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:
Mrs Meredith Ridgway (Chair and Public Officer)
Mrs Ridgway has a Diploma in Business Administration and is a former small business owner with a background in Banking. Mrs Ridgeway offers a range of skills in business administration and corporate governance. As Chair, Mrs Ridgeway maintains the integrity of Cancer Care Centre’s overall management and governance responsibilities. Mrs Ridgeway is a strong believer in supporting individuals and families affected by cancer and is passionate about assisting not-for-profit organisations.
Ms Susan Ross (Vice Chair)
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.
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.