Our Team

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Michelle Stewart
Chief Executive Officer

Michelle joined PanKind, The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in August 2019. With a background in medical research funding, foreign investment attraction, digital health and international clinical trials, she has spent many years working across global, transformational projects. Michelle was a key member of the team that transformed the research funding environment for brain cancer from ‘forgotten cancer’ to national health priority in the capacity of Head of Research Strategy and then CEO. Michelle has served on many committees including advisory to Cancer Australia for the Australian Brain Cancer Mission, and was Co-Chair of the Global Patient Advocacy Committee for GBM AGILE. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Advanced Science and Masters of Public Health, both from The University of Sydney. Michelle is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lisa Brooke
National Volunteers & Event Manager

Lisa is the Foundation’s National Volunteers and Event Manager and has been with the Foundation since 2016. She has a background in advertising, event management and television production in Australia and internationally. She wanted a job that would “give back” to the community and after meeting with Caroline Kelly she knew that she had found the perfect fit.

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Kristjan Porm
Head of Marketing & Communications

Kristjan joined PanKind, The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in November 2018 with a long and diverse background in media, marketing, social and content management at high profile Australian based organisations throughout his career. Key projects in recent years have been focused on digital transformation and data-driven marketing, and he is specifically passionate about creating exceptional customer experiences, and compelling stories that connect brands to their key audiences. Kristjan is active in his community contributing his time to local sporting and community-based organisations in a volunteer capacity while managing his full-time role with PanKind.

Sofia Casbolt
Program Manager

Sofia Casbolt joined PanKind, The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in November 2019. Sofia has had significant experience managing cancer research investments and impact reporting for grant programs. She is a science communicator and has previously created successful research communication programs in the NFP sector. Sofia manages PanKind’s impact programs including the National Patient and Carer Hub and Research Grants program. She has degrees in science and social science and a background in program management and communications.

Caroline Charlton
Head of Fundraising Campaigns & Donor Relations

Caroline joined PanKind in July 2020 with an extensive background in media, working for 16 years in the largest radio group in the UK in radio advertising, running advertising sales teams before eventually running a radio station in the South of England. She then moved to Australia with her growing family and changed her focus to not for profit, starting at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, where she spent 5 years working on the fundraising campaign Steptember as Corporate Strategy Manager. Caroline’s strength’s lie in building strong partnerships based on understanding the significant benefits two organisations can bring to each other when working towards a common purpose.

Madeleine Taplin
Social Media & Content Specialist

Madeleine joined PanKind, The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in June 2022, with a background working in journalism, marketing, and social media. She has degrees in Media Studies and Media Practice, and is passionate about sharing stories through the power of social media and journalism. Madeleine is an avid AFL fan, and enjoys spending her time outside of work travelling and making memories through new experiences.