Our people

Alan McArthur
Chair

Alan is the current Chair of the Avner Foundation. He, like so many, has been witness to the suffering of friends and family due to Pancreatic Cancer. Commencing his career in Canberra, Alan has held positions as Managing Partner and CEO of some of the largest law firms in Australia and New Zealand. Amongst various other positions, he was Chair of the General Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Caroline Kelly
Founder and Executive Director

When Avner and Caroline considered setting up Avner’s Fund, it was in recognition that something needed to be done. Unlike cancers of other parts of the body, there was no Australian Foundation dedicated exclusively to Pancreatic Cancer. With the help of friends and supporters, Avner’s Fund became a reality with a simple aim, to raise funds for research so that there could be hope for future patients. Since the establishment of the Foundation in July 2010, that simple aim has been expanded to include support services and awareness. Caroline is the first full time employee of the Foundation.

Luke Dunkerley
Director

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading marketers, Luke Dunkerley began his career as an advertising copywriter at Leo Burnett. In 2002 he became Managing Director of M&C Saatchi Retail, heading up the Woolworths account, where he first worked with Avner. Luke went on to be Managing Director of The Campaign Palace and then STW Communications. In 2007 Luke returned to retail to lead Woolworths supermarkets as their General Manager of Marketing. Luke joined the Board in May 2015.

Andrew Hall
Director

Andrew manages the Commonwealth Bank's engagement program with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including government, media and regulators. A former journalist, Andrew worked in federal politics for 11 years, including five years as federal director of the National Party. Andrew was Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at Woolworths from 2007 - 2013, where he worked with Avner. Andrew joined the Board in May 2015.

Peter Hosking
Director

Peter has been central to the establishment and ongoing success of Avner’s Foundation and its precursor, Avner’s Fund. Avner initially hired Peter’s marketing agency, GHO, for Peter’s marketing expertise and from that basis, a friendship developed. Peter’s commitment to the Foundation and pursuit of its goals are without question, inspirational. He plays an invaluable role in day-to-day decision making, as well as the design and pursuit of our longer-term goals.

Sally Loane
Director

Sally is CEO of the The Financial Services Council which represents members in Australia’s largest industry sector, financial services. Prior to joining the FSC, Sally was the Director of Media and Public Affairs at Coca-Cola Amatil from 2006-2014. Sally comes from a background in media, having worked as a journalist for Australia's major print, radio and television media organisations. She spent several years in the press gallery in Parliament House, Canberra, and five and a half years as a broadcaster for ABC radio in Sydney. Her first book, an investigative examination of Australia’s child-care industry, was published in 1997. Sally joined the Board in July 2015.

Grant O’Brien
Director

Former Chair of the foundation and past CEO of Woolworths, Grant was Avner’s best man, friend, confidante and colleague. He supported Avner and Caroline throughout Avner’s diagnosis and treatment and helped make the worst of times more bearable and the best of times better. Grant has been central to the launch and ongoing success of Avner’s Foundation.

Warwick White
Director

Warwick lost a close friend and mentor to Pancreatic Cancer in the months after Avner died. This tragedy has driven his passion to improve outcomes for those affected by the disease. Warwick has already delivered on that passion with increased awareness and funding raised for this lethal cancer. We are delighted to have Warwick join the board from February 2012.

Paul Whittingham
Director

Paul tragically lost his Father to Pancreatic Cancer in 2016, six years after diagnosis. He is committed to supporting the work of the Foundation to deliver improved outcomes for other sufferers of the disease. Paul began his career with Price Waterhouse Cooper and progressed to become the Finance Director of Apple in 2005. Paul oversees Apple’s Finances and Governance for Australia, New Zealand, and the South Asia region. Paul has been a member of the Board since November 2016.