Board of Directors

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Peter Hosking

Chair

Director of GHO

Like Grant, Peter has been central to the existence and ongoing success of Avner’s Foundation and its precursor, Avner’s Fund. Avner initially hired Peter’s marketing agency GHO because of Peter’s marketing expertise and from that start, a friendship developed. Peter’s commitment to the Foundation and the pursuit of the Foundation goals are without question, inspirational. He plays an invaluable role in the day-to-day decisions, as well as the design and pursuit of our longer-term goals.

 

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Grant O'Brien

Director

Former CEO of Woolworths Limited

Grant was Avner’s best man, friend, confidante and colleague. He supported Avner and Caroline throughout Avner’s diagnosis and treatment and helped make the worst of times more bearable and the best of times more enjoyable. Grant has been central to the launch and ongoing success of Avner’s Foundation.

 

 

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Warwick White

Director

President, International of Keurig Green Mountain

Warwick lost a close friend and mentor to Pancreatic Cancer in the months after Avner died. It has driven his passion to improve outcomes for those affected by Pancreatic Cancer. Warwick has already delivered on that passion with increased awareness and funding raised for this most lethal cancer.

We are delighted to have Warwick join the board from February 2012.

 

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Caroline Kelly

Executive Director and Co-Founder

When Avner and Caroline considered setting up Avner’s Fund, it was in recognition that something needed to be done. Unlike cancers of other parts of the body, there was no Australian Foundation dedicated exclusively to Pancreatic Cancer. With the help of friends and supporters, Avner’s Fund became a reality and had a simple aim, to raise funds for research so that there could be hope for future patients. Since the establishment of the Foundation in July 2010, that simple aim has been expanded to include support services and awareness. Caroline is the first full time employee.

 

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Luke Dunkerley

Director

General Manager Corporate Marketing at Woolworths Limited

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading marketers, Luke Dunkerley began his career as an advertising copywriter at Leo Burnett. In 2002 he became Managing Director of M&C Saatchi Retail, heading up the Woolworths account, where he first worked with Avner. Luke went on to be Managing Director of The Campaign Palace and then STW Communications. In 2007 Luke returned to retail to lead Woolworths supermarkets as their General Manager of Marketing. Luke joined the Board in May 2015.

 

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Andrew Hall

Director

Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs at Commonwealth Bank

Andrew is tasked with managing the Commonwealth Bank's engagement with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including government, media and regulators. A former journalist, Andrew worked in federal politics for 11 years, including five years as federal director of the National Party. Andrew was Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at Woolworths from 2007 - 2013, where worked with Avner. Andrew joined the Board in May 2015.

 

 

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Sally Loane

Director

CEO of the Financial Services Council (FSC)

The Financial Services Council represents Australia’s funds management businesses, superannuation funds, life insurers, financial advisory networks, trustee companies and public trustees. Prior to joining the FSC, Sally was the Director of Media and Public Affairs at Coca-Cola Amatil from 2006-2014. Sally has had a long career in the media industry, where she worked as a journalist for Australia's major print, radio and television media organisations. Sally spent several years in the press gallery in Parliament House, Canberra, and five and a half years as a broadcaster for ABC radio in Sydney. Her first book, an investigative examination of Australia’s child-care industry, was published in 1997. Sally joined the Board in July 2015.

 

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Paul Whittingham

Director

Finance Director of Apple

Paul lost his Father to Pancreatic Cancer in 2016, six years after his diagnosis with the disease. Paul is committed to supporting the work of the Foundation to deliver improved outcomes for other sufferers of the disease. Paul began his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers and became the Finance Director of Apple in 2005. Paul oversees Apple’s Finances and Governance for Australia, New Zealand and the South Asia region. Paul joined the Board in November 2016.