The McCabe Centre is a joint initiative of Cancer Council Victoria; the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), based in Geneva, Switzerland; and Cancer Council Australia. It forms part of Cancer Council Victoria’s Strategy & Support Division.
Joint Oversight Committee
Our team of lawyers and support staff are guided by a Joint Oversight Committee composed of leaders from Cancer Council Victoria, UICC, and Cancer Council Australia.
Prof Sanchia Aranda (Chair)
CEO, Cancer Council Australia
Professor Sanchia Aranda AM is an experienced senior executive and board director with more than 20 years executive and board experience across health, education, government and not for profit sectors. She is the inaugural Board Chair of the City Cancer Challenge Foundation based in Geneva, and the immediate Past President for Union for International Cancer Control.
With 40 years’ experience in cancer control as a clinician, researcher, educator and health-system administrator, Professor Aranda is well known for her strong evidence based approach to influencing policy, practice and education through a lens of improving health outcomes for the most disadvantaged groups in our society. This lens is informed by more than 20 years’ experience in international board governance of organisations aimed at improving health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.
Dr Cary Adams
Cary Adams has a BSc Honours degree in Economics, Computing and Statistics from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a Masters degree (with Distinction) in Business Administration. He is a Harvard Business School Alumni having attended the School’s Executive General Management programme in 2003.
In 2009, Cary made a career change, moving from the management of international businesses in the banking sector to become CEO of UICC based in Geneva. In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in International Relations from the University for Business and International Studies in Geneva, and in 2015 an Honorary Doctorate in Health from Bath University in the UK.
Executive Director of Strategy & International Partnerships, Cancer Research UK (Board Member, UICC)
Nick is the Executive Director of Strategy & International Partnerships at Cancer Research UK, where he is responsible for developing the organisation’s strategy, co-ordinating international activities and building links with other cancer organisations around the world.
Prior to Cancer Research UK, Nick spent 10 years as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, Braxton Associates and Deloitte. Nick is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the global membership and advocacy body.
Dr Mukesh Haikerwal
Deputy Chair, FRACGP (Board Member, Cancer Council Victoria)
A General Medical Practitioner in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs where he has practised since 1990. He has held high offices in Victoria, nationally and internationally including a Professorial Fellow at Flinders University, on the Board of beyondblue, an AMA Gold Medalist, a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Commissioner of the National Health & Hospitals Reform Commission. Past roles include chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the 19th Federal President of the AMA, its Federal Vice President, and prior to that AMA Victoria State President. Mukesh has been a Director since 2015.
CEO, Cancer Council Victoria
For three decades, Todd Harper has led organisations dedicated to global public health and prevention, including Cancer Council Victoria, Quit Victoria and VicHealth. Todd is President of the NCD Alliance. Since 2011, as Cancer Council Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer, Todd has led the organisation’s important work in cancer research, prevention, support and advocacy.
During this time Cancer Council has led research initiatives in tobacco plain packaging, screening campaigns, obesity prevention, been at the forefront of bans on solariums and campaigns on junk food, alcohol and smoking.
Dr Saunthari Somasundaram
President, National Cancer Society Malaysia (Board Member, UICC)
With over 20 years’ experience in cancer control, Dr Saunthari Somasundaram advocates for the awareness, prevention, early detection and survivorship of cancer. Within Malaysia, these initiatives are driven through the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) - the nation’s very first cancer NGO; in its education, care and support programmes. NCSM hosted the World Cancer Congress (WCC) in 2018.
Dr Saunthari studied medicine in Dublin, Ireland, and has an MBA from the University of Bath. She is a strong advocate for tobacco control and NCD initiatives. Locally, she is on the board of the Malaysian Women’s Action Tobacco Control and Health (MyWatch), and the Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control.
Head of Strategy and Support Division, Cancer Council Victoria
Danielle has extensive experience working in the health care industry across a range of organisations including public, private and not-for-profit agencies. She has a background in oncology nursing with a Masters in Breast Care Nursing. She has served on numerous cancer care advisory groups and worked in senior policy and advocacy positions in leading cancer organisations. She previously worked as the Director of Policy & Advocacy at Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Danielle is passionate about ensuring patients have equitable access to quality cancer care and has worked on national and international campaigns to improve and extend the lives of people living with advanced disease.
Board Member, Cancer Council Victoria
Michele is a General Counsel with over 20 years’ experience, in two leading global law firms, in-house at an international management investment company and in-house at an Australian manufacturing business with global clients. She has a long history of involvement with Cancer Council Victoria, serving on the Tuxedo Junction Ball committee since 2001.