The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation, Australia’s largest breast cancer research fundraiser has announced the appointment of Zara Lawless as Chief Executive Officer. Zara commenced her role at MDCF this week.

Zara was the General Manager for Governance and Strategic Projects for national not-for-profit organisation, Vision Australia, overseeing a dynamic and evolving process of strategic development and execution responding to changes in the external funding environment. This followed more than eight years with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and as Deputy CEO, managing and developing key relationships with major stakeholders, government bodies and the wider community.

Her background includes work in the not-for-profit and events sectors, and throughout her career, she has placed an emphasis on providing dynamic leadership and strategic thinking to build relationships and networks connecting people and ideas to deliver successful complex projects and major events. She has also spent many years volunteering and successfully managing fundraising and running community events for various charitable and not-for-profit organisations such as Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the Victorian Bushfire Relief Centres. Zara is a practising lawyer and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Zara Lawless says, “I am honoured and excited to be appointed to this role with the Mother’s Day Classic Foundation. The Mother’s Day Classic is so much more than the sum of its parts. As an annual walk and fun run, not only does it raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, it brings the community together on Mother’s Day, delivering a fun, healthy and inspirational event that celebrates the lives of those touched by breast cancer.”

Louise Davidson AM, MDCF Chair and co-Founder, said “We are delighted to announce that Zara Lawless has commenced in the role of CEO of Mother’s Day Classic Foundation to lead the annual Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic event.” Zara takes over the role from long time CEO Sharon Morris, who resigned from the MDCF leadership in August this year.

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