Founder and Chairman
Rare Cancers Australia
Richard Vines attended University of Melbourne where he studied Maths and Statistics. After several years working in software development, he formed his own software company which he then sold before embarking on a second software venture in Europe. In 1996, he returned to Australia to establish a sales channel for an American company. In 2001 he left the IT industry and has since worked in a number of not-for-profits associated with retail, politics and health.
In 2012 Vines and his wife, Kate Vines, established Rare Cancers Australia, a patient advocacy group whose mission is to improve the lives and outcomes for rare cancer patients. Richard is now a highly sought-after spokesperson for cancer patient advocacy issues and is a member of a number of committees. He is currently co-chair of the Cancer Drugs Alliance Committee, a stakeholder coalition tasked to promote timely access to drugs for cancer patients.