CEO and Board

Penny Egan B.BUS(Acc) FCPA GAICD - Chief Executive Officer

Penny was appointed CEO in May 2013.

Before joining Cancer Council Tasmania, Penny was the Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services and Forestry Tasmania and has more than 20 years’ experience in business.  Penny has a Bachelor of Business degree, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Kelly Walker BCom (Acc Fin) CA MAICD - Chairman of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Board Director since October 2019.

Kelly is a CA qualified senior finance and strategy professional with 12+ years experience in financial reporting, strategic planning, forecasting and commercial analysis across a number of large organisations.

Kelly’s professional career started out at KPMG where she worked in the Business Services area and was responsible for a portfolio of SME and individual clients. After spending five years here, she ventured into commercial finance with roles at Carlton & United Breweries and Hobart Airport before moving to Adelaide with her family and taking up a senior finance role with Alinta Energy.  After returning to Hobart in early 2016, Kelly decided it was time for a career change and followed her passion for business strategy with a senior strategy role at TasWater. She has since secured a senior leadership position with TasNetworks and is currently leading its new subsidiary business 42-24.  She is continually growing and developing her professional skills and expertise.

Outside of work, Kelly is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters. She loves spending quality time with her girls, her partner and his children whenever she can and also enjoys keeping fit and active.

Andrew Paul DipAppSc (EnvHlth) GradDipMgt Williamson Fellow FAICD

Board Director since September 2014.

Andrew was previously the General Manager of Clarence City Council and the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greater Bendigo. He has qualifications in Applied Science, Management and is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Previously, Andrew has served as a Board Member of St Luke’s Anglicare (Vic), Anglicare Tasmania and St Michael’s Collegiate School (Deputy Chair).
Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Gregory Peterson BPharm (Hons) PhD MBA FSHP FACP FPS AACPA ARPharmS GAICD - President

Board Director since October 2017.

Greg Peterson is a practising pharmacist who has held a personal Chair at the University of Tasmania since 2000 (awarded Distinguished Professor title in 2019), and was previously Head of the School of Pharmacy and Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Health and Co-Director of Health Services Innovation Tasmania. He is also Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy, University of Canberra. He is co-owner of a Hobart suburban community pharmacy, focused on innovative professional services.

Greg’s research has spanned a breadth from laboratory-based research through to applied practice-based or translational research. His primary research interests are health service improvement, clinical pharmacology and medication safety, and health informatics. He has successfully supervised over 45 PhD students, received competitive research funding of over $40million as Chief Investigator, and has more than 550 published reviewed papers. He has also been awarded national teaching grants.

Greg has led many state and national projects directed at improving patient outcomes in community, hospital and aged care sectors. He was ranked second in the world as a global reviewer in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Publons’ Peer Review Awards, 2018 and was awarded the Stawell Prize for best research manuscript, Medical Journal of Australia, 2019.

In 2007 he was awarded the highest honour in pharmacy – Australian Pharmacist of the Year. In 2014, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

A/Prof Rosemary Harrup FRACP FRCPA

Board Director since May 2015.

After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Clinical Associate Professor Rosemary Harrup trained at the Launceston General Hospital, Austin and Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Hobart Hospital in both Medical Oncology and Clinical Haematology, completing a dual Fellowship in 2001.

She is a fulltime cancer clinician and currently Head of Department (Medical Oncology/Haematology) at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Director of the Cancer Clinical Trials unit RHH and the immediate past Chair of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia. She has a strong interest in clinical research particularly in the area of Cancer Clinical Trials. Rosemary is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Tasmanian Cancer Registry Advisory Committee and of the RHH Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee and was previously a member of the CCT Scientific Advisory Group for over 10 years before joining the Cancer Council Tasmania Board early in 2015.

Jennifer Garden RN BN BTeach MN

Board Director since October 2017.

Scottish born and New Zealand expat, Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Tasmania in 1993, then went on to complete a Bachelor of Teaching in 2004. During a sixteen year perioperative career at Launceston General Hospital Jennifer contributed to the nurse education program and the senior management team prior to working on two major health IT projects for DHHS. Jennifer relocated to NW Tasmania in 2010 where she worked in safety and quality within the Tasmanian Health Service, Children and Youth Services, and the Child Health and Parenting Service. In 2018 Jennifer joined the Clinical Governance team at Department of Health as Assistant Director of Nursing – Clinical Quality and now divides her time between NW Tasmania and Hobart.

As a committed life-long learner Jennifer completed a Master of Nursing Leadership with James Cook University in 2017 and is currently studying towards a Master of Business Administration (Quality & Safety) with University of Tasmania. Jennifer’s many professional interests include leadership and clinical governance; safety, risk and quality improvement; accreditation, change management; research and evidence based practice.

Belinda Webster LLB FAICD - Vice President

Board Director since October 2017.

Belinda retired at the end of 2017 as University Secretary at the University of Tasmania, after a career including a short time in private legal practice followed by 15 years legislative drafting, after which she moved to the university sector as senior in house legal counsel at Swinburne University of Technology. That led to the offer of a position at the University of Tasmania as their first in-house legal counsel, which in turn led to about 15 years as the University’s senior governance professional.

Belinda has been on boards and committees for over 20 years, including school, sport, not-for-profit and regulatory bodies, and is currently a member of the Property Agents Board and the Tasmanian Rescue Helicopter Board. Belinda is looking forward to using her skills and experience to contribute to the work of the Cancer Council Tasmania.

Brendan Blomeley MBA FAICD FIML

Board Director since October 2020.

Brendan is the CEO of the Tasmanian Racing Club and an Alderman on the Clarence City Council. Brendan is also the Chairperson of national suicide prevention charity, Parents Beyond Breakup; the Senior Vice President of the Clarence District Football Club; a member of the General Management Committee of the Local Government Association of Tasmania and a Director of C Cell Pty Ltd.

Brendan has extensive experience in Corporate and Government Relations, both in the private sector and as an Adviser to State and Federal Ministers.

Brendan holds a MBA and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Leigh Stalker FAII CIP Grad Dip Insurance MBA

Board Director since October 2020.

Leigh has in excess of 30 years of management and executive experience in the General Insurance industry.  He has held State and Executive roles with QBE Insurance in Tasmania, New South Wales, and Queensland. Leigh is now General Manager, Director and equity holder in Capital Innovation Insurance Group, (Insurance Brokers) which employs over 35 staff and has representation in Tasmania, Queensland, and Victoria.

Leigh’s leadership, management and executive experience has been complimented by a strong academic framework including being a Fellow of The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, Graduate Diploma of Insurance (Deakin University) and Master of Business Administration (Deakin University).

Leigh is a current committee member for National Insurance Brokers Association, (NIBA) – Victoria and Tasmania Division, previously served as a Board Member of St Rita’s College Brisbane and is an active participant and contributor in the community on various committees and sports clubs. Leigh lives with his family in Launceston.

Darren Elphinstone

Board Director since October 2020. 

Darren graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1988. He completed his Bachelor of Regional Resource management in 2015.

Darren was a Seaman Officer in the RAN, an Officer for the RAN Cadets. He has also worked in mining, sales and marketing, business development and business management. Darren spent a couple of years in Job Network assisting jobseekers find employment and worked as a Small Business Field Officer, providing support and assistance to small business under a government contract.

Darren has had over 20 years in onsite catering with his part time business, Pigout Catering. For the past 10 years he has been the owner and sole Director of Elphinstone Enterprises. Elphinstone Enterprises has over 30 employees and carries out steel fabrication, building construction and maintenance work for marine, mining, and the building industries state-wide.