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Nicola Stokes
Chief Executive Officer

In a career spanning more than 20 years Nicola has held national and international leadership positions in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors as CEO, senior executive and director.

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.

Nicola has also been a member of the NSW Premier's Council for Active Living and the Expert Advisory Panel of the NSW Office of Preventative Health.

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Paul Kernaghan
Chief Operating Officer

Paul has more than 20 years’ experience in senior management positions within financial services businesses.

Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked for 11 years at Allianz Australia in Executive General Manager positions with a broad range of responsibilities, including strategic planning, marketing, communications, digital development, legal, compliance, internal auditing, human resources and property and procurement. 

Paul was previously with AMP where he worked in the Corporate Strategy division and Managing Director’s Office and was also the Chief Financial Officer of the General Insurance businesses, playing a major role in the sale of Suncorp Metway.

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Jonathan Melrose-Rae
Fundraising Director

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 has also worked at a senior level in the marketing and advertising industry working across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Tanya Sarina
Head of Hospital Liaison

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. Tanya is currently completing a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

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Yvonne Stewart
Head of Marketing and Communications

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.

Yvonne has also held senior new product development roles for Thomson Reuters in London and Sydney.

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Melanie McKendry
Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships

Melanie has significant experience as a senior manager across the not-for-profit and commercial sectors and has a proven track record in creating and nurturing partnerships between key stakeholders to drive engagement, funding and ultimately outcomes that benefit all involved.

She was the National Director of Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia between 2009 and 2012, of which Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation is a member.

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