Closing Date

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Role type

Board Chair


Sydney CBD

Are you an experienced Chair, passionate about supporting innovative research projects targeting a cure for all forms of cancer?   

  • Apply your strong leadership skills and extensive board experience
  • Leverage your networking and community influence
  • Positively impact the goal to cure cance

About the organisation

Organisation type: Medical research
Number of paid staff: 13 FTE
Number of volunteers: 100

Board size: 9 (max 13)
Board meeting frequency: 6 per year
Tenure: Maximum 15 years

About the organisation

The Cure Cancer Australia Foundation (Cure Cancer) aims to find a cure for all cancers through the promotion of innovation in research. They believe early career researchers – who offer new ideas and challenging perspectives – are the key to advancing the fight against all types of cancer. To this end the Foundation funds the brightest, most innovative early-career researchers so that they can advance their research project into cancer cures and preventions. Foundation support covers salary and any research assistance or materials for the specified project. Over the past 50 years, Cure Cancer has funded almost 530 research grants to over 300 individual early career researchers. Indeed, many Cure Cancer researchers who received their funding early in their careers are now amongst Australia’s most prominent cancer researchers.

Operationally, the organisation is led by a strong and competent CEO who has brought Cure Cancer through a period of growth. With the onset of COVID-19, many of the organisation’s fundraising activities had to pivot to virtual and online. The organisation intends to remain flexible in their strategy with an ongoing focus on innovation. Identifying and prioritising new digital revenue opportunities will remain key as they continue to enhance and expand their digital channels.

About the role

Remuneration: Voluntary
Approx. time required for the role: 6 meetings per year

Expertise sought: Leadership, strategic, entrepreneurial
Board experience: Yes, preferably in a Chair role
Formal governance training: Preferable

The Cure Cancer board is collegiate and committed, with a genuine interest and commitment to the organisation’s mission and values. The current Chair has served on the Cure Cancer board for 15 years and will finish his term and step down in 2021. The organisation is now looking to appoint a new Chair to the Board.

The incoming Board Chair will likely be, or have previous experience as, a board chair. They will have experience as a senior executive in the commercial or public sector and will bring strong networks. Working with the CEO and other Non Executive Directors, the Chair will have the energy, commitment and personal attributes to play a key role in driving the organisation forward.

Selection Criteria

  • Deep commitment to the purpose of the organisation with an ability to be a strong voice for the mission
  • Strong executive leadership experience
  • Experienced in governance, preferably in a Chair role
  • Strategic thinker
  • Respected and trusted personal brand
  • Entrepreneurial, with an ability to think creatively about what is possible
  • Strong relationship and communication/influencing skills across multiple levels of an organisation as well as externally, and within the community.


People for Purpose have been appointed to recruit for this role.  A copy of the Board Pack can be found by clicking here.

The Cure Cancer Australia website can be found by clicking here

Once you have read through the Board pack and done your own research, if you have specific questions, please email [email protected]

To apply, you MUST submit a covering letter outlining why you are interested in joining Cure Cancer Australia board, and an up-to-date CV.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 14 February.