The AGCF Board is made up of the following volunteers.
Chair - Di Langmack OAM
Diane Langmack OAM, Director AGCF, was born into a sporting family of high achievers. She was destined to leave her mark on the often turbulent world of sport administration.
Her success in journalism, action photography and sport publishing led Diane into the role of editor for a popular month sports magazine which boasted a circulation in excess of 150,000 per month. From there Diane was catapulted into the cut and thrust of profession sport as Community & Public Relations Manager, Panthers District Rugby League Club, one of Sydney’s most powerful National Rugby League Clubs.
In 2006 her world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, enough to sideline the toughest individual. Instead of surrendering to her illness, Diane decided that the best medicine was to work harder and she dedicated herself to supporting other people who are less fortunate than herself.
Since 2007, Diane has been in remission and has been in overdrive since then. In 2013 Diane negotiated a private donation to cancer research to the value of $400,000.
Not content with an already crowded schedule, Diane has a leading role for another worthy cause – Panthers Women In League foundation for the National Rugby League which has raised thousands of dollars over the past seven years. She is Chair - Cure The Future Foundation, Chair - Panthers Women In League, Advisory Member - Panthers on the Prowl and Advisory & Consumer Member - Marketing and Promotions Advisory Board: Weave
As fitting recognition of her considerable efforts, Diane was nominated in 2009 and 2010 for the National Rugby League Women of the Year. She was also nominated in 2010 for the New South Wales Women of the Year and 2010 Telstra Business Woman of the Year. In 2011 she was finalist in the New South Wales Volunteer of the Year. In 2012 she was given the Outstanding Community Service Award Certificate of Commendation from New South Wales Parliament. In 2013 she received an Order of Australia Medal for her work with charity groups.
Leonie Young - deputy chair
Leonie Young BSc MAICD, Director and Deputy Chair of AGCF, is an independent consultant to the health and NGO sectors with 20 years experience in health reform in Australia as a successful CEO, Board director, NGO and public sector executive.
Leonie was recently inaugural Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Health and Wellbeing, Tasmania and is a director on the boards of the Parent Infant Research Institute, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, The Hobart Clinic and Rural Alive & Well Inc Tasmania.
Leonie held the position of CEO and board director of beyondblue, the national depression initiative, between 2003 and 2010. She played a strong role in Australia’s successful mental health reforms including the improvement of community awareness, consumer and carer participation, promotion prevention and early intervention strategies, strengthening evidence based research and initiating national e-mental health strategies. Leonie has also served as State Manager, Northern Territory for the Australian Department of Health & Ageing and as a director of the same department.
Leonie has represented beyondblue and the Australian Government on health partnership programs in China, Indonesia, Japan, the UK and Hong Kong in primary health, mental health promotion and stigma reduction, rural and remote health. She is a member of the Australasian Company Directors Network and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Member Group.
PROFESSOR NEVILLE HACKER AM
Professor Neville Hacker AM MD FRANZCOG FRCOG FACOG FACS CGO, a Founder and Director of AGCF, is Professor of Gynaecological Oncology, Conjoint, at the University of NSW. Graduating from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in 1967, Neville trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Brisbane, and then trained in Gynaecologic Oncology at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), where he stayed for nine years.
Neville was Director of Gynaecological Oncology at UCLA 1984-1986, before returning to Australia to establish the Gynaecological Cancer Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, where he is still the Director. He is a former President of the International Gynaecological Cancer Society, former Chairman of the Oncology Committee of the RANZCOG, former President of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, and a former Member of the FIGO Cancer Committee.
Neville has received many honours, and was a New South Wales finalist for Australian of the Year in 2008.He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to medicine.
Other awards include the 2007 Ernst Wertheim Prize of the Austrian Gynaecological Cancer Society for Lifetime Achievements, the 2008 International Gynaecological Cancer Society’s Award for Excellence in Gynaecological Oncology; the 2013 inaugural Jeanne Ferris Award from Cancer Australia for contributions to Gynaecological Oncology, and the inaugural 2013 Robert Sutherland AO “Making a difference” Award from the NSW Cancer Institute.
Neville has written over 200 peer reviewed articles, over 30 book chapters, and edited two textbooks, both in their 6th editions.
Loraine Peck is a consultant to the retail and property industries with 25 years experience working on multimillion dollar projects in Australia, Dubai, Macao, Korea, Manilla, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA.
Loraine helped introduce complex digital loyalty systems into national retail chains in Australia, themed shopping malls in Macau and the largest shopping centre group in the world, Simon, USA. As Marketing Director for global real estate company, Savills plc, Loraine, profitably outsourced her departments’ skills on a variety of prestigious international retail and mixed use projects for AIG, Las Vegas Sands Corp, Nakheel, ING, IFC Seoul and Australian Unity.
She has provided crisis management for Macquarie and Deutsche Banks, major new fashion and sponsorship initiatives for Westfield and delivered marketing strategies for one of the Gandel Retail Trust’s most iconic retail redevelopments.
Running sponsorships on both client and supplier sides, Loraine has supported events such as the Brisbane Goodwill Games, Smith Family Toy Soldier Appeal, Myer Centre Next Top Model, L’Oreal Million Dollar Gift with Purchase, Face That Stops a Nation and the Starlight Christmas Appeal.
Loraine was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2016 and her prognosis puts her in the lucky minority. After gaining an understanding of the high mortality rate for women diagnosed with Gynaecological Cancers, she knew she had to do what she could to help procure better funding for research and help bring the mortality rate down.