Board and staff

The RCH Foundation board ensures that all funds donated to our organisation are managed responsibly to enable the hospital to provide the best care to patients and their families.

For RCH Foundation staff contact details, please see our staff directory.

For a list of RCH Foundation committees, please click here.

Peter Yates AM – Chairman

BCom Melb MSc,(Mgt) Stanford MAICD, Doctorate of the University (Murdoch)

Mr Yates has been the Chairman of the RCH Foundation since July 2012. He is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd and a Director of AIA Australia Limited. He is also Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Shared Value Project and Deputy Chairman of Asialink. Mr Yates is a Director of the RCH and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. From 2004-2007  Mr Yates was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. Director since January 2001 and Chairman since 2012.

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Richard Leder – Deputy Chairman

BEc LLB (Hons)

Mr Leder is a partner of the national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Corrs). He specialises in commercial litigation and media law. He is Corrs’ Melbourne litigation practice group leader and the Melbourne office pro-bono partner. He represents a range of media institutions including Channel Seven Melbourne. He also advises the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and represents corporate and professional organisations and community welfare groups. Director since 14 September 1998.

Peter Blunden

Mr Blunden was appointed Victorian Managing Director – Editorial for News Corp Australia in 2012. He is a director of the Herald & Weekly Times, the RCH Good Friday Appeal, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, a committee member of the Moonee Valley Racing Club, and a member of the Carbine Club. Director since 1 July 2012.

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Alisa Camplin-Warner OAM

Mrs Camplin-Warner worked globally with the IBM Corporation for 16 years. Chair of the Australian Sport Foundation from 2010-2013, she is now Deputy Chair of the Australian Sports Commission and a Director of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and of the Collingwood Football Club. Mrs Camplin-Warner is also the Performance Manager for the 2018 Australian Winter Olympic Games Team, a Resiliency and High Performance consultant and an in-demand keynote speaker. Mrs Camplin-Warner received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001. Director since 30 June 2013.

Associate Professor Michael Cheung


A/Prof Cheung is Director of Paediatric Cardiology at the RCH and Leader of the Heart Research Group at MCRI. He trained in paediatric cardiology at Grantham Hospital (Hong Kong), Great Ormond Street Hospital (London, UK), Royal Brompton Hospital (London, UK), and the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada). His research includes assessment techniques for blood flow, vascular function in congenital and acquired heart disease, functional outcomes following treatment of congenital heart disease, novel indices of ventricular function, and remote ischaemic preconditioning for induction of organ protection. Director since 19 October 2016.

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Hon Rob Knowles AO

Hon Rob Knowles AO was Victorian Minister for Health from 1996 until 1999 and MLC for Ballarat from 1976-1999. He has also served as Chairman of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand; as a member of the National Health & Hospital Reform Commission and as a former Aged Care Complaints Commissioner. He is Chair of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a Director with Beyond Blue Ltd, Drinkwise Australia Ltd, Global Health Ltd, IPG Ltd, the Silver Chain group of Companies and St John of God Healthcare Ltd. He is also a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Director since 1 December 2012.

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Sameer Kumar


Mr Kumar is the Managing Partner for Firm Strategy at PwC. He also leads the firm’s ASENZ (Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand) consulting business. He has over 26 years’ experience across strategy, digital, financial effectiveness and operations. Mr Kumar served on the Board of the RCH from July 2012 to July 2015. Director since 19 October 2015 and Chair of Audit Committee since 15 June 2016.

Karl Kutner


Mr Kutner is an Alternate Director of Central Equity as well as a Director of a number of the Group’s companies. He is responsible for all acquisitions and town planning matters along with overseeing the sales and marketing departments, and he has been an integral member of the Central Equity Group since its growth years on Southbank in the early 1990’s. Mr Kutner holds a Bachelor Degree in Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne along with a Certificate IV in Business from RMIT. Director since 19 October 2016.

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Lewis Martin


Mr Martin joined Seven as a Sales Executive over 20 years ago, and in 2008 he was appointed Managing Director. Mr Martin is a board member of the RCH Good Friday Appeal and the Cure for MND Foundation, and is an advisor to a number of Melbourne based not-for-profit organisations. He is also a board member of and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Director since 30 June 2013.

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Andrew Shelton 

BA MA Cambridge FAICD

Mr Shelton is a company director, and an independent corporate finance advisor and consultant. He is the Principal and Director of Andrew Shelton & Co Pty Limited, and the founder, and Director of Ice Sports Australia Pty Limited. Formerly, Mr Shelton was President and CEO of JP Morgan Canada, following a period with JP Morgan in New York. He is a Director of the RCH Foundation, Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Director since 30 June 2013.

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Dr Gillian Sparkes 


Dr Sparkes holds a PhD in Applied Science (Chemistry), a Masters of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. Dr Sparkes has been the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability since July 2014 and has held various senior roles in the Victorian government. She was a Director of South Gippsland Water and was the CEO of the Australian Sustainable Industry Research Centre at Monash University. Dr Sparkes is also a Board member of the Country Fire Authority, Greening Australia Ltd and the Industry Capability Network, Victoria. Director since 19 October 2015.

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John Stanway 

BEc Monash GradDipIR Victoria FAICDP

Mr Stanway was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer at the RCH in April 2017. Prior to commencing in this role, he was the Chief Operating Officer at the RCH for more than ten years, overseeing clinical operations. From 2012, he also held the position of Deputy CEO. Before joining the RCH, Mr Stanway managed Monash Medical Centre, was Chief Executive of the Transport Accident Commission and held various senior management roles at General Motors Holden. He was also President of the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association and Chairman for 10 years. Director since 21 June 2017.

Dr Miriam Weisz 

DBA MBA BEc (Hons)

Dr Weisz has a Doctor of Business Administration specialising in Strategic Management in Education. She was an Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning at RMIT and was the Director of the University’s Quality Improvement Processes. After retirement from full-time employment, Dr Weisz was appointed to the Victorian Board of the Australian Medical Board in 2011 and to the Australian Medical Council in 2012. She served as Chair of the Development Board of the Centre for Adolescent Health at the RCH for 10 years from 2006. She is currently President of RCH Auxiliaries. Director since 19 October 2016.

Company secretary

Sue Hunt is CEO of the RCH Foundation, she was appointed to the position of Company Secretary on 6 October 2010.