SSMRF Chair Cathy Yuncken to hand reins to Board Director Jill Deering

St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) announced today that Cathy Yuncken will step down from her positions as Chair and Board Director at the end of this year. Cathy will hand over the reins to fellow Board Director Jill Deering from 1 January 2023.

Cathy joined the Board seven years ago, and was appointed Chair in February 2020, following the retirement of founding Chair Professor John Edmonds. In her three years as Chair she has led the Foundation with strength and a steady steer through challenging times, most notably the Covid-19 pandemic, which materially disrupted the healthcare sector, medical research activities, and the Foundation’s fundraising programs. Cathy has been a driving force behind various partnerships and fundraising activities during her time on the Board, and as Chair played a key role sustaining donor support through this period, and sponsored the partnership between SSMRF and Southern Cancer Care.

More recently, Cathy was instrumental in hiring SSMRF CEO Pam Brown and Head of Fundraising, Marketing & Events Kathryn Lord, which, she says, now enables her to leave the Foundation in the capable hands of an outstanding management team.

“I am delighted that Jill Deering will succeed me as Chair of the SSMRF“, said Cathy. “Jill brings decades of senior management experience in the health and the not-for-profit sectors, at organisations including the Australian Cancer Research Centre, Sids and Kids – Red Nose Day and Nurses on Wheels and has served on the boards of several community organisations.

Our Board looks forward to working with Jill to build on the Foundation’s success of the last 15 years; awarding funding of circa $9 million to over 70 research projects, and partnering with UNSW and the SESLHD to establish the Microbiome Research Centre at Kogarah, Australia’s first research centre solely dedicated to studying the microbiota in health and disease.”

“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve on the Board of the SSMRF. I have no doubt that the SSMRF’s Board of eminent medical professors and commercial leaders will, with Jill in the Chair and the expertise and dedication of Pam and her team, see the SSMRF continue to build its awareness and scale so as to increase the funding, profile and impact of the world-class medical research being undertaken in and around the St George and Sutherland Hospitals.”

Cathy Yuncken

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