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Board members

Kathryn Fagg (Chair)

 

Kathryn is a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and Note Printing Australia, as well as three ASX-listed company boards – Boral, Incitec Pivot and Djerriwarrh Investments. In addition, she is president of Chief Executive Women, chairman of the Melbourne Recital Centre and is on the board of the Australian Centre for Innovation. She is a former chairman of Parks Victoria. As a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering, she chairs the Industry and Innovation Forum. Prior to becoming a non-executive director, Kathryn enjoyed an extensive senior executive career in banking, manufacturing and logistics across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, after commencing her career as a petroleum engineer with Esso Australia and working as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering by the University of Queensland and in business by the University of New South Wales. Kathryn was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2012.

Michael Happell (Deputy Chair)

Michael is an independent non-executive director. His current directorships include the Melbourne Cricket Club (Vice President), Supra Capital Pty Ltd (Chairman), MyProsperity Pty Ltd and Arctic Intelligence Pty Ltd. Previously Michael was a partner at PwC for 24 years. He was Chairman of PwC Australia and a member of the PwC Global Board. Other former directorships include Scotch College and Lauriston Girls School. Michael has three daughters and is married to Tatty, who is a breast cancer survivor.

Raelene Boyle, AM MBE

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Raelene represented Australia in track and field at three Olympic Games. She won three Olympic silver medals, seven Commonwealth gold medals and two Commonwealth silver medals. In 1974, Raelene was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her outstanding sporting achievements. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007, in recognition of her work with cancer organisations, particularly BCNA. In 2013, she was named in Australia’s Top 100 Sportswomen of All Time. Raelene is one of the National Trust’s 100 Living Treasures, a member of the Australian Track and Field Hall of Fame and one of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s 39 Legends of Australian sport. Raelene was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996.

Professor Fran Boyle AM

Fran is a Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Sydney and is involved in the care of women with breast cancer at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney, and in teaching and research. She is also the Medical Director of the Pam McLean Communications Centre at the University of Sydney, training health professionals in better communication. Fran is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Breast Cancer Trials and represents Australia and New Zealand on the Board of the International Breast Cancer Study Group. In 2008, Fran was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to breast cancer research, policy, education, advocacy and care.

Professor Jacinta Elston

Jacinta is an Aboriginal woman from Townsville who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in higher education for more than two decades. In her current role, she is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at Monash University. Jacinta was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003.

Megan James

Megan is the Chief Executive Officer at Australian Data Centres. She has an Advanced Diploma of Marketing in business and marketing. She has worked in IT since 1998, with her experience covering software, hardware, storage and the data centre market. Megan has a passion for starting new businesses, seeing them evolve and setting future strategic directions. Her current role involves providing solutions to the Australian Government and commercial enterprises with a key interest in technology and security. She moved to Canberra in 2014 to give the business a greater focus. Megan has a passion for health and wellbeing and is involved with her children in AFL, swimming and athletics. Megan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and again in 2012. She also sits on the Board as Vice President for Women in IT and Communications.

Professor Dorothy Keefe


Dorothy is a medical oncologist living in Adelaide. She has a longstanding research interest in gut toxicity from cancer treatment, which has broadened over the years into an interest in supportive care in cancer more generally. Dorothy has a keen interest in patient advocacy and so BCNA is a beloved organisation for her. She brings to the Board her medical and research knowledge, as well as her system reform and leadership skills.

Professor Bruce Mann
 

Bruce trained as a surgeon in Melbourne and then as a breast specialist at Memorial Hospital in New York. He came back to Melbourne in 1998 as a consultant surgeon, and was appointed Director of the Breast Service at Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospital in 2007, and Director of the Breast Tumour Stream of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in 2015. He has been active in many organisations, including Cancer Australia, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, and Breast Cancer Trials. His interests relate to systems for optimal breast cancer care and research to tailor the extent of breast cancer treatment to the individual patient.

Lisa Montgomery, AIFS


With almost 35 years experience in the consumer lending and finance sectors, Lisa Montgomery is a respected leader, commentator and consumer advocate within the Australian financial services industry. Lisa has held chief executive roles in both public and privately held companies and is a regular host of Sky News Business Channel’s Your Money, Your Call where she appears as a consumer finance and property specialist. In 2012, Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequently retired from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Resi Mortgage Corporation. She continues to enjoy her ‘encore’ career as a strategic business adviser, finance specialist and passionate public speaker. She is a foundation committee member of the Sydney chapter of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and also holds the role of Senior Counsel at Finder.com.au.

Debbie Smith


Debbie has been a partner with PwC for more than 10 years. She is the Managing Partner for Queensland, leading a team of 700 people. She has an extensive background in audit and governance and works with organisations in the public and private sectors. Debbie also sits on the Board of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School. She has two children and is a breast cancer survivor.