Our Team

Executive Team

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.


Tarryn Kelly
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Tarryn works within the marketing and communications team to create, develop and implement strategies and tactics across social media and press that will help ACRF achieve their overall objectives. Tarryn is determined to see the end of all cancers in her lifetime and uses that determination as a driving factor every day.

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.

Research Partnerships:

Michaela Lauren
Research Partnerships & gTLD Manager

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 also the main contact for our growing network of grant recipients and .cancerresearch partners.
Contact Michaela.

Planned Giving Team:

Lee Christian2

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
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.

Cancer Research

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.

Katherine Aquino

Katherine Aquino
Direct Giving & Database Assistant

Katherine works for the Direct Giving & Database Team – processing donations and assisting ACRF supporters. She also helps the appeals team with seasonal mail outs. Her role in research communications allows the ACRF to deliver the latest research news. Katherine is inspired by each and every ACRF supporter and is passionate about working with data, sharing news on medical breakthroughs and fundraising to help end all cancers. Contact Katherine.


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.