Meet the Cancer Council’s new CEO

Cancer Council Australia finally has a new CEO, five months after the resignation of long-time leader, Professor Ian Olver. Professor Sanchia Aranda (pictured) takes up her new role in early August. She talks to 6minutes about what’s in store for her and the organisation.

This is a very high-profile role. Is the thought of being in the public eye daunting?

No, not daunting at all. In my current role [deputy CEO at the Cancer Institute NSW] I do quite a lot of media so I have developed a fair bit of comfort in that area over the last four-and-a-half years.

I quite like the opportunity to engage the public in important issues and build a level of community awareness about cancer risk and cancer management pathways, which is quite low, so this is a wonderful opportunity to engage the community.

Will you miss working in the government sector?

Government is constrained in so many ways, so I look forward to a slightly more free existence.

What’s on your agenda for this year?