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Children's Tumour Foundation

Leadership & Governance

At the Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF), we are committed to open and transparent governance to ensure we are meeting our mission in line with our community and partners’ expectations.

The CTF is governed by a Board of Directors, and supported by two expert sub-committees. We are grateful to all each committee member, who give their time freely and passionately to help us conquer NF.


Nirmal Hansra

Chair (Acting) | Chair of Audit & Risk Committee | Member of the Lisa Palmer Foundation Committee

Nirmal is Chair of Campbell Page Ltd and Link Housing Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Have A Voice Pty Ltd. He has more than 13 years’ corporate advisory and board experience and 35 years’ senior executive experience as Finance Director/ Chief Financial Officer of leading Australian and International companies.

These include Industrea Ltd, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Ruralco Holdings Ltd, Rentworks Ltd, NetComm Australia Pty Ltd, Fujitsu Australia Ltd and Texas Instruments Australia Ltd.

Nirmal’s extensive governance, strategic and corporate planning and financial experience makes him the ideal Acting Chair for the Organisation and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.


Stephen Kulmar

Director | Chair of Marketing & Philanthropy Committee 

Stephen is Chair of Edge & Co Pty Ltd and Founder of Retail Oasis, a boutique retail marketing service company. He was previously Chairman and CEO of IdeaWorks and has more than 40 years’ experience in retail and brand strategy, channel to market strategy and business development. 

Steve’s vast marketing and brand strategy experience as well as network of colleagues means he is well placed to chair the CTF’s Marketing & Philanthropy Committee.


Hugo Dudley-Smith

Director | Member of the Audit & Risk Committee 

Hugo is a Managing Director of the independent investment firm Gresham Advisory Partners. He has extensive experience in providing advice in relation to corporate strategy, M&A transactions and capital raising and previously worked with Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney.

Hugo’s strong financial background and network is of great benefit to the CTF and his membership of the Audit and Risk Committee.


Laurence Dell


Laurence is a Partner at PwC in Melbourne, leading the enterprise performance improvement practice. He specialises in delivering productivity programs that result in significantly improved and sustainable business performance.

With over 15 years consulting experience, Laurence has led complex performance improvement projects across a range of industries. He is an expert in the telecommunications industry and chairs our Victorian State Committee.


Peter Krideras

Director | Chair of Support Services Committee | Member of the Marketing & Philanthropy Committee

Peter has more than 20 years’ retail experience and is the former co-founder and director of Global Market Place, which owned Australia’s leading online events platform Click Frenzy and number one online publication Power Retail.

Peter’s strong background in digital marketing is of huge benefit to the CTF’s Marketing & Philanthropy Committee.


Lisa Shand

Director | Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Lisa has more than 30 years’ experience as an institutional account executive in the Australian equity market working for global investment banks such as ABN Amro, RBS Equities Australia Ltd and Nomura Australia Ltd.

She is currently Director of Sydney, Morgans Financial Ltd. Lisa’s background lends itself well to the CTF’s Audit and Risk Committee.


Donna Player

Director | Member of the Marketing & Philanthropy Committee

Donna is the Merchandise Director at Camilla Australia. Donna has worked in the Australian Retail market for over 30 years and held senior positions in many iconic brands including David Jones, Big W, Katies and Grace Bros. 

Donna is also a non-executive director of Accent Group and Baby Bunting. Donna has a strong background in brand, merchandise and supplier strategy and is an active member of the CTF’s Marketing & Philanthropy Committee.


John Slack-Smith

Director | Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

John is the Executive Director and COO of Harvey Norman. John started his career with Harvey Norman over 23 years ago, spending most of his time in the Computer and Communications Division, rising quickly through the ranks to be appointed General Manager of that division in July 1999. Soon after he was appointed Executive Director in March 2001 and Chief Operating Officer in 2005.

John also serves on the Barker College Council and is the Chairman of the Barker College Foundation. His strong financial and operational efficiency background serves the CTF’s Audit and Risk Committee well.



Clinical Associate Professor Mimi Berman

A/Prof Mimi Berman is the Head of the Clinical Genetics Department at Royal North Shore Hospital. 

Her special interest is in the care of adults and children with NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis. She has a PhD in Neurogenetics in the area of muscle performance and metabolism. A/Prof Berman is the Co-Chair of the ACI Clinical Genetics network, the current president of the Australasian Association of Clinical Geneticists (AACG) and is the Medical Advisor to the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia.