Meet the people

Say hello to everyone at the Childhood Cancer Association!

We’re a small team — but we’re also helped out by some wonderful, skilled volunteers who help to provide additional support where it’s needed.

Chief Executive

Cath O’Loughlin

Chief Executive

Cath was appointed the Chief Executive of the Childhood Cancer Association in 2009 and is also a long term board member of the Association. Cath has extensive senior management experience in both the public and private sector, including 15 years practising as a solicitor. Cath has a Bachelor of Law and an MBA.  She is very passionate about supporting children with cancer, and their families.


Mascot & Deputy CE

Elliot is the Childhood Cancer Association’s mascot. He befriends every child or adolescent diagnosed with cancer in South Australia and provides them with companionship and unconditional support throughout their treatment and beyond. Elliot is also a clinical helper, assisting children to communicate with medical staff as well as helping them understand medical procedures. As an avid writer, Elliot also loves responding to the many letters he receives from children sharing their feelings with him.

Family Service

Anna Boynton

Manager (Clinical Psychologist) – Family Service

B.Hlth Science Hons (Pub Hlth & Psych) and M. Psych (Health), MAPS

As Manager of the Family Service Team, Anna is responsible for delivering the Childhood Cancer Association’s key support services to families including providing psychological support to assist families manage a childhood cancer diagnosis throughout treatment, into survivorship and also bereavement support. She is also responsible for managing the Family Service Team and Volunteers. Anna has a special interest in cancer and has worked in the field for over eight years.
Anna completed her Master’s Degree in Health Psychology at the University of Adelaide. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and holds professional membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) including the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Anna is also a board approved supervisor through the Psychology Board of Australia and provides supervision to Masters Psychology students. 

Chris Coelle

Senior Counsellor (Psychologist) – Family Service

BHons (Counselling Psych), MA (Social Anthropology), Dip. (Integrated Therapeutic Counselling), MAPS

Chris, began working at the Childhood Cancer Association in 2013, and is the Senior Counsellor (Psychologist). He is responsible for delivering counselling and support services to children with cancer and their families. Utilising evidence based practice, he assists families to manage the changes and processes they may face when a family member is diagnosed with cancer and also any resulting grief and loss issues. Chris has extensive experience working with individuals with cancer and other physical health conditions and their families having previously worked in oncology and psychosomatic clinics overseas. He has a background in family and grief therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other evidence based methodologies, as well as training and experience in conflict resolution and effective communication.  Chris has supervised volunteers in crises regions and coordinated humanitarian research in South-East Asia.   Chris is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Kirsty Iovino

Property, Administration and Finance Manager - Family Service

After many roles in office administration and managing a family business, Kirsty joined the team in 2015 providing administration support to the fundraising team and finance support to the association. In January 2018, Kirsty took on a new role in the Family Service team to ensure the smooth delivery of all services and support to families. This includes coordination of our accommodation properties, both at the Michael Rice Units and Bradley’s Place. Kirsty also coordinates special event ticketing, program support and general administration. Having been closely affected by cancer, she knows the value of support for the whole family & believes in the culture of the Childhood Cancer Association.

Fundraising, Events & Marketing

Rebekah King

Fundraising Manager

Rebekah’s own experiences drove her to join our fundraising team in 2017. With more than 20 years’ experience as a customer service professional, Rebekah loves building relationships. Having transitioned to the not-for-profit sector four years ago, Rebekah discovered her passion for fundraising, leading her to complete a Fundraising Certificate through the Fundraising Institute of Australia. She is now a self-confessed fundraising and data geek!  Rebekah has a genuine passion for helping people and believes that meaningful engagement with our supporters is the key to a successful fundraising strategy. She is committed to making a difference in the community and uses her passion and skill to inspire other people to give. 

Bianca Borrett

Marketing & Communications Manager

As part of the Fundraising team, Bianca is responsible for managing the Childhood Cancer Association’s marketing and communications activities. She has more than 15 years’ experience in not for profit, membership based and government roles, specialising in tourism, event management, sponsorship, communications and media relations. Bianca also has a Bachelor of Management from the University of South Australia. Bianca is committed to making a difference in the local community and as a mother feels passionately about the health and wellbeing of children.

Kate McKeegan

Community Relationships Manager

After 15 years in the travel industry Kate decided that she needed a change of focus. The rewarding contribution to the community was the reason behind her move to the not for profit sector where she now works at the Childhood Cancer Association as their Community Relationships Manager.   Kate brings with her a wealth of sales and networking experience and the desire to make a difference through her fundraising and coordination activities. On a personal level Kate is mother to three very active boys who love playing sport and the outdoors.

Kerry Hetzel

Receptionist & Administrator

Kerry is our Receptionist at the Childhood Cancer Association, taking calls and greeting all visitors attending our office. She also provides administrative support to the fundraising team. With more than 20 years’ experience in customer service and administration in a variety of roles, Kerry is passionate about helping others and ensuring they receive a high level of care when engaging with the Association. Kerry enjoys working in the Not for Profit sector and gains satisfaction in being part of an organisation who provides such wonderful services to families in need. Being an animal lover, Kerry has a soft spot for Elliot and the role that he plays in helping so many children.


Chris Hartley


Chris joined the Board in 2008 and became President in 2010. He is Sales Director at a software development company and has senior management experience with telecommunications, retail and distribution organisations. His son was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Chris joined the board to help support children and other families going through the journey.

Ben Mead

Vice President

Ben is the Managing Director of Holidays of Australia. He knows the value of the Association, having received ongoing support since his daughter’s diagnosis of cancer in 2014.   

Stuart Brown

Acting Treasurer

Stuart is a Director at Bartons Accountants and has accounting, financial advisory and lending experience. Stuart supports the Immanuel Primary School council and its Margaret Ames fundraising committee. 

Katie Bridges


Katie is sales director with NOVA Entertainments, and was previously CEO of The Little Heroes Foundation. She is a mother of two young children, has a degree in Psychology and is passionate about the childhood cancer sector in Adelaide.

Andrew Cassetti

Board Member

Andrew is a Business Analyst for Optus. Having lost both parents to cancer Andrew does all he can to support families during their difficult time.

Sean Connors

Board Member

Sean works in sales for Elders Real Estate and has had a varied career in the banking, motor vehicle and real estate industries, as well as holding the position of CEO at the Little Heroes Foundation in 2016-17. He is a sporting enthusiast, a Director at the Woodville West Torrens Football Club and was even a trainee golf professional in the early 80s.

Glenn Hordacre

Board Member

Glenn Hordacre is the Managing Director of Alexander Symonds and as one of Australia’s most Glenn is the Managing Director of licensed surveyors Alexander Symonds. His eldest son was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. The Association continues to provide support following his son’s successful treatment. 

Cath O’Loughlin

Board Member

Cath was appointed the CEO of the Childhood Cancer Association in 2009. She has extensive senior management experience in both the public and private sector, including 15 years practising as a solicitor.  Cath has a Bachelor of Law and an MBA.

Anthony Pope

Board Member

Anthony has worked as a financial advisor for over 15 years and is currently a private client advisor at Patersons Wealth Management.  Anthony has been a board member since March 2013 and is also on the finance sub-committee.


His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO

Governor of South Australia

We thank His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, for accepting the role of Patron of the Childhood Cancer Association.

Patron since December 2014.


Travis Boak

Captain, Port Adelaide Football Club

Travis is the captain of the Port Adelaide Football Club, a dual All-Australian, triple Fos Williams Medallist and a former John Cahill Medallist.

Read why Travis is involved

Kate Collins

Reporter & Presenter, Nine News

Kate has been part of Adelaide’s Nine News for over ten years. Prior to joining Channel 9 Adelaide in 2006, Kate completed a Bachelor of Media at Adelaide University and a postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at the University of South Australia. 

Michelle den Dekker OAM

Australian Netball World Champion & Commonwealth Games Gold medallist

Michelle made her Australian debut in 1985, and went on to play 84 test matches in the green and gold, captaining Australia from 1988-1995. She is still the current longest reigning captain.

Read why Michelle is involved

Sam Power

Sam Power Racing

After racing around the globe, winning major events and championships, Adelaide-born Sam Power is now a F1 Consultant, currently based in London. 

Dr Michael Rice AM

Paediatric Oncologist (retired)

Dr Michael was responsible for establishing the Childhood Cancer Association in 1982. He has received many prestigious awards over the years including: The Howards Williams Medal at the Australian College of Paediatrics (1998), The Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2000), The Centenary Medal (2003), The Gold Medal of the Australian Medical Association (2004), The Medal of the Order of Australia (2004).

Tara Knight

Junior Ambassador

In 2002, at age six, Tara was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Conquering cancer was a real struggle for Tara, however she feels it is one of her greatest achievements. During and after chemotherapy Tara and her family were fortunate enough to have the support of the Childhood Cancer Association. 

Ed Sach

Junior Ambassador

In 2011, at age 17, Ed was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer). Treatment was extremely aggressive and he has no doubt the support provided by the Childhood Cancer Association is still a fundamental part of his well-being. The support provided to his mum during this time was also a massive relief to him while he underwent treatment.

Helping Hands

Glenn Hordacre


Managing Director
Alexander Symonds

Angelo Benedetti


Managing Director

Andrew Cassetti


Marketing Project Analyst

Sean Connors


Sales and Development Manager
Elders Real Estate on Grange

Sam Faulkner


Chief Executive

Gordon Griff


General Manager National Accounts
Bedford Group

John Hall


Business Development
Halls Cranes

Rachel Lawrie


Principal & Director
Ray White North Adelaide

Catherine Morony


Senior Consultant
Axia People

Matthew Smith


Principal & Owner
Burdon & Co

Troy Smith


Managing Director
Electric Results

James Whellum


Direct Client Executive
Nova Entertainment

Sarah Zanker


Account Director
Colmar Brunton

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