Meet our team


  • Kerry Strydom

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kerry leads the team and activities of the Foundation; working together as “a small team with a significant impact”. Kerry is dedicated to growing the Foundation to maximise the funding of bold cancer research in Australia. Her experience spans leadership roles across Pharmaceuticals, FMCG and professional services, both locally and internationally. As a Chartered Accountant, Kerry is focused on delivering efficient and effective operations.

  • Dr Ian Brown FTSE

    Chief Scientific Officer

    Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering with extensive international executive experience in both business and research. Dr Brown brings considerable knowledge to assist the ACRF team with grant management and technical communications.

  • Cheryl Riddington

    Executive Assistant

    Cheryl is the executive team’s right hand and the ‘ringmaster’ of the office. She coordinates all aspects of the grant application process, bequest administration, and goes out of her way to keep the office humming and happy. Cheryl enjoys a holistic view of the ACRF; from the humbling supporter stories and events, to the world-class standard of grant applications, and finally to the outcomes being achieved in cancer research in Australia. Cheryl loves that the ACRF is making a real difference and she is proud to be part of the ACRF family.

  • Siddique Abu


    Siddique is the ACRF numbers man, overseeing all of the ACRF accounts. Reporting to our CEO Siddique is responsible for donation income, grant payments and fundraising expenses. He works across accounts payable and receivable, bank reconciliation, regular giving processing, end of month processing and investment book keeping.


  • Mat Fisher

    Philanthropy & Community Giving Manager

    Mat is excited to work with our community to grow support for cancer research funding in Australia. Having enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing across a range of sectors, Mat enjoys nothing more than meeting with philanthropists and working to achieve great things. He works across all of our community engagement activities together with our small but amazingly powerful team.

  • Victoria Bonsey

    Philanthropy & Engagement Manager

    Victoria brings plenty of knowledge and expertise to team ACRF. With a background in sales and marketing and over 20 years of experience working in Australian charities, she knows how to leave a lasting, positive impact on Australian communities. Victoria’s aptitude for relationship management helps individuals, trusts and foundations find a suitable fit for their donations, in turn helping the cancer research community to save lives by saving time!

  • Anne Casey

    Community Fundraising Coordinator

    Anne loves to support the incredible fundraisers in the community to meet and exceed their goals. Whether it’s through a head shave, running a marathon or climbing a mountain, Anne provides all the resources and support needed to make your challenge a reality, while raising vital funds for ACRF.

  • Svenja Steffen

    Corporate Partnerships

    Svenja looks after ACRF’s corporate partnerships and loves nothing more than creating unique collaborations that raise money and provide the opportunity to bring workplace teams closer to the fascinating world of cancer research. With over seven years’ experience in business consulting services and sales, both locally and abroad, Svenja is adept at delivering client outcomes while working on a variety of projects.

    Helping our partners to implement a corporate social responsibility plan aligned with their business goals, including workplace giving programs, fundraising events or proceeds of sales arrangements, allows Svenja to utilise her experience and give tangible hope to everyone touched by cancer.


  • Lee Christian

    Planned Giving Manager

    Lee manages the ACRF’s Planned Giving area which provides support and guidance to those who are considering including a gift in their Will to the ACRF. A highlight of Lee’s work is meeting and interacting with ACRF supporters (new and long-term). Lee does presentations to Senior Groups, meets with supporters one-on-one and enjoys spreading the message of the vital impact that bequests can have in speeding up new treatments and cures for cancer.

  • Michael Ow

    Planned Giving and Database Coordinator

    Michael assists Lee in the Planned Giving team, working closely with our supporters through ACRF’s many events, exhibitions and laboratory tours. Michael is all about efficiency and getting organised. Michael is process driven and great with data and reporting! He is passionate about supporting people who help others and finding out how their generous donations can help our cause.


  • Deborah Warner

    Direct Giving & Database Manager

    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.

  • Renee McCarthy

    Direct Giving & Database Assistant

    Renee works for the Direct Giving & Database team - assisting the Direct giving program with processing of donations, communicating with our regular givers and providing administrative support to the Direct Giving and Database Manager. Renee enjoys working with data and research and is driven by the generosity of our loyal supporters.

  • Anney Trinh

    Direct Giving and Database Assistant

    Anney works for the Direct Giving & Database team - assisting the Direct Giving program with the processing of donations, communicating with donors and providing administrative support.
    Anney finds happiness processing data and is motivated by the generosity of our loyal supporters.


  • Carly du Toit

    Marketing & Communications Manager

    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. As part of team ACRF, Carly has the privilege of building ongoing relationships with our grant recipients and seeing firsthand the impact of our supporter’s generous contributions.

  • Alicia Pragastis

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    Alicia is a passionate digital marketer, supporting the communications team across a range of creative and strategic initiatives including social media, design and email marketing. She enjoys bringing together creative ideas driven by data to ensure our supporters' online experience is the best it can be.