Chair (appointed October 2007)
Duncan Makeig has enjoyed an international career spanning 30 years, including roles such as General Counsel for PepsiCo Australasia/Africa, Managing Director of Lion - Asia Dairy, and General Counsel and Sustainability Director for Lion Nathan. Most recently, the New Zealand native founded China Road, a consultancy helping Australian and New Zealand businesses to establish a presence in China. Duncan currently holds Chair and Director roles on various local and international Boards of both private and listed companies.
As a former rugby captain, globetrotting businessman and some-time cattle farmer, it’s safe to say that Duncan brings a wide range of skills and experiences to his role as Chair.
Driven by a desire to give something back, Duncan stepped forward to join the Board in 2007 and was appointed as Chair in 2012. Always someone with an eye on the horizon, he has ambitious goals for the Foundation’s future and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Deputy Chair (appointed October 2009)
Having grown up on the Northern Beaches, Simon studied commerce at the University of New South Wales, before embarking on a career that took him to London, Melbourne and New York.
In his time overseas, Simon worked for global accountancy firm Arthur Andersen, followed by Lendlease. There he was tasked with globalising the construction arm of the business, eventually working as the CFO for Bovis Lendlease Americas in New York.
After moving back to Australia, he joined Qantas as Group GM Strategy and Fleet before being appointed CEO of Qantas Frequent Flyer and later CEO for Qantas International and Freight. He became Group CEO and Managing Director of Campus Living Villages, CEO and MD of ASX listed Greencross and Director of IAG Loyalty, before moving into his current role as CEO of Western Sydney Airport.
Simon was elected Deputy Chair in 2012 and has always seen his involvement as a chance to make a difference.
(appointed May 2016)
With a degree in economics, an MBA and a 20-year, cross-continent career, James has built up extensive experience in people and business leadership. He joined Lion in 1994 and spent eight years with the company in China before returning to Australia in 2005.
As Managing Director of Lion Australia, he is responsible for strategy development, implementation and execution, as well
as financial, market and stakeholder engagement outcomes.
A strong believer in the power of culture and leadership, James takes a people-first approach to business strategy and has helped embed this into the cultural fabric of Lion.
(appointed June 2018)
Having spent a lot of time as a young boy in doctors' rooms and hospitals,Tom Butcher holds a personal connection to the work done by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Thankfully, his health eventually improved and he went on to study commerce at university before landing a job with accounting firm Arthur Andersen in London that took him around the world on various work assignments.
On returning to Australia, Tom continued his career in investment banking. Today, he is a Managing Director with Credit Suisse Investment Bank, responsible for clients in the transport, infrastructure, power and utilities sectors. His international experience and the variety of his work gives a diverse and global perspective to Tom’s approach to his role on the Board.
A former trumpet player and dedicated squash fan, Tom has some exciting goals for the Foundation in the future.
(appointed August 2012)
Despite growing up in a family of surgeons, Gina opted not to keep traditions going when she chose to study a degree in Economics Law.
Now 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. She is also 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 at Melbourne Law School.
A former captain of the Australian Schools Debating team and a self confessed lover of a good argument, Gina is well known for her negotiation skills, which have been put to good use in her role working with the Foundation.
A Board member since 2012, Gina has a personal connection to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network having visited with both her son and daughter for various bumps and scrapes over the years.
Dr David Court
(appointed November 2018)
Following a trip to his local Canberra cinema in 1981, David Court instantly knew that he’d follow the bright lights of the silver screen throughout his professional career.
After cutting his teeth at the Australian Film Commission, he eventually become a key player in Australia’s film and television industry.
Formerly Head of Screen Business at the Australian Film Television & Radio School, David has been involved in the financing
of more than a dozen film and television productions. He shares his specialist knowledge as an author and policy maker, including as the architect of the Film Finance Corporation, which invested more than $1 billion in Australian film and television productions over a 20 year period.
David is the founder of Compton School, Australia’s first business school for creative people, the chairman of Screen Canberra and The Cinematic Company.
He welcomes the challenge of raising the most money possible and has a deep connection with the mission of paediatric healthcare.
Elizabeth Crouch AM
(appointed March 2020)
Elizabeth Crouch is Chair of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, the Customer Owned Banking Association and SGS Economics and Planning. She is a non-Executive Director of ASX listed ReadyTech Holdings and Bingo Industries. She is also on the Boards of Hearing Australia, NSW Institute of Sport and Health Infrastructure, and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for the City of Sydney and IPART.
Elizabeth is Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Macquarie University and has held previous NED roles on the Boards of Chandler Macleod Group, McGrath Estate Agents, RailCorp and the Macquarie University Hospital. She was previously on the Board of Western Sydney Local Health District and from 2016-2018 was a Trustee of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, retiring in December 2018.
She spent 16 years with the Federal Government including with Federal Health, and more than a decade in the private sector including as Chief Executive of the Housing Industry Association. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Economics and in 2020 will complete a Master of Cyber Security.
In 2019 she was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to higher education and the rail transport sector, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
(appointed February 2019)
Born and raised in Shanghai to actor parents, Wayne’s initial plan for his professional life was to pursue a career as a TV news anchor. However, he swapped the news desk for a study desk when he enrolled at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE).
On graduating, he joined a Japanese bank and this experience of working at the intersection of Chinese and international business would go on to play a significant role throughout his career.
In 2005 he became General Manager for ANZ Beijing, where he met his Australian wife, Katherine. After a number of years working for ANZ Melbourne as head of the China desk, Wayne and his family moved to Hong Kong when he became CIO of Hong Kong listed Everchina International Holding.
Eventually moving to Sydney in 2018, Wayne joined AL Capital as CEO where he oversees the growth of its diversified investment portfolio. He is also a Board director of McGrath (ASX MEA) and Ausbiz TV.
Wayne is keen to harness his past experiences in international business to help achieve some significant goals for the Foundation.
Dr Matthew O'Meara
(appointed October 2010)
It was through a part-time job working as a swimming teacher whilst studying at university that Matthew first found that he had a talent for working with kids. From then, his path into paediatrics was set.
Matthew is the NSW Chief Paediatrician, providing state-wide clinical leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategy, policy and programs across paediatric healthcare in the NSW public health system. In this capacity he also gives expert advice to the Paediatric Healthcare team within NSW Health.
A paediatric emergency physician who began his training at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick in 1989, he is the former Head of the Hospital’s Emergency Department and Director of Critical Care, and still spends one or two days a week seeing patients.
He is passionate about improving the care and health of children, something he has advocated for throughout his career, in part through roles in Child Health Networks, State health advisory groups and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. An experienced fundraiser, Matthew knows what can be achieved when the right support is there.