Board of Directors
Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation is governed by an eight-person Board of Directors. Our Board is responsible for providing strategic direction, overseeing our performance, and ensuring we operate with appropriate processes and policies. Each of our board members is passionate about Peter Mac’s work, and assumes their role in a voluntary capacity.
Bruce Akhurst, B.Ec (hons), LL.B, FAICD
(appointed February 2017)
Bruce is Executive Chairman of Adstream and Director of private investment company Paul Ramsay Holdings. He is also a member of the Library Board of Victoria and its Executive Appointments and Remuneration Committee and Finance Committee. Bruce is a director of Tabcorp Holdings Ltd and member of its Audit & Risk Committee. He is also a member of the RMIT University Council and Chair of its Infrastructure & Information Technology Committee.
Prof David Ball
(appointed June 2017)
Professor David Ball is the Director of the multi-disciplinary Lung Service at Peter Mac. He has published over 190 book chapters and papers in the peer reviewed literature. Professor Ball is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology and is on the editorial boards of Nature Clinical Practice Oncology and Clinical Lung Cancer. He is currently Chair of the Australian Lung Cancer Guidelines Working Party and a member of the Mesothelioma Guidelines Working Group. Professor Ball is Chair of Cancer Australia’s Lung Cancer Advisory Group. He is a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
Ms Jennifer Douglas BSc/LLB (Hons), LLM, MBA, GAICD
(appointed Dec 2017)
Ms Jennifer Douglas has over 25 years’ experience in the media and technology industry, starting out as an intellectual property lawyer before moving into executive roles. She is on the Boards of Essential Energy, Hansen Technologies Ltd and Opticomm Pty Ltd. From 2006 to 2016, Ms Douglas held key executive roles with Telstra including Executive Director of Telstra’s Customer Office, responsibility for Telstra's $3B Fixed Voice business and establishment of tech support business Platinum. Prior to this she was General Counsel of Sensis.
Mr Stewart Baron B.Juris, LLB
(appointed May 2002)
Mr Stewart Baron is Managing Director of Baron Corporation Pty Ltd, which specialises in residential, commercial and industrial property development, domestic and worldwide private equity and infrastructure investment. Mr Baron is Vice President of the Mount Scopus Memorial College Foundation, and is a member of the Young President’s Organisation Melbourne Chapter. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School OPM.
Mr Paul Bassat
(appointed June 2012)
Paul is a co-founder and major shareholder in Square Peg Capital which is a venture capital fund focussed on investing in early stage technology companies in Australia, Israel and South East Asia. Paul is a director of Wesfarmers Ltd and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL). He is also on the board of Innovation Australia and the P&S Bassat Foundation.
Paul co-founded SEEK in 1997 and served as CEO and then as Joint CEO from 1997-2011. SEEK is the world’s largest online employment business and has market leading businesses in Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico and throughout South East Asia. Paul started his career as a lawyer and practiced for 6 years.
Mr Dean Howell FCA
(appointed August 2003)
Mr Dean Howell is a former senior partner of Grant Thornton Australia, a leading firm of chartered accountants and management consultants. Mr Howell has had a career spanning 40 years and is now a consultant to the firm. Mr Howell is also a director of Breville Group Ltd.
Ms Maxine Morand
(appointed July 2017)
Maxine Morand is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University and teaches in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
Ms Morand has a background in health, cancer research, government and management. In 2002 she was elected to the Victorian Parliament. During her eight years in Parliament Ms Morand served in a range of senior government positions including Parliamentary Secretary for Health, then Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, and Minister for Women’s Affairs. She is a passionate advocate for women’s equality of opportunity, and led major legislative reform in women’s health.
Maxine served as CEO of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) between 2011 and 2014. Maxine was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2011, giving her personal insight into the impact and management of a cancer diagnosis.
Mr Graeme Yarwood DipBusAdmin
(appointed May 2002)
Mr Graeme Yarwood is the former CEO of Val Morgan Cinema Advertising. Prior to this appointment, Mr Yarwood spent more than 20 years with the Nine Network. Graeme studied commerce at Melbourne University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1998.