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.

 

Jane Scotcher

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.

Dr Nicholas Begakis AO

Chairman

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, the New Venture Institute and is a Director of Business SA. He was awarded Doctor of the University, honoris causa, DUniv Flin, April 2012 (from Flinders University).

Michael O’Connor

Deputy Chairman

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

Board Member

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.

Morry Bailes

Board Member

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

Board Member

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

Board Member

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.

Your gift of $5 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your gift of $10 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your gift of $20 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

Your gift of $25 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your gift of $50 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your gift of $75 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

Your gift of $39 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children's days while in hospital ($468 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $49 could help purchase at-home equipment for children recovering at home, meaning more time with their family ($588 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $69 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care ($828 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $99 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer ($1,188 Annual Amount).

Your $20 gift will keep the pantry stocked with non-perishable food items to make holiday planning a breeze for our families.

Your $50 gift will bring our Beach House to life by providing comfortable and welcoming surroundings for our families to enjoy.

Your $75 gift will bring fun and laughter to the whole family as you build and maintain an assortment of activities for children (big and small!) to enjoy.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will give families a much needed break from the never ending rounds of hospital and doctor visits and instead, focus on making special memories that will last a lifetime.

Your gift of $1,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

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Your gift of $5,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your generous support will help make the Beach House project at Encounter Lakes, Victor Harbor, a reality.

Your generous support will help us search for a cure for Paediatric Cancer.

Your support of $20 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $30 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $50 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

Your support of $25 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $50 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $75 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your support will make the difference to physical and occupational therapy programs that get children like Hannah home sooner.

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