Our governance

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.


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.

Tanya Buchanan

CEO, Cancer Council Australia

Tanya is an experienced professional who joined Cancer Council Australia in November 2020 and brings many years’ experience in public health to her role at Cancer Council Australia.

Tanya has a proven track record in leading organisations to improve health outcomes, having held roles as Chief Executive Officer of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in Wales and most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, a position she held for five years.

Todd Harper

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.

Danielle Spence

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.

Clare Slattery

Michele Williams

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.

Kenji López-Cuevas

Kenji López-Cuevas

Founder and President, Cancer Warriors Mexico

Kenji López-Cuevas is a Mexican lawyer with a Public Policy Master’s Degree. He is the Founder and President of Cancer Warriors of Mexico, an NGO focused on the defence of cancer patients' rights through the promotion of bills, law amendments, public policies and legal mechanisms in the field of health and cancer control. Additionally, he is a Board Member for UICC from 2020-2024. He is also a Professor of Human Rights at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.