals, and the public. Kathlene also supports the wig service and prevention team when required.
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    Mary Harrison
    Cancer Support Coordinator
    Mary has worked as a nurse for over 30 years, with experience across oncology, chemotherapy, and palliative care. She has also been involved in several volunteer roles across special needs and community programs. As a Cancer Support Coordinator for Cancer Council ACT Mary provides support, information, and education to the community for cancer patients, their families and friends, medical professionals, and the public. Mary also manages the Wig Service and provides support to the prevention team when required.
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    Alex Dreyer
    Cancer Support Coordinator, Prevention
    Alex joins our team from Cancer Council Western Australia where he delivered the adult and child nutrition programs. Alex was an Accredited Practising Dietitian for five years prior to joining Cancer Council in 2021. He has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and Master of Dietetics as well as experience in prevention services in community outreach scenarios. Alex supports the delivery of Cancer Council ACT’s prevention programs - SunSmart and Tobacco Cessation - to schools, workplaces and across the community through education and individual sessions.
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    Sophie Dyson
    Prevention Officer
    Sophie plays a pivotal role as a Prevention Officer at Cancer Council ACT where she leverages her extensive public health experience to lead initiatives in UV Protection and Tobacco/Vaping Cessation. Her primary responsibility involves developing and implementing targeted prevention programs aimed at educating and training community members most frequently in early learning centers, schools, workplaces and community service organizations. Sophie ensures that individuals are equipped with the necessary knowledge and resources to make informed decisions about their health behaviors and proactive strategies to reduce cancer incidence.
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    Jannah Sani
    Senior Campaigns Coordinator
    Jannah has brought her experiences in management in hospitality and entertainment in Canberra to the Fundraising and Marketing team at Cancer Council ACT. As the Events Coordinator, Jannah is looking after major campaign events such as Relay For Life and Daffodil Day, supporting both the logistics and participants to ensure these campaigns are successful.
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    Amy Cousins
    Fundraising and Marketing Assistant
    Amy brings her experience in Media Communication and Digital Marketing to the Fundraising and Marketing Team at Cancer Council ACT. As Fundraising and Marketing Assistant, Amy supports the delivery and execution for all major fundraising events at Cancer Council ACT. She also manages the ‘Do it For Cancer’ Program, coordinating and supporting volunteers through their generous fundraising efforts. She is passionate about supporting the delivery of all Cancer Council ACT’s prevention programs and wants to ensure that donors know how integral they are in advancing our fight against cancer.
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    Martha Ziita Siima
    Media & Communications Trainee
    Martha is a dedicated professional committed to bridging cultures and fostering community engagement to amplify the reach and impact of Cancer Council ACT. With creativity, passion and a genuine desire to make a difference, Martha embodies collaboration and inclusivity in her work within the community sector. Martha's responsibilities include managing our social media channels, website content, newsletters, supporting fundraising campaigns, coordinating media relations, and promoting national health campaigns and programs across all marketing channels.
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    Kate Tweedie
    Receptionist & Office Assistant
    Kate has been providing administrative and customer-related support across a broad range of professional environments for 20 years. As the first point of contact for Cancer Council ACT, Kate strives to be a warm and welcoming presence for our clients and feels the best way she can serve her community is with a friendly face and a helping hand.
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    LaDonne Pallanck
    Salesforce Administrator
    LaDonne brings her experience in technology enablement across a wide range of industries to the Fundraising and Marketing team at Cancer Council ACT. With a background in consulting and 10+ Salesforce implementations under her belt, LaDonne uses her unique perspective to help maintain, improve, and provide best practice insights for Cancer Council ACT's Salesforce instance.

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