ROSS McLEAN, BA (UNSW), LLB (Hons) (Sydney), LLM (Dist.) (London)
Ross was for 25 years a partner, and is now Of Counsel, in the Sydney office of global law firm Baker McKenzie. In addition to managing the brand, marketing and commercial work for a range of multinational consumer law clients, Ross was also the pro bono partner and lawyer for significant charities including Benevolent Society, the oldest continuously operating charity in NSW.
Of his connection with Cooper he notes: “I first met Cooper when we shared scoring duties for his brother Mitchell’s Sydney Grammar U 13 cricket team, when Cooper was just nine. His love of all things sport, his ambition to be as good as he could be at his chosen sports and his closeness to and support of his family were apparent from the outset. These ingredients and his engagingly quirky personality helped us form a strong bond over succeeding years. I followed his development and achievements closely, often surprised at what he was capable of when he set his mind to it. I see Cooper’s example in his last year as setting the benchmark for the effort and tenacity that CBRF must demonstrate so that real progress is made, and ultimately victory achieved, in the fight that Cooper began. I am pleased to help CRBF take up that fight.“
COLIN BRADING, MLaw, (Australian National University) BSc, (ANU) BEc (ANU), GAICD
After graduating from the Australian National University in 1994, Colin began his corporate career with Andersen Consulting (Accenture), and today, has some twenty five years senior management and executive level corporate experience, working within three of the largest global IT entities.
Outside the corporate world, Colin has worked in a voluntary capacity for both Matthew Talbot Homeless Services Woolloomooloo, together with The Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross, working at the coal-face with severely disadvantaged members of our community.
His greatest achievement however, does not come within the confines of the boardroom, nor with regards to his philanthropic passions, but instead in his role as a very proud and dedicated father to two boys, Mitchell and Cooper. It is this role that has lead him to become co- founder of the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.
When Colin’s youngest son Cooper was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive osteosarcoma in February 2016, it became apparent to him, something had to be done to improve the unacceptable mortality rate for this cancer, which predominantly affects adolescents and young adults. His passion to facilitate answers, provide hope, and to change the trajectory of this cancer for young patients, together with being privy daily, to Cooper’s courage and strength of spirit throughout, inspired the inception of the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.