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
Ms Susan 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, she 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 Vice 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.
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 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.
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
Hugh has held a position on the board since 2004, a number of those years were served as the chairman of Rise Above. Hugh was General Manager of the Queanbeyan Council and his network of people in Queanbeyan and Canberra is invaluable to the group. Hugh has a long history of cancer in his family losing his father, mother, brother and sister which is why feels the strong need to assist those affected by Cancer.
Rebecca Young grew up in pharmacy and has been a qualified community pharmacist for 14 years. After qualifying in New Zealand, she registered in the United Kingdom, before moving to Australia. She has worked for the Capital Chemist Group for almost 10 years, and has been the managing partner of Capital Chemist Chisholm for 8 years. Rebecca helps look after people with cancer every day and understands how challenging the journey can be. The Capital Chemist Group are proud supporters in our community and Rebecca has been involved in many of these events. Rebecca looks forward to using her experience to assist Rise Above support people living with cancer.
DirectorMs 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.
Mr Darren Menachemson GAICD
Darren is a partner in the ThinkPlace goup of public good consulting companies, and sits on the boards of its Australian, Kenyan, Singaporean and US companies. He serves as Global Chief Digital Officer for the group, as well as Executive Director of the ThinkPlace Foundation, ThinkPlace’s subsidy fund. He has previously held the position of Chief Ethicist, and started up ThinkPlace’s international development arm, which now works with organisations such as the UN, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johns Hopkins University and other eminent institutions. 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