Board of Directors

The Board is made up of a diverse group of members with valuable skills sets and experience. It is the governing body of the Cancer Alliance. Among its key duties are to set policies and strategies; oversee the work plan; manage the finances; and monitor and evaluate the performance of the organisation.


Mark Heywood

is a social justice activist and former Executive Director and co-founder of SECTION27 as well as a co-founder of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). He sits on the Boards of several health and human rights NGOs in South Africa and internationally. In 2022 he was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Public Health Association of SA (PHASA). He is currently editor of Maverick Citizen, a section of the Daily Maverick that focuses on activism, human rights and social justice. He is also adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town; a distinguished visitor at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center; and a visiting scholar at the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights, Oxford University. He has written numerous articles on law, human rights, HIV/AIDS, health and literature and edited and written several books, including a book of poetry I Write What I Fight (2015) and a memoir, Get Up! Stand Up! Personal Journeys Towards Social Justice (2017). 

Salome Maswime

is a full Professor and Head of the Global Surgery Division at the University of Cape Town; an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. She is a World Economic Forum Young Scientist; Next Einstein Fellow; vice-President of the Women in Global Health; and President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society. After specialising she completed her MMED and PHD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has a diploma in Project Management (Varsity College) and a Certificate in Leading Organisations and Change (MIT). She is a section editor of the Plos Global Public Health Journal. She is a member of the Academy of Sciences South Africa. She has received numerous awards for her research contribution to maternal health, including the trailblazer and young achiever award by the President of South Africa in 2017. In 2021 she was named among 20 Young Shapers of the Future in Health and Medicine by Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Jennifer Moodley

is a Public Health Medicine physician with experience in health systems research, epidemiology, advocacy and public policy development. She has worked as a clinician in rural and urban health care settings and has first-hand experience of the challenges in providing health care in resource-constrained environments. She has been involved in the development and implementation of diverse public health programs and policies; conducted health systems research to support provincial public health objectives and trained under- and post-graduates to meet similar responsibilities. As Director of Cancer Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT, her responsibilities include the development of a comprehensive, integrated cancer research programme and translation of research into clinical and public health benefit.

Salomé Meyer

Salomé is an independant cancer advocate with 25 years of experience – first as an advisor, then as an advocate for a National Cancer Control Plan, the Cancer Registration Regulation promulgated in 2011, and the cervical and breast cancer policies approved in 2017 and lately an activist for equitable and affordable cancer care for all. She joined the GAVI Civil Society Organisation Steering Committee in Jan 2024. She serves on the following representing Civil Society:

Liana Roodt

Liana Roodt is a specialist breast and endocrine surgeon and affiliate senior consultant at the Groote Schuur Hospital Breast and Endocrine surgery unit. She also has a private surgical practice in Somerset West. Liana is the founder and a director of Project Flamingo working towards timely and holistic breast cancer care for patients dependent on the public healthcare sector by providing additional surgical lists with breast operations and strengthening the health care sector in various ways.

    Louise Turner

    Louise Turner is Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Breast Health NPC known as the Breast Health Foundation. A cancer survivor, she is focused on ensuring that people with breast cancer need not face it alone and giving hope to the newly-diagnosed. She is an advocate for patient rights, believing that everyone has a right to access lifesaving treatment, no matter what their income is or where they live