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Duncan Makeig - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Duncan Makeig
Chair (appointed October 2007)

Duncan Makeig is Chief Executive Officer of China Road Pty Limited and Chairman of Heineken Lion Australia.

He was previously Managing Director of Lion Pty Limited’s Asia Dairy business, General Counsel of Kirin’s International Advisory Board, Lion’s Group General Counsel and Sustainability Director, General Counsel for Pepsi Co Australasia / Africa and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Tricon Restaurants International based in Dallas, Texas with responsibility for all of Tricon’s legal and governance obligations across its operations in 160 countries.

Duncan joined the Board in 2007 and was appointed as the Foundation's Chair in 2012.

Simon Hickey - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Simon Hickey
Deputy Chairman (appointed October 2009)

Simon has been appointed Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Greencross Limited (Greencross) effective 5 March 2018. Greencross is Australasia's largest integrated consumer facing pet care company with over 300 veterinary clinics, pet specialty retail stores and vet related entities in Australia and New Zealand and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Prior to his appointment as CEO of Greencross, Simon was Group CEO and Managing Director of Campus Living Villages (CLV). Before joining CLV he was CEO of Qantas International & Freight, responsible for turning around the international business. Simon joined Qantas in September 2004 as Group General Manager Strategy and Fleet, and between 2007 and 2012 he was appointed CEO of Qantas Frequent Flyer, responsible for establishing the Loyalty business.

Simon began his career with Arthur Anderson as a business consultant working in Sydney, Melbourne and London. Between 2001 and 2004, he was CFO for Bovis Lend Lease Americas.  Prior to this, he held various roles with Lend lease including Bovis Lend Lease CFO Asia Pacific.

Glenn Barnes - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Glenn Barnes
(appointed May 2016)

Glenn Barnes has more than twenty years of governance experience in banking and financial services, business information and consumer goods. His experience spans packaged goods, banking and financial services sectors, as an executive, business leader and director in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Republic of Ireland, Japan and China.

Glenn has broad experience in other governance roles as non-executive director, chairman, committee member and committee chairman. He has served on and chaired audit, finance and risk; leadership, nomination and remuneration; and strategy and investment committees.

James Brindley - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

James Brindley
(appointed May 2016)

James Brindley joined Lion in 1994, spending eight years with Lion in China from 1997 and returning to Australia in 2005. James was appointed Managing Director of Lion Beer Australia in 2009 and is responsible for business strategy development, implementation and execution and financial, market share and stakeholder engagement outcomes.  

With a degree in economics and an MBA, James has gained extensive experience in people and business leadership, working across Lion businesses in both China and Australia. He is Chair of Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand, a Director of DrinkWise Australia and a member of Alcohol Beverages Australia.

Dr Michael Brydon - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Dr Michael Brydon OAM
(appointed August 2015)

Dr Michael Brydon is Chief Executive of The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and has worked at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick for more than 30 years after completing his undergraduate Medical Degree at UNSW and his Fellowship of Paediatrics in the Randwick program.

His other postgraduate qualifications include a Masters of Paediatrics and a Masters of Health Administration from UNSW. Over the past two decades, Michael has advocated for children - highlighting the differences in their needs and the importance of quality care in all that is delivered to these families.

Tom Butcher
(appointed June 2018)

Tom has worked in the financial services industry since 2001 and is currently a Managing Director with Credit Suisse Investment Bank and has responsibility for clients in the transport, infrastructure, power and utilities sectors in Australia.

Tom leads multi-disciplinary transaction teams advising clients on the funding and execution of complex transactions involving capital intensive assets that touch and impact the ordinary lives of most Australians. He has been involved in transactions with a total value in excess of A$125bn since 2001 across the rail, road, airport, seaport, utility, renewable, power and the telecom asset classes.

Having worked and lived in Australia, Indonesia and England during the last 20 years and worked in most major cities and markets during that same period, Tom brings a diverse and global perspective to all aspects of his private and professional life.

Gina Cass-Gottlieb - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Gina Cass-Gottlieb
(appointed August 2012)

Gina Cass-Gottlieb is a senior partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition and Regulation practice. She specialises in competition law and economic regulation advice working with corporate clients, industry associations and government agencies.

Gina is a Board member of the Payment Systems Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a member of the Advisory Board Graduate Program in Competition Law, Melbourne Law School.

Dr David Court
(appointed November 2018)

David Court is the founder of Compton School, Australia’s first business school for creative people. He is also chairman of Screen Canberra and The Cinematic Company.

David was formerly Head of Screen Business at the Australian Film Television & Radio School where he developed Australia’s first screen business qualification. He has been involved in the financing of more than a dozen film and television productions including John Weiley's Antarctica, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, Dean Cavell’s The Wiggles Movie, Jerzy Domaradski’s Lilian’s Story, Robert Connolly’s The Bank and Andrew Horne's The Animated Leunig.

David was founding editor of the authoritative industry newsletter Entertainment Business Review. As author of Film Assistance: Future Options (Allen & Unwin, 1986), he was the policy architect of the Film Finance Corporation, an agency established by the Australian Government in 1988 which invested more than $1 billion in Australian film and television productions over the following 20 years. In 2010, with Sir Peter Jackson, David undertook a review of the New Zealand Film Commission for the NZ Government.

David holds a PhD from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. 

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Jane Freudenstein
(appointed August 2017)

After a career of 15 years in advertising, marketing, strategy and management, Jane undertook directorships for not-for-profit organisations. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has more than 10 years’ experience in board governance roles that have allowed her to champion cultural arts and paediatric health in Australia. Jane is currently Co-Chair of The Australian Ballet Foundation NSW Board. 

She first joined the Board of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation in 2012, leaving in 2016 as Deputy Chair and returning in 2017 to continue supporting the Foundation’s strategic objectives and the work of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. She has previously held directorships on the boards of Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices and Sydney Dance.

Dr Matthew O'Meara
(appointed October  2010)

Dr Matthew O'Meara is a paediatric emergency physician and has been a staff specialist in Emergency for over 20 years and has been Head of the Emergency Department and Director of Critical Care. He is the NSW Chief Paediatrician. Through roles in the Hospital, in NSW and nationally, he has been an advocate for improving the acute care of children.

Peter Wiggs - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Peter Wiggs
(appointed May 2016)

Peter Wiggs was a founding Partner of Archer at its establishment in 1997. He is Chairman of their investment committee and oversees the fundraising program. Peter is currently Chairman of Supercars and Aspire2, a director of Allity Aged Care, and prior to their sale, was the Chairman of Brownes Dairy and Aero Care.

Prior to Archer, Peter was a member of the private equity team at Rothschild Australia. His achievements in private equity were recognised at the Asian Private Equity and Venture Capital Awards when he was selected as Private Equity Professional of the Year. Before Rothschild he spent five years at Booz Allen specialising in strategic and operational assignments for Australian and New Zealand companies in the healthcare, banking, insurance and FMCG industries.

Peter holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

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