Cancer Care Centre is governed by a Constitution, registered under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985, and a Board of Management. The Constitution includes the Objectives of the Centre.
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia is the Centre’s Principal Patron.
The goals and objectives of the Cancer Care Centre are reviewed by the board every year and are documented in the Strategic Plan.
The Board of Management
The Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Management. Each Board Member holds a portfolio of responsibility. Members consist of business identities, allied health practitioners and social workers.
The Board meets monthly on Friday mornings.
Board Members are:
Ms Susan Ross (Chair and Public Officer)
Ms Susan Ross is the Director of the Eastwood Community Centre, prior to this she was the CEO for the WEA of SA the largest adult learning provider in South Australia. Sue has a background in adult education and language, literacy and numeracy. Sue previously worked for State and local government sector with a focus on policy, building of community-based neighbourhood houses; distribution of government funds, national representation and advocacy for adult community education. Sue is a firm believer in lifelong and life wide learning for all adults and endorses learning as a means of improving health, engaging in community reducing social isolation and as a means to developing active citizens.
Mr Arthur Galantomos (Secretary)
Mr Galantomos has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He is an accomplished senior manager with more than 20 years’ experience in engineering, project management, development, strategic planning and regulatory compliance. He has experience in the not-for-profit sector and understanding of the complex strategic and cultural issues facing the sector. Arthur is a strategic thinker with hands-on operating experience and a strong record in delivering results to find unique solutions to difficult problems.
Arthur has an extensive career in engineering, project management, development, strategic planning and regulatory compliance and is excited to be involved with a board and organisation where he can deliver value through his technical expertise and operational understanding.
Mr Justin Piteo (Treasurer)
Mr Piteo has a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Management and is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. With previous experience as an auditor in the “big 4” accounting firms, Justin has had exposure in agriculture, non-for-profit, aged care, and consumer businesses. Justin is currently working as an accountant for Viterra Operations Pty. Ltd., which is one of South Australia’s largest agriculture businesses. With a passion for providing his skills and knowledge to not-for-profit organisations, Justin is eager to assist Cancer Care Centre Incorporated in all aspects of their work.
Ms Ann-Marie Halligan
Ms Anne-Marie Halligan BA, DipRM, OM therapist comes to the Board with over 30 years experience as a Registered Nurse in a variety of settings. In recent years she trained as a Remedial Massage Therapist and subsequently specialised in Oncology Massage. She is State Coordinator for SA and WA with Oncology Massage Ltd and is dedicated to making Oncology Massage standard care in the treatment of those diagnosed with cancer. Anne-Marie is a volunteer therapist at the Cancer Care Centre and her experience will contribute to the ongoing development of therapies and the maintenance of high quality care at the Centre.
Ms Lee Hutton
Lee has a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in Social Sciences (Counselling) and is a registered member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia). Lee has experience as a legal officer in the social justice field as well as a personal counsellor working within school settings and private practice. Since 2017, Lee has been a volunteer counsellor at the Cancer Care Centre and facilitates the Young Women’s Support Group and is also part of the volunteer administration team. Lee contributes to the Board her professional understanding of the psychological and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, which is enhanced by her own personal experience.
Therese is a masseuse, specialising in Oncology massage and is a volunteer of the Cancer Care Centre. Therese has a massage business, “Bliss Holistic Therapies”, predominately visiting clients in their home for massage.
Therese initially trained as a nurse at The Royal Adelaide Hospital, then as a psychiatric nurse at Glenside for many years. Therese has worked for corporate health companies as an educator and in sales. e.g. Roche, Lundbeck.
Therese’s interest in The Cancer Care Centre stems from vast experience throughout her life, with close family members and friends who are, or were, diagnosed with cancer. Therese is aware of the huge impact that touches their lives as well as that of carers.
Mr Ian Dobbie
Ian has had extensive experience in the management of a number of different organisations in the health industry. This background, coupled with tertiary qualifications in business administration and management (B Bus and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration), proven skills in marketing professional services, strategic/business planning, stakeholder engagement, and implementing best practice corporate governance programs, are some of the attributes Ian will bring to our Board.
Over the years Ian has held senior positions with the SA Branch of the AMA as CEO, the Divisions of General Practice, and more recently the Country North SA Medicare Local in the position of Director of Corporate Services. The Country North position primarily involved responsibility for communications, stakeholder engagement, corporate services, and digital marketing and membership through the establishment of local health networks.
Ian also has a sound knowledge of “not for profit” association management, including the interpretation of financial and operational reports, and a good understanding of the opportunities available in the area of Government/Private funding of primary health care and community services, and the value of developing strategic alliances.
Ian has previously served for six years as a Board member for the Catalyst Foundation, an NGO which provides a range of information and advice to the aged and community sector.
Ms Ivy Diegmann
Ivy currently holds a position as head of innovation in the aged care sector. Ivy’s portfolio combines strategic leadership with operational management for front-line aged care and NDIS service delivery. Ivy leads a team focused on positioning the business to meet the dual imperative of being “fit for growth” whilst “reimagining our tomorrow”.
Ivy’s strong business acumen and political nous combined with her grounded practical expertise in health, housing, disability and aged care has positioned her to establish new and reformed business models in complex regulatory environments. She has managed diverse portfolios in the not-for-profit sector, State and Local government, and led high-performing teams with responsibility for innovation, finance, property management, quality, business development, partnerships and acquisitions, customer research and experience and clinical service delivery.
James Speechley Crowley
Mr Speechley-Crowley is an experienced Business leader, skilled in organisational design and culture transformation, change and project management, governance, and business strategy.
James has a strong presence in the Financial and Real Estate sectors. Since 2018, James has been involved with the Cancer Care Centre and is passionate about supporting it to continue to serve the community. James contributes to the Board through his extensive business knowledge and drive to improve the lives of those who are each on different pathways and journeys of cancer. James brings a contemporary approach to coaching and leading business into the future.
James is thrilled to be working with an organisation that provides such value and support to members of the South Australian community who are each impacted differently by cancer.
Nicole studied Human Resources and Business at Monash, 1989. She then married, had a family and returned to work in Human Resources many years later. Moving to South Australia in 2000 she returned to Human Resources in a management role for a chain of supermarkets.
After supporting a friend with breast cancer and later another with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and hankering for a change of pace, she started volunteering at Cancer Care Centre. She then studied Psychology with Adelaide University, and a Diploma of Counselling with AIPC (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors). Nicole has worked with the Cancer Care Centre for over 9 years, covering and supporting many roles including administration, meditation and finally counselling.
Maryanne has 40 years of experience working in the Public Sector. She holds a qualification in Government Management, and a Diploma in Workplace Training and Assessment. Maryanne has a background in Adult Education across the TAFE sector, predominantly within the Community Services and Health programs. She spent 12 years with SA Police as the Operations Manager, Police Security Services Branch (PSSB). The focus of her role with PSSB was providing professional support in the areas of Human Resource Management, Business Development, and Recruitment of Police Protective Security Officers.
Since 2018, Maryanne has been a volunteer at the Cancer Care Centre in an administrative capacity and provides Pathways advice to prospective members.
Kevin has held executive leadership, management, sales, marketing, training, and engineering positions for several world-leading organisations. His career experience details an outstanding record of assisting not-for-profit and commercial organisations to advance to a position of sector leadership through the design, introduction, and management of innovations in customer experience, membership growth, revenue generation, marketing, and staff development. Kevin’s results in these areas have generated awards from the Australian Prime Minister’s Office, State and Federal Government Departments, the Australian Industry Skills Council, the Real Estate Institute, Autodesk, IBM, and a range of other independent industry bodies.
The dark reach of Cancer is massive and its harming touch extends beyond the person who has it, to their family and friends. Kevin is passionate about helping ensure the Centre’s bright reach is longer, so all who will benefit from our services are aware of them and can immediately access them.
Mrs Calandra Scott (Centre Manager)
Calandra Scott is the Manager here at the Cancer Care Centre and an ex-officio member of the Board. Calandra has 17 years experience in business management and a personal interest in complementary therapies. A volunteer herself, she is involved with Fauna Rescue, and phone support for Family Drug Support Australia. Her qualifications include Cert IV in Small Business Management, Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training, Advanced MYOB training, Remedial Massage, Reiki, Transactional Analysis 101, and currently Calandra is enjoying studying Psychology at the University of Adelaide.