Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) today announced that Kirsten Pilatti has taken on the role of Chief Executive Officer.

BCNA Board Chair Kathryn Fagg said ‘Kirsten will bring an extraordinary level of knowledge, experience and passion to the role. Her deep understanding of the network’s core values and commitment to be a true representative of our members ensures she is well positioned to lead our organisation in its 20th year and beyond.’

Kirsten has been with BCNA for 12 years and her contribution has been instrumental to the network’s growth and success. In her most recent role as Director of Programs and Services she understood the importance of providing increased opportunities for our members to connect with one another and to have greater access to support and services.

Kirsten’s deep connection to the 130,000 members was cemented over the past 18 months as she travelled around Australia interviewing more than 3,500 men and women about the gaps in breast cancer services. The findings will make up the State of the Nation report to be delivered to Federal Parliament in June.

While working in her Marketing and Communications role she forged three of BCNA’s enviable corporate partnerships. Bakers Delight has raised more than $18 million dollars and Sussan more than $2 million to support Australians affected by breast cancer. Berlei has supplied 150,000 free bras to women post-surgery.

Kirsten said ‘It is a privilege to be placed at the helm of a team that is entirely dedicated to supporting Australians with breast cancer. We are now two decades strong and my priority is to give everyone a voice, to listen and to advocate. We are committed to reducing the disparity of care across the country.

The stories that I have heard first hand from our members will form the basis of every decision we make. I look forward to building on the strong foundations laid by the amazing women before me to further improve and personalise the way we deliver services in an ever changing health care system.’

A native of Western Australia, the staunch Dockers supporter and mother of two assumes the role from retiring CEO Christine Nolan.

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