Meet our Team


Verity Hawkins


Verity is a talented executive who has led high impact partnerships between the not-for-profit, government, philanthropic and corporate sectors. Most recently CEO of Playgroup Australia and Life Education Australia, Verity is a skilled and respected social responsibility leader with over 25 years of experience. She brings an exceptional understanding of the ACT’s health and community sectors and extensive operational experience managing complex organisations and designing programs aimed at increasing philanthropic income. Verity maintains a strong focus on cancer prevention, support, research, and advocacy, to identify and implement opportunities that will support those most in need in our community.


Kata Andric

Finance and Corporate Services Manager

Kata is a highly experienced and qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in professional accounting firms, audit, public service, and not-for-profit organisations. Kata looks after financial management, analysis and reporting, HR management and the development and implementation of ICT systems and infrastructure required to support and position Cancer Council ACT for future growth.


Megan Salic

Fundraising and Marketing Manager

Megan has worked in business development for 20 years across a variety of roles in many different fields of work. Together with a bachelor’s degree in business management and master’s degree in sports management, Megan has a strong track record in delivering effective results. Megan guides the Fundraising and Marketing Team in delivering national and local campaigns, aimed at raising funds to increase the resources distributed to the Client Services Team. She effectively manages and supports Cancer Council ACT events, communications, and donor relations to meet our overall goals.

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Suzanne Barnes

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Suzanne brings over 20 years of experience in supporting teams with her charming professional manner and exceptional communication. Suzanne works with the whole team to provide support that ensures the smooth running of the Cancer Council ACT office so that client-facing staff can focus on engaging with clients as much as possible. Suzanne also supports our CEO, enabling her to spend time on activities that make a long-term difference to people’s lives.

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Alison Hall

Communications Coordinator

Alison combines her creative talents, qualifications in business marketing and experiences in social, digital and traditional media in managing the communications activities for Cancer Council ACT. Alison works closely with the Client Services and Fundraising and Marketing teams on delivering campaigns and communicating the activities of Cancer Council ACT. Alison looks after brand management for Cancer Council ACT and manages partnerships with local media outlets, including marketing and advertising opportunities.


Kathlene Robson

Cancer Support Coordinator

Kathlene is a Registered Nurse who specialises in cancer nursing and has a passion for haematology. She has worked in cancer care across various nursing roles for many years.  As a Cancer Support Coordinator for Cancer Council ACT, she offers support and information on the 13 11 20 phone line and provides education in the community to cancer patients, their families and friends, medical professionals, and the public.

Alex Dreyer

Cancer Support Coordinator

Alex joins our team from Cancer Council Western Australia where he delivered the adult and child nutrition programs. Alex was an Accredited Practising Dietitian for 5 years prior to joining Cancer Council in 2021. He has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and Master of Dietetics as well as experience in prevention services in community outreach scenarios. Alex looks forward to combining a little of all his expertise and experiences together in his role supporting the delivery of Cancer Council ACT’s prevention programs - SunSmart and Tobacco Cessation - to schools, workplaces and across the community through education and individual sessions.


Nikki Kayatz-Monahan

Cancer Support Coordinator

Nikki has worked in nursing and community support for over 4 years and is currently undertaking a double degree in Nursing and Paramedics where she is in her third year at the ACU. Her time in community and disability support saw her work across varying needs from social support to high needs behaviours. Nikki brings these skills and expertise across to her role in delivering the Cancer Council ACT SunSmart and Tobacco Cessation programs to schools, workplaces and across the community through education and individual sessions.

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Cancer Council ACT


33 113 296 601



(02) 6257 5055



Unit 1 (The Annex)
173 Strickland Crescent
Deakin ACT 2600

Postal Address

Deakin West ACT 2600