Meet our team


  • Kerry Strydom

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kerry brings passion and commitment to lead the small team for high impact. She calls on experience from her corporate career which spanned business functions and international locations, including over a decade in clinical research. Kerry is now dedicated to advancing pioneering cancer research, bringing new solutions to people impacted by cancer.​

  • Cheryl Riddington

    Executive Assistant

    Cheryl is the executive assistant and ACRF office manager. She ably coordinates the grant application process, governance, and keeps the office humming and happy. Cheryl is inspired by the real difference that ACRF is making, the world-class standard of grants, and the humbling stories our supporters share with us.​

  • Siddique Abu


    Siddique is the ACRF Accountant, conducting financial transactions, reporting and performance analysis.
    Siddique finds contentment in bringing together his professional skills as an accountant and relationships to help fund world-class cancer research. ​


  • Emma Vincent

    Head of Donor Engagement

    Emma has worked in fundraising across different Australian charities and agencies for almost 20 years, with a specialised focus in individual giving, philanthropy and donor engagement. She has a passion for creating integrated fundraising campaigns and sharing stories that emphasise how vital our supporters are in helping to bring us closer to a world without cancer. Emma leads a dedicated team at ACRF that work closely with our generous donors to help Back Brilliant cancer research.

  • Victoria Bonsey

    Philanthropy Manager - National Lead

    Victoria brings considerable philanthropy expertise to team ACRF. With a love for making a lasting, positive impact on Australian communities, she has over 20 years of experience working in charities. Victoria’s aptitude for relationship management helps individuals, or trusts and foundations find a suitable fit for their donations, in turn helping to back brilliant ideas which help save lives.​

  • Liz Wilson

    Philanthropy and Engagement Manager

    Liz has worked for not-for-profit organisations in the arts and health for many years. She has a passion for working in areas that provide meaningful engagement with the community and seeks to engage with people to make a positive change. In her role, Liz manages estates with bequests to ACRF and assists our amazing donors who choose to honour ACRF with a gift in their Will. ​

  • Belinda Patton

    Donor Engagement Coordinator

    After working in the corporate sector for many years, Belinda transitioned into the not-for-profit sector with a desire to give back and drive meaningful change. Belinda brings over 15 years experience in donor engagement, individual and planned giving to her role. Belinda is passionate about connecting with donors and making sure they feel supported in backing brilliant research to help us one day reach a world without cancer.

  • Anna Stoddart​

    Donor Engagement Assistant

    Anna supports ACRF's donor relations team, connecting one-on-one with our valued donors and ensuring they feel thanked and appreciated for their contributions. She loves the opportunity to listen to our supporters' stories and is passionate about sharing our work with them. Anna is inspired by how far we've come as an organisation, and the monumental outcomes in cancer research made possible by our wonderful donors.​


  • Melanie Tully​

    Head of Partnerships and Community Fundraising

    Mel leads the Partnerships and Community Fundraising programs at ACRF. She believes strongly in the power of purpose-led collaboration and enjoys working with our partners to create shared value programs which engage employees and consumers, whilst raising funds for ACRF. Mel is also passionate about inspiring the ACRF community to raise funds through the development of innovative and engaging fundraising initiatives. ​

  • Lara El-Eter

    Senior Community Fundraising Coordinator

    Lara is an experienced fundraising professional with a background in community engagement, fundraising and events in the for-purpose sector. She is driven by the opportunity to connect the wider community towards raising funds and awareness for cancer research. She is passionate about making real, lasting differences to those impacted by cancer, and knows how vital our supporters are to help reach a world without cancer.

  • Sarah Hawkesford

    Senior Partnerships Coordinator

    Sarah brings her experience in marketing and fundraising to support and drive partnerships at ACRF. She enjoys working closely with organisations to harness the power of partnerships and build and maintain relationships focused around taking actions that will benefit society. With the support and commitment of our partners, we can continue to back brilliant cancer research.

  • Isabella Hill

    Partnerships Coordinator​

    Isabella works with a focus on Corporate Fundraising Activities and Workplace Giving Initiatives. At ACRF, Isabella works to build and maintain relationships with all different types of organisations across Australia. She is passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility and informing current and future partners of the incredible, groundbreaking research we fund and the tangible benefit of working with us. ​


  • Deborah Warner

    Head of Supporter Service and Data Operations

    Deborah manages the ACRF’s fundraising appeals and our database. She loves nothing more than developing appeal campaigns that inspire and motivate existing and new supporters. The beauty of Deborah’s role is that it brings out the best in both sides of her personality: her social side enjoys communicating with our loyal and regular supporters, whilst her ‘geeky’ side loves poring over data and numbers in our database, Salesforce.

  • Michael Ow

    Salesforce & Systems Lead

    Michael provides support to team ACRF regarding Salesforce and data, including training and troubleshooting system requirements. He's process-driven and passionate about efficiency and getting the team working effectively with information and various systems. Michael empowers the team to help show our generous donors the impact they are making.​

  • Anney Trinh

    Donations Administrator

    Anney finds happiness processing data and is motivated by the generosity of our loyal supporters. With a keen eye for numbers, Anney processes donations and provides administrative support to our generous donors.

  • Kylie Jones

    Donations Administrator

    Kylie has previously worked in the not-for-profit sector, within the disability sector as well as volunteering for a not-for-profit Australian charity in her time since moving back to Sydney in 2019 after a lifetime of living in Melbourne. Kylie is working as Donations Administrator for the ACRF team and has a passion, enthusiasm & dedication for helping and supporting people from all walks of life, especially supporting our wonderful and generous donors. Kylie is also dedicated to what ACRF is doing to Back Brilliant Cancer research and to one day eliminate cancer all together.

  • Kaitlin Riddington

    Donor Admin Assistant

    Kaitlin enjoys assisting Team ACRF to help make a difference in the lives of people with cancer. Kaitlin is inspired by the vital research that is being funded into all cancers thanks to the support of our donors.

Marketing, Communications and Digital Team​

  • Carly du Toit

    Head of Marketing, Communications and Digital

    Carly leads the marketing and communications activity at ACRF. She’s passionate about delivering engaging, outcomes-focused donor communications and helping tell the stories of all the people who contribute to the extraordinary world of ACRF. Carly has the privilege of building ongoing relationships with our grant recipients and seeing firsthand the impact of our supporters' generous contributions.

  • Isabelle Dunster

    Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

    Isabelle supports the marketing and communications team at ACRF. With a background in Public Relations, she enjoys sharing ACRF's story through social media, events and strategic marketing initiatives. Isabelle is motivated by the impact of ACRF's commitment to accelerating cancer research.

  • Stephanie Chandler

    Marketing & Digital Coordinator

    Steph loves to support and work in the marketing and communications team at ACRF. With previous experience in not-for-profits, she enjoys working to make an impact, and creating meaningful difference. Steph is motivated by ACRFs commitment to funding cancer research, and is gratified that she can help support this everyday.

  • Sarah Holmes

    Graphic Designer

    Sarah is a passionate and creative graphic designer. She supports team ACRF by bringing the brand to life through meaningful, impactful, and original visual communications. Sarah is excited to bring the brilliant stories of ACRF to the main stage and showcase the impact of donor support.