Meet our Board of Directors

Each member of our board has been specially chosen for their compassionate nature and genuine interest in helping our Foundation achieve it’s goals

Katie Perry

Director

Katie Perry could be described as a citizen of the world: living in Asia, Europe and South Africa before settling in Sydney.
Katie has worked as a stylist, manager and buyer for such stores as Molton Brown, Oroton and David Jones.
She has had her namesake label for over 9 years and during this time has helped to dress and style thousands of women.
Part of the KP philosophy is about helping women and men feel confident both inside and out. She has been featured on the Today Show, Sunrise, MTV and is a monthly fashion columnist.

Suzanne Skillen

Director

Suzanne Skillen is originally from London and has danced professionally around the world in theatres and on TV. When she finished dancing she studied nutrition, aerobics and personal training, also becoming a Master Pilates instructor for over 30 years.
She then set up her own gyms in London, Rome, New York, South Africa, Los Angeles, Bangkok and Australia.
She has lived in 18 countries and has always worked for herself.
A mum of 2 children and grandmother to 1. She is an expert in nutrition, exercise, body movement, meditation and personal development.
Founder of Inspired Life Revolution, she works as a professional presenter and mentor helping families create a legacy.

Steve Price

Director

The man affectionately known as 'Pricey' to hundreds of thousands of followers is the very unique man Steve Price. Over 30 mango seasons as he puts it behind the microphone, he has lead the way in how people wake up to radio every morning. Over his amazing career he has been seen as a leader in all things community in helping many thousands of people in need, but most of all the kids.
Steve has been instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in many projects, but mostly for the kids he adores.
Steve has received many outstanding community awards including Ambassador of the city, Rotary Clubs International Community Award, the Paul Harris Fellow and the Federation Medal.
Steve has given up countless hours of his own time supporting schools, businesses and charities throughout his career.
Steve's love of community and children makes him irreplaceable as a Director for The Golden Octopus Foundation.

Anthony Morrison

Director

Tony brings with him over 25 years managerial experience working within the customer service, aviation and logistics arena.
Previously supporting The Golden Octopus Foundation as a business partner, Tony has since taken on an important role as a Director of the foundation.

Cathy Johnson

Director/President

Cathy brings to this position over 30 years experience in the health industry. Furthering her studies from Nursing to also include university degrees in Occupational Health and Safety and Ergonomics. She has worked in remote area nursing roles through to management roles covering a workforce of 4500 health employees.
Cathy has also experienced firsthand the hardship of being told your child has cancer and having to relocate totally to a strange city for 12 months while her daughter had her chemotherapy. The stress this places on the family financially and emotionally, not to mention the isolation.
Throughout their journey she has became intensely aware of the lack of communtiy support for oncology families when returning to their rural homes after long stints away and the absence of support from professionals such as childhood cancer nurses.
Cathy is proud to be included as a Director and Chair of The Golden Octopus Foundation and to be part of helping children and families across Australia.

Teresa McKinnon

Director

Teresa McKinnon is a full-time mother to 3 boys from the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Science and a PhD from the University of NSW. Teresa worked as a Research scientist for many years before starting a family.
In early 2014 her eldest son (aged 6yrs) was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (T-Cell ALL). He required intensive treatment in Brisbane at the Royal Children's Hospital and Lady Cilento Children's Hospital for 9 months. He still requires "Maintenance" trips to Brisbane and Cairns hospital for treatment.
Due to Teresa's son's illness and her background she understands the importance of raising awareness for childhood cancer to lead o providing funding for all important research.
Teresa also understands firsthand the difficulties that regional families experience when they are displaced to a capital city for their child's treatment.