Our Staff

The Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief office operated for 15 years on a voluntary basis, however, as the demands on the charity grew, so has the need for office staff.

Fortunately, through the help of the ACT Health Directorate, Rise Above receives government assistance to help with funding full-time office based staff.


CEO – Wayne Simpson

Wayne is an experienced business management consultant and executive.  He has held senior roles within Bendigo Bank and a local technology company and has owned and operated his own small businesses. He is a past director of local not-for-profit boards, Hartley Lifecare and Respite Care ACT.

Originally from Manilla, NSW he grew up in Central West NSW with his career taking him across the country working in every state of Australia.  He has called the ACT region his home, on and off, for over 15 years.

Wayne is passionate about helping those in need and has volunteered for many charities and worthwhile causes.  Wayne’s family has been touched by cancer with his father passing away with prostate cancer and his sister currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

“I deeply respect the support that Rise Above has provided to families in the ACT region, and I look forward to working with the team at Rise Above sustaining our support to the community and celebrating the success of the families we help, our partners and the organisation.”


Patient Services Manager – Sarah Elliott

Sarah had been part of the Rise Above family since March 2018 when she joined the team as Senior Administrator. Coming from a banking and customer service background, Sarah has engaged in all aspects of the charity and has built a great rapport with the patients and families referred to Rise Above.

Born and bred in Bungendore, Sarah now resides in Queanbeyan with her family of 5 and is crazy about her 2 puppies, Mack and Luna!

Passionate about helping those in need and supporting her community, Sarah is stoked to be apart of the Rise Above team.


Administration Assistant – Penny Knight 

Penny has recently joined to Rise Above team on a part-time basis and has also volunteered for Rise Above in the past.

Currently studying Science in Psychology at ANU, Penny is passionate about helping those in need and has already been a great asset to the Rise Above team.