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Cancer Council NSW announces Jeff Mitchell as new CEO

Cancer Council NSW has announced the appointment of Jeff Mitchell as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following an extensive recruitment process. Jeff will commence in the role on 24 October, replacing Jim L’Estrange, who has decided to leave Cancer Council NSW after three years as CEO.

Mr Mitchell has had an impressive career, bringing to Cancer Council NSW over 35 years of commercial experience, principally in banking and finance.  He has held senior roles with a number of financial institutions, most recently Westpac, where he was Group General Manager, responsible for leading the refresh of Westpac’s group strategy.

His demonstrated success in leading diverse and cross-functional teams will ensure he can further inspire and motivate a passionate staff group, while his commercial experience will allow him to continue to implement effective and efficient strategies within the organisation, to maximise the generous fundraising efforts of Cancer Council NSW’s community.

Mr Mitchell will bring valuable familiarity and knowledge of the operations, opportunities and strategic challenges of Cancer Council NSW. He has been a member of the Board of Cancer Council NSW since April 2015 and has chaired its Audit and Risk, Investment and IT Committees.

Mark Phillips, Chairman of Cancer Council NSW said:

“We are delighted to have a person of Jeff’s calibre as our new CEO. Jeff is a great leader and brings extensive commercial experience to the role, as well as an obvious passion and empathy for the work and ambitions of Cancer Council NSW.

“We are sorry to see Jim leaving us but we know that the organisation will be in safe hands with the baton being passed to Jeff.

“We thank Jim for his tireless efforts over the past three years. He has made a major contribution in furthering the role of Cancer Council, both in NSW and nationally, in mobilising the community to reduce the impact of cancer.”

Jeff Mitchell, newly appointed CEO of Cancer Council NSW, commented:

“I have seen a lot of great work and momentum during my time on the Board of Cancer Council NSW and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play a more hands on role in the organisation’s future.”

 From Cancer Council Media Release 13 September 2016

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