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

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

Peter Yates AM is Chairman of AIA Australia 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 Melbourne University, the RCH Foundation, the Shared Value Project and the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW.

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. 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 University of Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo.

Until May 2021, Peter was Chairman of Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited. He has been Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd, a Director of the RCH Foundation, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Asialink, Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, Ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, MOKO.mobi and the Australia-Japan Foundation. 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 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). He has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science Medal for 2019. RCH Foundation Director since 2001 and Chairman since 2012.

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Richard Leder OAM – Deputy Chairman

BEc LLB (Hons)

the national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Corrs). He specialises in commercial litigation and media law. He represents a range of media institutions including Channel 7 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. 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, James has been President of the Academic Board (2000-2001), Pro Vice-Chancellor (1999-2001) and member of University Council (1999-2001). James 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. James 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: Lieutenant Governor of Victoria from November 2021, Director, National Stem Cell Australia Foundation; Director, Jack Brockhoff Foundation, Director, RCH Foundation; Chair, Campus Council at RCH; 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. RCH Foundation Director since 2020.

Peter Blunden

Peter Blunden is the National Executive Editor of News Corp Australia. In a career spanning more than 45 years with the company, Peter has held senior editorial positions with several of Australia’s biggest newspapers, including The Australian, the Herald Sun and the Adelaide Advertiser. Peter has served as editor, editor in chief and managing director of the Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne, which has been his home for the past 25 years. Peter was Victorian Managing Director 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 eleven 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 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, and a committee member of the Moonee Valley Racing Club. RCH Foundation 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, Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the RCH Foundation. She is the Deputy Chef de Mission for the Australian 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic team, 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 has previously held the roles of Chair: Australian Sport Foundation 2010-2013, Deputy Chair/Director: Sport Australia (Australian Sports Commission) 2007- 2018, Director: Collingwood Football Club 2009-2018, and was the Performance Manager for Australia’s 2018 Winter Olympic Team and Chef de Mission for Australian’s 2012 Youth Winter Olympic Team. Alisa holds a Bachelor of Information Technology, a Doctorate honoris causa from Edith Cowan University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Alisa currently lives and works in Hong Kong with her young family. RCH Foundation Director since 2013.

Tiffany Fuller

Tiffany Fuller is an experienced independent, non-executive director with over 10 years experience in public, private and philanthropic board roles. Tiffany’s prior executive roles spanned careers in chartered accounting, corporate finance, funds management and investment banking with Arthur Andersen and Rothschild, both in Australia and globally, where she developed extensive skills across corporate and strategic advisory, management consulting, private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Tiffany currently sits on the boards of Computershare Limited and Australian Venue Co Limited where she also chairs the Risk and Audit Committee, and a board member of Washington Soul Pattinson and Company Limited and a member of the Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees. Tiffany has held multiple philanthropic roles including at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund and the Snowdome Foundation. Tiffany 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. RCH Foundation Director since 2020.

Stephen Gillin

Stephen Gillin is currently the Commercial Manager for Production and Programming at the Seven Network. Stephen has been with the network for more than 10 years, playing a leadership role in organisational projects and is a member of the Melbourne 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. RCH Foundation Director since 2019.

Hon Rob Knowles AO

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; is a former Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and former Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. In addition to serving on the Boards of the RCH Foundation and the MCRI, Rob is currently a Director of: BeyondBlue Ltd; Drinkwise Australia Ltd; Global Health Ltd; Great Ocean Road Health, IPG Ltd and the Silverchain Group of Companies and has been Chairman of the RCH since November 2012. RCH Foundation Director since 2012.

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Sameer Kumar

BBus FCA

Sammy Kumar is the Co-Founder of Sayers Group and CEO of Sayers Advisory and Investments. He has over 30 years’ experience across strategy, deals, digital, financial effectiveness and operations. Sammy served on the Board of the RCH from July 2012 to July 2015 and was reappointed in July 2018. RCH Foundation Director since 2015 and Chair of the RCH Foundation’s Audit Committee since 2016.

Karl Kutner

BPD

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. RCH Foundation Director since 2016.

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Bernadette McDonald 

RN, MHA, GAICD 

Bernadette McDonald was appointed to the role of CEO of the RCH in September 2021. Bernadette was previously the CEO of Canberra Health Services at a time of great change in the ACT’s health service system. Prior that appointment, she was the Deputy CEO and then Interim CEO of Austin Health, having previously been the CEO of the Orbost Regional Health Service. Bernadette is a highly experienced leader with a track record of delivery in the Australian health sector. Known for her strategic vision, strong relationships, inspirational leadership and commitment to exceptional patient care, she demonstrates authentic leadership, and positions organisations for success by strategically assessing the environment and providing foresight to maximise impact and reputation. Bernadette has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Masters of Health Administration, post graduate diplomas in Health Services and Health Systems Management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. RCH Foundation Director since September 2021.

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 has honorary appointments with the Departments of Nursing and Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne and Haematology Research within MCRI. RCH Foundation Director since 2019.

Andrew Shelton 

BA MA Cambridge FAICD

Andrew Shelton was formerly the President and CEO of JP Morgan Canada, following a period with JP Morgan in New York. Andrew is a company director, and was an independent corporate finance advisor and consultant. He is the Principal and Director of Andrew Shelton and Co Pty Ltd, and the Founder and Director of Ice Sports Australia Pty Ltd, 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. RCH Foundation Director since 2013.

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Dr Gillian Sparkes AM 

PhD MBA FAICD FIPAA MRACI

Dr Gillian Sparkes AM has a career that spans the private, public and not-for-profit sectors having worked three decades in industries that interface with the environment and community, before becoming a senior public servant. Gillian has held senior roles with both the Australian and Victorian Government including Deputy Secretary Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment and Chair of Sustainability Victoria. Gillian is currently Victoria’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, an independent statutory role that reports and advises government and the community on the environment. Other board roles include Chair of FrontierSI (the former CRC for Spatial Information), and board member of the Country Fire Authority and Industry Capability Network, Victoria. Gillian holds a PhD in Applied Science, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a National and Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a member the Monash Sustainable Development Institute Advisory Council. Gillian was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours for significant services to environmental sustainability, and to public administration. RCH Foundation Director since 2015.

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Dr Miriam Weisz OAM

DBA MBA BEc (Hons)

Dr Miriam Weis 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 from 2011-2020, was a member of the Australian Medical Council from 2012- 2017 and a Director of the Australian Joint Distribution Committee from 2014- 2017. She was also appointed to the Regional Board of the Psychology Board of Australia in 2017, the Victorian Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board in 2021 and is a Board Director of the Victorian Nursing and Midwifery Trust. 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. RCH Foundation 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.