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 is Deputy Chair of AIA Australia Limited and Chair 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 Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital 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 30 June 2019, Peter was Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd.  He has been a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the 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, 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 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)

Mr Leder is a partner of the national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Corrs). He served as Corr’s Melbourne litigation practice group leader for 5 years until 2018. 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. 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 and on the Audit committee until November 2018. He also sits on the RCH1000 committee. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queens’ Birthday Honours List for services to the community through charitable organisations. Director since 14 September 1998.

Peter Blunden

Peter Blunden was appointed Victorian Managing Director – Editorial for News Corp Australia in 2012, 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. Peter was previously Managing Director of the Herald & Weekly Times for 5 years, before which he served 11 years as editor and editor in chief of the Herald Sun. Peter edited the Adelaide Advertiser for more than 5 years, held various senior positions with The Australian, and was founding editor of The Australian’s colour magazine in 1988. His 42+ 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 & Weekly Times, the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, and a committee member of the Moonee Valley Racing Club. Director since 1 July 2012.

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Alisa Camplin-Warner AM

Alisa is a highly experienced Non-Executive Director working across the sectors of Sport, Health, Government, Education and Philanthropy. She is presently a Director of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, a Patron of the Collingwood Football Club, a member of Faculty at the Cranlana Centre of Ethical Leadership and Co-Founder of the charity project Finnan’s Gift. Alisa previously held the roles of Chair – Australian Sports Foundation, Deputy Chair – Sport Australia (Australian Sports Commission), Director – Collingwood Football Club and Director – Methodist Ladies College. Alisa spent 16 years as a global executive with IBM from 1996-2012, leading both Sales and Delivery teams across AUS/NZ and was head of Strategy & Transformation for IBM Global Technology Services UK & Ireland. Alisa was also the Performance Manager for Australia’s 2018 Winter Olympic Team. She is the China/Australia Ambassador for sport, the Mental Wellbeing Ambassador for AIA Insurance’s Vitality Program, and she’s an in-demand keynote speaker and consultant working across Australia and Asia in the area of Resiliency and High Performance. Alisa received a Doctorate from Edith Cowan University honoris causa, the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001, an Order of Australia Medal in 2007 and became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018. Director since 30 June 2013.

Professor Fiona Newall

PhD, MN, BSc, RN

Fiona 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 position as Director of Nursing Research at 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 November 2019.

Hon Rob Knowles AO

Hon Rob Knowles AO is Chairman of The Royal Children’s Hospital. He 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, is a former Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and former Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. 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 a former director of St John of God Healthcare Ltd . Director since 1 December 2012.

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Sameer Kumar


Mr Kumar is the Managing Partner for Firm Strategy at PwC. He is also a director of the firm’s ASENZ (Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand) consulting business. He has over 28 years’ experience across strategy, digital, financial effectiveness and operations, and has managed numerous projects with leading US, Asian and Australian organisations. Sammy has a Bachelor of Business – Accounting from Monash University and is a Fellowship Member of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Australia (FCA). Additionally, Sammy has been reappointed to the Board of The Royal Children’s Hospital from July 2018, and is also a Foundation 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. Karl 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. 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 19 October 2016.

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Stephen Gillin

Stephen 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 November 2019.

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. Formerly, Andrew was President and CEO of JP Morgan Canada, following a period with JP Morgan in New York. He is 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 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 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. Director since 19 October 2015.

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John Stanway 

BEc Monash GradDipIR Victoria FAICD

John Stanway was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in April 2017. Prior to commencing in this role, John was the Chief Operating Officer at the RCH for more than ten years, overseeing clinical operations. From 2012, John also held the position of Deputy CEO.

Before joining the RCH, John managed Monash Medical Centre, was Chief Executive of the Transport Accident Commission and held various senior management roles at General Motors Holden.John has a double major in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations, and he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John is the President of Children’s Healthcare Australasia, a Board member of Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Ltd and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. John was also previously the President of the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association. 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 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. Dr Weisz served as the Chair of the Development Board of the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 10 years from 2006 and 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.