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Children's Tumour Foundation

Our People

While the Children's Tumour Foundation (CTF) has significant community reach and remains the only national charity in Australia supporting those living with NF, we are staffed by a small team of six, who all work part-time.  By having a small, agile and cross-skilled team, we ensure funds are invested where they are needed most.

OUR marketing & fundraising TEAM

Renee Anschau 

Head of Marketing and Fundraising

Renee is an experienced marketer and confident campaigner with over 15 years of experience in media, marketing, fundraising, event management and digital communications. She has a passion for purpose-driven projects, people and brands that challenge you to think about the world differently. 

She has spent the past 5 years using those skills to protect and support some of the most vulnerable and is now completely focussed on improving the lives of those living with NF in Australia. 

Renee is responsible for the brand health of the organisation, growing corporate and community revenue, as well as overseeing the marketing and communications portfolio. As a mother herself, she empathises deeply with the families wrestling with the implications of such a devastating condition.

She believes that when we know better, we do better and wants to use her time and expertise to elevate the Children’s Tumour Foundation from a little-known charity to a highly recognised and respected national brand. A brand the NF community can be proud of. 

Email: renee.anschau@ctf.org.au

OUR support TEAM

Natalie McCloughan

National Support Co-ordinator

Natalie joined the Children’s Tumour Foundation after completing her Master of Genetic Counselling and is currently the longest serving member of the team. She has spent the past five years working towards establishing better support and services for the NF community and empathises deeply with the families she meets.  

As a new mum, that empathy has only intensified, making her an invaluable and incredibly knowledgeable member of the support team.

Nat has a dual role working as VIC/TAS Support Coordinator for the CTF and the Clinic Co-ordinator at Royal Children’s Hospital clinic, but her ultimate focus is set on ensuring the CTF’s support services rival those of big-name charities.

Email: natalie.mccloughan@ctf.org.au

Ruth Lindsay

National Support Co-ordinator

Ruth is an experienced case management and community development professional. She has lived in London and Amsterdam and was previously the editor of a leading airline magazine. After having her son in Amsterdam she moved back to Sydney and continued her freelance magazine career; however, when her youngest child started school she knew it was time to make a change and follow her dream of studying social work.  

Before starting as the CTF’s Support Coordinator, Ruth worked at an organisation that supported homeless women and children and as community development coordinator. She’s a trained parenting group facilitator and is passionate about connecting people, creating communities and encouraging people to tell their stories. Her hope is that every person with NF feels empowered and able to have their voice heard. 

Email: ruth.lindsay@ctf.org.au

Meredith Fanelli

National Support Co-ordinator

Meredith graduated from Sydney University as a Speech Pathologist in 1994 and commenced working in acute adult services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, specialising in Head and Neck Cancer and Brain Injury. After her return to Sydney, she worked at several large teaching hospitals while simultaneously completing a Masters of Health Administration at UNSW. 

She then transferred to the Community Health sector and managed Frail Aged and Dementia Specific Day Care Centers, Carer Respite Services and Complex Community Case Management Services.  

After the birth of her two children, she transitioned to private enterprise, partnering with her husband in their own engineering business. Following the sale of the company in 2019, Meredith was able to reassess her options and decided to return to a focus of helping others in the community. She became one of our Support Service Coordinators, while also leaving room for her passion projects - volunteering for animal charities (Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and Cat Protection Society). 

The Support Services Coordinator role enables her to utilise her skills and experience in patient/client advocacy, service development and health professional education and training.  She readily admits that she had not previously heard of Neurofibromatosis, but has made it a mission to learn and research the condition and to raise awareness, particularly amongst medical and health professionals. 

Email: Meredith.fannelli@ctf.org.au

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