Non-Executive Director & Acting Chair
Simon has over 30 years’ experience in the global pharmaceutical industry across a range of functions and therapeutic areas, in both “Big Pharma” at Roche and Parke-Davis/ Pfizer, as well as smaller biotech. He served as President, Global Corporate and Business Development at Actelion - a Swiss multinational biopharmaceutical company. Prior to that role he was President, North America and Asia-Pacific. Actelion was sold to Johnson and Johnson in 2017 for US$30 billion. He became a Senior Global Advisor / Consultant to Idorsia Ltd, a spinout company of Actelion. He has served as a Non-executive Director of a range of ASX listed Australian biotech companies and several private start-ups in Europe.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Sydney University), a PhD (Melbourne University), a Graduate Management Qualification (UNSW) 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 and is an Ambassador for Opportunity International Australia, which transforms the lives of families living in poverty in Asia.
A keen ocean swimmer, Simon served on the Can Too Advisory Committee from its beginning and as a Director since the inception of the Foundation. He has been a participant, Mentor, Team Captain, Swim Coach and sponsor. He is committed to the cause of funding basic research in cancer in order to prolong and improve the lives of cancer patients and is Chair of the Foundation’s Research Committee.
A lawyer specialising in employment law with over 20 years’ experience. Sheila moved from the UK to Australia in 2007, where she belatedly learnt to swim and embraced lycra to join the road biking masses.
Sheila has worked for the Macquarie Group since 2010, in various roles including as Equal Opportunity Director. She currently leads both the Employee Relations function for ANZ and a team focussed on exploring innovative solutions in Human Resources. Her role combines her passions for problem solving and all things ‘people related’. She is skilled in building meaningful relationships but, always a lawyer at heart, she also uses her advocacy skills to great effect in all manner of situations (just ask her husband!).
Jeffrey has thirty-five years’ experience in the medical research of nutrition and cardiovascular disease. He was an Assistant Professor at Tufts University in Boston and an Associate Professor at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal. Most recently he was Group Head of the Nutrition Group at the Heart Research Institute at Sydney University. His research focussed on nutraceuticals and their ability to protect against coronary artery disease. He has many years’ experience sitting on grant review committees for government bodies in Canada and Australia.
Jeffrey is interested in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. He is passionate about sustaining the role that Can Too plays in encouraging individuals to attain their full physical and mental potential. He fully supports the funding of early career cancer researchers, who work long and hard with little recognition to provide beneficial outcomes for society.
Jeffrey has been a Can Too participant for five years, thanks to encouragement from his wife Susan who has enjoyed many marathon programs. He is also very enthusiastic about the role that the Can Too Circle plays in supporting the sustainability of Annie Crawford’s unique vision.
Rich is Co-Founder of Perrett Evans Pty Ltd, a Debt Capital Markets Co-ordination business. He became a Can Tooer last year when he ran the SMH Half Marathon. He then became a Can Too Mentor for the Sydney Blackmores Running Festival and joined our Board this year.
Rich cut his financial teeth in the City of London in the mid 80’s, arriving in Sydney in 1987. His experience in financial markets covers around 25 years, working both as a broker and a banker, including seven years as Executive Director for CBA Global Markets in 2009-2016.
Throughout these years, Rich worked in Interest Rate derivatives, arranging transactions across the globe, and between financial institutions. Rich has spent his entire career establishing new business lines or breaking into new client sectors. He has worked for both global corporations, and for himself.
From 1996 to 2009, Rich worked outside of financial markets, helping to establish new start-ups and create new brands across a variety of industries, including recruitment, coaching and sustainable housing.
Rich is keen to broaden the reach of the Can Too brand, and will be working hard to establish mutually beneficial relationships between Can Too and Corporate Australia.
Sarv is currently the Chief Information & Digital Officer at Cuscal. In this capacity he leads Cuscal’s technology and program delivery functions to enable innovative payments solutions for mutuals, banks, fintechs and corporates across the financial services industry.
His career spans more than 30 years in the financial services sector in Australia, the UK and Asia. Previously, he was the Chief Information Officer of the Reserve Bank of Australia between 2012 and 2018; and has also undertaken strategic and transformational roles at MLC Life Insurance, Westpac, and the Commonwealth Bank.
Sarv holds a Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) degree from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Reserve Bank Health Society.
Sarv has a passion for helping people to transform their careers by guiding 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.
Barbara has over 25 years’ experience as a senior corporate and finance lawyer in large international organisations including Clifford Chance, Rothschild Australia, as a merchant banker, and an Australian subsidiary of energy company Banpu PCL. She was Can Too’s Company Secretary from 2016 to 2019, then she became a Board Director and she also sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. Having completed the AICD Company Directors course (with an Order of Merit), she is passionate about the role good governance and leadership plays in setting up organisations for success. Her leadership experience in the NFP/volunteering space includes leading three governance overhauls, Deputy Chair and Head of Governance for an award winning not for profit management consultancy, a Scouts leader and President of Inaburra School’s Parents & Friends Association.
She was drawn to Can Too by the tremendous energy and good will of its inspirational people, and the amazing success it has in meeting its vision. She has also seen the terrible toll cancer takes on family members. From a family of keen runners, she has seen the enormous benefits on mental and physical health brought by regular exercise, including being a good role model to her boys through running and swimming.
Non-Executive Director & Treasurer
Andrea noticed the happy, supportive ‘orange’ people at many events so decided to join the Can Too Swim Program in 2009 as an alternative to long distance running. Following her own brush with cancer in 2013 (stage 2 melanoma), she became a Can Too Swim Mentor and Team Captain.
The qualified accountant is also a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Her experience includes accountancy roles at Deloitte followed by commercial finance roles in South Africa and London. In Sydney, Andrea was Group Accountant for Dymocks Book Stores, Finance Director for Gambro, a multinational medical devices company and CFO at NSW Business Chamber/Australian Business Solutions Group. She also served on the Board of Take 3, a NFP aiming to reduce plastic pollution on our beaches and waterways. Andrea is currently CFO of Southern Cross Care, a NFP Aged Care Provider.
Andrea is a specialist in business transformation to leverage commercial opportunities, whilst ensuring best practice corporate governance.
Due to her love of sport including long distance running and swimming (thanks to Can Too), soccer, skiing and hiking, Andrea also qualified as a fitness professional, with a special interest in training older people and managing injuries.
As a philanthropic Executive, Board Director and Facilitator, Anke has empowered and connected individuals, teams, organisations and causes for collective impact for more than 25 years across social impact projects in Europe and Australia, including the not-for-profit sector, creative industries, venture philanthropy and impact investment.
As part of her portfolio, she is the Chief Executive for Bridging Hope Charity Foundation with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney, providing leadership and direction across strategic, fundraising and investment outcomes in mental health and the arts. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Oxford Executive Leadership Program, Anke describes herself as an ‘Askoholic’ and curious learner, with a strong interest in human rights advocacy. She is passionate about social innovation and inclusion, and major societal change by creating sustainable social cohesion programs and enterprises, leaning on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015.
As a breast cancer survivor, Anke believes in "prevention before intervention", and in engaging with diverse communities to activate participation with attention to individual needs. Can Too’s success in connecting participants deeply on a human level, and in energising their environments, resonates strongly with Anke. She joined Can Too’s Board in 2021 with the aim to embrace current complexities and challenges with knowledge, resilience and compassion.