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.

Elliot

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 Perry

Manager (Clinical & Health 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).
Stella Delloso

Counsellor (Psychologist) – Family Service

BBehavSc, BNg (GradEntry), BPsychSc (Hons), MPsych (Health), MAPS

Stella is responsible for delivering the range of services offered by the Family Service team, providing both practical and psychological support for families throughout all stages of the childhood cancer experience.
Stella has completed a Master of Health Psychology at the University of Adelaide. She is registered as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Health Psychologists.
Stella also brings with her a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience gained whilst working as a Registered Nurse.
Stella is passionate about using evidence based practice to work in partnership with families, supporting their adjustment to the changes and challenges that a diagnosis of childhood cancer may bring.

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

Bianca Borrett

Marketing & Communications Manager

As part of the Fundraising team, Bianca is responsible for managing the Childhood Cancer Association’s brand and its marketing and communications activities.
She has more than 20 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.

Jessica Buckley

Fundraising Manager

Jessica is responsible for implementing our strategic fundraising plan and manages our direct appeals, individual giving, lotteries, major donor and bequest programs to generate the funds we need to support children with cancer, and their families.
She has a sincere affection for working within the charity sector in South Australia and is driven and motivated within her work knowing that what she is doing is making a difference to the lives of others.
With 12 years of experience working within not for profits in Fundraising, Donor Program Development, Database Management and Finance, Jessica brings a diverse set of skills and experience to her role.

Tracey Noblet

Community Relationships Manager

Our Community Relationships Manager, Tracey,  joins the Childhood Cancer Association team from previous roles in retail, corporate and the not for profit sector.
Her experience in event planning, developing marketing campaigns, working in fast paced environments and attention to detail allows her to support our Community Fundraisers to achieve the best possible outcome for each event.
Tracey has a demonstrated passion for volunteering and is committed to doing her part so we can meet the needs of the children and families that we support.

Louise Rodgers

Events Coordinator

As Events Coordinator, Louise supports the administration of the Fundraising Team and ensures our Community Fundraiser’s have everything they need for their events.
She works in close partnership with our charity partners, donors, volunteers and supporters.
Louise was previously employed in the Banking and Finance industry for 12 years followed by 10 years managing a family business.
Before joining the team on a part-time basis, Louise volunteered for the Childhood Cancer Association for three years.
Louise was born and raised in Adelaide and loves giving back to the SA community and families in need of our support.

 

Board

Chris Hartley

President

Chris joined the Board in 2008 and became President in 2010. He is the Regional Director SA for Strategic Specialists Group 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.

Glenn Hordacre

Vice President

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

Luke Howes

Treasurer

Luke is a start-up founder, investor and advisor. He was the co-founder and former CEO of Proviso, a market leading Fintech company based in Australia. Luke's family received support from the Association after his son's cancer diagnosis.

Brenton Murray

Secretary

Brenton is the Creative Director at Brighter - one of South Australia’s leading branding and marketing agencies. The Brighter team, led by Brenton, has supported the Childhood Cancer Association with its creative needs for over 20 years.

Kimberley Adams

Board Member

Kimberley's career in media, marketing and communications spans over a period of 16 years with positions held in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Her years in the media and communications industry have provided her with an extensive business network particularly in the areas of advertising, communications, marketing and media. Kimberley has a Bachelor of Marketing from the University of South Australia.

Rebecca Clements

Board Member

Bec is currently the Principal of Immanuel Primary School and has more than 20 years of educational experience in a range of roles in schools across the Asia Pacific. She has a Masters in International Education Leadership and Change and an International Baccalaureate certificate in Leadership. She is passionate about instructional coaching and developing leadership capacity. Bec has a special interest in service and action. 

Ben Mead

Board Member

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

Adam Oliver

Board Member

Adam Oliver is the State Manager, SA/NT and Head of Inside Sales for Telstra Enterprise & Government.

Troy Sgarbossa

Board Member

Troy is currently the residential sales manager of NCRE, a real estate project marketing company based in South Australia. He has been raising funds and awareness for the Childhood Cancer Association since 2015 and is the excited to bring his skills and knowledge to the Board.

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.

Patrons

Patrons

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC and Mr Rod Bunten

Governor of South Australia

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC is a proud sixth-generation South Australian.

Her Excellency studied economics at the University of Adelaide, while there becoming the first female captain of the rowing club in its 103 year history, and went on to join the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985. She worked in Hong Kong during the early years of China’s reform and opening, eventually becoming Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2011-2015.

In 2016, Her Excellency was appointed head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, pursuing Australia’s interests as world powers shifted and the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. She also led the department through a period of cultural change, encouraging more women into senior ranks.

She has also been International Adviser to the Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister and Defence Minister.

In June 2021 Her Excellency was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to public administration through the advancement of Australia's diplomatic, trade and cultural interests, particularly with the People's Republic of China and the Indo-Pacific region, to innovative foreign policy development and high level program delivery, and as the 36th Governor appointed in South Australia.

Her Excellency is married to Mr Rod Bunten, a former British diplomat and high school teacher. They have four adult children and a cavoodle, Alfie.

We thank both Her Excellency and Rod Bunten for accepting the invitation to become Patrons for the Childhood Cancer Association in 2021.

Ambassadors

Travis Boak

Port Adelaide Football Club

Travis is the former captain of the Port Adelaide Football Club, after stepping aside as captain after six years in the role. He is a dual All-Australian, triple Fos Williams Medallist and a former John Cahill Medallist.

Read why Travis is involved

Watch the Video

Kate Collins

Nine News Adelaide

Kate has been part of Adelaide’s Nine News for more than 15 years, and has been presenting the weekday news report since 2011. 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

Michelle made her Australian netball 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. She is a Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2020.
As a Childhood Cancer Ambassador, Michelle promotes the incredible support provided to children and their families, just like her family received.

Read why Michelle is involved

Kate Ellis

Former Federal Member for Adelaide

Kate made history as the youngest woman ever elected to the Australian House of Representatives, after winning the seat of Adelaide in 2004.
As the former Federal Member for Adelaide, Kate has held various Ministerial positions in Federal Parliament and in the Shadow Cabinet.
Kate is an avid Adelaide Crows and Adelaide Thunderbirds fan and in 2017 was appointed to the Adelaide Football Club Board.

Joe Gauci

Adelaide United Football Club A-League

After a stint with Melbourne City, Joe returned to his hometown of Adelaide as goalkeeper for the Adelaide United Football Club's A-League and has been with the Club since 2020. His excellent form and consistency even saw him receive a maiden call-up to be part of a Socceroos training camp.

Matilda McNamara

Adelaide United Football Club W-League

Matilda is one of the brightest young W-League prospects in the Adelaide United Football Club. Having been born in Adelaide, she spent some of her formative years living in the United States where she developed a keen interest in football. She is now an integral cog in the Reds' defensive structure.

Henry Nicholson

Australian Survivor Contestant

After losing his mother to pancreatic cancer, former Australian Survivor S2 & All Stars S5 contestant, Henry Nicholson joins our team as an Ambassador. Henry loves working with kids and has an absolute passion to inspire, motivate and help people affected by cancer.

Jodie Oddy

Network Ten & Nova 919

Local media personality and presenter on Network 10 and radio host of The Jodie Oddy Show on Nova 919 on Saturday mornings. Jodie is often called on to host or MC many events around town. Jodie also runs Oddy Media, Gift Givers and has a Bachelor of Communications and is an avid sports fan.

Hayley Pearson

Adelady & Hello SA

Hayley Pearson is the co-creator, writer and TV presenter for Adelady and the new Hello SA - sharing the best of South Australia (and beyond) on her website, social media, magazine and TV show on Channel Nine.

Dr Michael Rice AM

Paediatric Oncologist (retired)

Dr Rice was instrumental in the establishment of 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), and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (2004).

Mark Soderstrom

Channel Seven

Mark "Soda" Soderstrom is a well-known media personality and is a sports presenter on Channel Seven reporting the local and national sport coverage.

Jarrod Walsh

Radio | Emcee | Fan Engagement

Jarrod Walsh is the voice of Australian sport. Locally, Jarrod represents all of the national league teams on their game day and is often the match day emcee for Australian sporting organisations ensuring fans have the best engagement in the country.

Vittoria D'Ortenzio

Junior Ambassador

After suffering back pain at 16 years of age, Vittoria was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer on the left side of her pelvis. She underwent an initial 12-week cycle of aggressive chemotherapy and a 14-hour operation to remove the tumour and surrounding pelvic bone. Then she had to learn to walk again, followed by another 22 weeks of chemotherapy. The support offered to her and her family by the Childhood Cancer Association offered a sense of community during such a challenging time.

Jemima Leydon

Junior Ambassador

Jemima was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006 when she was only five years old. The Childhood Cancer Association supported her family from the moment she came out of emergency surgery and during her four rounds of chemotherapy. Jemima knows first hand how a childhood cancer diagnosis never affects just the child, as it has had a huge impact on her family. After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2020 at the age of 19, she gained a new perspective on her childhood experience seeing the full effect of her diagnosis on family and friends. Watch her story.

Helping Hands

Adam Oliver

Joint Chair

State Manager SA/NT & Head of Inside Sales
Telstra Enterprise & Government

Troy Sgarbossa

Joint Chair

Residential Sales Manager
Nick Coulls Real Estate

Angelo Benedetti

Member

Managing Director
Financia

Nick Coulls

Member

Director
Nick Coulls Real Estate

Daniel Giustozzi

Member

Development Manager
Dellta Project Management

Daniel Harris

Member

Sales Manager
The Fotobase Group

Brendon Hore

Member

Chief Technology Officer
Peregrine

Casey Knight

Member

Company Director
The Nanny Diary

George Koutsoubis

Member

General Manager
Datacord

Steve McGrath

Member

Head of Finance
Peregrine

Cecilia White

Member

Director
Perks People Solutions

Mark Young

Member

SA & NT Head of Service
Telstra Purple

Watch Thomas’s Story

Watch this 5 minute film where Chris Hartley talks through his family’s journey after his son’s diagnosis of a brain tumour and the support he received from the Childhood Cancer Association.

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