Local medical charity appoints Joe Roff as CEO

Joe Roff appointed CEO of the John James Foundation. Photo: University of Canberra.

FORMER Wallabies and Brumbies player, Joe Roff, has been appointed CEO of the John James Foundation, a Canberra based medical charity. 

In August Mr Roff will replace Phil Greenwood who is retiring after seven years in the role and 20 years of leadership in the not-for-profit sector.

Mr Roff says he is extremely pleased to be appointed the CEO of a leading charity in its field.

“The Foundation undertakes incredible work that benefits our community and much further afield but is often unsung. I am excited to be joining an organisation that makes a positive difference, of which Canberra can be proud,” he says.

“I have been involved in our community for more than 20 years. In this role, I will be seeking to leverage my relationships and experiences to build on the strong partnerships and programs that already exist at the foundation.

“An example of this has been the partnership approach in the recent development of the John James Village, a sanctuary for people and families living with blood cancer. I am looking forward to playing an integral part in the exciting future of the Foundation.”

Mr Roff will leave his current job at the University of Canberra, where he has held the position of CEO of the University of Canberra Union.

Prior to his time at the university, Mr Roff was the director for workforce and development at Lifeline Australia and has remained committed to the not for profit and charity sector. He has been an ambassador for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, RUOK and White Ribbon.

John James Foundation chair, Prof Paul Smith congratulated Mr Roff on his appointment and thanked Phil Greenwood for what he has achieved.

“Phil Greenwood has led John James Foundation from a fledging charity to a prominent backer and instigator of local, interstate, and international activities. It now has credibility in Canberra as a supporter and funder of many highly valued projects,” says Prof Smith.

Phil Greenwood says: “Joe Roff is well placed to take the John James Foundation to the next stage of its life and development as a prominent medical charity.”

Mr Greenwood will continue his involvement in the not for profit sector through volunteer work, interspersed with opportunities to travel, following his retirement in September.

The John James Foundation funds medical education activities and provides opportunities for clinical placements for medical students.

It supports local grassroots organisations by providing cash grants to fund activities that may not otherwise find financial support.





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