Annie Crawford AM
Founder & Chair
Having lost her own father to bowel cancer at age 51, Can Too founder and chair Annie Crawford knows first hand the devastating impact that cancer can have on an individual and their family.
Originally a social worker, working in community mental health and sexual assault, Annie moved into human resources before helping to set up a biotechnology start-up in San Francisco, California. After returning to Australia in 2003 Annie decided that rather than re-enter the paid workforce, she would devote herself to a new project that was all about “making a difference”.
Annie decided to combine her passion for running and fitness with raising money for cancer research. And so, the idea for Can Too was born. Five months later, in May 2005, the first Can Too program was up and running. She partnered with Cure Cancer Australia.
In 2014 Annie made the decision to grow Can Too into an independent health promotion foundation, transforming lives through health and fitness programs, fundraising for . Cure Cancer Australia continue on as the major beneficiary of the Can Too Foundation.
Annie served as a National Advisor to Afrika Tikkun Australia, a South African NFP dedicated to alleviating the impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty in townships. She is an Ambassador for Opportunity International Australia, an NFP microfinance organisation which transforms the lives of families living in poverty in Asia through the provision of small loans. Annie and her husband Simon also have their own foundation in order to strategically direct funds to a number of not-for-profits.
Annie was awarded an AM – Member of the order of Australia in the Queens’ Birthday Honours 2013. She has received several other awards in recognition of the work of Can Too.
She is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, and served on the boards of Cure Cancer Australia and the 10 Thousand Girl Campaign.
Sheila is a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience, firstly in the UK and for the last 7 years in Australia. She specialises in employment law and her initial career was spent in private practice in an international law firm based in the UK before moving to a law firm in Sydney in 2007. She has worked for the Macquarie Group for the last 4 years – initially on secondment to the Integrity Office, and subsequently within the Employee Relations legal team. Sheila now leads the Employee Relations function for ANZ, managing the team of lawyers, ER Consultants and Advisers. Sheila’s role allows her to combine her passion for problem solving with her interest in all things “people” related. Always a lawyer at heart, she takes an analytical, risk based approach to dealing with the wide variety of issues she manages. At the same time she is skilled in building meaningful relationships with stakeholders and client groups and uses her advocacy skills to great effect all manner of situations (just ask her husband!).
Sheila has a long standing interest in cancer research. Her dad recovered from cancer of the oesophagus, after ground breaking laser treatment which involved him spending six months in the dark after being treated with light sensitive drugs. (Unfortunately he passed away four years later from an unrelated disease). Sheila’s father in law died last year, after a 10 year battle with bowel cancer. With this family history, when Sheila married her husband, in place of a gift registry, they asked guests to donate to Camp Quality.
Originally a hockey player, Sheila’s enthusiasm for all sports has been fed by the Australian lifestyle – learning to swim when she arrived in Sydney and subsequently embracing lycra to join the road biking masses.
Currently a Non-executive Director of Pharmaxis (ASX listed), an Australian pharmaceutical company, and Actelion Australia, the local affiliate of a Swiss-based biopharmaceutical company. Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the global pharmaceutical industry across a range of functions and therapeutic areas. He is currently a Senior Global Advisor / Consultant to Actelion and was formerly President, Global Corporate and Business Development at Actelion from 2005-2011, a position which spanned licensing, mergers and acquisitions, alliance management and corporate strategic planning. He served as President, North America and Asia-Pacific at Actelion from 2000-2005.From 1998-2000 he worked for Parke-Davis in the US and prior to that worked at Roche, both in Switzerland and Australia.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree and a PhD, a Graduate Management Qualification and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Simon served as a National Advisor to Afrika Tikkun Australia, a South African NFP dedicated to alleviating the impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty in townships. He is an Ambassador for Opportunity International Australia, an NFP microfinance organisation which transforms the lives of families living in poverty in Asia through the provision of small loans. He is involved in a project in the Tiwi Islands – whose aim is to give local children an education.
Simon has served on the Advisory Committee of Can Too since 2005, has been involved as a participant, mentor, team captain, coach and Centurion (funding pods) and looks forward to playing a part on the Board of the Can Too Foundation.
John Du Vernet
John, or JD to this friends, is a communications expert with 20 years’ experience working with big brands, with much of this time directly involved with sports and entertainment properties. As a father of four, JD is passionate about fostering creative learning for kids and tech start-ups. He is active in the education space and sits on the board of the Northern Beaches Montessori Association, and is also an active investor taking early-stage investment positions with tech start-ups. He watched his Dad battle and beat bowel cancer and is looking forward to completing more triathlons with Can Too.
Sarv Girn is the Chief Information Officer of the Reserve Bank of Australia, a position he has held since September 2012. In this role, he provides strategic leadership in transforming and developing the core IT functions that support the Reserve Bank’s policy, operational and corporate objectives.
Sarv has also previously held strategic roles at both Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) degree from the University of London and his career in the financial services industry in Australia, the UK and Asia spans 30 years. Sarv is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Non-Executive Director of the Reserve Bank Health Society.
Sarv has a passion for helping people to transform their careers by pushing them to achieve more than they thought they could through self-development, mentoring, coaching and sponsorship. He aims to use this expertise to increase the impact Can Too has in the lives of Australians through a focus on health and wellbeing in the community and broader corporate world.
In September 2015 Avril was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia, and one of the 10 most influential women in the diversity space. She has been recognised by the Human Rights Commission and has received several business awards in Australia and the USA, for her diversity programs. In 2006 she received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in HR Award at the Australian Human Resources Awards, and in 2012 was awarded a global award for Excellence in Leadership Coaching.
Avril Henry is the Managing Director of AHAA, a consulting business which works with organisations to change their culture and build their leadership capability, one leader, team and organisation at a time. She is a keynote speaker, consultant, coach and author, who is passionate about gender, generational and cultural diversity, developing collaborative leaders and positive workplaces.
Avril’s career has spanned senior roles in finance, IT, project management, change management and human resources with De Beers, Barclays Bank, Midland Bank, UBS Warburg, Westpac, Merrill Lynch, and DMR Consulting. She has worked in South Africa, Australia, the UK and USA. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Senior Fellow of Finsia, an Associate Fellow of AIM, a Graduate of AICD and member of AHRI. She is a senior advisor on cultural transformation, gender and diversity to the Chief of Army, Australia, the ACT Commissioner of Emergency Services and Navy’s People & Capability Committee. Her clients include banks, mining companies, the health sector, universities, pharmaceuticals, defence and emergency services.
In her spare time you will find her running adventure runs around the world to raise money for cancer research. Avril believes that through education and exercise you can improve people’s lives significantly, and Can Too does both in a fun, supportive and collaborative way – which is congruent with her values and lifestyle.
Emma’s association with Can Too began in 2010, when she participated in the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon Training program. Inspired in part by the Can Too model, Em went on to develop an event for the not-for-profit sector and in 2010/11 raised over $220,000 for charity through her initiative – The Amazing People Project. Em has continued her commitment to Can Too both as a Pod Sponsor and as a participant, and was delighted to join the Can Too Foundation board in August 2014.
By day, Emma is the Executive Director – People & Culture at Foxtel, a role she has held since 2007. In this position, Em sits on the Executive, and leads a team responsible for the People & Culture Strategy including Internal Communications, Organisational and Leadership Development, People Operations (remuneration, safety, systems, and employee relations) and the provision of Business Partnering and advice to the Foxtel workforce on all things people related. In 2011, Foxtel were awarded the ‘HR Team of the Year’ award, and in 2013, Emma was a finalist for the ‘HR Director of the Year’ award as reviewed by Human Capital Magazine.
Em holds post graduate qualifications in HR Management, and graduated from Stanford University’s residential Executive Program in 2013. Em also holds Australian Institute of Company Director qualifications. Prior to joining Foxtel, Em spent 14 years in various operational and strategic human resources roles across iconic Australian brands including Qantas (Australia and the UK), Woolworths and Greyhound Pioneer.
Edith Hurt has been a part of the Can Too community since early 2009 and has participated in over 18 programs – marathons, half marathons, triathlon and ocean swims. Currently an independent management consultant with expertise in project, change and general management, as well as business analysis & improvement, Edith has worked across a range of sectors including insurance/financial services, IT, health, international logistics, not-for-profit and professional services. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has a Master of Human Services Management & Policy (CSU), along with Executive Coaching and Project Management qualifications.
Edith blends her Can Too training and volunteering with her day job of executive coaching, operations management, organisational development, risk management and business continuity planning. She was previously Research Program Manager and COO at Cure Cancer Australia, consultant at Can Too, Head of Operations at Mozaic Management Consulting, and earlier Project Office Manager at Vero/Promina. She is also a senior facilitator and speaker for Beyondblue, the national depression initiative. A founding member of the Can Too Board, Edith joined to support the incredible work Can Too does in funding early career researchers to improve cancer outcomes, and out of a long-held passion for health & wellbeing promotion and community engagement.
Anne Massey has been involved in the Can Too community since late 2009, when she relocated back to Sydney after 11 years in New York. From her extensive career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Communispace Corporation, to being an entrepreneur who has quickly built a successful consulting business, she empathetically helps other business owners create human-centric designed strategies, build alignment with their teams and execute the solutions that are desired by users. Her contribution is shaped by the combination of her experience in Strategy, Brand Development, Marketing, Customer Acquisition and Retention, plus her deep interest in Emotional Intelligence and how leadership behaviours impact culture and results. Anne is also an independent chairman who guides and tailors meetings for one of The CEO Institute Syndicate groups and a professional executive coach. Anne has joined the Can Too Board to support the Can Too vision of matching fitness incentives with a good cause - assisting early career cancer researchers by providing funding grants. Having been a participant in the running, swimming and the triathlon programs she can personally attest to the power of the Can Too vision
Non-Executive Director & Treasurer
Andrea had noticed the happy, supportive orange people many times in running events, and decided to join the Can Too Swim Program in 2009 when she realised she needed help to find an alternative to long distance running. Following her own brush with cancer in 2013 (stage 2 melanoma), Andrea accepted the opportunity to be a Can Too Swim mentor and later Team Captain.
Andrea is a qualified accountant and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Her career started in the accounting profession with 5 years at Deloitte followed by a couple of Commercial Finance roles in South Africa. Andrea then travelled in Europe, US and the Caribbean and worked in London for 3 years. After meeting many Australians in their travels, Andrea and her husband, Peter, immigrated to Australia and soon after had their daughter Lucy, who is now completing her HSC. Andrea then had 3 major roles in Sydney as Group Accountant for Dymocks Book Stores, Finance Director for Gambro, a Swedish multinational medical devices company and Chief Financial Officer at NSW Business Chamber/Australian Business Solutions Group. She also serves as a NED and Company Secretary of Take 3, an environmental NFP aiming to raise awareness of, and reduce plastic pollution on our beaches, and in our waterways.
Andrea has extensive strategic, commercial, financial and executive expertise across diverse sectors, organisations and cultures, and is a specialist in business transformation to leverage commercial opportunities, whilst ensuring best practice corporate governance.
Andrea has played and participated in many sports over the years primarily long distance running and swimming (thanks to Can Too!), soccer, skiing, and diving, and is an avid follower of Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket and Formula One. Due to her love of sport and physical activity, Andrea recently qualified as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, with a special interest in training older people and those managing injuries. As a family, the Tustin’s enjoy many sports, camping, boating, beach activities and 4 wheel driving.
Andrea hopes to use her personal and professional experience to support Can Too's Vision and Mission which she passionately believes in through personal experience.