BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jarrod Logan, Chairman

Jarrod Logan, John Logan’s eldest nephew, was honoured to become a Board Member of the JLF in 2012. Jarrod is a Partner of Balmain, a privately owned financial services organisation with activities spanning commercial mortgage finance and investment funds management.

Jarrod and wife Katie welcomed the arrival of their first child, Oliver on the 6 July 2014. Incredibly, this date is exactly six years to the day John passed away.

The success of the JLF has been incredible and the Logan family are very proud of its achievements. Jarrod is delighted to be involved in maintaining the vision and values of his beloved Uncle John through the JLF.

Geoffrey Cummins, CEO

Geoffrey is one of the lucky ones, having survived oesophageal cancer. One time business colleague and a close friend of John they began to plan a charity event, back in 2007, when they were both undergoing chemotherapy. Specifically wishing to raise funds to help in the fight against digestive cancers, John’s time came too soon. Therefore, after John’s death in 2008, together with the Directors of Albi Imports and the Logan family, Geoffrey founded the John Logan Foundation.

Geoffrey has now retired after more than 50 years in the Homewares industry. He now devotes all his spare time to The JLF, talking to patients and coordinating their financial needs with the hospital where they are receiving treatment and he continues to look for new ways of achieving funds. He is determined that in the foreseeable future that we will help 500 needy patients annually with both chemotherapy and radioembolisation. It was what John told him to do!

Dr Prasad Cooray, Medical Advisor

Dr Cooray is a Medical Oncologist with special interest in digestive tract cancers. Dr Cooray personally cared for John throughout his illness. A graduate of Monash University, Dr Cooray now consults across Eastern Health Hospitals, Epworth and Ringwood Private Hospitals in Melbourne. He is actively involved in clinical research utilising novel treatments against digestive tract cancers.

A diagnosis of cancer is a life changing event. Whilst being committed to ensuring best available cancer treatments for his patients, Dr Cooray is concerned about the financial burden such treatments can place on a family when they are least able to afford it. The JLF’s primary aim is to bridge this gap and Dr Cooray is a passionate supporter of the ‘Gift of Hope’.

Prasad

Tony Fox, Finance 

As Finance Director, Tony brings a wealth of financial and commercial experience from major corporations such as Tabcorp and Coles having worked in financial, product, sales and commercial roles. As CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation for a number of years, Tony also brings a background in not-for-profit. Whilst the AGF focused on road safety rather than financial support for Australians living with cancer, the size and outlook of both organisations is very similar. 

Tony’s history with the John Logan Foundation dates back to the set-up of the organisation. A chance meeting with Geoffrey Cummins led him to provide some support during the launch phase.  In more recent years, Tony has provided input on strategy and fundraising endeavours and is looking forward to providing greater support as Finance Director in the coming years.

Katherine Logan, John’s sister, Patient Liaison

Katherine Logan, retired nurse and midwife, has spent 40 years working as a health professional. She retired in 2014 as Practice Manager and Midwife for an obstetrician operating at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Fitzroy. She counts herself as “one of the lucky ones” — a cancer survivor herself. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, Katherine underwent successful surgery and subsequent chemotherapy, both provided through Medicare and the PBS!

Katherine saw the added burden John carried when he elected to self-fund non-PBS drug therapy during the final year of his battle. She is honoured to be a Director of the JLF and looks forward to the ‘Gift of Hope’ assisting many needy individuals and their families during this enormously stressful time.

Andrea McCormick, Retail Liaison

Andrea McCormick has worked in the homewares industry for over 20 years in a variety of roles both in importing and retail. It was through her career that she forged a friendship with John who regularly attended many of the same international trade fairs. They frequently met up on the other side of the world for a coffee or a cocktail. Despite his illness, John continued to travel and try where possible to maintain his lifestyle. Sadly the cancer got the better of him.

Andrea has also witnessed first-hand her mother experience gastrointestinal cancer, not once but three times. Thankfully she has been able to receive the right treatment & maintains good health. It is through these experiences that Andrea was motivated to assist the John Logan Foundation through the Fundraising Committee and later in 2012 was asked to join the Board as a Director. Andrea believes the philosophy of providing financial assistance to those with GI cancer who are unable to afford the necessary cancer treatment is unique and sadly very much needed.

Andrea looks forward to building the awareness of the JLF and continue with efforts to build fundraising opportunities.

Sara Psoras, Marketing

Sara first met John when they did business together when Sara was a buyer at Target. Like most people who met John, their working relationship blossomed into a friendship and they kept in contact over the years. It was John who suggested Sara for a position at Albi and she very much enjoyed working alongside him and travelling with him before he fell ill.

Sara has sadly seen not only John but another close friend succumb to this terrible illness. While both were lucky enough to be able to self-fund their non-PBS treatments, she knows the benefits that those treatments can bring and believes that they should be made more easily accessible to those who need them. She joined the Fundraising Committee and Board in 2014.

Sara