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

FAICD BCom (Melb), Master of Science (MGT) (Stanford), Doctorate of the University (Murdoch)

Peter Yates AM has been the Chairman of the RCH Foundation since July 2012. He is Deputy Chairman of AIA Australia Limited and Chairman of Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited, a Director of Linfox Australia Pty Ltd and Mutual Trust Pty Ltd. He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, the Shared Value Project, the Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU, and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW. Until 2001 he worked in the investment banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo. Until 30 June 2019, Peter was Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd. He has been a Director of the RCH and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Asialink, Crown Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, Ticketek, Veda Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies,, and the Australia-Japan Foundation. From 2004-2007, Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations, and in 2017 was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). He has also recently been awarded the Australian Academy of Science Medal for 2019. Director since 2001 and Chairman since 2012.

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Richard Leder OAM – Deputy Chairman

BEc LLB (Hons)

Richard Leder OAM is a partner of the national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Corrs). He specialises in commercial litigation and media law. He is Corrs’ Melbourne office pro-bono partner. He represents a range of media institutions including Channel Seven Melbourne, and acted for the actress Rebel Wilson. He also advises the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and represents corporate and professional organisations and community welfare groups. He holds the position of Deputy Chair of the RCH Foundation and serves on the Executive and Finance, Investment, Remuneration and Grants Committees of the Board. He also sits on the RCH1000 committee. Richard is the Deputy Chair of the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board and serves on the boards of Australian Friends of Asha, The Conversation Media Group and the Melbourne Press Club. In June 2019 he was awarded a medal in the Order of Australia for his contribution to the community, recognising in particular his long contribution to the RCH Foundation. Director since 1998.

Professor James Angus AO

Professor James Angus AO is an Honorary Professorial Fellow and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), University of Melbourne. In July 2013 he completed a 10 year term as Dean of the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne. Before becoming Dean, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of MDHS. At the University of Melbourne, Professor Angus AO has been President of the Academic Board (2000-2001), Pro Vice-Chancellor (1999-2001) and member of University Council (1999-2001). Professor Angus AO was awarded the Gottschalk Medal of the Australian Academy of Science (1984), is a Fellow of the Academy (FAA) and has been a member of its Council. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2003 he was awarded Australia’s Centenary Medal for contribution to Pharmacology and the Community. Professor Angus AO was a First Vice-President of the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and was President of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. From 2009-2011 he was President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand. His current roles include: Director, National Stem Cell Australia Foundation; Chair, Melbourne University Sport Advisory Board, Director, Jack Brockhoff Foundation, Director, Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation; Chair, Campus Council at RCH; President, the National Stroke Foundation; Chair, Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis; Director, Science Australia Gender Equity Ltd; and member Melbourne University Publishing Advisory Board. He was appointed an officer to The Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to biomedical research, particularly in the fields of pharmacology and cardiovascular disease, as a leading academic and medical educator, and as a contributor to a range of advisory boards and professional organisations both nationally and internationally. Director since 2020.

Peter Blunden

Peter Blunden was appointed National Executive Editor in May 2020, with responsibility for the national journalism and commercial editorial operations for News Corp Australia. Peter was previously Victorian Managing Director – Editorial for eight years with responsibility for all News Corp print and digital mastheads in Victoria including the Herald Sun, Sunday Herald Sun, the Weekly Times, Leader Community Newspapers and the Geelong Advertiser Group, before which he served five years as Managing Director of the Herald and Weekly Times and 11 years as editor and editor in chief of the Herald Sun. Peter edited the Adelaide Advertiser for more than five years, held various senior positions with The Australian, and was founding editor of The Australian’s colour magazine in 1988. His over 43 year career with News Corp Australia has taken him from Sydney to Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. Peter was inducted into the Victorian Media Hall of Fame in 2014, and was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the media industry in 2001. Peter is a director of the Herald and Weekly Times, the RCH Foundation, the Good Friday Appeal, the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, and a committee member of the Moonee Valley Racing Club. Director since 2012.

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Alisa Camplin-Warner AM

Alisa Camplin-Warner AM won Australia’s first ever Winter Olympic Gold Medal in Freestyle Aerial Skiing, and is a respected leader in Australian business, sports administration and corporate governance. She spent 16 years as a global executive with IBM from 1996-2012, leading teams across Sales, Delivery and Strategy/Transformation. Today, Alisa is a highly experienced Non-Executive Company Director, an in-demand keynote speaker and corporate consultant assisting organisations to achieve repeatable sustainable success through a focus on resilience, mindset and improved human performance. Alisa is currently a Director of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, the ‘THINK Well’ Ambassador for AIA Insurance’s Vitality Program, the Collingwood Football Club’s Patron of Women’s Sport and co-founder of the charity project Finnan’s Gift. Alisa previously held the roles of Chair: Australian Sport Foundation from 2010-2013, Deputy Chair: Australian Sports Commission, Director: Collingwood Football Club 2009-2018 and was the Performance Manager for Australia’s 2018 Winter Olympic Team. Alisa holds a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Doctorate honoris causa from Edith Cowan University. Director since 2013.

Tiffany Fuller

Tiffany Fuller is an experienced independent, non-executive director with a background in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Chartered Accounting and Funds Management. Ms Fuller’s prior executive roles include eight years at Arthur Andersen in Melbourne, London and Chicago and seven years at Rothschild where she developed extensive skills across corporate and strategic advisory, management consulting, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Ms Fuller currently sits on the board of Computershare Limited and is the chair of the Risk & Audit Committee and is a board member of Washington Soul Pattinson & Company Limited and a member of the Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees. Ms Fuller is a former director and chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of Costa Group Limited and Smart Parking Limited. Ms Fuller has held multiple philanthropic roles including at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund and The Snowdome Foundation. Ms Fuller holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Director since 2020.

Stephen Gillin

Stephen Gillin is currently the Commercial Manager for Network Sport and Seven Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Stephen has been with the Network for more than nine years, playing a leadership role in organisational projects and is a member of the executive team. Stephen brings a wealth of business acumen and experience to the Board, with more than 20 years’ experience in both finance and human resources, having worked in various roles across State Government, civil infrastructure and media industries. Director since 2019.

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 and Hospital Reform Commission, a member of the National Mental Health Commission and as a former Aged Care Complaints Commissioner. He is currently a Director with Beyond Blue Ltd, Drinkwise Australia Ltd, Global Health Ltd, IPG Ltd, and 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 2012.

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Sameer Kumar


Sammy is the Co-Founder of Sayers Group and CEO of Sayers Advisory & Investments. Sammy is a business leader with over 30 years’ experience in Management Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Risk Management, Strategy, Technology and Ventures. Sammy’s work includes significant experience in many overseas markets including the US, Canada, South America and Asia Pacific. He has advised companies in a number of sectors including Financial Services, Telecommunications, Technology services, Private Equity and Venture Capital. During his time at PwC he started, led and grew businesses both in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region managing revenues of over $1 billion. Sammy is a thought leader on a range of topics including revenue risk management, mega trends impacting economies and the impact of technology on business strategy. Sammy is a committed member of the broader community. He has been reappointed to the Board of the RCH from July 2018 and has been Chair of the RCH Foundation’s Audit Committee since 15 June 2016. In addition to serving on the Boards of the RCH and the RCH Foundation, Sammy is also a Board Member of MOPT (The Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust). Director since  2015.

Karl Kutner


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

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Professor Fiona Newall

PhD, MN, BSc, RN

Professor Fiona Newall completed her undergraduate nursing training at Curtin University in Western Australia. In 1998, Fiona moved to Victoria and commenced working in the field of paediatric thrombosis and anticoagulation. Fiona completed her PhD (2009) and Master of Nursing (Research, 2005) at the University of Melbourne, both research projects exploring questions identified from her clinical practice. Fiona has published extensively within her field of clinical and research practice, and is internationally recognised as a Clinical Researcher. In addition to her positions as Director of Nursing Research and Director of Nursing Education at the RCH, Fiona continues to work clinically within her field of paediatric anticoagulant management. Fiona has honorary appointments with the Departments of Nursing and Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne, The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queens University, Belfast. Director since 2019.

Andrew Shelton 

BA MA Cambridge FAICD

Andrew Shelton was formerly the President and CEO of JP Morgan Canada, following a period a period with JP Morgan in New York. Andrew is a company director, and an independent corporate finance advisor and consultant. He is the Principal and Director of Andrew Shelton and Co Pty Limited, and the founder and Director of Ice Sports Australia Pty Limited, a company that together with ING Real Estate and the support of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia developed the National Ice Sports Centre in Melbourne Docklands as a commercial venture. He chairs the Pembroke College, Cambridge Australian Scholarship Fund. Other activities include treasurer of the Australian Real Tennis Association, the governing body of real tennis in Australia. He is Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Director since 2013.

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Dr Gillian Sparkes AM 


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 senior roles in the Australian and Victorian governments including Director of the Commonwealth Clean Energy Innovation Centre, Chair of the Board of Sustainability Victoria and Deputy Secretary Corporate and Business Services for the Department of Sustainability and Environment. She also served two terms as a Director of South Gippsland Water and was the CEO of the Australian Sustainable Industry Research Centre at Monash University. Dr Sparkes was appointed Chair of FrontierSI (formerly the CRC for spatial information) in December 2018 and is also a board member of the Country Fire Authority and the Industry Capability Network, Victoria. She is a member of the 2030 Space and Spatial Industry Roadmap Steering Committee and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute Advisory Council. Director since 2015.

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Prof Ed Oakley


Professor Ed Oakley began as Acting Chief Executive Officer on 10 July 2021. Prior to this Ed has been the Chief of Critical Care at the Royal Children’s Hospital since 2016, after working as the Director of Emergency Medicine for three years.

Ed trained in emergency medicine in Melbourne at Austin Health and The Royal Children’s Hospital. He gained fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) in 1998 and became a senior staff member in the Emergency Department of The Royal Children’s Hospital that same year. Ed continued in this role until 2008 when he moved to Monash Health as the Director of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, before returning to The Royal Children’s Hospital in 2012.

Ed has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) since 2002. Ed is an active researcher in clinical emergency medicine for the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Centre of Research Excellence housed at the MCRI.

Dr Miriam Weisz OAM

DBA MBA BEc (Hons)

Dr Miriam Weisz OAM 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, Miriam was appointed to the Victorian Board of the Australian Medical Board in 2011 and was a member of the Australian Medical Council from 2012-2017 and the Australian Joint Distribution Committee from 2014-2017. She was also appointed to the Regional Board of the Psychology Board of Australia in 2017. Miriam served as the Chair of the Development Board of the Centre for Adolescent Health at the RCH for 10 years from 2006 and she is currently President of RCH Auxiliaries. Miriam received an Order of Australia Medal in the 2021 Queens Birthday Honours. Director since 2016.

Company secretary

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