The Brain Cancer Collective
The Brain Cancer Collective (BCC) was established in 2018 as the fundraising arm of Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia (BCBA) with the objective of raising funds to build Australia’s capacity for brain cancer research.
BCC Founder, Robyn Leonard, is a passionate consumer advocate who lost her 34 year old daughter, Lucie, to brain cancer. Robyn is also the Founder of BCBA, which she established in 2015 with the help of leading brain cancer clinicians and researchers across the country.
BCC is a response to the lack of funding available to support research platforms such as BCBA, tasked with enabling transformational brain cancer research. For more information click here.
BCC is a registered health charity with full Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, governed by a Board of Directors.
Prof. Michael Besser AM
Michael is a consultant neurosurgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) and the Children’s Hospital Sydney. He is a clinical professor at the University of Sydney and lectures in surgical anatomy. Michael was formerly the Head of the Department of Neurosurgery RPA, Chairman of the Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Chairman Neurosurgical Board, President Neurosurgical Society of Australasia and Examiner in Neurosurgery RACS. Michael is a triathlon enthusiast and has represented Australia at eight triathlon world championships in standard, long course and ironman events.
Robyn has been an active brain cancer consumer advocate for over 12 years. Her diverse background includes qualifications in landscape architecture, horticulture, general nursing and midwifery, as well as many years working in the media as a television producer. Robyn is the founder of BCC and BCBA. She currently sits on the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO) Management and International Clinical Research Committees and is a member of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission Strategic Advisory Group.
Andrew is Chief Economist (Australia and New Zealand) for Goldman Sachs, where he has worked since 2007. Andrew previously held roles at the Reserve Bank of Australia, United Nations, and NSW Treasury, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a Master of Economics from Sydney University. Andrew is a former school friend of Lucie Leonard – the inspiration for Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia.
Robert is Principal, Elucidate Accounting & Tax, a boutique tax practice he established in 2004 after many years of tax and accounting experience in a broad range of industries. Robert is a Chartered Accountant, has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from University of Western Sydney and is a Registered Tax Agent.
Roy is a practising barrister in health law related matters. Roy is qualified in medicine, law and business with MBBS, LLB and MBA degrees. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine, Royal College of Pathologists Australia. Prior to becoming a barrister he has worked as the Legal Director, Sydney Local Health District; Director of Medical Programs, NSW Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network and Director of Medical Administration at RPA Hospital.