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Central Committee of Management

Trevor 1

President

Trevor Rethamel

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.

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Secretary

Leigh Eagle

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. We both transferred out of the fulltime Army to join the Army Reserve so we could start a family and have some location stability. I have continued with Army Reserve ever since.

I volunteered at our children’s school and in my local community for many years. I worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of QLD as their business development officer and was CEO of a community housing organisation for several years. I undertook post graduate studies in philanthropy and not for profits and community housing management in support of these roles.

I entered the Public Service in 2010 working as a policy writer and program developer for the Australian Army Cadets and moved into the role of regional manager for SQLD Army Cadets in 2012. In March 2016 I resigned from this role to work from home as a sub-contractor doing analyst work and continuing my Army Reserve work as an inquiry officer.

Bruce and I live in the northern outskirts of Brisbane on small acreage with our two dogs and cat. Both our sons are married and one has just recently produced our first grandchild. We have one son following in our footsteps who joined the Army and is now interstate and the other one is a Clinical Physiologist working in Brisbane.

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Interim Treasurer

Nick Dubravcic

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 Lindsay

Committee Member

Casey Lindsay

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.

Casey is the P&C president of her local school where she works as a breakfast club converter and bus driver.

Moving to a position on the board has always been a long-term goal of Casey’s. She is a member of the Family Support sub-committee and is a huge advocate for the siblings of kids with cancer.

Her family is the most important thing to her and they just celebrated Logan’s 6-year cancer free in 2016.

‘It takes a whole family to heal cancer!’

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Committee Member

Bert Pulman

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 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, organising of functions and gatherings to assist in the events held in Mackay.

He has been an active fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Support for 5 years, currently an ambassador in the Mackay region. With a passion for events and fundraising he has been actively involved with The Mackay Raft Race, 1kg Challenge and Camp Crystal. Previously he had been involved in Scouts, school and early childhood P&C committees and various other organisations. Bert is currently expanding his knowledge by studying a Diploma in Events Management in hoping to further assist in future events and fundraising.

Ryan Brough

Committee Member

Ryan Brough

Ryan has over 18 years 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. Being passionate about sport and getting outdoors is Ryan’s number one weekend priority with his family.

Michael Tizard

Committee Member

Michael Tizard

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.

Michael has previously served on the Boards of the Children’s Welfare Association of Victoria, Peak Care Queensland, Families Australia, and is a current Board member of the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia Inc.

Throughout his career Michael has remained committed and focused on the safety, health and well being of children and supporting parents to do the very best they can.