Professor White appointed Patron

12 December 2016

Media release

Professor Les White AM DSc has been announced as the first official Patron of Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Formerly Executive Director of Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick for 15 years (1995-2010), Professor White was also the inaugural NSW Chief Paediatrician in 2010, a position he held until this year.

From 1995 to 2016 Professor White was a member of the Foundation’s Board.

“Professor White’s connection with the Foundation goes back to our very beginnings, he is truly passionate about achieving the best outcomes for sick children and their families. It’s this unique personal and professional perspective that will bring both the knowledge and the compassion that is needed for this role," said Duncan Makeig, Chairman of the Foundation. 

“As clinician, academic and researcher, Professor White was the obvious choice to help us give every child access to the best possible care and to advocate for paediatric healthcare.”

Over the past 30 years the Foundation has contributed more than $100 million to meet the most urgent needs at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

“It's been an honour to serve on the Foundation’s Board for over 20 years and it will be an exceptional honour to serve as Patron,” said Professor White.

“Through the Foundation, we will work to innovate, to build, to grow and to engage the community around the issues of paediatric healthcare, so that together we can always put children first and foremost. As Patron, I will have the opportunity to contribute to that future.”

In 2007, Professor White received an Order of Australia award for service to medicine, medical administration and the community in the field of paediatrics.

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research