Introducing new Chair
Cure4CF is proud to introduce Ms Jo Close as the new Chair of the Foundation. Jo was appointed to the board of Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in December 2013 and has been an active contributor to the development of the organisation’s strategy, a passionate advocate for the development of a strong community support base, and a keen participant in many of our fundraising endeavours and activities.
Jo is a scientist with an accomplished career in research strategy and management. She has managed major research centres, institutes and programs within all three South Australian universities and undertook formative roles within the local bioscience industry and investment sector. For five years, Jo ran a successful consulting business, primarily facilitating local research organisations to develop strategy and plan major, collaborative research projects.
Jo also designed and implemented a range of development programs for local and international markets. Her contributions expand to the fundraising and community development areas, where Jo has driven a range of high-impact initiatives. Jo is currently Manager, Strategy Development, Health Technologies at Flinders University. She is a graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program and scholarship recipient of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jo commented,” I am delighted to step up to the position of Chair and take on the role that David Coluccio has so exceptionally exemplified. Under his leadership our focus as a Board has been unwavering and our progress has been astounding. We are committed and united to supporting research that will transform the lives of those with cystic fibrosis. I am passionate about the cause and the solution – we need to fight for a cure for CF, and research is the answer.”
Jo took over as Chair of the Foundation in September 2018.