The current Board of the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation is made up of six directors who are responsible for overseeing the organisation.
Dr Joseph Collins, DBL, MBA, FAICD, SFCDA, FAGSL
Dr Joe Collins was appointed Chairman, Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation in March 2008. Currently Chairman, Findex Client Advisory Group and joined the Findex Board’s Investment Committee as the Client Advocate in July 2018. Currently Executive Chairman & CEO, Joenda Pty Limited; Board Trustee, Follow Your Dream Foundation and appointed Chairman, Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project by Lions Clubs International Foundation in 2016. Formerly, Chief Executive Officer, St Luke’s Hospital & Aged Care Group and Founding Chairman, Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. Joe is a passionate advocate for childhood cancer research, including serving as Chairman, Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. Dr Collins is a Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as a Faculty Member and Honorary Life Fellow, Australian Graduate School of Leadership.
Susan Walter, AM
Sue is the founder of the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation and Chief Executive Officer. Sue was appointed to the board on 6 March 2008. Sue is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she is also a member of the Parent Advisory Council at the Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. As a former Board Director of Children’s Cancer Institute Australia Sue brings to the board 20 years of community fundraising experience. Sue also brings a wealth of knowledge about the needs of children and families, having spent 8 years with her son Steven Walter at Sydney Children’s Hospital before his passing in July 2000. She is a former board director of Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. Sue Walter has been accepted as a member of the Order of Australia being awarded and AM in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday honours list for “service to the community through fundraising programs for childhood cancer research, particularly as Founder of the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation”.
Allan was elected as the inaugural Executive Director of the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation on 6 March 2008. Allan is one of the founding fathers of The Snowy Ride and has been heavily involved with The Snowy Ride since. He is a Life Member of Oyster Bay Motorcycle Club and has been involved with organising state events and is also a motorcyclist with over 25 years’ experience. He is a life member of Apex following his sixteen years as an Apexian. Allan operated his plumbing business in Sydney for 25 years employing up to 75 staff. He has since retired and is working in a voluntary capacity with the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Ian was appointed to the board of Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation on 6 March 2008. Ian is the Regional General Manager for Kia Motors Australia, based in Melbourne, Australia. He was previously Southern Region General Manager for Hyundai Motor Company Australia and General Manager of the Motorcycle Division of Honda Australia where he commenced in the role of State Sales Manager in Sydney in 1992. It was in the role of General Manager for Honda that Ian became associated with the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation, playing a pivotal role in securing the initial sponsorship for The Honda Snowy Ride. He has broad experience across sales, marketing, franchising and sponsorship within commercial operations.
Ronald L Spackman
Ron was appointed to the board of the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation on 6 March 2008. Ron joined the Sydney law firm of Freehills, in 1987 after practicing for ten years in Canada where he was a partner in a major commercial law firm. His practice at Freehills embraced mergers and acquisitions, cross border aircraft leasing, joint ventures, financings, privatisations, public offerings and all aspects of retail and wholesale funds management. He retired as a Partner of Freehills in 2009. Ron holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney.
He is a former Chief Executive of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and has overseen and raised more than $250M for non-profit organisations in his career. Adam is a commercially astute and visionary leader with extensive experience as a CEO, Executive Director and adviser in the community, sport and not-for-profit arena. His ability to create a strong, positive culture, and instill trust and confidence in people, is a hallmark of his development over the past 18 years, and a key factor in the success of the organisations and functions he has led.