THE BOARD

 

We thank each of these remarkable individuals for donating their time and expertise to the Foundation

Chairman

Jeremy Sutcliffe

Jeremy Sutcliffe

Chairman

JEREMY SUTCLIFFE,  LLB (Hons), OAMP, MAICD

Chairman CSR  – July 2011 – 2018, non-executive director since December 2008 and held the position of interim CEO and managing director from 1 April to 31 December 2010.

Other CSR responsibilities
Member of the Remuneration & Human Resources Committee.

Experience and expertise 
Jeremy was formerly Group CEO of Sims Metal Management Limited from 2002 until 2008 and a director until 2009.

Other directorships/offices held

  • Non-executive director of Amcor Limited (2009 to current)
  • Non-executive director of Orora Limited (2013 to current)
  • Advisory role with Veolia Environmental Australia (2014 to current)

Witnessing children suffering from any illness, but particularly cancer, moves us all. My nephew suffered from leukaemia as a child and my wife’s nephew lost his battle with sarcoma aged twelve. My connection with Cooper and his brother is through Sydney Grammar which both my sons attended, Tom playing cricket with Mitchell and Will coaching Cooper also in cricket. Our love for our own sons gives us some insights into the emotions the Rice-Bradings must be experiencing and has motivated me to offer whatever help I can.

 

 

Directors

 

Keith Cox, OAM

Keith Cox, OAM

Medical Advisory Director

KEITH COX, OAM

Keith was the Oncology/ Chemotherapy Nurse Practitioner at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse unil the end of 2017, after some 38 years in cancer nursing.  He now remains involved in a consultant role. He is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and is an Accreditation Assessor for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

As a Nurse Practitioner, Keith bore a greater responsibility than a regular nurse, prescribing medicine, ordering tests and screenings,  and the referral of patients to other medical professionals.

Keith is a Board member of Cancer institute, Board member of the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation, for Research into Mesothelioma, Member of the Chris O’Brien partnership Advisory council, and committee member of the Foundation. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday honours list for his services to Cancer Nursing, his work with youth and his volunteer work.  Keith has a wide range of research experience and numerous publications.

I first met Cooper and his parents, when he first visited the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse to discuss chemotherapy. We connected from that first meeting as we talked about chemotherapy and its side effects. As he continued on his Cancer journey, we became very close, Cooper and I would be able to communicate on all levels.  It was a privilege to have cared for Cooper.

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Cox KM, Goel S, O’Connell RL, Boyer M, Beale PJ, Simes RJ & Stockler MR. (2011 epub). Randomized cross – over trial comparing inpatient and outpatient administration of high dose cisplatin, Internal Medicine Journal

McKenzie H, Hayes L, White K, Cox K, Fethney J, Boughton M & Dunn J. (2010 Epub). Chemotherapy outpatients’ unplanned presentations to hospital: a retrospective study, Supportive Care in Cancer

Presentations

Keynote, Plenary and Invited Conference Presentations, Workshops and Panel Discussions

Cox KM (2010) Leadership in Australian Cancer Nursing. Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 13th Winter Congress, Perth, July

Cox K (2010) Treatment Developments. Session Chair, 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Atlanta, USA, March
Cox KM (2009) Recent advances and practical solutions in managing chemotherapy side effects. COSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, November

Cox KM (2009) Cancer Information Update and its relevance to Enrolled Nurses, Enrolled Nurses Conference, Bomaderry, September

Cox K (co-facilitator) (2009) Venous Access Device Workshop. 12th CNSA Winter Congress, Newcastle, June

Cox KM (2009) Management of Tumour Lysis Syndrome. 12th CNSA Winter Congress, Newcastle, 3–4 June

Cox KM, Stirling A, Baychek K, Sister Act: CERS in Chemotherapy ambulatory unit. 6th conference of The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Adelaide, 6–8 October 2011

Paul Bernsconi

Paul Bernsconi

Director Governance

Paul Bernasconi, MAppFin, GAICD

Paul’s private advisory work augments his extensive global financial markets background having worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Tokyo, New York and Sydney throughout his investment banking career.

With over 25 years’ experience with institutional banking, specialising in currencies and financial risk management, he also has a strong business development history. His client relationships have spanned multi-national and domestic asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, private and public investment funds, corporate treasuries, financial intermediaries, not-for-profit organisations, unlisted companies and high net wealth individuals

During his career he has also had senior involvement in graduate and intern recruitment programs, mentoring roles and actively participated in community and charitable giving initiatives.

Paul holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“I was honoured to join the CRBF Board to help realise Cooper’s  vision of changing the current trajectory of sarcoma. Setting that seemingly Herculean goal was typical of a lad who was raised to relished a challenge, involved those about him, and pursued a sense of justice, despite knowing those efforts were only likely to benefit others. That sense of mateship, good humour and selflessness were the pillars of friendship between Coops and one of his great sporting allies and adversaries; my nephew Matt Jones.
I am proud to be part of pursuing Cooper’s mission in his absence, on behalf of his dear friend, my nephew Matthew,  and in the shared hope of preventing others from ever walking in such pernicious footsteps. “
Jennifer McAsey

Jennifer McAsey

Director

Jennifer McAsey has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working in print, broadcast media, film and as a lecturer and communications specialist.

She began her career in Victoria, working for the ABC and then for The Age, before being transferred to Sydney to work as the newspaper’s bureau chief.

She spent two years lecturing at Western Sydney University, and then more than 15 years as a senior journalist at The Australian newspaper, working as a feature writer, section editor and later specialising in sport. She has won numerous awards for her coverage of sports including the AFL, athletics and netball.

In 2009 Jennifer was appointed General Manager, Communications, at the Swans, utilising her expertise to enhance media coverage of the club.

For the past five years years she has been a freelance researcher and writer, and most recently wrote the coaching memoir for former Sydney Swans coach, Paul Roos.

‘I feel privileged to support Tania, Colin and Mitch as they carry on the work that Cooper started. It’s impossible not to be inspired by Cooper’s incredible bravery in the face of his illness, and his extraordinary selflessness to raise funds for sarcoma research, even though he knew it may not help him. Sarcoma is a devastating illness and it’s crucial that we provide the experts with all the resources they need to find treatments that will improve outcomes in the future.’

Heide Robson

Heide Robson

Finance Director

HEIDE ROBSON, BCom, MBA, CA

Heide is a highly accomplished tax accountant, businesswoman and philanthropist, with over 28 years of experience in accountancy.  Heide is currently a Tax Accountant with Rosen Partners, Bondi Junction, and  prior to this was a Senior Accountant with both BHP Billiton, Melbourne, and Siemens, Melbourne.

Heide is the Founder and Host of Tax Talks Sydney, and the Founder/CFO of Needu, Australia’s first free recruitment platform for SME employers.

Heide is mother to five  children,  who fill her with great pride.  However beyond that she is a self-confessed “tax nerd” and living and breathing tax which she says, “leads my  family to think that makes me incredibly boring.”

The first time I ‘met’ Cooper was when I read his school magazine article about having had cancer. He would have mentioned Sarcoma but I had never heard that word and so glanced straight over it. The main thing was that Cooper was well again. A year later my son whispered that Cooper died. The school sent a note the next day. Sarcoma. I went to  Cooper’s website and realised that Cooper had spent the last two years of his life trying to spare others from what he faced. He identified sarcoma is on the rise and targeting our young, and most of all that the survival rates are low with no improvement in sight due to the lack of research. How can we let our young die like this? CRBF is Cooper’s legacy. He worked tirelessly to the very end trying to save patients with sarcoma, after him. We need to help Cooper and continue where he was stopped. To save our children experiencing what he was forced to.”

Michael Furlong

Michael Furlong

Public Officer

Michael Furlong BA LLB (University of Sydney)

Diploma of Law (College of Law), Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Professional Experience:

October 1995 – Present Corporation Head Solicitor/General Legal Counsel -The AUTORE Group of Companies.

The Autore Group is a vertically integrated South Sea pearling corporate group which was established as an international wholesale pearl merchant business operating out of Sydney in 1991.

In 2004, The Group expanded its operations to include South Sea pearl farming when it established P.T. Autore Pearl Culture, an Indonesian entity, operating various pearl farms in Indonesia, mainly on the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa.

In April 2006, the Group purchased an Australian South Sea pearling group, the Clipper Pearling Group which operated various open sea pearling leases and associated pearl hatchery operations in the Kimberley coastal region with offices in Broome, Western Australia.

In 2007, the Group became involved in both the manufacture and wholesale and retail sale of its own range of bespoke South Sea Pearl jewellery and for some 3 to 5 years the Group operated retail stores both in Australia (Sydney and Broome) and Macau and through retail partnerships with.

In April 2006, the Group purchased an Australian South Sea pearling group, the Clipper Pearling Group which operated various open sea pearling leases and associated pearl hatchery operations in the Kimberley coastal region with offices in Broome, Western Australia.

As the Group’s General Legal Counsel since 1995, having been its external solicitor since 1992, I have seen and been intrinsically involved with and in its development as one of the world’s leading pearling businesses. The legal work I have been required to oversee runs the full gamut of commercial legal practice with particular emphasis on contractual negotiation and drafting, trade practices and trade marks law, administrative and employment law, Australian and international commercial law, commercial litigation and pearling law (Australian pearl producers and their operations are governed by specific state and territory-based legislation).

“I first met Cooper in about 2007 when I was the club cricket coach of his older brother, Mitchell. Cooper would attend the team’s training sessions and was keen to join us despite the 3 year age differential. Cooper was initially a little tentative but with some encouragement, not much was necessary, he was soon participating as if he was a fully-fledged member of the team. It was clear from the start that he was a talented young athlete who coupled his talent with a raw enthusiasm, both to prove his worth and also to try to get under his brother’s skin and prove his worth.

Initially, I was concerned to ensure that Cooper’s involvement did not put him in any physical danger but those concerns were soon assuaged by his ability to hold his own against boys significantly older and more physically developed. It was an early indication of his competitive spirit and determination and it wasn’t long before I recruited Cooper to play for us when various rep players were unable to play club matches in light of their rep cricket demands.

Cooper never shirked from the challenge, whether in the field or with the bat. He was always up to the challenge and was a very welcome addition to the side. For some 3 or 4 seasons, Cooper was effectively a member of the team and on a number of occasions it was his contribution that got the side over the line. Cooper was one for whom stepping up to the plate was never a problem. The bigger the challenge, the greater delight in seeing if he could meet it. He mostly did.

Cooper’s competitive nature and desire was impossible to miss but it appeared to be positively based and healthy as opposed to being self-indulgent or merely driven by ego. He was a team player and wanted the team to do well, not just himself. These were characteristics deeply imbedded. He was a great example to us all as was his courage in the face of a much bigger challenge, one which claimed him ultimately but not without a fight.

His battle was an incredibly difficult one which he bore with grace and fortitude and his desire to do what he could to assist others similarly suffering was a further indicator of his thoughtfulness and staunchness. Impressive! When an opportunity presented itself to me to see if I could assist, there was no way I could not agree to try to step up to the plate and do my bit. If, in any way, my contribution can make the lives of fellow sufferers a little better (and hopefully considerably better), I will be very happy to be working in Cooper’s shadow and re-tracing his gutsy steps.”

 
Ross McLean

Ross McLean

Legal Director

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

Colin Brading

Company Secretary

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.

 

Director Patient Care and Advocacy

Jack Gibson

Jack Gibson

My story is a lucky one. At the end of 2016, I had just turned twenty and life couldn’t have been much better. I’d just come off the best cricket season of my life, was loving my studies at University and was having a lot of fun in between it all.

After an unfortunate run of injuries in my back, ankle and left knee during the 2016/17 season, I ended up in Martyr Hospital on the 1st of February 2017 to finally get the all clear from my surgeon and get back to training.  I had experienced some persistent pain in my right quad during the recovery period, but that was largely expected due to compensating for my injured knee. However, after a routine MRI, I was shortly back in his office, where he informed me that I had a tumour in the bottom of my right femur. I sat there alone, in shock, for what seemed like an eternity. Twenty-year-olds aren’t supposed to think about cancer. They’re not supposed to think about how they’re going to tell their family and friends. Fortunately for me, they had caught it fairly early. I had a diligent doctor, and I was in the right place at the right time. I was lucky.

For the majority of 2017, I was in hospital undergoing chemotherapy, as well as having my entire knee and 20 centimetres of my femur bone replaced with titanium. The chemotherapy treatment for sarcoma is among the harshest and most brutal of the treatment for any cancer, and it is incredibly difficult for both patients and their families. I stopped recognising myself in the mirror. A hairless skeleton, twenty-five kilos lighter, stood where I was supposed to. But I knew I had a light at the end of the tunnel – the cancer was responding to the treatment, and everything went to plan. I was lucky.

I finished treatment for osteosarcoma in my right femur on the 1st September 2017. To be perfectly honest, I have tried my hardest to forget the entire experience since then and focussed on rebuilding a life. It has not been something I have ever really wanted to talk about or acknowledge, because I never wanted to be known as ‘the guy who had cancer’. Anyone going through this treatment has only one wish; to feel normal again. However, it has dawned on me that I have a unique opportunity to make some good of a scarring experience. I am all too familiar with the devastating process of diagnosis and treatment for this disease. Ironically, these experiences provide me a chance to give a voice to the patients and their families who are currently going through, or will go through, what my family and I went through last year. Tania and the rest of the Foundation have been incredibly accommodating to afford me this chance, and I am so grateful and excited to be able to help fight this horrific disease and continue Cooper’s vision.

Whilst I was unfortunate to never meet Cooper, we ironically had a lot in common. Like Cooper, I was treated at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, undergoing the same rigorous chemotherapy rotation throughout last year. We also shared a strong passion for sport, with a mutual love of cricket. By all appearances, we were young, fit and healthy until we were diagnosed with sarcoma. Sadly, this is a disease that does not discriminate; we were both active and young people before our respective diagnoses and we are unfortunately not anomalies. You do not have to look sick to have sarcoma, which is why so many patients are misdiagnosed for so long, until it is tragically sometimes too late. It seems there is a lingering assumption that you have to look markedly unwell to have cancer, which is one of the reasons that doctors don’t run further tests.

When I was diagnosed, I had never heard of sarcoma before, yet 1 in 5 childhood or adolescent cancers is a sarcoma. The treatment for this horrific disease has not markedly improved in decades, and half of those diagnosed will not survive. This devastatingly low survival rate means that sarcoma does not have a real voice to push for funding. So many patients are young and anonymous and cannot establish the ‘celebrity’ platform that exists for cancers such as breast cancer. Thanks to Cooper’s incredibly brave efforts and the remarkable support of his family, we now have that chance to increase awareness and accelerate the pursuit of a cure.

 

Consulting Legal Counsel

Julie Robb

Julie Robb

JULIE ROBB

A dispute resolution lawyer specialising in intellectual property, Julie has been a partner of Banki Haddock Fiora for nearly 20 years. She joined the firm from the Arts Law Centre of Australia, the national legal community centre for the arts, where she had been Senior Legal Officer and then Executive Director. She began her legal career at Allens, where she was a senior associate in the firm’s intellectual property and litigation group.

Julie co-ordinates Banki Haddock Fiora’s pro bono practice. The firm is a member of Justice Connect, on the panel of referral firms to the Arts Law Centre of Australia, and acts as the pro bono lawyers to the Walkley Foundation. Julie is a member of the Litigation Law and Practice, and Ethics, Committees of the Law Society of New South Wales.

Medical Advisory Board

Professor Martin Tattersall, AO

Professor Martin Tattersall, AO

Professor Martin Tattersall,AO,
MD,ScD,MSc,FRCP(London),FRACP

Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, Harvard Medical School.

MD & ScD University of Cambridge, MSc University of London, FRCP (London), FRACP.

Professor Martin Tattersall, AO, was appointed Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Sydney in 1977.

Today, Professor Tattersall is globally recognised and respected for his enormous contribution to cancer research and patient care, securing approximately $20 million of research funding, and supervising more than 20 PhD and MD research students. He was a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Cancer Committee for 20 years, and he is a Life Member of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) Roll of Honour. He was awarded the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) Cancer Achievement Award in 2000. He chaired the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC) from 1997-2008.

Keith Cox, OAM

Keith Cox, OAM

Medical Advisory Director

KEITH COX, OAM

Keith was the Oncology/ Chemotherapy Nurse Practitioner at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse unil the end of 2017, after some 38 years in cancer nursing.  He now remains involved in a consultant role. He is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and is an Accreditation Assessor for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

As a Nurse Practitioner, Keith bore a greater responsibility than a regular nurse, prescribing medicine, ordering tests and screenings,  and the referral of patients to other medical professionals.

Keith is a Board member of Cancer institute, Board member of the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation, for Research into Mesothelioma, Member of the Chris O’Brien partnership Advisory council, and committee member of the Foundation. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday honours list for his services to Cancer Nursing, his work with youth and his volunteer work.  Keith has a wide range of research experience and numerous publications.

I first met Cooper and his parents, when he first visited the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse to discuss chemotherapy. We connected from that first meeting as we talked about chemotherapy and its side effects. As he continued on his Cancer journey, we became very close, Cooper and I would be able to communicate on all levels.  It was a privilege to have cared for Cooper.

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Cox KM, Goel S, O’Connell RL, Boyer M, Beale PJ, Simes RJ & Stockler MR. (2011 epub). Randomized cross – over trial comparing inpatient and outpatient administration of high dose cisplatin, Internal Medicine Journal

McKenzie H, Hayes L, White K, Cox K, Fethney J, Boughton M & Dunn J. (2010 Epub). Chemotherapy outpatients’ unplanned presentations to hospital: a retrospective study, Supportive Care in Cancer

Presentations

Keynote, Plenary and Invited Conference Presentations, Workshops and Panel Discussions

Cox KM (2010) Leadership in Australian Cancer Nursing. Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 13th Winter Congress, Perth, July

Cox K (2010) Treatment Developments. Session Chair, 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Atlanta, USA, March
Cox KM (2009) Recent advances and practical solutions in managing chemotherapy side effects. COSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, November

Cox KM (2009) Cancer Information Update and its relevance to Enrolled Nurses, Enrolled Nurses Conference, Bomaderry, September

Cox K (co-facilitator) (2009) Venous Access Device Workshop. 12th CNSA Winter Congress, Newcastle, June

Cox KM (2009) Management of Tumour Lysis Syndrome. 12th CNSA Winter Congress, Newcastle, 3–4 June

Cox KM, Stirling A, Baychek K, Sister Act: CERS in Chemotherapy ambulatory unit. 6th conference of The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Adelaide, 6–8 October 2011

Dr Richard Boyle

Dr Richard Boyle

Dr Richard Boyle, BSc (MED) MBBS (Hons) FRACS FA (Orth) A, graduated with honours in medicine from UNSW and completed his orthopaedic training in Sydney, with advanced fellowship training in Sydney, Canada and Europe, including fellowships in Arthroplasty + Bone and Soft Tissue tumours.

 
Dr Boyle is a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and Royal Australian College of Surgeons, is the current Chair of Northside NSW Orthopaedic Training Scheme, and is a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. He is the medical director of the NSW Bone Bank, and is clinical Lecturer at The Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University. 
 
He is an active member of the Australian Sarcoma Group and International Society of Limb Salvage, has been an invited convenor and speaker at local and international conferences, and is involved in a number of clinical trials for tumour treatment.

Ambassadors

Jack Maddocks

Jack Maddocks

Jack Maddocks is an accomplished sportsman who currently plays for the Melbourne Rebels Rugby team, and was recently named in the Australian Wallabies squad for the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series. Jack was also a first grade cricketer, and Rugby World Cup u20’s team member.

I knew Cooper through primary school and the early years of high school. I played cricket and was friends with his older brother Mitch. Cooper was such a promising young cricketer that he used to train and play with us as well sometimes. I also remember he loved his AFL. My memory of Cooper is that he was a incredibly nice young boy who loved his sport. I saw a lot of myself in him, through his passion for being outdoors and spending time with his mates.

When I was 13 my older brother Will was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Luckily for us, Will made it through. But It was the toughest time of my life watching him go through his treatment so I understand fully the effects that cancer has not only on the patient but also those close to them.

Through my relationships with Will, Cooper and others, cancer has become something which I feel incredibly strongly about. So when I was offered the opportunity to become an ambassador for the Cooper Rice-Brading foundation, I jumped at the opportunity. I’m incredibly humbled to be given this opportunity and hope that I can make a difference in some way.

Paul Roos

Paul Roos

Paul Roos played 87 games for the Swans after joining the club in 1995 following a star-studded career with the old Fitzroy club or the Brisbane Lions as they are now known.  This included six seasons as captain.  Paul was runner-up in the Brownlow Medal – AFL’s highest individual player award, in 1986 after finishing third the year before. He also won the E J Whitten Medal, awarded to the best Victorian player in State of Origin football, in 1985 and 1988.

During his career with Fitzroy, he was a member of the Victorian representative team 10 years running, two as captain. He was also named in the All-Australian team on seven occasions, twice as captain.

After retiring as Swans coach, Paul took assumed the role of overseeing the Swans Academy, and made his mark as a columnist with News Limited newspapers and as a member of Fox Sports AFL commentary team.

In late 2013, the Melbourne Demons  signed him for  a three year deal with the club.  He successfully turned MFC fortunes around during his tenure.

At the end of 2016, Paul stepped away from his coaching duties with the Melbourne Demons and announced his return to the media, with FOX Sports and Triple M.

One of the joys of coaching your boys in junior sport is the contact you have with other families and the lessons you can pass on.  Often you come across boys that teach you valuable lessons also. One such family was the Rice-Bradings, and the young man that taught us all lessons was Cooper.

I was blessed to have spent time with Mitch and Coop. Coopers courage compassion and love of life was inspiring. He was a huge Demon and Swans fan and I’m pleased to say a great mate.

Its a privilege to be asked to continue his legacy through the Foundation.

Coop we will always remember you and you will always inspire us all.

Baxter Holt

Baxter Holt

Baxter Holt – CRBF Ambassador

Baxter Holt, is a young man who attended The Kings School, Sydney, who has been on the fringe of our life for many years.  He and Cooper, had trialled side by side for representative cricket selection for many years, and had faced one another on the field on many occasions, throughout the Sydney GPS cricket competition.  Coop’s big brother Mitch had also played against Baxter in the GPS competition.

But it was not just Baxter’s  outstanding achievements on the cricket field that resonated with Cooper, it was his thoughtfulness, and his unsolicited kindness.

Baxter took the time to write to Coop, when he was at his lowest ebb, after their school teams met on the field in the latter part of 2016. Cooper was struggling at this stage, as his cancer had metastasised to his right femur, and the pain of bowling was immense.  He was however, hell-bent, on ensuring no-one outside the family knew.  Baxter had no idea how serious Cooper’s condition was at the time, nor would he have known how much his words beautifully chosen words, meant to Coop, when he was so desperately in need of that random act of kindness.

Baxter has remained close to our family, and we are honoured to have him join us as Youth Ambassador for the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.

2018 Member Australian u19’s World Cup Cricket team
2017 Sixers Academy Squad
2017 Captain AAGPS x1 team
2017 Captain The Kings School 1st X1
2017 Member NSW metro u19 Australian Championship winning team
2017 NSW 2nd x1

Michael Wipfli

Michael Wipfli

Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli

Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli has graced the Sydney airwaves since 2011. After beginning his radio career in Perth, then becoming a regular on the ‘Hamish and Andy’ Saturday morning show,  he moved to Sydney and teamed up with Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald at Nova 969. The boys started their breakfast show tenure together and have been entertaining Sydney siders over their breakfast and on their commute to work ever since.  Michael attended Scotch College, Melbourne, and is married to Lisa, with two lively little boys, Ted and Jack.  Michael’s family and his highly successful media career, however, are but two of the many facets of his very busy life.

Michael has volunteered extensively in the not for profit space, with organisations such as Bandaged Bear(Westmead Children’s Hospital), My Room Children’s Cancer Charity, and the Cancer Council.  Michael also had intimate knowledge of sarcoma, through the tragic loss of a close friend, and used his medical connections nationally, to assist Cooper and his family in sourcing treatment options.

Michael formed a very special, and deeply meaningful friendship with Cooper in the final year of his life, enabling him to laugh, to dream, and to experience the normalcy he so yearned.  Not once did Michael fail in his support of Cooper through the very difficult times.  Since Cooper’s passing, Michael has vowed to assist the Foundation in very practical terms, by joining the Board, to ensure Cooper’s vision and his legacy are preserved.

Youth Ambassadors

Alexander Magiros

Alexander Magiros

Cooper was one of my closest mates at SGS. It feels like not long ago that we were messing about in our year 10 humanities class.
My fondest memory was kicking around an AFL ball on Birchgrove oval only to be pleasantly interrupted by Tania making sure that we had been well fed.
Throughout Coops’ first year of treatment, he lived as if nothing had changed. He remained the humorous,
enthusiastic and outgoing person that I know. Although he never spoke of his suffering or his Foundation, the work he had put into it was indescribable. His courage in the face of adversity is what was most inspiring.
I am proud to be an ambassador in honour of Cooper’s legacy which he worked so tirelessly to establish.
It is so important to educate our society of such a rare cancer as doctors at Lifehouse are seeing 3-4 new cases a week. I’m eager to help the Foundation progress in any way that I can.
Alexander Magiros

Max Bonic

When I moved to Sydney for the start of year 6, Cooper, also new to the school, was a massive influence in making that transition seamless. It was Cooper and his family who took my brother and me to watch an AFL game for the first time, a sport I had never seen before and it was Cooper who later encouraged me to give the sport a try for myself. It was from these foundations that our friendship was built.

Learning about Cooper’s diagnosis was obviously a shock and a very sad moment, but it wasn’t something I understood the realities of very well. My initial mindset was always one of optimism, that this would be a great challenge but one Cooper would come away from. I think this was largely the attitude Cooper adopted as well. One of the things I most admired about Cooper was his resilience and refusal to ever complain. He much preferred to keep himself busy and enjoy spending time with his mates than feel sorry for himself, which is something that definitely rubbed off on the people close to him.

When Tania asked if I would be interested in being an ambassador for the foundation, it was an easy decision. The work that the foundation has done so far in raising awareness and funding research into Sarcoma is astonishing. Cooper gave me so much through my friendship with him, so I leapt at the chance to help in any way I could. I am immensely proud to represent to foundation and I hope we can continue the great work that has already been done.

Max Bonic

Gus McGrath

Gus McGrath

My mate Cooper has had a big influence on my life. I want to keep it this way, forever.

We played sport which we both loved, mainly cricket and footy, we laughed, we played Poker, and we had fun. Coop never left our Scots group and even in his years and time at Grammar we stayed best mates.

When Coop got sick he never complained.  At first, I didn’t understand what was happening and Coop didn’t want to explain it. I respected that.

My Dad had been sick with Leukaemia when I was young so I knew that Cancer would change things. It didn’t change Cooper. He wanted to be part of everything as it had always been. So we played cricket, we played footy, we played cards, and I sat with him in the hospital when he was having treatment or recovering from it.

Coop was so brave. I wanted to tell him all the time because he was trying so hard to be normal and I wanted to help him. Sometimes in the silent moments nothing needed to be said, only that I would stand by him whatever it took.

When Tania asked if I would be an Ambassador for Cooper, I didn’t really understand what that would mean or what I can add. However, if I can honour Coops courage, his determination, and represent him when asked, I would do my best. Coop is not a memory for me, he is here every day and always will be.

Gus McGrath, September 2018.

Xavier Roche

Xavier Roche

My lasting memories of the friendship I shared with Cooper are of his unique sense of humour, our shared love of sport and competition and the courage he displayed throughout his illness. His personality and strength of character remain influential in my life and are never far from my thoughts.

The enduring impact of Cooper’s life on his friends remains immediately apparent in our Scots friendship group, through both consistent references to hilarious and unforgettable moments we had with Cooper and the decisions and actions each of us make, for which Cooper’s bravery and determination will always provide guidance.

In my 18 years I have known several family members and friends, in addition to Cooper, who have been diagnosed with cancer. Whilst the therapies they have undergone have often been brutal and challenging, thankfully with research and funding there are increasingly successful treatment protocols for many cancers and I have been able to see these family members and friends recover and thrive.

At the time of Cooper’s diagnosis I assumed that this would be the case for him too. I did not realise the aggressive nature of Sarcoma, nor the limited options for successful treatment and survival.

It is with this in mind that I am eager to be involved with the Foundation to assist in any way I can with lobbying for funding and research into Sarcoma.

Xavier Roche

 

 

Warwick Ward

Warwick Ward

“My earliest memories of Cooper are from Year 6 at the Scot’s College. With a mutual passion for sport and an identical sense of humour, we were destined to become really good mates. Funnily enough, it wasn’t until he had left Scots and moved to Grammar that we became so close.

Cooper’s cancer diagnosis was a really confronting experience. One of my biggest concerns was whether Cooper would be able to continue playing sport because he loved it so much. However, Cooper didn’t let his condition stop him, he continued to persevere, insisting he was the best sportsman despite playing one handed. Cooper’s sporting efforts are a testament to his perseverance and resilience.

Cooper rarely discussed his cancer because he didn’t want it to impact those around him. He was so brave and selfless, a true role model. No matter how tough things seemed to be I always believed he was going to be okay because he was so positive and motivated.

I am very proud to be an Ambassador for Cooper because I want others to be inspired by his perseverance and courage, just like I am. While I’m not too sure what being an ambassador entails, I feel very safe in Tania’s hands.”

Lachie Swaney

Lachie Swaney

Lachie Swaney CRBF Ambassador:

In late 2015, a very excited Cooper, returned home from school one day to let us know he had found the ‘an AFL rising star ‘ at Sydney Grammar School.  He could hardly contain his excitement, nor could he find the superlatives he needed to describe this young talent, he had discovered at a school athletics carnival.  The young man in question was Lachie Swaney, who fast became a very dear friend to Cooper until his passing in 2017, always bringing joy to his life when he needed it most.

Lachie is a member of the QBE Sydney Swans Academy. Last year he took part in the U/16 National Championships as a member of the NSW/ACT team while this year he played in all 5 games for the U/18 Sydney Swans Academy side in the National Academy Series.

“I am very happy to be coming on board as an ambassador as Cooper was a close friend of mine through the time we spent together through sport both inside and outside of school. He also was a major influence on my football as a self-proclaimed guru, providing endless support, making it a very easy decision when Tania asked me as I hope to work with the foundation to ensure that Cooper’s legacy lives on through continual research of Sarcoma.”

Marketing, Media & Public Relations Executive

Marnie Goss

Marnie Goss

Marketing

Marnie is an experienced marketing leader specialising in ecommerce, digital marketing and brand strategy with over 15 years experience working for retail leaders within the luxury retail industry.

She began her career in Brisbane in public relations before spending three years in London working for a prestige brands PR agency. After returning to Sydney, Marnie worked in the communications field for a luxury brand before starting an online retail business which she sold eight years later.

Marnie continues to work in senior leadership roles within the ecommerce and digital marketing space.

Catherine Mahoney

Catherine Mahoney

Publicist

Cathrine originally hails from the UK but she has happily called Sydney home since 2000, and is an accomplished Publicist by day, and an ‘apprentice’ Novelist by night.  Cathrine has spent the past 18 years working across a variety of entertainment companies including,  Sony Music, Channel 9 and the National Rugby League. Nowadays you can find her at Nova Entertainment where she is Senior Publicist as for the Fitzy & Wippa breakfast show, a role she loves.

While professionally immersed in the entertainment industry, it is an energetic nine year old called Louis, who is the centre of her universe.

Cathrine came into Cooper’s life at a time when he needed a breath of fresh air.  He immediately gravitated to her fresh, no nonsense approach to life, to her warmth, and genuine caring nature.  He saw her as a force of nature.

On my fridge door along with a postcard from my parents and two school certificates for my sporty 9 year old son you will also find a beautiful photo of Coops. He beams at me every morning when I reach for my milk. He inspires me every single day.

While Cooper was only in my life for a short time he had a huge impact on me. He had such a zest for life and wonderful and often very funny take on the world. I have no doubt he would have achieved all the things in his life he set out to do and would have been a success on the sports field or just as equally in the board room.

You realise just how precious life is when you see it taken away from someone so young that you love. I am honoured to be part of Coops legacy and to help in any way I can to help raise funds and awareness to search for a cure and to stop this disease in its tracks.”

Phillip Baker

Phillip Baker

Media and PR

PHILLIP BAKER

Phil is the former Associate Editor at The Australian Financial Review who, after 16 years at the paper, joined P&L Corporate in January 2018 as a Senior Consultant. As a former financial markets trader, he penned a daily column for the paper and a personal investment column in the “Smart Money” section of the AFRWeekend. He could also be heard on stations 2UE and ABC Radio Sydney, and seen on ABC TV’s Business Breakfast show, Nine’s Weekend TODAY and Sky News Business. Phil provides corporate strategic advice to P&L Corporate’s blue chip clients in a range of sectors including financial services, private equity, healthcare, energy, and food.

Before his career as a journalist Philip worked in financial markets for 15 years in Melbourne, Sydney and London.

Seb Aroney

Seb Aroney

IT Manager

Seb is the Founder and Director of Modern Power Solutions is an Australian business which primarily manufacturers innovative power access products and supplies them throughout Australia, New Zealand, and internationally.

Since its start-up in 2006, MPsolutions has provided a range of goods and services to thousands of customers across Australia, and in the last 2 years, been notably successful in selling good value and high quality innovative power access units including its magnificent range of pop up power outlets.

Seb built the CRBF website and spent many hours of his time consulting on this project, and was a pleasure to work with at all times.

Fundraising Executive Committee

Kate Longden

Kate Longden

“I am excited to be able to contribute in any way to raising awareness and funds towards research into sarcoma. In my lifetime I have seen rapid advances in research and treatments for many diseases. It is time now for sarcoma research and treatments to advance.”

Kirsten Martensen-Arms

Kirsten Martensen-Arms

Sarcoma, I never thought that this word, describing such an unforgiving illness, would mean so much to us. 

In 2011, on the cricket field, we met Coop and his amazing family, watching our sons bat and bowl.

Later, through witnessing Cooper’s and his family’s struggle with sarcoma, I learnt a lot about the almost nonexistent funding and lack of attention this illness has received.

The difficulties Coops and his family faced during their battle motivated me to help this Foundation.

Cooper, with his determination and drive to create his foundation in order to find a cure for sarcoma, whilst fighting for his own life, was and is just inspirational.

I am honoured to be involved in Coops’ legacy to help others, mainly teenagers, who are suffering at this very moment.

Lisa Scribner

Lisa Scribner

‘I first met the delightful Cooper when he played junior representative cricket with my son. As a mother of two boys I am devastated by the loss of Cooper. I look forward to doing whatever I can to help Tania and the rest of these wonderful people raise awareness and funds for sarcoma research in honour of a wonderful young man. ‘ – Lisa Scribner

Gloria Gapes

Gloria Gapes

I was so fortunate to meet Tania through our time volunteering at school. She was always there on rugby days quietly contributing and selflessly helping out. Now I  have been given the opportunity to support Tania through the CRBF I am honoured to do so.  Cooper’s vision to find a cure for Sarcoma is living on through Tania, Colin and Mitch and I’m so pleased to be able to assist them. 
Dianne Lawrance

Dianne Lawrance

I admire Cooper for taking action and having such determination in the face of his own adversity. He showed both courage and care which I feel flowed from a special heart.

I admire his family for their own courage and ability to push forward through sadness with a heartfelt care to stop anyone else from suffering Sarcoma and aim to provide support to those who sadly are suffering. Sarcoma is a horrific disease.

I cannot bear the thought of another teenager enduring such fate. It is only together that we can raise funds for much needed research to find a cure.

Alison Craig

Alison Craig

No one should have to face their own mortality at 18 – yet this is exactly what Cooper did; not only with great courage and bravery but with true inspiration, as he endeavoured to set up a legacy of some kind, to prevent other young people having to deal with this insidious disease.

Having worked in the health care industry for over 40 years – the last 14 specifically in the field of Multiple Sclerosis, I have witnessed first-hand, the extraordinary benefits of exciting new therapies discovered through research opportunities.

 As a family friend of the Rice-Bradings, I am delighted to support Tania, Colin and Mitch honour Cooper’s dream of raising awareness and funding for sarcoma research.

Dyan Comino

Dyan Comino

 I first met the Rice- Brading family through the Sydney Grammar community and was fortunate to get to know Cooper, when he played cricket with my son in 2016.

> Cooper always struck me as a sensitive, compassionate and fun loving character. My fondest memory of Coop is at a rugby match at the time he was going through chemotherapy, when amongst a sea of people I saw this beautiful, happy face greet me. It’s a memory I will never forget. I feel it a privilege to be able to assist in fulfilling Cooper’s vision.

Libby Kennedy

Libby Kennedy

I felt very honoured to be a part of the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation. Cooper was not only a loved team mate and friend of my son’s – but the Rice Brading family we have grown with on sporting sidelines, bbqing and scoring. To watch their journey through the loss of this beautiful boy, and emerge with a strength to fight this insidious disease in Cooper’s memory – I want to be a part of that legacy – not just for Cooper but for every family.

Nikki Yeaman

Nikki Yeaman

I eagerly put my hand up to be part of the Cooper Rice Brading Foundation for a number of reasons.

Cooper was my son’s friend and cricket team-mate, and his illness and death has had a great personal impact on our whole family. 
What also had a great impact on me was how Cooper faced his cancer, and how he forged ahead and set up the foundation to better outcomes for other Sarcoma suffers, even though his efforts could have no effect on his own situation.  I had always thought when I had built up my company enough to finally sell it, I would then have the time and money to pursue altruistic ventures.   But Cooper did this at 18, 17 when he started to work on his foundation, from his hospital bed.  Many people could live to be 100 and never achieve anything like what Copper did by the age of 18. His courage and actions are truly inspirational to me and spurred me to action. If he could do that then, what am I waiting for?
3 key numbers in stick out to me:  20% of children’s cancers are Sarcomas,50% of those children die, and that the relatively small amount 16 million dollars are needed to fund identified avenues of research and trials that are making real headway in this area. 
I hope my experience in business & marketing can help make a small but hopefully meaningful contribution to this most worthy of causes.

Claire Bonic

Claire Bonic

My twin sons were devestated to lose their dear friend Cooper but have been inspired by the bravery and positivity shown by their great mate who they loved. 
We think about Cooper every day and miss him dearly and will do whatever we can to support his beautiful family. 
Tania Rice-Brading

Tania Rice-Brading

Over a two-year period, I witnessed first-hand the unspeakably difficult road young sarcoma patients are forced to travel. The diagnosis is simply the beginning. This cancer is particularly cruel both physically and mentally, and this is particularly so when it is your child you are watching
suffer so brutally, and without respite. 

One of the most distressing aspects of this diagnosis is the fact there are currently no answers, and as Cooper was told weeks after just turning seventeen, “treatment options are like a box of smarties…you try the red ones, then the blue ones etc, until you find the one that works”. No patient should ever begin their treatment protocol with that level of mental uncertainty.

Despite the fact Australia is home to some of the most brilliant global medical minds , a cure for sarcoma remains elusive, largely due to a dire lack of funding.  Cooper selflessly shared his story, and addressed philanthropists, friends, sporting groups, and schools alike, to heighten awareness of sarcoma, and to raise the critical funding required for change. He also had very specific ideas as to pipeline treatments suppressed due to funding. These are often not addressed in mainstream cancer institutions, and as were to discover, when there are no remaining options, pipeline research projects provide hope. It is suffice to say, Cooper would never close his mind to generic cancer treatment options, and always fought for the greater good of all rare cancer patients, with an accent on sarcoma.

Over three decades have passed without quantifiable mortality improvements, with statistical data showing signs of increased diagnosis.

Cooper’s courage in the face of extreme adversity will remain with me every minute of every day, as I vow to continue the outstanding work he began. If we can prevent one young patient, and their family from recounting the memories that haunt me daily, and the helplessness I felt and still feel, then I would consider we are doing our job well.