Board of Directors

Anne Massey

Non-Executive Director & Chair

Anne joined the Can Too Board to support the Foundation’s vision of impacting cancer prevention and research, by transforming lives through matching health and fitness goals with fundraising for life-saving Australian cancer researchers. Having been a participant in Can Too’s running, swimming and triathlon programs she can personally attest to the transformative power of Can Too. She has been committed to finding a cure for cancer since her best friend died from breast cancer in 2001.

Anne has over 20 years extensive global experience in the hospitality, platform technology, and social sustainability sectors as a CEO, entrepreneur, executive coach, chair and non-executive Director and Advisory Board member. She had several roles as a senior Global Executive with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in the USA, followed by becoming Managing Director (CEO) across Asia Pacific with US-based Communispace Corporation. Since returning to Australia in 2009, she has built a portfolio career as a Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board member, gained experience in start-ups, and became an expert in social sustainability and impact. People, places and purpose have shaped and influenced her career and life. 

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Simon Buckingham

Non-Executive Director & Deputy Chair

Currently a Non-executive Director of Vaxxilon Ltd, a revolutionary Swiss based vaccine company, and formerly a Director of several ASX listed Australian biotech companies. Simon has 30 years’ experience in the global pharmaceutical industry across a range of functions and therapeutic areas. He is currently a Senior Global Advisor / Consultant to Idorsia Ltd and was President, Global Corporate and Business Development and also served as President, North America and Asia-Pacific at Actelion.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, 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 and is an Ambassador for Opportunity International Australia, which transforms the lives of families living in poverty in Asia.

The keen ocean swimmer 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.

Sheila Bayliss

Non-Executive Director

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!).

Her long-standing interest in cancer research stems from her dad’s recovery from cancer of the oesophagus, after ground breaking laser treatment which involved him spending six months in the dark from light sensitive drug treatment. (He passed away four years later from an unrelated disease, but those extra years were some of the best of his life). Sheila’s father-in-law died in 2013, after a 10-year battle with bowel cancer.

Jeffrey Cohn

Non-Executive Director

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.

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John Du Vernet

Non-Executive Director

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.

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David Epstein

Non-Executive Director

David is a non-executive director and consultant, specialising in political risk management, public affairs, and regulatory strategy. He was once diagnosed with serious prostate cancer, but received successful medical treatment, motivating his support for cancer research and prevention programs. 

He is Chair of Communications Compliance Limited, an independent compliance monitoring body for the telecommunications industry, and an Adjunct Professor at the Deakin Business School of Deakin University. David's career spans consultancy, working as a senior corporate executive in Australia and internationally, and as a senior adviser to three Australian Prime Ministers, culminating as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. 

Educated at The ANU and Wharton, he is also a non-executive director of Opera Australia, The Asia Society-Australia, and the European Australian Business Council. He sits on advisory boards for IoTStream Limited, the Advisory Board Centre and the Head On Photo Festival Foundation.

David also volunteers with the NSW Rural Fire Service, and enjoys photography, food history, cycling, long walks, gardening and travel.

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Richard Evans

Non-Executive Director

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 Girn

Non-Executive Director

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.

Ishanthi Gunawardana

Board Secretary

Ishanthi has over 15 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry, both as a practising senior lawyer and banker. She has specialised in project finance, corporate finance and property finance within institutional and investment banking. Ishanthi also has experience in risk management in private banking.

In the past two years, Ishanthi has developed, built and continues to operate her own website called Sri Lanka by Ish. It’s partly a personal pilgrimage but also an exploration of Sri Lanka’s history, culture and design through her own research, writing and photographs. Ishanthi’s articles and photographs have been featured in international magazines.

Ishanthi holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) both from Sydney University, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Accidental Company Secretary course with the Governance Institute of Australia.

Ishanthi is passionate about fostering a life which balances career, family and good health with community engagement and giving. She exercises regularly with reformer Pilates, running and long walks and is inspired to support Can Too’s programs which empowers people and communities alike.

Barbara King

Non-Executive Director

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. Barbara is currently training with Can Too to complete a 1km ocean swim.

Andrea Tustin

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.