Our Board & CEO
The WCH Foundation is an incorporated body under the Associations Incorporations Act 1985 and is governed by a Board of Directors. All our Directors serve in an honorary capacity and receive no financial benefits.
Chief Executive Officer
Jane commenced as our CEO in March 2017, she has a passion to make a difference by providing quality programs within the health and human service arena in Australia and Internationally. Jane has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing Studies) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Management), and her entire career has been focused in health and the human service area, for many years nursing in both the public and private sectors, acute and community based services. Jane was most recently the Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) programs in South Australia for 17 years and brings and breadth and depth of experience to the WCH Foundation.
Nicholas Begakis AO
Nick has more than 40 years' experience in senior management roles in manufacturing industries, as an entrepreneur in his own enterprises, in venture capital, merchant banking and corporate recovery roles. He currently or has had, various State and National roles as an independent, non-executive Company Director and Chairman. In particular, he is Chairman of several Boards including the Adelaide Central Market Authority, Renew Adelaide, CashFlow Manager and is a Director of Carina Biotech. He was awarded Doctor of the University, honoris causa, DUniv Flin, April 2012 (from Flinders University).
Michael graduated from the South Australian Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1984. Since then he has carved a significant career and business in the building industry in South Australia. In addition to his role on the WCH Foundation board, Michael is also a member of the Master Builders Association and the Young Presidents Organisation.
Wee Keat Chan
Wee is a Partner of Bray Chan Chartered Accountants and his areas of expertise include the manufacturing, medical and creative services industries. Wee Keat was formerly the National President of the Australia Malaysia Business Council. In 2007, in recognition of his meritorious service and contribution in further strengthening the trade relations between Australia and Malaysia, Wee Keat was conferred the honorary award of Johan Mangku Negara (J.M.N.) (Companion in the Order of the Defender of the Realm) by the King of Malaysia, His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
In his time as Tindall Gask Bentley’s managing partner, Morry Bailes has overseen the firm’s evolution to South Australia’s largest all-purpose law firm and a national leader with 12 offices across SA, WA, Queensland and the NT. He has served as Principal Advisor to the SA, WA and Northern Territory police associations, the SA Correctional Officers’ Legal Fund, the South Australian State School Leaders Association and the Country Fire Service Volunteers Association, advocating for members in criminal and disciplinary matters.
He is President of the Law Council of Australia, and Chair of Lawguard Management and the Law Council's Rural, Regional and Remote committee. He was Law Society of SA President from October 2013 to December 2014, and received the Brian Withers Award for services to the SA legal profession in 2013. He is a member of the Law Society of SA Ethics and Practice Committee. He is a sought-after legal commentator, writing fortnightly for InDaily.com.au and appears regularly in the national media.
Dr Tony Bourne
Tony studied Medicine at the University of Adelaide from 1964-1969 and subsequently trained in pathology at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Tony took up post as a Consultant Pathologist at the Adelaide Children's Hospital in 1977, a position which continued with the Women's & Children's Hospital until he retired in 2007.
Mary Hamilton was born and bred in South Australia and spent her childhood growing up on a farm in the Adelaide Hills with weekends spent knocking about amongst the vines in McLaren Vale. Being a Black Sheep runs in her family – her great, great, great, grandfather was a tailor, a smuggler, a farmer, and finally the state’s first grape grower and winemaker. Her father Hugh is also the Black Sheep of his generation, his name graces the bottles of wine that Mary creates and sells as the CEO of Hugh Hamilton Wines.
She is the only member of the 6th generation of Australia’s oldest wine family to continue the family business. Mary doesn’t like to follow the flock either, despite being a classically trained marketer, she is a marketing heretic that creates wines, brands and events that stand out from the crowd. She is fervent about waking people up from sleep walking through life; which she does by creating experiences that buck the status quo and her heartfelt commitment to community causes. In 2020, Mary was appointed to the Board of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine Tourism Association.