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Our Executive team

Nicola Stokes - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Nicola Stokes
Chief Executive Officer
(appointed January 2016)

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

Mark Stewart
Chief Operating Officer
(appointed October 2014)

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 was a member of the Board of WaterAid from to August 2014 to June 2019.

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

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Leticia Whelan
Director of People and Culture
(appointed July 2018)

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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Olivia Jary
Director of Fundraising and Marketing
(appointed July 2019)

Olivia began her career working for a grass roots health not-for-profit organisation in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has had more than 15 years’ fundraising experience in Australia and the UK, in addition to three years’ commercial sales experience.

Most recently, Olivia spent six years at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, raising funds for one of the top three children’s research hospitals in the world. During this time, Olivia led a high-performing team to secure multi-million pound partnerships with FTSE 100 companies. She also led Fundraising Innovation across the charity, to deliver growth in income-generation by accessing new markets and new audiences along with developing new ideas and product for existing audiences.

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Susan Wynne
Director of Development
(appointed March 2018)

Susan is an experienced leader with more than 20 years working across multi-disciplined areas and industries. She began her career in the corporate sector, holding senior positions in marketing and communications with a key focus on brand and business strategy and development.

Before joining the Foundation, Susan spent four years at Sydney Dance Company where she managed philanthropy and major gifts development while also working in local government as an  elected representative for Woollahra Council since 2008 (a role she still holds today).

Susan is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on many committees within her role on Woollahra Council. She has served as both Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Woollahra and is also the Deputy Chair of the Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and former Chair of Lokahi Foundation.

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Yvonne Stewart - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Yvonne Stewart
Director of Corporate Communications
(appointed January 2015)

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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The 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