Ms Jane Hill
Monash alumna Ms Jane Hill has never shied away from a challenge: her latest mission is to improve the lives of women with ovarian cancer in Australia and around the world.
Ms Hill is the Chief Executive Officer of Ovarian Cancer Australia, the national consumer organisation taking action for Australians affected by ovarian cancer. It is the deadliest women’s cancer, with a five-year survival rate of just 44% - far lower than breast cancer, which sits at over 90% survival after five years. Ms Hill is determined to change the story of ovarian cancer and bring it to the forefront of national attention. Working internationally in her role as a non-Executive Director of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ms Hill’s ambitious goal is to increase survival rates for ovarian cancer by 25% by the year 2025.
Some might consider this task too daunting but Ms Hill’s drive runs deep, drawing on strength from her upbringing on a country property near Bendigo:
"From an early age I was given lots of responsibility. When I was eight, Dad gave me about 400 cows and calves to drive 10 kilometres along a road. All I had was a sheep dog and my pony, but I was determined to get the job done - my family were so proud of me that I took on the responsibility and completed it. That spirit has always been with me."
Earlier in her career Ms Hill headed up Fight Cancer Foundation for five years (2001 to 2006), a charity dedicated to saving the lives of patients with leukaemia and other blood disorders.
Ms Hill is a Director of Australian think-tank the Cancer Drugs Alliance, an organisation which is recommending changes in drug approval processes to make cancer drugs available more quickly to patients who need them. She is also one of two honorary independent directors of the Freemasons Foundation Victoria, a philanthropic body with nearly $50 million under investment. This is a volunteer role and brings the opportunity of providing financial grants to a myriad of worthy causes and ensuring that the Foundation’s corpus is invested wisely.
Ms Hill has amassed 15 years’ experience in non-profit leadership and a solid grounding in strategy and risk, people leadership and governance. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and author of KPMG’s flagship publication, the Company Director’s Toolkit, a project she undertook at KPMG within the Board Advisory Services Division.
Ms Hill looks back fondly at her early university days, initially studying Arts/Law, then completing a marketing graduate diploma and Master of Business Administration at Monash University. Her learning did not end there:
“My sound advice to any new graduate is that formal and informal learning does not stop when you graduate. Make sure that you are involved in activities that stretch your capacity and give you the opportunity to learn new things.”