Emeritus Professor Les White AM DSc DUniv
Professor White was appointed as the Foundation's inaugural Patron in 2016.
Just 13 years old when his family was forced to pack their bags and leave Hungary and head to Australia, Professor White settled in Sydney and enrolled at Randwick Boy's High School in June 1961.
Despite not speaking a word of English, he excelled academically, and this led to an offer to study medicine at the University of Sydney. He was excited about the opportunity to make a tangible difference for children's health.
“I started to realise that children are the most important and most rewarding human beings to work with," he says. "They are very stoic and they grow up quickly when confronted with illness. It felt like this is something I could do for the rest of my life.”
Professor White's career eventually took him to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, where he was Executive Director from 1995 until 2010. He was then appointed as the inaugural NSW Chief Paediatrician, a position he held until 2016. He was a member of the Foundation's Board from 1995 to 2016, and is currently a member of the Board of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network.
In 2007, he received an Order of Australia for services to medicine, medical administration and the community in the field of paediatrics. He also holds a Doctorate of Science for research contributions related to childhood cancer and a Master of Health Administration. In 2019 he was honoured with a Doctorate of the University from UNSW.
“It was an honour to serve on the Foundation’s Board for over 20 years and an exceptional honour to serve as Patron. 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. As Patron, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to our children's future.” - Emeritus Professor Les White AM DSc DUniv