May 2016 Diane, could not believe what she was hearing when she went for her regular twelve-month check-up with her Doctor to find out she had breast cancer. Without hesitation Diane went straight to hospital to deal with the situation. Within less than 24 hours Diane was walking around the hospital. The following week she was back at her desk working.
Over the next couple of years Diane travelled the world meeting many people from the Corporate/Government/ Community Leaders. During this time, she still worked full time with Panthers NRL Club and organized races days, dinners, lunches for a number of different foundations with all money raised going towards research and hospital equipment.
The past ten years Diane has been on the Consumer Panel for the Centenary Institute Sydney.
She has been the Chair for Cure the Future Foundation for over 10 years.
After 22 years at Panthers NRL Club Diane decided it was time to head back home to the Bulldogs NRL Club to reunite her working relationship with the famous Phil Gould AM who is an Ambassador for AGCF. Diane had a very close relationship with the Bulldogs NRL Club in the late 80’s and 90’s with her younger brother Paul Langmack playing for the Bulldogs in four Grand Finals winning three.
Diane’s role at the Bulldogs NRL Club is General Manager Stakeholder Engagement/Community which is right up her alley. It’s a dream come true to return to the home where it all started for her and her brother in sport. Her job is to keep working hard to raise funds for research and win many grand finals for the Bulldogs NRL Club with the great staff we have at the Bulldogs.
Not content with an already crowded schedule, Diane has a leading role for another worthy cause – Panthers Women In League foundation for the National Rugby League which has raised thousands of dollars over the past seven years. She is Chair – Cure The Future Foundation, Chair – Panthers Women In League, Board Member – Panthers on the Prowl and Advisory & Consumer Member – Marketing and Promotions Advisory Board: Weave
As fitting recognition of her considerable efforts, Diane was nominated in 2009 and 2010 for the National Rugby League Women of the Year. She was also nominated in 2010 for the New South Wales Women of the Year and 2010 Telstra Business Woman of the Year. In 2011 she was finalist in the New South Wales Volunteer of the Year. In 2012 she was given the Outstanding Community Service Award Certificate of Commendation from New South Wales Parliament. In 2013 she received an Order of Australia Medal for her work with charity groups.
BSc MAICD, Director and Deputy Chair of AGCF, is an independent consultant to the health and NGO sectors with 20 years experience in health reform in Australia as a successful CEO, Board director, NGO and public sector executive.
Leonie was recently inaugural Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Health and Wellbeing, Tasmania and is a director on the boards of the Parent Infant Research Institute, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, The Hobart Clinic and Rural Alive & Well Inc Tasmania.
Leonie held the position of CEO and board director of beyondblue, the national depression initiative, between 2003 and 2010. She played a strong role in Australia’s successful mental health reforms including the improvement of community awareness, consumer and carer participation, promotion prevention and early intervention strategies, strengthening evidence based research and initiating national e-mental health strategies. Leonie has also served as State Manager, Northern Territory for the Australian Department of Health & Ageing and as a director of the same department.
Leonie has represented beyondblue and the Australian Government on health partnership programs in China, Indonesia, Japan, the UK and Hong Kong in primary health, mental health promotion and stigma reduction, rural and remote health. She is a member of the Australasian Company Directors Network and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Member Group.
Founder and Board Member
Professor Neville Hacker AM, MD FRANZCOG FRCOG FACOG FACS CGO, a Founder and Director of AGCF, is Professor of Gynaecological Oncology, Conjoint, at the University of NSW. Graduating from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in 1967, Neville trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Brisbane, and then trained in Gynaecologic Oncology at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), where he stayed for nine years.
Neville was Director of Gynaecological Oncology at UCLA 1984-1986, before returning to Australia to establish the Gynaecological Cancer Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, where he is still the Director. He is a former President of the International Gynaecological Cancer Society, former Chairman of the Oncology Committee of the RANZCOG, former President of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, and a former Member of the FIGO Cancer Committee.
Neville has received many honours, and was a New South Wales finalist for Australian of the Year in 2008.He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to medicine.
Other awards include the 2007 Ernst Wertheim Prize of the Austrian Gynaecological Cancer Society for Lifetime Achievements, the 2008 International Gynaecological Cancer Society’s Award for Excellence in Gynaecological Oncology; the 2013 inaugural Jeanne Ferris Award from Cancer Australia for contributions to Gynaecological Oncology, and the inaugural 2013 Robert Sutherland AO “Making a difference” Award from the NSW Cancer Institute.
Neville has written over 200 peer reviewed articles, over 30 book chapters, and edited two textbooks, both in their 6th editions.
Luke McClure has a deep connection to the mission of AGCF as he lost his Mum to endometrial cancer in 2019. After his loss, he wanted a way to give back and hopes that one day there will be a cure for all types of gynaecological cancers. Luke joins the board as a highly experienced finance and operations professional with a strong background in transformation, driving process improvement, analytical insight, innovation, and relationship management.
Ella Ambarchi is the current Acting Customer & Transformation at RSL LifeCare, a charitable organisation that works to enrich the lives of veterans and seniors. With experience running large scale brands and programs across state and federal governments and private sector organisations including in IT&T and entertainment, she brings expertise in business strategy, marketing, branding, governance and stakeholder strategy to the AGCF.
Ella has a genuine passion to assist AGCF fund research as several people close to her have suffered from cancer. Research and clinical trials saved the life of more than one family member, and she is therefore very committed to the building awareness around the importance of research.
Rob is an experienced financial services executive who has worked across a diverse range of
businesses ranging from global banking giants to Australian start-ups. Across a 30 year career Rob has held responsibilities for strategy development, marketing, digital, credit and various operational units. Currently Rob is the Chief Operating Officer of a banking start up business.
Beyond these commercial responsibilities, Rob has been fortunate to have the opportunity to
support a number of volunteer and community organisations including being committee member for sporting organisations and charities as well as having been a mentor for a charity support group.
Rob is keen on sport and enjoys running and being an active football referee.
Rob holds an MBA from UWS and is an alumnus of the London Business School’s Senior Executive Program.
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