Our Board Members

Chairman

Mr Andrew Heath GAICD FCG

Rise Above Chairman

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 specialist who has expertise and experience built over almost 20 years, working across the higher education and aviation sectors.

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 Barnado’s. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Law (UNE), a Diploma of Project Management (CIT), a Master of Business Administration (ANU) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance (GIA). He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute.


President 

Ms Susan McCann

Sue McCann

Sue McCann has been a volunteer and a patient administrator with Rise Above for a year. During her working life, she spent 37 years working in the Department of Defence in Canberra. Her time in the public service was as a program/project director in the delivery of IT capability for Defence in Australia and other countries.

Personally, Sue has spent a number of years caring for her parents, and providing support to her late father during his battle with cancer, along with the ongoing care of her mother dealing with dementia. As President, Sue will assist the president in leading the members and volunteers and hopes to apply her experience in working to maximise the number of volunteers at Rise Above fundraising events.


Vice-President

Ms Di Hodge

Di Hodge

Di has been a member of Rise Above (ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group) since 2016. She is now semi-retired and has more time to contribute to the important work done by this organisation. Di currently works part-time for Care Financial Counselling Service, a not-for-profit organisation, where she helps people in financial crisis and work towards the vision of financial fairness for all.

Di held several leadership roles in the Australian Public Service with the most challenging being as a Government Business Manager living and working in communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the far north-west of South Australia. As a survivor of breast cancer, Di is very aware of the financial strain experienced by cancer patients and have committed to working with and supporting Rise Above to raise funds to continue financially assist cancer patients.


Secretary

Ms Kim Stonham

Kim Stonham has been a volunteer with Rise Above since 2015. After a short period of leave to live in WA, she returned in 2019 even more committed to helping the organisation. After researching various cancer support groups in the region she felt the assistance Rise Above provides people with cancer and their families was practical and life changing. Having had cancer at 21 and losing both parents to cancer within the following ten years, she is personally aware of how difficult the journey is for patients and their families.

Kim has always had a passion for community service work. During her working career she was part of two community service programs which received Order of Australia awards. Joining the Board gives Kim the opportunity to make a difference and encourage others to volunteer.


Treasurer

Mr Kelvin Ng

Rise Above Treasurer

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.


Director

Mr Thomas Scicluna

Rise Above Director - Tom

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.


Director

Mr Tharren Kingston-Lee GAICD

Rise Above Secretary

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 focused 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.


Director

Ms Lisa Rosetta GAICD

Lisa is an experienced Manager, Executive and business professional who grew up in the snowy mountains area. Lisa is a certified company director through Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Lisa has worked within various industries including medical, architectural, construction, engineering, IT and manufacturing environments. Lisa has gained significant experience working for various small to medium sized enterprises and corporate entities, that can be adapted and used within any organisation.

Lisa has been affected by cancer through close friends and family members, and seen the impact it can have on your loved ones and their support network. Lisa hopes to make a difference and contribute to Rise Above by sharing her skills, knowledge and experience to assist them in achieving their strategic goals and objectives.


Director

Damita Phillips

Damita is a Change and Communications Manager contracted to a Government agency on an ICT Program. She also has an extensive background as a senior Human Resources Professional, a Workplace and Executive Coach and she also holds an MBA from QUT Graduate School of Business.

She was first introduced to Rise Above in 2018 and was appointed to the board in 2020. Having had a first-hand experience to the horrors of a traumatic health journey, Damita wanted to give back in a direct way to those that need help in our community – with her professional skills and experience.


Director

Mr Darren Menachemson GAICD

Darren Rise Above

ThinkPlace has won a wide variety of prestigious international awards, was nominated as one of the 20 most innovative firms in Australia by the Australian Financial Review (2016), and was the national winner of the Telstra Business Award (social changemaker category) in 2018.

Prior to ThinkPlace, Darren has worked in a variety of leadership roles in the public sector, including the Australian Taxation Office, the Treasury and Customs and Border Protection. Darren’s work is in the public interest, and has contributed to programs in sectors such as health, social services, renewable energy, education and better governance.


Director

Mrs Allannah McKay FANZCA

Allannah McKay is a qualified Anaesthetist with over 15 years’ experience in clinical medicine. She is the founder and director of Magpie Administration Pty Ltd, a company that manages a private surgical practice in Canberra.

Originally from New Zealand, Allannah and her family underwent their own cancer battle when her father died from prostate cancer in 2017. Allannah’s motivation to join Rise Above stemmed from realizing what a difference care and practical support can make to families during a most difficult time. Allannah has an interest in medical law and she is currently working towards a law degree at the Australian National University.