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BOARD & TEAM


The brains behind brain matters

LIZ DAWES

Founder and CEO

Connor’s mum. Business woman. World-mover.
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In December 2011 Liz Dawes’ world was turned upside down when her eldest son Connor was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Turning her greatest tragedy into her greatest purpose, Liz sold her creative fundraising business Art By Kids, to focus her energy on building Connor’s legacy.
Liz has always been a savvy businesswoman and passionate about helping her community, having held several high-profile roles in sales and marketing across the United States and Australia.
In her role as CEO and Chairperson of the Board of the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation, Liz has worked tirelessly to build the foundation into the biggest paediatric brain cancer charity in Australia, raising millions along the way.
Liz has been recognised as Bayside’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year and asked to take part in a Federal Government round table with the top minds in paediatric brain cancer in Australia and abroad.
Liz is an inspirational speaker and regularly shares her journey with schools, corporates and community groups. Liz is available for speaking opportunities via lizdawes.org.

SCOTT DAWES

Director

Connor’s dad. Brave runner. Quiet heart-stirrer.
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Like Liz, Scott’s world was turned upside down in December 2011 when Connor was diagnosed with brain cancer. Now, he’s passionate about making a difference for kids and families impacted by paediatric brain cancer.
Scott has always been a passionate runner and supporter of charities. Every year Scott takes part in the Oxfam 100km Trailwalker, a tradition that’s become even more significant since completing his 10th annual Trailwalker in 2013, just hours before Connor passed away.
Scott is an experienced senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry. Throughout his career Scott has been a fierce advocate for outcome-based selling and a customer-first mentality.

MAREK WOLSKI

Director, Marketing & Design

Marketer. Ideas guy. Making things.
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Marek works in advertising & branding and is currently based in Stockholm. Marek was adopted into the Dawes family when he started sitting Connor in 1999.

JANE ABBOTT

Director, Company Secretary

Paperwork genius. Lover of details. Artful administrator.
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Jane has worked for over 30 years in corporate superannuation as an administrator, consultant and trustee director. She has participated for many years in volunteer and committee positions.

JANET LATCHFORD

Director

Industry Veteran. Source of Wisdom.

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Janet’s experience as a director spans across a broad range of organisations and industries including Subsidiaries of a publicly listed Group, Superannuation Funds, Major Healthcare Group, and University sector and not for profit organisations.

MICHAEL GARNER

Director

Legal Eagle. 

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In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Michael was ranked as one of Australia’s best litigation lawyers in the legal profession’s most respected peer review publication (Best Lawyers).  Michael Garner is a commercial barrister specialising in class actions, corporations law, and trade practices (consumer law).

Tim Mitchell-Adams

Director

Passionate change-maker. Reluctant runner.
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Tim is an experienced senior executive and business leader. He has 30 years experience in the financial services industry and has supported some of Australia’s largest financial institutions through complex business transformations. Tim’s passionate about supporting young people and driving change through advocacy and awareness, having previously worked with the Reach Foundation, Tim recognised that this was where significant value could be found. However, you won’t find him doing any fun runs outside of Connor’s – he is far happier cruising Victoria’s incredible landscape on his motorbike!

TEAM USA

DEBBIE DAWES CLARK

Director, RCD USA

Industry & Hospital Liaison.
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JANA PAGEL

Director, RCD USA

Events Coordinator.

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DAVID HARRIS

Director, RCD USA

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COLLEEN JACOBUS

Connor’s Erg Challenge

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