The Can Too team is a dynamic group of people passionate about making a difference. We all believe strongly in the Can Too philosophy of fun, fitness, friends and fundraising. Our mission is to engage and inspire individuals and the community to achieve personal health, wellbeing and altruistic goals. We enable and assist fundraising to support innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer.
Chief Executive Officer
Peter has a background in State and Local Government, the association and not-for-profit industry. After State and Local Government, Peter worked for Keep Australia Beautiful followed by running the Compost Industry Peak Association before moving into the Rule of Law Institute of Australia as CEO. Peter is also an independent Audit and Risk Committee Member on Shoalhaven and Federation Council.
He holds a degree in Environmental Management and a Masters in Business Administration sub-majoring in Business Law and Public Relations.
Peter has a proven record in strengthening organisations’ public profile, relevance, program reach, funding diversity and financial sustainability. He is passionate about developing effective organisations to better support the communities they serve.
“Before joining Can Too, I wasn’t a runner but Can Too showed me how to run and I’ve now developed a passion for it. The Marathon program was definitely a challenge but like all things in life, if you have the right people around you supporting you then all challenges become so much smaller. Thank you to the Can Too Community for teaching me a new skill and for giving me an incredible experience.”
As a triathlete and fundraiser for charity, Gary is closely aligned with the Can Too principles of improving health and wellbeing in the community and supporting the research, prevention, care and control of cancer. Gary joined the Can Too team in 2015, overseeing all financial processes and analysis. Gary has a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA and is a member of CPA Australia. He is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course, is the Honorary Treasurer of a large charity and a long term community volunteer.
“I love pulling on the orange surrounded by the buzz of anxious or excited Can Too participants before an event. Like my colleagues at Can Too I believe that everyone can experience athletic achievements that they never thought possible. I encourage you to set your goals high and take your first step by getting involved in one of our very personalised and motivating training programs."
Emma has a background in television production, journalism and as a communications specialist in both the private and public sector and across a range of industries and subject areas, including healthcare, wellness, business, government regulation and advocacy.
She holds a Masters and Graduate Certificate in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.
As a keen triathlete she is passionate about health and wellness and knows the importance of prioritising health and fitness after losing a loved one too early from heart disease.
“I love sharing inspiring Can Too-ers stories to encourage others to get active for their own health and wellbeing goals and to raise money for cancer research and prevention. I’m looking forward to representing Can Too in the upcoming 5km ocean swim program.”
Volunteers and Leaders Coordinator
Before ‘retiring’ to Australia in 2014, Claire was a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK, having spent 18 years as a lawyer in the Criminal Justice System.
After a brief stint as a law lecturer at the University of Sydney, Claire worked as Operations Manager for her friend’s events company. That friend led her to Can Too. Claire joined the 2018 SMH Half Marathon Program and has never looked back, completing two further half marathons and a handful of 10km events. She is looking forward to joining a Learn to Ocean Swim Program very soon!
In March 2020, Claire joined Can Too. As Volunteers and Leaders Specialist, she is responsible for developing our wonderful cadre of Team Captains, Mentors and Champions.
“In my role, I get to share my new-found passion for running with our community and see, first-hand, how incredibly satisfying it is to lead a program. Having captained programs myself, I know that there is nothing more rewarding than helping participants, new and experienced, achieve their goals.”
As Coaching Coordinator, Penny is responsible for sourcing the best coaches in New South Wales to ensure our Can Too-ers get over the line on race day fit, smiling, and injury free.
Before coaching, Penny had a career as an Art and Artefacts restorer working in Australia’s top museums but decided to leave the world’s treasures behind to pursue her passion for helping people achieve goals they never imagined possible.
A keen cyclist, Penny isn’t opposed to throwing on Lycra of any kind and is often seen on the running track or in the swimming lanes encouraging our Can Too-ers.
QLD Program Manager
Amy has been the Brisbane Program Manager and Run Coach since 2010 when we first started Can Too in Brisbane.
Amy spent 7 years in Corporate Marketing and Event Management before pursuing her love for health & fitness in 2009 and started her own Personal Training Program. A lifetime of running means Amy feels right at home on land, not in water. However it was Can Too that helped her succeed at completing a 2.5km open water swim.
‘Being a Coach and Program Manager for Can Too has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing participants, coaches and of course Researchers. But being on the participant side as well has really left the biggest impression and a renewed appreciation of going outside your comfort zone and achieving something I never thought possible’
Community Operations Specialist
Robin started with Can Too in the Ocean Swim program in 2015. He initially joined to improve his confidence and ability in the open water and has stayed because he loves the accountability of a supportive training group and for the many friends he has made. He is a keen ocean swimmer but says he has as much chance of winning a race as a rocking horse at the Melbourne Cup.
Robin has experience as a travel agent and in IT and has now brought his sales and tourism skills to the Can Too team. Maybe there is even a chance of talking him into a run program!
“I couldn’t be happier about joining the Can Too team and the fight against cancer. Cancer is an indiscriminate bastard and I’m sick of it doing bad things to good people.”
Kirk (pictured here with his family) started with Can Too in late 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Finance and Master of Commerce. He is also a member of the CPA. He performs all processing of financial transactions for the Foundation.
“I’m very proud of being a Can Too-er. At Can Too I've met incredible participants and work with amazing colleagues. I love the spirit of Can Too, to set a goal and never give up, you Can Too!"