Our Team

Executive Team

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Professor Ian Brown FTSE
Chief Executive

As an adjunct professor at Flinders University in Adelaide, special visiting professor at the University of Colorado in the US and former CEO of publicly listed Clover corporation, Dr Brown brings considerable experience with him to head up our small but highly professional team. He works very closely with the Board of Trustees and the ACRF’s distinguished scientific advisory committee, which advises us on the best cancer research in Australia. Dr Brown is passionate about building on our crucial role in funding scientific breakthroughs of the future in this most important fight against cancer.

Cheryl Riddington

Cheryl Riddington
Executive Assistant to CEO

Cheryl is our CEO’s right hand and the ‘ringmaster’ of the office. She coordinates all aspects of the grant application process, bequest administration, and goes out of her way to keep the office humming and happy. Cheryl enjoys a holistic view of the ACRF; from the humbling supporter stories and events, to the world-class standard of grant applications, and finally to the outcomes being achieved in cancer research in Australia. Cheryl loves that the ACRF is making a real difference and she is proud to be part of the ACRF family.
Contact Cheryl.

Communications and Marketing Team:


Bronwyn Muir
Head of Business Development & Marketing

Bronwyn’s focus is to help grow ACRF’s fundraising activities and continue to enhance the image of ACRF through its communications and advertising program. She manages the enthusiastic and energetic Community Engagement team and the talented Marketing & Communications team. Bronwyn is passionate about building great relationships with supporters and potential supporters so she can help put ourselves out of business “our job ends when cancer does.”
Contact Bronwyn.

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Michaela Lauren
Communications Manager, gTLD & Research

Michaela manages the Australian Cancer Research Foundation’s top level domain .cancerresearch. The domain currently houses nine websites highlighting the latest cancer research news and information on some of the most common cancers. She is the contact for our growing network of grant recipients and .cancerresearch partners.
Contact Michaela.


Jessica Reynen
Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Jessica works with the communications team to develop on and offline strategies and materials to keep our supporters informed and assist ACRF’s fundraising teams in achieving their goals. She’s kept busy managing the ACRF website and working with the gTLD manager Michaela to respond to media requests.
Contact Jessica.

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Kayla Smith
Marketing & Communications Assistant

Kayla is part of the ACRF’s communications team and helps with our social media, media relations and marketing. She keeps our supporters updated on the latest research information and shares stories of inspirational third party fundraisers who take on incredible challenges in support of cancer research.

Community Engagement Team:


Amelia Szulerecka
Senior Community Fundraising Coordinator

Amelia is passionate about growing ACRF relationships and supporting our dedicated community in their creative fundraising initiatives, all in the bid to end cancer! From running, swimming and cycling – to head shaves, morning teas and gala balls, Amelia assists Team ACRF in achieving their personal goals while helping to fund cancer research.
Contact Amelia.


Priscilla Leong
Corporate Fundraising Campaigns Coordinator

Priscilla is committed to building and maintaining strong corporate partnerships. She is responsible for the management of ACRF’s portfolio of existing partners and actively looking for new companies to work with through workplace giving, corporate matching, fundraising events and team building opportunities.
Contact Priscilla.

Kamille Odilao

Kamille Odilao
Community Engagement Administration Assistant

Kamille Odilao is responsible for a range of administrative activities that support the Community Engagement team at the ACRF. She works across various fundraising programs including In Memoriam, Third Party Fundraising, Corporate Fundraising and Workplace Giving.
Contact Kamille.

Livi Oprea

Liviana Oprea
Community Engagement Administration Assistant

Liviana is responsible for a range of administrative activities that support the Community Engagement team at the ACRF. She works across various fundraising programs including In Memoriam, Third Party Fundraising, Corporate Fundraising and Workplace Giving.
Contact Liviana.

Planned Giving Team:

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Lee Christian
Planned Giving Manager

Lee manages the ACRF’s Planned Giving area which provides support and guidance to those who are considering including a gift in their Will to the ACRF. A highlight of Lee’s work is meeting and interacting with ACRF supporters (new and long-term). Lee does presentations to Senior Groups, meets with supporters one-on-one and enjoys spreading the message of the vital impact that bequests can have in speeding up new treatments and cures for cancer.
Contact Lee.

Michael Ow

Michael Ow
Planned Giving Assistant

Michael assists Lee in the Planned Giving team, working closely with our supporters through ACRF’s many events, exhibitions and laboratory tours. Michael is all about efficiency and getting organised. Michael is process driven and great with data and reporting! He is passionate about supporting people who help others and finding out how their generous donations can help our cause.
Contact Michael.

Direct Giving Team:

Deborah Warner

Deborah Warner
Direct Giving & Database Manager

Deborah manages the ACRF’s fundraising appeals and our database. She loves nothing more than developing appeal campaigns that inspire and motivate existing and new supporters. The beauty of Deborah’s role is that it brings out the best in both sides of her personality: her social side enjoys communicating with our loyal and regular supporters, whilst her ‘geeky’ side loves poring over data and numbers in our database, Salesforce.
Contact Deborah.


Mark Simonato
Direct Giving & Database Assistant

Mark is our Direct Giving & Database Assistant. He is responsible for the processing of daily donations to ACRF, assisting with the administration tasks behind our appeals campaigns, helping to maintain and develop the database and looking after the ACRF’s loyal and regular givers. Mark communicates with our supporters on a daily basis to learn about why they choose to give to the ACRF.
Contact Mark.

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Siddique Abu
Finance Administrator

Siddique is the ACRF numbers man, overseeing all of the ACRF accounts. Reporting to our CEO and Database Manager Siddique is responsible for donation income, grant payments and fundraising expenses. He works across accounts payable and receivable, bank reconciliation, regular giving processing, end-of-month processing and investment book-keeping.
Contact Siddique.