The Bernie Banton Foundation is blessed to have a dynamic Board of Directors. Each brings individual and unique strengths to the foundation to help guide and formulate its direction.
Prof Bruce WS Robinson – AM MBBS MD FRACP FRCP DTM&H FCCP – founding Director – Bernie Banton Foundation
Winthrop Professor Bruce Robinson is a respiratory physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and conducts teaching and research through the University of Western Australia’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology.
He graduated in Medicine from the University of Western Australia and during his career has worked and studied in Australia, the UK and the USA.
Bruce is recognised internationally for his work in the field of asbestos-induced cancer. He published the world’s first blood test for the diagnosis, monitoring and early detection of mesothelioma, conducted a world-first cancer immuno-gene therapy trial, and initiated seven other world-first tumour therapies.
He has published over 160 scientific papers, three books and over thirty invited book chapters.
Bruce is the co-founder and Director of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) [www.ncard.org], a pioneering Australian national co-operative whose goal is to cure or prevent asbestos cancers, particularly mesothelioma; NCARD is the only such asbestos research co-operative in the world.
Bruce has received a number of prestigious awards, including the international Wagner Medal, the Research Medal of the Thoracic Society of Australia and NZ and the Premier’s Science Award (WA). In 2013 Bruce was awarded an Order of Australia and Western Australian of the Year.
Piers Grove – Chair of the Board – Director – Bernie Banton Foundation
Piers is a communications consultant, campaigner and producer.
Over the last 20 years he has worked with many of Australia’s top brands and leading organisations to help them connect with their audiences in meaningful ways. He has also executive produced over 30 hours of broadcast television – both comedy and documentary.
In addition to his corporate work, Piers is also currently a Governor of WWF-Australia, a director of the Australian Republican Movement and is a past National Secretary of the Australian Fabian Society.
John Carter – AFAIM CPMgr – Director – Bernie Banton Foundation
John loves the outdoors, especially fishing, hiking, hunting and 4 wheel driving as well as travel, both in Australia and abroad. He enjoys spending time with his children and grand children.
John has been the CEO of Carter Corporation Pty Ltd (an asbestos management services and training organisation) since 1978. He has been in the building Industry all his life, from being an apprentice carpenter, to project director, running projects in and out of Australia worth in excess of $100 million. He has been actively involved with the MBA, HIA, PIA, AIM, asbestos disease societies and councils/shires throughout Australia.
John has been passionate about asbestos awareness in the community since the 1990s. His commitment has been demonstrated by his tireless work with the Asbestos Diseases Society of South Australia (ADSSA), spending 6 years as its’ President and as a Director, looking after sufferers and promoting asbestos awareness in a variety of industry forums to maintain and improve safety, regulations, codes of practices and industry standards.
In 2004 he was instrumental in setting up an asbestos awareness on-line site for all Australians. This site, Asbestosinfo, also provides a 24 hour help-line, and in its’ first eight years of existence, had in excess of one million hits.
2013 heralded John being involved in training approximately 1200 South Australian students about asbestos awareness, and how to work safely around asbestos containing products, through the ‘doorways2construction’ programme. John met and became friends with Bernie Banton in 2006 at the first National Conference of Asbestos Disease Associations in Sydney, bonding through their mutual ideal to educate all Australians on the dangers of asbestos.
Having lectured and trained thousands of people on asbestos awareness, John is appalled at the ignorance and lack of understanding concerning the dangers of asbestos. His dream is to educate all Australians about the dangers, together with safe handling of asbestos containing products.
He saw the potential to achieve this by joining forces with the Bernie Banton Foundation team. His burning desire is to see the foundation become a household name – a ‘one stop shop’ offering information, referral and support services on all things relating to asbestos, for all those who may need it.
Eva Scheerlinck – Director – Bernie Banton Foundation
Eva Scheerlinck holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the Queensland University of Technology, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Community Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2000. She previously held the role of CEO with the Australian Lawyers Alliance. Eva has extensive experience with professional industry bodies in financial services and the legal profession with a key focus on economic, legal and social policy. Eva is currently employed as the Executive Manager, Governance & Stewardship at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.
Shaun Patrick Leech – Director – Bernie Banton Foundation
Shaun is an environmental consultant with over 25 years experience in hazardous material remediation including asbestos removal and asbestos management.
From building his UK company, Armstrong York, to a team of over 40 staff and going on to achieve the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), Shaun has a long history of involvement in construction, demolition, and large remediation projects. Shaun has been responsible
for daily operations that include surveying and project management of a wide range of buildings, from domestic properties through to large office, industrial and commercial complexes.
Since moving from England to Australia in 2012 with his family, Shaun has played his part in laying the foundations for ANZenviro to become one of the leading hazardous material remediation companies in Australia and New Zealand.
Shaun is truly passionate about making the hazardous material removal industry as safe as it can be. He considers it an honour being a director on the board of the Bernie Banton Foundation, and is proud to work with ANZenviro, where the team offers a full, strategic management package, working in partnership with their clients throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Samantha Devlin – Director – Bernie Banton Foundation
Samantha Devlin holds a Bachelor degree in Business from De Montfort University, a post graduate diploma in marketing and is currently studying a post graduate diploma in Psychology at Monash University. With extensive marketing communications experience, she has held numerous management and leadership roles at Cancer Research UK, Cancer Council Victoria, Medibank and the Mother’s Day Classic Foundation. She is currently the Head of Fundraising at the Sacred Heart Mission in Melbourne.
David McGregor – Director – Bernie Banton Foundation
David McGregor is the National Organiser at the Australian Republican Movement. He was previously the National Digital & Campaigns Officer at The Australian Workers’ Union, where he campaigned for improved workplace safety and conditions. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Sydney, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a Researcher at The Australian Financial Review and Business Review Weekly.