About the Movember Foundation

Leadership & Governance

As a charity operating in many countries, Movember is required to comply with a range of regulatory and governance obligations. We take these obligations very seriously and are committed to best practice levels of transparency, accountability and governance. These obligations are the responsibility of everyone at Movember, from the Board of Directors to speciality committees, to the leadership team to every staff member.

Movember is governed by a Board, which is accountable to the Movember community and the general public to ensure that Movember maintains the highest standards of performance, governance, accountability, transparency and cost to fundraising ratios. In addition, the Board annually reviews the performance of the CEO and the Executive Director of Programmes. Our Board is skills-based, with Board members each bringing a wide range of expertise and experience. In keeping with Movember’s focus on minimising administrative costs, all Board members are unpaid for their directorships.  

Profiles of Board members can be found here.

The Board delegates part of its work to specialised committees which report to the Board, these include: 

Global Scientific Committee (and specific Research Advisory Committees) – assists the Board by:
  • overseeing implementation of Movember’s Global Action Plan (GAP), an international research collaboration initiative that is accelerating outcomes by providing researchers from around the world the opportunity to work together on specific projects.
  • providing strategic thought leadership and advice on prostate and testicular cancer research undertaken by Movember’s Men’s Health Partners

Global Prostate Cancer Survivorship Committee - assists the Board by:
  • providing strategic thought leadership, oversight, review and advice on prostate cancer survivorship solutions, programmes and interventions

Finance and Audit Committee – assists the Board by ensuring:
  • the reliability and integrity of information, including financial information, prepared for use by the Board
  • integrity of internal controls
  • effectiveness of the external audit function

Remuneration Committee – assists the Board by:
  • setting the organisational remuneration policy
  • reviewing and setting the remuneration of the CEO, Executive Director, Programmes, and key leaders

Marketing Committee – assists the Board by:
  • ensuring the integrity of the Movember brand
  • overseeing key elements of the Movember campaign

Global Leadership Team
The Global Leadership Team is responsible for managing and executing the strategies set by the board of directors that achieves our Vision and Strategic Goals. The Leadership Team exists to serve the Movember community ensuring that our work continues to be relevant, transparent and accountable.

The Board and Committees work to a Charter and a number of Governance Policies.  These documents can be found here.


Global Board Members

John Hughes, ChaIr
John brings with him over 35 years banking experience. John was recently CEO of Macquarie Infrastructure Group (MIG) Ltd, Macquarie's first and largest listed Infrastructure fund. This role entailed managing a global road asset portfolio and representing MIG on Boards across Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. John is currently head of Macquarie's Principal Equity Investment Group managing a portfolio of global assets.

Elaine Farrelly, Non-Executive Director
Elaine has executive level experience across the telecommunications, media, property development, manufacturing and not for profit sectors. She is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience with international corporations including KPMG, Optus, ICI (now Orica) and Fairfax. Elaine has served on Movember’s Board since the Board was formally established in 2007 and held the role of Chair from 2011-2014. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and graduated their Directors course with an Order of Merit (awarded to the top 2% of graduates in Australia).

Adam Garone, Executive Director and CEO
Adam was one of the co-founders of Movember and has been CEO since the organisation was formed. Adam has an extensive corporate background in developing, managing and marketing emerging web and mobile technologies. Prior to Adam’s corporate experience he served for 9 years as an officer in the Australian Army where he was selected to join the special forces. Adam’s military career taught him the art of leadership and intricacies of operations management.
Adam's corporate experience and military service has given him the perfect skill set for his role as CEO of Movember. In 2008 Adam was awarded the Ernst & Young, Australian Entrepreneur of The Year and in 2009 awarded the Melbourne Business School Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award for his role in leading the Movember Foundation. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Marketing from Melbourne Business School.

Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programmes
Paul oversees Movember’s programme investments in prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health initiatives globally. He serves as a Director on the Boards of Prostate Cancer Foundation (USA) and Prostate Cancer Canada and is an Associate Director on Prostate Cancer UK. Over the past 20 years Paul has successfully led and built businesses in Australia across the infrastructure, technology, property and telecommunications sectors.

He has a particular interest in leveraging Movember’s role as a global funder to accelerate improved health outcomes for men through global collaboration, and is actively involved in leading Movember’s Global Action Plan.

Travis Garone, Non-Executive Director
With impressive creative talent, 16 years of experience and a founding partner of his creative agency, Travis has contributed extensively to the development of the Movember brand and creative concepts. Travis is a founding member of Movember.

Andrew Gibbins, Non-Executive Director
Andrew brings over 17 years experience in private business strategy, operations, logistics and property development. He is regularly introduced in Movember and men’s health circles as “One of the original 30 Mo Bros.” Andrew has been a Director of Movember since the Board was created in 2007. While playing a part in making sure the organisation stays true to its vision, Andrew is often accused of having a single-minded motivation to ensure Movember’s long-term success – just so he can roll out his banked-up list of Gala Parte costume ideas!

Dr. Colleen Nelson, Non-Executive Director
Dr. Nelson is Professor and Chair, Prostate Cancer Research, Institute of Health and Biomedical Science, Queensland University of Technology.

Dr. Nelson established the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre-Queensland in 2007, and was a co-founder of the Vancouver Prostate Centre in 1998.  Dr. Nelson founded and is the Director of the Federal Government funded Australian-Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Alliance, a global network of researchers, clinicians, academics, and scientists who work in prostate cancer. Dr. Nelson also chairs Movember’s Global Scientific Committee.

Nick Reece, Non-Executive Director 
Nick is a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He brings to Movember an extensive knowledge and experience in corporate governance, public policy, government relations, media and the law. Nick has worked as a senior adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister of Australia and for two Australian State Premiers.  Before, he worked as a journalist for the Australian Financial Review and started his career as a solicitor in a national law firm. He has significant experience in the not for profit sector including as a long standing board member of the homelessness social enterprise, The Big Issue. Nick has been a Mo Bro since way back.

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Dr. Colleen Nelson, Movember Global Scientific Chair
Professor and Chair, Prostate Cancer Research, Institute of Health and Biomedical Science, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Jack Schalken
Department of Urology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Dr. Robert Bristow, MD
Clinician-Scientist and Professor at the University of Toronto

Dr. Jonathan W. Simons, MD
President and CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)

Bill Watson, Associate Professor of Cancer Biology
UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin

Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programmes

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Dr. Jessica Corner, BSc, PhD
Dean of Health Sciences, University of Southhampton, United Kingdom

Dr. Robert Newton, PhD, BSc
Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Dr. Martin Sanda, MD
Physician, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology, Emory University, United States of America

Dr. Padraig Warde, MBChB, FRCPC
Physician and Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Canada

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Adam Garone Executive Director and CEO

Mark Fewell, Head of Market Development

Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programmes

John Baglow, Chief Financial Officer

David Smith, Chief Technology Officer

Mark HedstromCountry Director US

Pete BombaciCountry Director Canada

Sarah CoghlanCountry Director UK

Jeremy MacveanCountry Director Australia, New Zealand

JCDevelopment Director

Astrid HewardGeneral Counsel

Bill McIntyreRegional Director, Mainland Europe

Juliette SmithMarketing & Communications Manager

Phil Williamson, Human Resources Director

Clare Shann, Global Mental Health Lead

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The Board and Committees work to a Charter and a number of Governance Policies. These documents can be found here.

The Movember Foundation is an Australian based not for profit, unincorporated trust, Australian Business Number 48 894 537 905 which is run by The Movember Group Pty Ltd as Trustee (ACN 119 012 243). The Movember Foundation has been granted Deductible Gift Recipient status in Australia and as such all donors are entitled to a tax receipt and a full tax deduction for their donations.  The Movember Group Pty Ltd as trustee for the Movember Foundation runs the Movember campaign in Australia, and also in New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland and the Emerging Movember countries.

Movember Foundation is a registered US entity (EIN 77-0714052) and runs the Movember campaign in the US. Movember Foundation is a not for profit organisation that is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions to Movember in the US are deductible under section 170 of the Code. The Movember Group Pty Ltd as trustee for the Movember Foundation is the sole member of Movember Foundation.

Movember Europe runs the Movember campaign in the UK. Movember Europe is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (company no. 7275694). It is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity no. 1137948) and in Scotland (charity no. SC041981). The Movember Group Pty Ltd as Trustee for the Movember Foundation is the sole member of Movember Europe.

Movember Canada runs the Movember campaign in Canada. Movember Canada is a not for profit corporation (company no. 767531-3) and is a registered charity (charity no. 84821 5604 RR0001). The Movember Group Pty Ltd as Trustee for the Movember Foundation is the sole member of Movember Canada.

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