The Cure The Future


These are the faces behind Cure The Future + The Cell And Gene Trust.

As well as bringing corporate experience, raising awareness and with contacts across all walks of life – they are also devoted Family members who share a desire to help Cure The Future of genetically inherited disease.


Her Excellency Prof. Marie Bashir AC CVO


Professor Marie Bashir was born in Narrandera, New South Wales and is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney, a former medical resident officer of St Vincent’s Hospital and of The Children’s Hospital.

Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

 Vice Patron

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission.

Professor Diana Horvath AO

 Vice Patron

Dr Horvath has been Chairman of the National Health & Medical Research Council, , National President of the Australian Healthcare Association and is a long term member of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney.

Bill Moss AO

Vice Patron

One of the founders of Maquarie Bank, Bill has been a senior executive within the finance industry in Australia and globally over the past 30 years. 

In 2006 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for Services to Banking and Finance.

Board Members

Diane Langmack OAM


Further to her success as a journalist, photographer and Editor, Diane has worked tirelessly and voluntarily on many high profile charitable institutions including the Victor Chang Foundation, The Children’s Hospital, National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Prof. John Rasko AO

Professor John Rasko is a world-renowned gene therapy scientist and practising haematologist. Director of Cell and Molecular Therapies at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, he also heads the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, affiliated with the University of Sydney.

Jane Skinner

Deputy Chair

Jane has a Degree in Teaching and a BA in Aboriginal Archeology & Linguistics. She was Director of Human Resources and Director of 3rd Dimension at Gadens lawyers for 20 years and was instrumental in the formation of the Cell and Gene Trust.

Luke Mangan

Luke Mangan is one of Australia’s leading chefs and restaurateurs and is highly regarded internationally as a shining example of Australia’s culinary culture.

Hugh Armenis

Hugh has over 20 years experience in Accounting and Law and is a Partner at Bentleys where he provides international solutions for governments, corporations and racing bodies.


Lucy Turnbull AO

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist.

She was Lord Mayor of Sydney and is currently chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission.

Lucy is a Mother of 2 children and Grandmother to 3..


Huon Hooke is one of Australia’s major wine writers and critics, Chair of the Vin de Champagne Awards, judge of the Australian Winemaker of the Year and a number of other major wine competitions.

Huon tastes ‘blind’ and his reviews incliude 30,000 notes from wines in Australia, NZ, France and Italy.

Phil Gould AM

Phil Gould AM is a legend in Australian Rugby League as a Player, Coach and now as Executive General Manager of Penrith Panthers. He has been a motivatioal speaker for a number of years and supports Panthers on the Prowl & Randwick Children’s Hospital among others. He is also an ambassador for White Ballon Day, White Ribbon Foundation 

Tim Gilbert

Tim Gilbert is a veteran on Wide World of Sports and a key member of Channel Nine’s  TODAY team.

He has travelled the globe covering major sporting events including Cricket, Golf – and 2 Olympics & 2 Commonwealth Games! He is also the host of the southern hemisphere’s biggest road cycling event, the Santos Tour Down Under.


Cure The Future was founded in 2005 through the generous support of our Founders

Mr Bryce Courtenay AM

Our Founding Patron

Mr Paul Armstrong

Mr Michael Carr

Mr Matthew Coren

The Late Mr Bryce Courtney

Mr Peter Dodd

Ms Roslyn Forrest

Ms Christine Gee

Mr Julian Grosvenor

Mr Joseph & Mrs Miriam Habib

Mr Martin Hirst

Mr John Howard OM AC

Mrs Kathleen Howard

Mr Sean Howard

Mr Ben Keeble

Mr David Khedoori

Mr Fred Khedoori

Mr Alexander Lang

Mr William Lynch

Mr Simon Maidment

Mr Bill Moss AM

Mr John Needham 

Mrs Helen Rasko OAM

The late Mrs Hermina Rich

Mr Andrew Richardson

Mr David Ross

Mrs Jane Skinner

The late Mr Mark Skinner

The late Mr Eric Strasser


Jenny Cox

Executive Assistant

Sarah Armenis

Events Co-Ordinator

Adrian Hayward


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