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.

Our Directors

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. Bruce is a director of Tabcorp Holdings Ltd, member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Committee. He is a member of the RMIT University Council and Chair of its Infrastructure & Information Technology Committee. Additionally, Bruce is a Director of Vocus and a member of the People & Remuneration Committee.

Prof David Ball AO, MBBS, MD, FRANZCR
(appointed March 2017)

Professor David Ball is a radiation oncologist who was previously the Director of the multi-disciplinary Lung Service at Peter Mac. He has published over 200 book chapters and papers in the peer reviewed literature. He is one of three editors of the textbook “The IASLC Multidisciplinary Approach to Thoracic Oncology”. Professor Ball was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology 2007-2019 and is on the editorial boards of Clinical Lung Cancer and Translational Lung Cancer Research. He is currently Chair of the Australian Lung Cancer Guidelines Working Party and was a member of the Mesothelioma Guidelines Working Group. He has been a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) TNM staging committee. He is a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

In 2011, he was presented with the Merit Award of the IASLC and the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. In 2012, he received the Tom Reeve Award from the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia for outstanding service to oncology. On Australia Day 2019, he was made and Officer in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to radiation oncology, medical education and professional societies.

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, St Kilda Football Club 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 LLB, BCom
(appointed June 2012)

Mr Paul Bassat 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.  Mr Bassat is a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL) and is on the board of Innovation and Science Australia  and the P&S Bassat Foundation. 

Mr Bassat  served as a director of Wesfarmers from 2012-2018 and co-founded SEEK in 1997 serving 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. Mr Bassat 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 BA, MA Prelim, GAICD
(appointed July 2017)
Ms Maxine Morand is Chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Board of Directors. She 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.

She served in the Victorian Parliament for eight years and held a number of senior government positions including Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, and Minister for Women’s Affairs. Following her parliamentary career Ms Morand served as CEO of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). Ms Morand 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.


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