About Us

Our Aim

Our aim is always to ensure that as much money as possible gets in to the hands of researchers who are working to find a cure. Administration costs to run our Foundation have always been incredibly low - less than 4% of our overall revenue. Click here to check out our grant recipients and the incredible work they are doing – we’re so proud to partner with them. Together we can make a difference.

Meet our Board

Carrie Bickmore OAM

Carrie Bickmore is an Australian journalist and Gold Logie award-winning television and radio presenter. In 2019 she was awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). She currently hosts The Project on Network Ten and the Carrie & Tommy radio show on the Hit Network.

Gemma O’Neill

Gemma O’Neill is the former Head of the Hit Network, Australia’s largest audio, radio and digital network where she crafted some of the biggest radio shows in the country. Following this she was CEO of Business Chicks before starting her production and talent manager agency, Gemmie Agency, where she is Managing Director. She has won several ACRA awards, is a recipient of the Telstra Corporate Business Woman of the Year and has her Masters in Business. Gemma is an advisory committee member for the Soho House.

Sam McGuane

Sam is a passionate strategic leader whose personal motto is ‘to always be in the service of others’.  Sam is the inaugural General Manager for The Brain Cancer Centre and is energised about making a real difference to patients and their families and to help end brain cancer as a terminal illness. Sam previously held several senior strategic positions with Cotton On Group. including managing global community initiatives and leading the development of innovative sports partnerships with the AFL and NRL.

Todd Sampson

Todd is an adventurer, award-winning documentary-maker, television presenter and businessman. He is the former national CEO of Leo Burnett. Todd is the writer, producer and host of a number of international documentaries including Redesign My Brain, Life on the Line and BodyHack. He also one of the stars of the hit ABC show the Gruen. Todd enjoys mountaineering and has climbed to the top of Mount Everest.

Natasha Stott Despoja OA

Independent expert on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Principle at Deloitte, former Senator for South Australia, former Leader of the Australian Democrats, former Ambassador for Women and Girls for Australia & was the inaugural Chair of Our Watch (the national organisation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children).

Natasha is a Professor in the Practice of Politics at The Australian National University, an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide and Patron of the Fay Gale Centre.

She is a former Deputy Chair of beyondblue, a former Burnet Institute Board member (now Patron).

Congratulations Carrie!

Carrie Bickmore awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia
Congratulations to our very own Carrie Bickmore OAM for being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. We are so proud to see our incredible Founder and Chair recognised for her work raising awareness of brain cancer, advocating for Government funding and raising much needed funds for vital research.
From this day back in 2015 we had no idea the journey you had started us on. You work so hard to have a positive impact on brain cancer sufferers and their families all around the country, in honour of your late husband Greg. Since this day the support has been overwhelming and your Foundation has now raised over $18m for brain cancer research.  We are so thrilled to see you recognised for all the hard work you do, hopefully one day no-one else will lose someone they love to this horrible disease.  

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