Our Board

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Chairman

Tom Gleisner

Arguably one of Australia’s finest writers and directors, Tom became involved with Challenge while working with radio station Triple M as part of the legendary D Generation. Since 1991, he has played a pivotal role in the development of Challenge. Tom has held a number of roles on the Committee but his most significant contribution has been as Chairman. He oversaw the transition of Challenge from the Red Cross to its independency and has guided the organisation since then. His gift to Challenge has been his holistic approach across all management streams giving the organisation direction and stability.

A writer, producer and occasional performer, Tom is happy to use his talents to promote Challenge either in a hosting capacity or with his literacy skills.

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Vice Chairwoman

Angela Scaffidi

Angela established change and communication consultancy SenateSHJ in 2002. She is now joint Managing Partner for Australia and Head of Change.

Having lost her mother and sister to cancer, Angela is a strong advocate of Challenge’s mission to improve the quality of the lives of children living with cancer and their families. She established the Scaffidi Foundation annual scholarship for Challenge members to support their educational needs.

Angela is also chair of the Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) and a member of the Broadmeadows Schools Network Advisory Board. She is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

Angela provides advice and support to Challenge on staffing and communication matters.

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Secretary

Drew Robinson

Drew is a Chartered Accountant, specialising in the area of tax and small/medium size businesses. He is well regarded for his expertise in the entertainment and sporting industries and has represented some of Australia’s greatest athletes and entertainers.

Drew has served as a Director on several high profile boards and was the first person outside of the golfing fraternity to be appointed to the board of PGA Australia. He spent seven years as Finance Director of the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation and currently sits on the VMEC finance committee. Drew is an integral member of the Challenge Committee and brings an invaluable financial and strategic mindset to Challenge.

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Treasurer

George Politis

George has an extensive background in finance working for various media networks over a 25 year period. He was an inaugural board member of Challenge in 1995 taking up the responsibility of Honorary Treasurer. He is held in high regard by his peers and has been instrumental in establishing a number of successful business. George is currently practising as a Financial Consultant and is the Managing Director and owner of Astra Apartments, a national serviced apartment operation. George’s budgetary expertise has assisted Challenge greatly in growing the organisation.

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Steve Walsh

Steve’s family became involved with Challenge in 1998 when his eldest daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with cancer.

Steve provides a unique insight into Challenge’s operations and management as a father of a teenager with cancer. He has experienced first-hand the impact Challenge has on the family unit. In 2003 Steve joined the Board hoping to assist other families going through a similar journey. He helped form the Dads’ Ultimate Challenge (DUC) Club which is a program specifically aimed at providing a support network for dads.

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Craig Gathercole

Craig and his family became involved with Challenge in 2003 when their seven year old son, Tom, was undergoing treatment for cancer. He is an extremely passionate man and wanted to make a difference to the lives of other families travelling the cancer journey. With his 25 years’ experience in the commercial construction industry, Craig played a pivotal role in the renovation of the Challenge Family Centre.

 

He joined the Board in 2012 and now monitors and ensures that all Challenge facilities are compliant with relevant building regulations. Craig’s interest in motorbikes also led him to be involved in both the Challenge Motorbike Camp and what is now Australia’s biggest dirt bike charity event, the Challenge Ride4Kids.

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