Ovarian Cancer Australia’s board and staff team dedicate a huge amount of both professional and personal time and energy to our vision of ensuring that every Australian woman knows the symptoms of ovarian cancer and everyone affected by ovarian cancer feels personally supported and has access to and information about the best treatment and research.
Nicole Livingstone OAM, Patron
Beginning her swimming career at 14, Nicole Livingstone (formerly Stevenson), is one of Australia’s most successful female swimmers. With a career spanning over 10 years, Nicole’s achievements include one silver and two bronze medals from three Olympic appearances; six gold, two silver and one bronze medal from three Commonwealth Games; and four gold, two silver and one bronze medal from competing in six Pan Pacific Championships.
Paula Benson, Chair
Paula is a leading non-executive director and corporate affairs professional with almost twenty years’ experience in financial services, media, resources, infrastructure and the education sector. She is currently a Director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation and a Trustee of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust. She has held senior roles in business and the media including: Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs at National Australia Bank; General Manager, Corporate Responsibility at National Australia Bank; General Manager Corporate Affairs at Alcoa of Australia; Manager Public Affairs at RMIT University; and Producer at A Current Affair, Channel 9.
Paula is also a former Director of the Port of Melbourne Corporation, the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation and Regional Arts Victoria.
Paula is an ovarian cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 2003 and underwent a radical hysterectomy at age 34. She feel very fortunate that her cancer was caught early and she is able to use her skills and experience to make a contribution to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
“I am absolutely passionate about achieving our mission to save lives and ensure no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone. To the women of Australia diagnosed with ovarian cancer, my commitment to you is that we are absolutely committed to our goal to reduce the incidence of ovarian cancer by 25% and improve the survival rates by 25% by 2025.”
Tracey Curro, Director
Tracey Curro is a former 60 Minutes reporter and Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Alumnus with over two decades’ experience in communication and media. Following a distinguished career on flagship news and public affairs programs, Tracey held the role of General Manager Communication at a Victorian Government agency, before joining SHK Executive Search in 2010, where she leads the corporate affairs practice.
Tracey lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 1997. She went on to co-produce the documentary, Somebody’s Mother, broadcast in 2000, which documented Sheila Lee’s campaign to raise awareness of this most lethal gynaecological cancer.
Tracey holds a Bachelor of Business (Communication) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Marco D'Avino, Director
Marco D’Avino is a partner in Bain & Company’s Sydney office. He is a leader in the Bain Accelerated Transformation practice and an expert in the Industrial Goods & Services and Performance Improvement practices.
Marco has extensive experience in industrials, resources and manufacturing. Over the course of his career, he has worked with multiple executive teams to address a variety of business challenges, including large transformations, performance improvement, organisation and operations management. Marco has particular expertise in managing and driving large scale transformations, leveraging agile and Scrum methodologies.
He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering, Master’s in Management Engineering and Bachelor in Management Engineering from Tor Vergata University, as well as an International Master’s in Manufacturing Management from Linköpings Universitet.
Marina Go, Director
A leader in media and publishing industry and named by Boss Magazine as one of the 20 True Leaders of 2016, Marina has spent the last 25 years creating and building commercially successful brands that connect deeply with consumer groups across digital and print channels.
A mother to two sons, Marina has a personal connection to ovarian cancer. Her husband carries the BRCA1 gene mutation, the likely reason behind why many of the women on her husbands of the family, including Ovarian Cancer Australia founder Lynda Gibson, developed ovarian cancer.
Jo-Ann Hicks, Director
Jo-Ann is a leading digital and ecommerce professional with more than 14 years’ experience in the online and technology space.
Jo-Ann is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Better Caring (bettercaring.com.au). Better Caring is an online platform where people with a disability, or those who are ageing, can find and hire local care and support workers.
Jo-Ann has held various executive and senior management roles for leading Australian online companies including The ICONIC, Seek Ltd and Mi9. Jo-Ann also spent over 5 years with eBay Australia & New Zealand in multiple executive roles including Head of Strategy and Head of Fashion. She has a management consulting background, beginning her career with The Boston Consulting Group. Jo-Ann has an MBA from Melbourne Business School and was awarded the MBS Foundation Award of Distinction (Dean’s List).
Jo-Ann lives in Sydney and joined the board of Ovarian Cancer Australia in 2014.
“I am honoured to be a member of the board at Ovarian Cancer Australia. The work our talented team does is incredibly important and impactful. I joined the board because I am passionate about our purpose and truly believe that we can save lives and ensure that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone. I hope to leverage my experience in digital, strategy and retail to help Ovarian Cancer Australia achieve its vision.”
Professor Ian Jacobs, Director
Professor Ian Jacobs has been President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney since February 2015. Prior to this, he was based in the UK as Dean of Medicine at University College London from 2009-11 and Vice President of the University of Manchester from 2011-15.
He qualified in medicine at Cambridge University and the University of London before specialising in surgical treatment of women’s cancers at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and University College Hospital in London. For the last 30 years Professor Jacobs has led a research team working on early detection and risk prediction of cancer, with a particular focus on screening for ovarian cancer.
Since joining UNSW Sydney he has held a number of additional roles in Australia including: Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow of the Garvan Institute; Board member of Research Australia; Chair of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Leadership Forum for Energy Transition; Board member of the Business/Higher Education Round Table (BHERT); Board member of The Conversation; Chair of the Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE); now Board member of Ovarian Cancer Australia; and most recently Chair of the Group of Eight universities.
Suzy Nicoletti, Director
Suzy is Twitter Australia’s Managing Director, responsible for local operations including its advertising business and operations. Previously, Suzy ran Twitter Australia’s online sales business for almost three years, which experienced strong growth under her leadership.
She is passionate about helping brands integrate new digital technologies to achieve their business objectives in innovative ways.
Prior to joining Twitter, Suzy had a distinguished eight-and-a-half year career at Google. In her most recent role she was the Industry Manager for the Education team, responsible for sales strategy and commercialisation for Google’s product suite across Australia’s education institutions.
Suzy lost her mother to ovarian cancer a decade ago and hopes to use her 15 years’ experience in digital media to empower those impacted by ovarian cancer to find their voice, and help create awareness for ovarian cancer through storytelling across digital platforms.
Carolyn Reynolds, Director
Carolyn has been a director of Ovarian Cancer Australia since 2007, having been its pro bono legal adviser since 2001.
Carolyn is general counsel of Federation Centres, an Australian real estate investment trust specialising in the ownership and management of Australian shopping centres. In this role, she oversees the company’s legal, company secretarial and compliance, lease administration, risk and insurance functions and is a member of Federation Centres’ executive committee.
She was previously a partner of the international law firm Minter Ellison, advising major corporations in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, all aspects of securities, including fundraising and general corporate advice on all aspects of Australia’s Corporations Act and the Australian Securities Exchange Listing Rules.
Meghan Speers, Director
Meghan is a partner at Deloitte. She is a Chartered Accountant and solicitor and an ovarian cancer survivor, having been diagnosed at 29 years of age. A mother of two, Meghan has been actively involved in raising awareness about ovarian cancer, working closely with Ovarian Cancer Australia, for more than 10 years.
Meghan sees joining the Board of Ovarian Cancer Australia as a chance to give back to an organisation that provided so much support and ensured she didn’t battle ovarian cancer alone. Her ambition is to bring her commercial business expertise with a consumer’s insight and to assist Ovarian Cancer Australia to achieve its bold 2025 vision to reduce the incidence and improve the survival rates of ovarian cancer.