Mr Andrew Heath GAICD
Andrew Heath was appointed as Chairman of Rise Above in February 2018. Before that, he served as President between 2015 and 2017. As a survivor of testicular cancer, Andrew is committed to the work of Rise Above in making the cancer fight just a little bit easier. He is a corporate governance and management professional who has expertise and experience built over almost 20 years, principally in the higher education sector, including over 10 years at Australian National University. Andrew has experience leading and working in a variety of community and not-for-profit organisations, including with RDA Southern Inland, the Queanbeyan District Health Community Consultative Committee and Barnados. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of New England, a Diploma of Project Management, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian National University, and he is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Stephen Robinson
Stephen Robinson has been a volunteer with Rise Above for 4 years and has been a board member for the last 3 years. During his working life, he spent 20 years in the armed forces, serving in Australia and overseas. He also spent 24 years working in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra, and overseas for 9 years, serving for 3 years each in the Australian Embassies in the Philippines, Israel and Greece. His time in the Army, particularly as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, and DFAT has given him a great deal of hands-on experience in personnel management. While working in the Australian embassies he assisted a number of Australian citizens who had found themselves in a number of difficult and traumatic situations. As President, Stephen leads the members and volunteers and hopes to apply his experience in working to maximise the number of volunteers at Rise Above fundraising events.
Vice – President
Mr Frank Bresnik
Like many of our supporters and volunteers, Frank Bresnik is also passionate about Rise Above which supported his nephew Christopher who sadly succumbed to cancer just before his 16th birthday in 1995. As a local businessman, Frank is a bit of a character around town and is well known for wearing his heart on his sleeve in supporting Queanbeyan and its positives in times when many see negatives. He was schooled by the school of hard knocks and graduated from the University of Life specialising in opportunities. Unique in his attitudes and opinionated, Frank will never leave you wondering? He sees his role on the board as important in ensuring that its finances and governance are accountable & transparent to the community. Frank currently operates The Yellow Belly Café in Googong, Queanbeyan. He, his wife Ros, children and grandchildren all reside in Queanbeyan.
Mr Tharren Kingston-Lee GAICD
Tharren Kingston-Lee is an Air Force Officer with over 23 years of service. He spent some time out of uniform, working as a management consultant and delivering the Digital Enterprise Program for the Canberra Business Council. He also ran a small company in the construction sector before accepting a role in uniform to lead the Air Force Public Affairs squadron. Tharren holds a Masters of Management in HR and a Masters of Arts in Strategy, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tharren joined Rise Above shortly after losing his Mother to lung cancer in September 2017 – his first close relative he lost to cancer. Being an organisation focussed on directly supporting patients and their families suffering the ravages of cancer, joining Rise Above provides an avenue for Tharren to help mitigate some of the stresses experienced when suffering this disease. Tharren lives in Karabar with his wife and daughter.
Mr Kelvin Ng
Kelvin Ng is a consultant at EY Canberra with over 7 years of experience in providing business advisory services to organisations of all sizes and sectors, including SME, not for profit organisations and large multinational corporations. Kelvin started his involvement with Rise Above in 2017, as our Secretary. In his spare time, Kelvin enjoys gardening, spending time with his wife and, deciphering his 5-year-old daughter feelings, thoughts and actions.
Mr Thomas Scicluna
Tom Scicluna is a true local, born and raised in Canberra. In his role as Director of Datacom Systems, he oversees IT management for several Federal Government Departments with a team of 300 staff in the capital region. He was introduced to Rise Above in 2011 when his wife successfully navigated the horrors of breast cancer. Tom has been a close supporter of Rise Above since and was appointed to the board in 2017. He has studied at the University of New England, Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tom’s a keen golfer and ice hockey player. He takes every other opportunity to holiday with his wife and young daughter.
Mr Scott Masters
Scott Masters has been involved with Rise Above for 6 years when he started helping the Group put together Convoy in 2013. In 2014 Scott was made a Patron for the Group and in 2017 he became a Director on the Board. Scott had an award-winning 25-year career in the media through radio and television and he now runs his own digital marketing company. As part of his commitment to the Group, Scott’s company provides all our social media management and website upkeep free of charge, and he also oversaw the rebranding and creation of the Group’s new websites when the Cancer Support Group was rebranded as Rise Above in November 2017. Scott is responsible for organising the Radio Auctions for Lead Bike and Lead Truck each year which has seen 2017 and 2018 break records for the Group and help many more Canberra region families who are battling cancer.
Mr Hugh Percy
Ms Chi Tran
Mr Rob Leary