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Nicola Stokes - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

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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Stuart Purvis - Chief Operating Officer at Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation

Stuart Purvis
Chief Financial Officer

Stuart has more than 20 years’ experience in senior finance positions across diverse industry sectors including FMCG, mining, medical devices, manufacturing and private equity and supply chain. 

He brings to the Foundation extensive expertise in leading transformational change across all organisational functions including team leadership and development, the evaluation and integration of acquisitions, systems implementation and strategy development and implementation.  

Stuart is a CPA, holds a Company Secretary qualification and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Leticia Whelan
Director of People and Culture

Joining the Foundation in 2018, Leticia has spent over 20 years working in senior organisational development roles in NSW Health agencies, the NSW Public sector and she has experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Leticia began her career in the community sector as a youth worker, which led to her becoming an adult educator. She brings extensive experience in learning and development, leadership development, organisational change and the creation of kind and productive workplace cultures through the design and implementation of organisational development strategies that enable all staff to be their best version of themselves.

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Mark Stewart - Director of Fundraising at Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation

Mark Stewart
GM Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

Mark has spent the past 20 years working in the not-for-profit sector in Australia, Europe and Asia as an Executive level manager, after building a career in finance and accounting.

His experience in driving engagement and relationships spans an extensive portfolio of fundraising activities, with a focus on delivering superior leadership, implementation, operational change and management.

Mark currently sits on the Board of WaterAid and chairs their Finance and Risk Committee.

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Susan Wynne
Director of Development

Before joining the Foundation, Susan spent four years at Sydney Dance Company, where she managed philanthropy and major gift development.

She began her career in the corporate sector, holding senior positions in marketing, communications and customer services. She also has extensive experience in local government having served as a member of Woollahra Council for the past ten years as a former Mayor, and currently as Deputy Mayor.

She is also Deputy Chair of the Red Cross Society of Women Leaders.

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Vanessa Johnston
Head of Marketing and Communications

Vanessa has spent more than two decades working in corporate and consumer marketing in Ireland and Australia, with major brands including Coca Cola, Kraft, OPSM and Nestle.

She specialised in digital communications and was named Internet Marketer of the Year in 2010 (IIA & Enterprise Ireland). She also ran her own consultancy with a focus on digital marketing and communications, with a broad client base including companies in the financial services, optical, pharmaceutical and restaurant sectors.

Most recently Vanessa was responsible for brand communication, marketing and digital content creation for Sydney Film School.

Her not-for-profit experience includes five years as a volunteer member of the Board of Children’s Books Ireland.

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Yvonne Stewart - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Yvonne Stewart
Director of Corporate 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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