Our People

Our organisation is a team of passionate staff working to make a difference every day, under the guidance of a dedicated Board of Directors. Meet our people:

  • Petra Buchanan Chief Executive Officer

    Petra Buchanan is Chief Executive of the McGrath Foundation responsible for overseeing all aspects of Australia’s strongly supported breast cancer charity.  She leads a world-class team of passionate individuals working towards a shared vision that every family in Australia experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation. The McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across the country, as well as increasing breast awareness in young Australians.

    Petra was recognised for her outstanding leadership and commitment to innovation, by winning a spot in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Top 100 Women of Influence, 2015.

    She is a senior executive with extensive business experience in management, marketing operations, branding, communications and public affairs in both the U.S. and international marketplace. Petra has worked on the launch, growth and development of brands that connect people through content and technology.

    Her contribution to the retention, development and progression of individuals in their professions was recognised when Petra was awarded the 2013 B&T Women in Media Award for Mentoring.

    Her influence has stretched around the world through her work on the international roll-out of the Discovery Channel; creation of the Unisys Security Index; and in Australia, through her achievements as CEO at ASTRA, increasing female board membership, creating the ASTRA Graduate Program and Subscription TV Production Investment Survey.

  • Brent Pitts Finance & Commercial Director

    Brent joined the McGrath Foundation as Director of Finance in June 2013. His responsibilities expanded to include oversight for commercial practices and operations in October 2014.

    Brent is a Chartered Accountant with a career spanning 30 years across banking, transport, industrial chemicals and Fast Moving Consumer Goods. He has worked across Asia Pacific in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Indonesia for some of the largest consumer businesses globally, with his last role as CFO in Indonesia for one of Australia’s most well-known brands.

    Brent brings extensive experience across all facets of finance and commercial functions.

  • Jane Mahony Mission Programmes Director

    Jane joined the McGrath Foundation as HR Director in 2010; after spending the previous 18 years working in human resources throughout many countries; including Singapore, China, England and Australia.

    Jane has leant her skills and expertise to many facets of the Foundation including the role of Chief Operating Officer. Since November 2014, Jane has been Mission Programmes Director, overseeing the McGrath Breast Care Nurse Program and evolving the Foundation’s breast education and awareness programs.

  • Ben Hirschfeld Corporate Partnerships Director

    Ben joined the McGrath Foundation in March 2015 and has more than 15 years’ experience in commercial partnership and sponsorship roles.

    He joins the Foundation after establishing Generate Australia, providing consultancy services on marketing and sponsorship strategy. Prior to this he spent nine years managing commercial partnerships at Football Federation Australia.

    As Corporate Partnerships Director, Ben oversees the enhancement and growth of the McGrath Foundation’s partnership strategies, while increasing the Foundation’s footprint in new sectors.

  • Jannine Jackson Fundraising & Philanthropy Director

    Jannine joined the McGrath Foundation in mid-2016 as Fundraising & Philanthropy Director with more than 15 years’ experience in senior fundraising and management roles.

    Jannine’s comprehensive experience has spanned the health, disability, welfare and social sector, with roles at non-profit organisations including Australian Red Cross (NSW), Mission Australia and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

    In her role as Fundraising & Philanthropy Director, Jannine oversees our regular giving program, direct marketing, major fundraising campaigns, third party fundraising, trusts, bequests and major gifts.

  • Melissa Millard Media & Communications Director

    Melissa joined the McGrath Foundation as Media & Communications Director in June 2016.

    With more than 17 years’ experience in Australia, Canada and the UK, much of this time working across the health sector, Melissa has responsibility for creating and amplifying messages and campaigns that drive attention and public awareness for the McGrath Foundation across audiences and channels.

  • Jo Molchanoff Human Resources Director & Company Secretary

    Jo joined the McGrath Foundation as HR Director in March 2013.

    Jo has a diverse background in HR having spent sixteen years working for leading firms in the media, banking and law sectors.  She maintains and enhances the organisation's human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs, and practices.

  • Tracy Bevan Foundation Ambassador & Director

    Tracy moved to Australia from England when she married cricketing legend, Michael Bevan, in 1994.

    It was Tracy who helped set up the McGrath Foundation following her best friend Jane McGrath's diagnosis and experience with breast cancer.

    Tracy remains one of the driving forces behind the McGrath Foundation and is dedicated to increasing breast awareness in young people whilst raising much-needed funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia. Tracy was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2012 and has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2014.

    In her current role Tracy acts as an Ambassador and Director on the McGrath Foundation Board. Tracy works closely with members of the community and often speaks at events to raise awareness about the vital role McGrath Breast Care Nurses play whilst encouraging everyone to be breast aware.

  • Tracy Bevan Foundation Ambassador & Director

    Tracy moved to Australia from England when she married cricketing legend, Michael Bevan, in 1994.

    It was Tracy who helped set up the McGrath Foundation following her best friend Jane McGrath's diagnosis and experience with breast cancer.

    Tracy remains one of the driving forces behind the McGrath Foundation and is dedicated to increasing breast awareness in young people whilst raising much-needed funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia. Tracy was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2012 and was an Australia Day Ambassador in 2015.

    In her current role Tracy leads the Community Fundraising team as well as acting as Ambassador and a Director on the McGrath Foundation Board. Tracy works closely with members of the community and often speaks at events to raise awareness about the vital role McGrath Breast Care Nurses play whilst encouraging everyone to be breast aware.

Board

  • Glenn McGrath AM Co-Founder & President

    Following a personal experience with breast cancer, Jane and Glenn McGrath decided to launch the McGrath Foundation in September 2005 to do what they could to help families going through breast cancer.

    Leveraging Glenn’s profile as an international cricketer and learning from Jane’s personal experience, the Foundation was established to place breast care nurses across the country and to increase breast awareness.

    Upon Jane’s passing in June 2008, Glenn assumed the role of Chairman and played an integral role in both managing the Board and engaging the community behind the Foundation’s activities.

    In September 2013, after five years as Chairman, Glenn assumed the role of President of the Board.  In this role, Glenn is committed to the Foundation’s future success, upholding the vision for the Foundation and representing the Foundation through major initiatives and connecting with the business world and broader community. Glenn participates on a voluntary basis; he receives no salary or payment for his support.

    NSW Australian of the Year in 2008, Glenn is now recognised as an outspoken advocate for improved services for breast cancer and greater education for younger women around breast awareness.

  • John Conde AO Chairman

    John Conde is Chairman of BUPA Australia and Cooper Energy Ltd. He is Deputy Chairman of Whitehaven Coal Limited and a Director of Dexus Property Group. He is also President of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal and Chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee (NSW) Fundraising Committee.

    He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994 in recognition of services to business and commerce. John was previously a Director of BHP Billiton, Lumley Corporation and Excel Coal, Managing Director of Broadcast Investments Holdings and President of the National Heart Foundation.

    Joining the McGrath Foundation family in May 2012, John provides pro bono support to the Board by drawing on his wealth of experience at board level with public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

  • Tracy Bevan Foundation Ambassador & Director

    Tracy moved to Australia from England when she married cricketing legend, Michael Bevan, in 1994.

    It was Tracy who helped set up the McGrath Foundation following her best friend Jane McGrath's diagnosis and experience with breast cancer.

    Tracy remains one of the driving forces behind the McGrath Foundation and is dedicated to increasing breast awareness in young people whilst raising much-needed funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia. Tracy was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2012 and has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2014.

    In her current role Tracy as an Ambassador and Director on the McGrath Foundation Board. Tracy works closely with members of the community and often speaks at events to raise awareness about the vital role McGrath Breast Care Nurses play whilst encouraging everyone to be breast aware.

  • Terry Brown Board Member

    Terry Brown has been a practicing Lawyer and business advisor for over 35 years. He is managing director of Tax Assure Pty Ltd in Sydney and SCL Advisors Pty Ltd, and a senior consultant to Andreyev Lawyers.

    A founding Board Member, and Chairman of the McGrath Foundation Risk Committee Terry continues to provide pro bono support to the Board. 

  • Peter Tracey Board Member

    Pete Tracey has been a practising accountant for over 20 years. He is a partner at TRACE Business Advisers and Chartered Accountants.

    A founding Board Member, and Chairman of the McGrath Foundation Finance, Audit and Operation Committee, Pete continues to provide pro bono support to the Board. 

  • Christine McLoughlin Board Member

    Christine McLoughlin is a company director and business adviser with extensive experience across a range of sectors including financial services, mining, infrastructure, telecommunications, insurance and health. Christine currently serves on the Boards of Suncorp Group Ltd, Whitehaven Coal Limited, nib holdings ltd, Spark Infrastructure Group and Stadium Australia where she is Chairman.

  • Suzanne Young Board Member

    Suzanne Young is the Executive General Manager, Operational Partnering at Insurance Australia Group Limited. Suzanne is a recognised senior executive and non-executive director across a range of industries and regulated sectors. She has broad leadership and operational experience spanning financial services, aviation, technology, not-for-profit and professional services across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the US.