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Our Patron

GovernmentHouseQLD_2The Central Committee of Management is delighted to announce the appointment of His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland as the Vice-Regal Patron of Childhood Cancer Support.

Kaye and Paul de Jersey are dedicated long-standing Queenslanders.

The Governor was born in Brisbane in 1948, the third son of school teacher parents Ronald and Moya (both now deceased).

His Excellency won a Commonwealth Scholarship to The University of Queensland, and graduated with degrees in Arts in 1969 and Laws (with Honours) in 1971.
Also in December 1971, the Governor married Kaye Brown. His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey have three children and three grandchildren.

The Governor was called to the Bar at the end of 1971 and was appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC) in 1981.

The Governor was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985, when aged 36 years, becoming the 17th Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998, and served in that role for more than 16 years until 8 July 2014. 

 

In recognition of his contribution to the Australian community, the Governor was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.  He holds honorary doctorates from The University of Queensland (2000) and the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and Griffith University (2014).

His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.

 

To familiarise yourself further with the backgrounds of the Governor and Mrs de Jersey, you can find their biographies on the Government House website.
Website can be found at www.govhouse.qld.gov.au

Ambassadors

Photo of Laura Geitz Laura Geitz Official Ambassador

In 2015, Australian Netball Captain, Laura Geitz was named as Official Ambassador of Childhood Cancer Support. The Australian Captain and Captain of the Queensland Firebirds, Laura Geitz said her decision to become more closely connected with Childhood Cancer Support was a natural one. “Through my netball clinics I’ve met some wonderful young girls and their families who have benefited from the services of Childhood Cancer Support.…

Photo of Josie Thomson Josie Thomson Corporate Ambassador

Josie combines fifteen years of corporate experience with almost two decades of coaching and consulting to corporate executives, entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. She has held senior positions at BHP and is a multi-award winning coach, speaker, trainer, mentor, single mother and two-time cancer survivor. Over the last few years, Josie has proven herself a dedicated and generous supporter of Childhood Cancer Support, taking every opportunity to fundraise and spread good news about who we are and what we do.…

Photo of Tracey & Trevor Rethamel Tracey & Trevor Rethamel Townsville Family Ambassadors
Photo of Bert Pulman Bert Pulman Mackay Family Ambassador

Bert is an owner/director of a mining services business, working in the coalfields west of Mackay for the past 15 years. His experience in this area has led to forming many great working relationships with industry leaders and community groups that have been a great asset when bringing people together for fundraising. Bert’s son Darcy was diagnosed November 2010 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L).…

Photo of Casey Lindsay Casey Lindsay Mackay Family Ambassador

Casey and her family moved into Childhood Cancer Support’s Herston units on Christmas Eve 2009. Her family stayed with CCS for 8 months while her youngest son, Logan, received treatment at the RCH. On return to Calen (Mackay) Casey was approached to help run the Mackay Raft Race, which she has now been doing since and has collectively helped raise over $100,000.…

Tamsyn & Anthony Kiely Rockhampton Family Ambassadors
Allan & Reniet Sanders Stanthorpe Family Ambassadors
Sam & Nathan Hodge Northern NSW Family Ambassadors
Photo of Michael Tizard Michael Tizard Committee Member

Michael Tizard is the current CEO of Crèche and Kindergarten Association Ltd (C&K), Queensland’s largest provider of early childhood education and care. He joined C&K in August 2013 after more than 30 years’ experience as a Social Worker in statutory child protection, disability, family support, parenting and early childhood education and care. He has worked in senior management and executive roles in government and non-government organisations in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.…

Central Committee of Management

Photo of Trevor Rethamel Trevor Rethamel President

Trevor Rethamel is currently the Owner/Director of a Safety/Project Management consultancy company based in Townsville. He started his working career in Queensland Rail as a Trade’s Person progressing to a Depot Manager then on to the Management team of QR Nationals Strategy and Business Improvement. In February 2014, Trevor’s youngest daughter Lucy was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).…

Photo of Grant Hewitt Grant Hewitt Treasurer

Grant is a collaborative and cross-functional business leader, with experience leading teams and value generating engagements for major clients in private, public and multinational companies. By developing strong relationships and a deep understanding of clients and their industries, Grant is able to surface valuable insights and advise on complex situations which impact business value. Grant’s client industry experience is diverse, including: transport & logistics, building materials & construction, retail, manufacturing and services (financial, travel management, mining).…

Photo of Leigh Eagle Leigh Eagle Interim Secretary

My not for profit background stems back to my childhood, raising money and representing my school and community in the Sunshine Coast area. After completing an Arts degree in 1979 at the University of QLD, majoring in languages and history, I joined the Army and worked in the supply area full time for 9 years where I met my husband, Bruce – also a serving officer.…

Photo of Nick Dubravcic Nick Dubravcic Committee Member

Nick has been described as an enthusiastic, energetic person who doesn’t give up. His background and experiences are vast and varied; Nick has studied in the Sciences, the Arts and Technology in Queensland. He has worked in the fields of science, technology, finance, construction and education. The years spent in the Army (part-time and contract) working through the ranks provided him with ample opportunities to develop personnel and material management skills as well as leadership skills, and quenched most of his strong sense of service.…

Photo of Bert Pulman Bert Pulman Committee Member

Bert is an owner/director of a mining services business, working in the coalfields west of Mackay for the past 15 years. His experience in this area has led to forming many great working relationships with industry leaders and community groups that have been a great asset when bringing people together for fundraising. Bert’s son Darcy was diagnosed November 2010 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L).…

Photo of Casey Lindsay Casey Lindsay Committee Member

Casey and her family moved into Childhood Cancer Support’s Herston units on Christmas Eve 2009. Her family stayed with CCS for 8 months while her youngest son, Logan, received treatment at the RCH. On return to Calen (Mackay) Casey was approached to help run the Mackay Raft Race, which she has now been doing since and has collectively helped raise over $100,000.…

Photo of Michael Tizard Michael Tizard Committee Member

Michael Tizard is the current CEO of Crèche and Kindergarten Association Ltd (C&K), Queensland’s largest provider of early childhood education and care. He joined C&K in August 2013 after more than 30 years’ experience as a Social Worker in statutory child protection, disability, family support, parenting and early childhood education and care. He has worked in senior management and executive roles in government and non-government organisations in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.…

Photo of Ryan Brough Ryan Brough Committee Member

Ryan has over 18yrs progressive sales and marketing experience gained in Australia, Canada and the UK in customer-centric roles underpinned by technology. In his current role at Global Payments, Ryan has lead the development of new marketing capabilities to enhance customer experience and competitive advantage serving Childcare, Fitness, Charity and online Retail customers. Throughout his career, Ryan has worked in for profit, and not-for-profit roles with State and Federal stakeholder groups.…

Photo of Amelia Wallwork Amelia Wallwork Committee Member

Amelia is a Director in the Brisbane office of the national law firm, Gadens. She has 12 years of experience (10 years post admission to the Queensland Supreme Court) in complex legal transactions and matters and has worked on residential and commercial property acquisitions, sales and development and major rail, energy and telecommunications infrastructure projects throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.…

Our Staff

Photo of Helen Crew Helen Crew General Manager
(07) 3844 5000

Photo of Gina Garza Gina Garza Administration Manager
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Gina joined the Childhood Cancer Support team in 2011, she brings to the organisation 23 years of administration experience across not for profit and government sectors, as well as a special set of skills obtained from working in Special Education. Gina’s role sees her managing the short-term accommodation needs of our families, as well as keeping the office and facilities running smoothly. …

Photo of Tamsyn Kiely Tamsyn Kiely Family Support Officer
(07) 3844 5000

Tamsyn was first introduced to Childhood Cancer Support when her son, then 6 years old, was diagnosed with Leukaemia in Feb 2014. Tamsyn and her family stayed with Childhood Cancer Support for 11 months while her son was undergoing the first part of his treatment. Tamsyn was successful to gaining the position as our Family Support Officer in Jan 2017.…

Photo of Jo Spencer Jo Spencer Finance Officer
(07) 3844 5000

Jo is a registered BAS Agent, with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB), with over 13 years’ experience in the industry.  Jo began working as Finance Office for Childhood Cancer Support Inc in 2005, to support and maintain the financial operations of the organisation. Jo completed a Certificate IV (Bookkeeping) in Financial Services in 2010, to further develop her skills and knowledge, and to ensure that the financial and accounting requirements of the organisation are met.

Photo of Lucy-Kate Hughes Lucy-Kate Hughes Marketing and Communications Coordinator
(07) 3844 5000