Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation - The Executive Team

The Executive Team

Our Executive Team is responsible for leading the implementation of the Foundation's business goals to achieve our strategic vision and ensure all children have access to the best possible care. 

Nicola Stokes, Chief Executive Officer 

(since March 2016)

Nicola previously held the role of CEO at Special Olympics Australia and before that CEO of Australian Diabetes Council. In a career spanning more than 20 years Nicola has also held leadership positions in the finance, retail, media and telecommunications sectors. 

While working for ANZ Bank, Nicola was awarded the International Quality and Productivity Council (IQPC) Shared Services Thought Leader of the Year and was a member of the United Nations Environment Program - Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) Steering Committee. She played a key role in facilitating the establishment of the NSW Parliament Diabetes Support Group and in 2012 was appointed to the NSW Premier’s Council for Active Living. She also became a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the NSW Office of Preventative Health. 

Nicola was a Board member of Stretch-A-Family for six years and Co-Chair of the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for Child program for five years. Nicola is a graduate of Monash University, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and INSEAD, Paris.

Jonathan Melrose-Rae, Fundraising Director 
(since April 2016)
Jonathan has more than 10 years’ experience in fundraising in the not-for-profit sector, in both Australia and the UK. He has held senior positions with The Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Heart Foundation, Heart Research Australia and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. He also worked at a senior level in the marketing and advertising industry working across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Wendy Sherrick, Head of Human Resources 
(since October 2015)
Wendy has more than 10 years’ experience in Human Resources. She has worked as HR Business Partner, Regional HR Advisor and HR Manager for various multinationals and as Organisational Effectiveness and Development Manager at Ingram Micro Australia. She holds an Honors Degree from the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and is a Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

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Vieko Polic, Head of Finance 
(since July 2014)
Vieko is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. Vieko was previously Head of Finance at Australian Diabetes Council and also worked as an accountant with the Rural Fire Service NSW. Vieko is a qualified Company Secretary, and currently holds that designation for the Foundation.

Jo Price, Head of Information Systems 
(since October 2014)
Jo has worked in the not-for-profit space for more than 10 years in a variety of operational positions managing database and IT projects and systems and process improvement. She was previously IT Manager at Cure Cancer Australia, Operations Manager at the Public Relations Institute of Australia and National Office Manager at Special Olympics Australia.

Tanya Sarina, Head of Hospital Liaison 
(since November 2014)
Tanya has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare, working on publishing, PR, marketing, public health campaigns and genetic research. She has held roles at The Heart Foundation and the Centenary Institute and has a Masters in Communications Management from the University of Technology Sydney. She is currently completing a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

Yvonne Stewart, Head of Marketing and Communications 
(since January 2015)
Yvonne has 20 years’ experience in marketing, communications and fundraising. She was Brand and Communications Manager for The Benevolent Society and 200th Anniversary Campaign Director. She also worked for the YWCA’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program and managed the Children’s Promise campaign for the Foundation for Young Australians. She also held senior new product development roles for Thomson Reuters in London and Sydney.

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