Management Committee


President       Marilyn Dolling

Chair Cancer Action Victoria 2017. Experienced Chair with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital % healthcare industries at Acute and Primary service levels.

Skilled in Patient Support, Patient Centred Care, Cancer Advocacy and Advocacy Training, Health Literacy, Supportive Care, Aged-Care Advocacy.

Steering and Governance Committees representing National, State, Regional and Rural projects. Finalist in Pride of Australia Care & Compassion Award and DHS Life Time Achievement Award. Inaugural Life Member Barwon Health Volunteer Services.  Curricilum& Policy Developemnt, Public Speaking, Teacher Training and Pastoral Care,. Strong business development professional. Marilyn was diagnosed with bowel cancer.


Vice President      Ian Dennis was diagnosed with prostate cancer, treated with radical surgery, in 2013. There is also a history of cancer in his family. Ian served the IT industry for nearly fifty years, in his roles as a software developer, software company and consulting company director, and through his various honorary positions. These have included Chairman, Australian Computer Society Victoria, National Director, Economic and Industry Policy, Australian Computer Society, and National Chairman, Pearcey Foundation Inc.

Ian is an accredited  governance expert, leading and conducting governance reviews of major projects for the Victoria, Western Australian, Commonwealth and New Zealand Governments.

He is currently Executive Chairman (pro bono) and a Senior Research Fellow of the Pearcey Centre for Innovative Industry Economic Research Inc., and a consumer representative with WCMICS.


Sandra Anderson Committee MemberTreasurer         Sandra Anderson
Sandra’s life has been extremely affected by family members with cancer. Her father had Bowel Cancer, her mother had Lung Cancer, her sister had Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and her husband had Bowel Cancer and was recently cleared of Cancer of the Voice Box. Sandra has more than 28 years of experience in planning, community development and implementation within the Neighbourhood House Sector. In 2011 Sandra was awarded the National Volunteer Award for Long-Term Commitment to Community Service. She continues to volunteer with a number of community organisations, including Barwon Health.




Secretary       Sandra Oriander

Sandra was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010.  She volunteers and is a consumer rep with Barwon Health and she transcribes stories for Pallative Care and Dignity Therapy with Barwon Health.




General Committee – Executive Members

Denise Horsey Committee Member Cancer Action VictoriaDenise Horsey

Originally from New Zealand, Denise lived in various Melbourne suburbs before making a tree change to Glengarry in South Gippsland. Denise works full time for South Gippsland Shire Council driving a street sweeper. When not working, she divides her time between her large family (she has 14 grandchildren), gardening and two committees, Cancer Action Victoria and Gippsland Regional Incorporated Cancer Reference Group. Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Her case was reported in medical journals as she was found to have 3 different types of breast cancer at once.



Barbara Latham has had bowel cancer for some years, and has had both  chemo and radiotherapy. Prior to the onset of cancer she was an EPA in the Victorian Government, mostly working for DHS and the Department of Justice. She is on the National Council of Women Victoria Executive Committee, and also involved with the RSPCA, Bayside City Council, CAV and the Liberal Party.

Barbara is now chair of our CAV Communications and Newsletter Committee.



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