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 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. Prior to joining the WCH Foundation, Jane was the Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities programs in South Australia for 17 years.
Michael joined the WCH Foundation in May 2020. He has over 30 years' domestic, national and international senior executive leadership experience in Australia and New Zealand, across a diverse range of industries and organisational structures at CEO/MD and Board Directorship levels. He is focused in driving business and operational performance and exceptional customer service across corporate, enterprise and government market segments. He is currently State Director SA & NT of Optus Australia, Chair of Country Arts SA, non-Executive Director of ACH Group, and is a member of the National Bushfire and Tourism Expert Advisory Panel.
“Growing up my mother worked as a midwife and from early on I learnt the commitment required to ensure women, children and their families are looked after in the best possible way. I look forward to contributing to this important work," Michael said.
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 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, He 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.
Morry joined the Board in April 2014. In his time as Tindall Gask Bentley’s managing partner, Morry has overseen the firm’s evolution to South Australia’s largest all-purpose law firm and a national leader with 12 offices across Australia. He is both former President of the Law Council of Australia and Law Society of South Australia, Chair of Lawguard Management and Chair of the Law Council’s Futures committee. Furthermore, he is a member of the Law Society of SA Ethics and Practice Committee, Chair of its Corporate Governance Committee, and is a sought-after legal commentator.
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 spent her childhood growing up on a farm in the Adelaide Hills with weekends spent knocking about among 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 sixth 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's involvement in South Australia's wine industry grew, being appointed to the Board of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine Tourism Association.
Darren, who joined the Board in May 2020, is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in strategy, performance, organisational change and leadership within the health, community services and disability sectors. Over his career he has worked in financial leadership and executive roles, including at Minda Inc. He is currently working as an independent consultant as Principal of Health Q Consulting.
"The WCHF has a vital role to play in supplementing and enriching the experiences and outcomes for patients of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. I am passionate about the health and wellbeing of our community and proud to be in a position to support the Foundation in achieving its vision," Darren said.
Leonie joined the WCH Foundation Board in May 2020 and is an experienced Board Director with extensive corporate governance experience and a strong commercial business background. As a former Certified Practising Accountant with significant practical experience, she has a strong understanding of corporate and statutory financial management. In the role as principal consultant of Leonie Boothby & Associates Pty Ltd, Leonie undertakes project-based consultancy contracts across a range of sectors and service areas.
"The funds raised by the WCH Foundation create opportunities to go beyond just meeting the critical and essential needs of our patients, families and Hospital staff – it allows us to create spaces and experiences that provide comfort, care, nurturing and positivity that are so important to wellness and recovery. I’m inspired by the work that is being done to raise funds and deliver programs that make a difference in people’s lives and am honored to be part of the Foundation's team," Leonie said.
Christine joined the WCH Foundation Board in May 2020. She is an experienced senior executive leader in international trade and development, and the professional services industries. She is skilled in board and stakeholder engagement and management, strategy and business development, and executive development and coaching.
"I’m excited by the strategic opportunities ahead for the WCH Foundation and the chance to apply my business and board expertise to guide the organisation’s path and to contribute to the positive impact on lives that the Foundation has," Christine said.
Caroline joined the WCH Foundation Board in May 2020 and is a dynamic leader with more than 20 years’ experience driving transformational change. In her roles as an executive leader and non-executive director, she has experience across financial services, retail, government and not-for-profit organisations. Recognised for her creativity, big picture thinking and results, Caroline has been named an Australian Marketer of the Year. She has made a significant contribution to the marketing profession as a former State Patron and Head Judge of the Australian Marketing Institute.
Caroline’s daughter Amelia was born at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and she has a deep appreciation for its history and its critical work serving and supporting South Australian families.
As the Chief Operating Officer for Saab Australia, Ben drives organisational performance and oversees program delivery across all areas of the business. Ben has extensive local and international experience in strategic leadership roles in defence, manufacturing, construction and agriculture. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy, is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of CPA Australia. He has been a member of the Foundation's Finance & Audit Committee since 2013 and a Board Member since May 2020.
“Many South Australians have a strong connection with the Women’s & Children’s Hospital, often forged during very trying circumstances. The Foundation's vision and mission immediately resonated with me and joining the Foundation has given me the opportunity to make a real and lasting contribution to our community. I feel humbled every day to support the important work of the Hospital to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and their families.”