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The Gawler Cancer Foundation, Board of Directors

Alan Dessels
Corporate Relations

Alan emigrated to Australia from South Africa in 1995 with his wife and daughter – they are now very proud Australians. Although his tertiary education was in the hospitality industry, he has spent a large part of his working life in the motor industry.

Now retired, Alan was an accomplished CEO with extensive leadership experience in Australia, Japan and South Africa, and in a diverse range of fields – Automotive (wholesale and retail); Hospitality Trade (hotels, restaurants, travel); Advertising Agencies and Marketing & PR. He has strong expertise and experience with multi-national companies, family-owned businesses and NFP boards.

Because of his hospitality background, his signature strength is a passion for breakthrough customer service, however, he is also recognized for exceptional skills in Leadership, Strategy Development and Implementation

Alan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently sits on the boards of WestVic Staffing Solutions and the Mount Martha Community Bank – Bendigo Bank. Alan also sat on the board of the Cure for Life Foundation with Charlie Teo for a brief period before moving to Japan – it was during this time that he was committed to help fight this dreadful disease in any way possible.