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Rita Marigliani - Chair


Rita has a passion for bringing corporate and community together. Working in both the corporate and not for profit sector, her career has focused on helping organisations harness community and sustainability initiatives to meet mutual strategic, social and sustainability goals. Currently heading up Corporate Responsibility and Communications at Australia’s largest dairy processor, Saputo Dairy Australia, she is responsible for the strategy, execution and management of corporate responsibility programs and the custodian of corporate reputation.

Rita was 22 when she lost her mother Maria to breast cancer. She brings her own experience of life milestones without a mother’s support and guidance, and the opportunity to share life’s achievements and joys, to her work with Motherless Daughters Australia.


Sally Browne

Sally Browne has had a diverse life…
As a teenager she played the washboard with the Red Onion Jazz band. In the late 60’s she became a Fashion Designer, started her own business and won a myriad of awards for excellence in fashion design and business leadership.  
Concurrent with raising four children and running her fashion business, she worked with scientists in Finland developing the first heart rate monitor to measure and identify stress. Eager for more challenges and adventures she moved from high fashion to high altitude adventures in the Everest region and went on to summit Mt Kilimanjaro. She is always planning a new adventure or business venture, more recently she has been studying 3D printing.
Sally is an Australia Day Ambassador and serves on a number of committees and boards. She is also involved with philanthropic activities through her Charitable Foundations. Sally’s mum died of Motor Neurone Disease when Sally was a young mother herself.
Over a decade ago she started a group for young women who had lost their mothers, sweetly known as ‘Girls without Mummies’. She has always had a real soft spot for young women who lose their mums and is honoured to be involved with Motherless Daughters Australia.



Brad Ward


Brad is a leading brand and strategic marketing advisor and researcher. He is a Company Director of Medical Minds Pty Ltd, a leading strategic marketing and brand development organisation for medical and health care professionals. With a national reputation for helping to deliver innovative brand strategies and advertising solutions for health care professionals and organisations, Brad uses evidence based marketing science and consumer behaviour research to design competitive advantage. As a marketing researcher and academic, Brad has expertise in consumer psychology, practice led research, service innovation, consumer anthropology, digital marketing and emerging digital technologies. 
Brad is a Certified Practicing  Marketer and member of The Australian Marketing Institute, American Marketing Association, Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy, European Social Marketing Association and QUT Centre for Entrepreneurship Research. 


Kellie Curtain

Kellie has a passion for telling other people's stories. A former broadcast journalist, she has more than 15 years experience covering News and Current Affairs for Australia's major television networks. The mother of four recently returned from six years living in the Middle East with a futher developed skill set in online journalism and writing for corporate events. Her move to expat life came when she was 42, a year after losing her mother Pamela to breast cancer, who was 71.  For the self confessed 'home body', leaving Australia and her close network of family and friends was a big step, but no bigger then the prospect of life without her mum who had been her best friend and part of her day, everyday. She didn't know it at the time, but life in the sands provided an opportunity to heal and to write the book she didn't know she had in her. 'What will I wear to your funeral?' is a memoir about final conversations before dying. It's raw, funny, heart breaking and depicts the unique bond between mother and daughter.

Kellie is currently a consultant for Breast Cancer Network Australia and an ambassador for Advanced Care Planning Australia.