Central Committee of Management
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 Tradesperson 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). This was the start of Trevor and his family’s experience with Childhood Cancer Support.
Trevor’s wife Tracey and Lucy relocated to Childhood Cancer Support on a permanent basis for ten (10) months where he and his eldest daughters, Chloe and Sophie visited on a regular basis. When Trevor visited Childhood Cancer Support, he was an active part of the Childhood Cancer Support family assisting where he could during his family stay.
Trevor and Tracey were overwhelmed by the service and support they received during their stay at Childhood Cancer Support and decide that this was a charity they needed to get involved in. Both became Childhood Cancer Support Family ambassadors for the Townsville region and in September 2015, Trevor joined the Childhood Cancer Support Board. In January 2016, he stepped into the role of Interim Childhood Cancer Support President.
Trevor’s work experiences as a Tradesman, a Manager, and a Project Manager progressing to owning his own company, along with being from an oncology family, gives Trevor the right business nous and compassion that it requires to be leading the current Childhood Cancer Support Board.
Trevor prides himself on being able to communicate with those around him, is easily approachable and eager to listen to ideas that can assist Childhood Cancer Support in improving its services for all past and current Childhood Cancer Support families.
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.
In November 2010, Bert’s son Darcy was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (A.L.L). Darcy, his younger sister and his mum spent 10 months in Brisbane whist he underwent treatment. When the opportunity came to give back to Childhood Cancer Support for supporting his family during this time, Bert was able to call on his many years in charity work,with organising of functions and gatherings to assist in the events held in Mackay.
He has been an active fundraiser, a passionate and avid promoter of Childhood Cancer Support for 8 years, and is a Family Ambassador in the Mackay region. Previously he had been involved in Scouts, school and early childhood P&C committees and various other organisations.
Bert recently completed his Diploma in Events Management expanding his knowledge in this field to further assist championing the cause of Childhood Cancer Support.
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. Nick presently works in education as a Science Department Head in a Catholic College and enjoys coaching a few sports.
His strong sense of social justice, combined with service, attracted him to charity work with positive outcomes for the community. Nick has been a member of Toc H, a charity whose motto is ‘People caring for people’ for 30 years and has held many leadership roles in that organisation including Toc H Qld Chairperson, President of Brisbane Branch, member of the National Toc H Council and convenor of the Toc H National Youth Leadership Course for many years. It is through his involvement with youth in both his full-time employment and volunteer charity work that the relationship with Childhood Cancer Support started; mainly through the provision and organisation of volunteers for Childhood Cancer Support’s Camp Crystal. The relationship grew from there; Nick was invited to serve on the board of Childhood Cancer Support and is still enjoying the challenges and rewards alike.
Nick lives in Brisbane with his family and enjoys keeping fit, family camping holidays, travelling and learning other languages, and renovating.
Casey and her family moved into Childhood Cancer Support’s Herston units on Christmas Eve 2009. Her family stayed with Childhood Cancer Support for 8 months while her youngest child, Logan, received treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. On return to Mackay, Casey was approached to help run the Mackay Raft Race, which she did from 2010 to 2017 and has collectively helped raise over $100,000.
Casey was P & C President for 6 years and heavily involved in her local community from Hall committees to fishing competitions.
In 2019 she moved her family to the South Burnett region to be closer to her family. Her goal is to establish a South Burnett support group in the region for other families who have travelled the cancer journey with their child.
Moving to a position on the Board has always been a long-term goal of Casey’s. She is a member of the Family Services sub-committee and is a huge advocate for the siblings of kids with cancer.
Her kids are the most important thing to her and they just celebrated Logan’s 9 years being cancer free in 2019.
Stuart is father to 3 children – Mishae, Jacob & Emma and first encountered Childhood Cancer Support in 2010 after Emma was diagnosed with a Rhabdomyosarcoma in her head & neck. Over the next 2.5 years Emma endured 15 surgeries, 14 different chemotherapy rounds and 55 hits of radiation. The Love Family spent quite a lot of time away from home and found the services provided by Childhood Cancer Support invaluable.
Stuart has been fundraising for Childhood Cancer Support for over 6 years now through charity lunches and The Ride for Love, now an annual event partnership between the Gold Coast HOG Chapter and Childhood Cancer Support.
In business life Stuart is the founder and CEO of Aurora Training Institute, an innovative South-East Queensland-based Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is focused on providing people with world-class education and exceptional training that is accessible, flexible and supportive.
Stuart’s involvement in the vocational education and training (VET) sector goes back more than 16 years while working as an Area Manager for the Coles Hotels Group. During this time, he oversaw 400 staff across 8 hotels and led the implementation of company-wide training programs specially designed to boost customer service levels.
Following his time with the Coles Group, specifically within the training dynamic of his role, Stuart decided that the VET sector offered exciting career opportunities that would also allow him to continue to support people in achieving both their personal and professional ambitions. This career shift led him to take on training and consultancy roles with several leading training providers before eventually establishing Aurora Training Institute in 2010.
Stuart holds various formal qualifications across many disciplines including Human Resources, Training & Assessment, Adult Education, Business, Hospitality & Tourism, Auditing, OHS and holds an MBA.
Mark’s career has covered most aspects of property and corporate based assets. He has provided strategic advice and managed asset portfolios of over $1b. Mark’s focus has always been on achieving the optimum outcome for his clients on both a financial and delivery perspective.
Mark has over 35 years’ experience in finance, property and construction across a diversity of asset classes such as commercial property, leisure, residential development, sports facilities, retirement and infrastructure. Having worked with several property based investment companies Mark also has a wealth of experience in relation to portfolio and fund management.
Mark’s career began in banking and finance before moving into the construction and engineering field. With a comprehensive knowledge in the property field, Mark was asked to join one of Australia’s emerging merchant banks to oversee their property interests. As CEO of $2 billion in property funds, Mark’s responsibilities included corporate acquisition, restructuring, corporate governance, asset management, financial management and project management.
In 2006, Mark moved into private consulting and developed a niche market in problematic projects and transactions. During this time he has worked in Europe, New Zealand and Australia on a range of individual projects and portfolios. Much of the work related to issues of corporate, project and financial structure as well as delivery.
Since 2009 Mark has worked with TBH initially in delivery of $300m worth of social housing projects as part of the Nation Building Stimulus Program. Since then he has been responsible for projects involving rail, health and residential development. Mark currently heads up TBH’s Queensland operation.
Mark’s work at TBH includes:
Angela Watego is from Manly West in Brisbane and has had a long association with Childhood Cancer Support. Angela has a background in office administration and has recently become an enrolled nurse, having switched career direction and graduated last year after studying a Diploma of Nursing. She has commenced and is looking forward to a long and enriching career providing quality nursing care like her family received. Angela has previously sat on two community committees.
Angela and her husband Michael have two children –Byron and Makhiyah. Byron was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in 2008 at 17 months of age and relapsed again in 2013 also requiring a bone marrow transplant.
During their 11 year journey they have been closely associated with Childhood Cancer Support, finding the variety of services offered by Childhood Cancer Support as well as being with other families experiencing similar situations very supportive and therapeutic for the whole family. Byron recently celebrated 6 years cancer free since transplant.
Angela and her husband Michael are involved in the Childhood Cancer Support’s Ambassador program and currently run the monthly family BBQs at Childhood Cancer Support’s Herston accommodation facilities.
Angela is looking forward to being apart of the Childhood Cancer Support Central Committee of Managementand is honoured to be giving back to such an amazing organisation that provides much needed support to the families going through the paediatric cancer journey.