Our Board

SIDS and Kids Australia National Board

The SIDS and Kids Australia National Board are a dedicated group of professionals who work tirelessly in support of our cause.  The National Board is made up of members from each State and Territory of Australia and include:
Chairman

Mr Graham Henderson B.Econ BA MA. (Vic)

Graham has many years’ experience in business in the IT and financial services industry. Since 2004 he has operated a management consultancy business. Graham joined the board of SIDS and Kids Victoria in 2004 and the board of the National SIDS Council of Australia Limited in 2006. For the three years prior to becoming Chairman he served as Treasurer. He lives outside Melbourne with his wife Dianne.
Deputy Chairman and Secretary

Mr Craig Heatley B.Bus, CA, RCA (WA)

Craig is an Assurance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and has been with the firm for over 15 years both in USA and Australia. Craig is experienced in external and internal audit services, accounting and broader business advice across a broad spectrum of industries covering resources, services and construction and engineering. Craig leads client focussed teams in the provision of services to clients and has had considerable experience reporting to Boards and Audit Committees. Married with 3 children, Craig strives to maintain a healthy work life balance and serves on several other not for profit boards.

Treasurer

Mr Andrew Kennedy (independent director)

Andrew is a civil engineer currently working as a Project Manager for construction company Thiess.  Since completing his bachelor degree with honours in 1997, Andrew has worked as an engineering consultant, construction contractor and in government in various roles in Australia and overseas.  Andrew’s most recent achievement was the construction of the $107M Brighton Bypass highway project in southern Tasmania.  Andrew has also gained valuable experience being a Board Member for both SIDS and Kids Victoria and the Civil Contractors Federation in Tasmania.  Andrew’s first involvement with SIDS and Kids was through the bereavement support he and his family received following the death of his first daughter, Saoirse during delivery in 2004.  Andrew is passionate about the potential for reducing the incidence of perinatal death just as the SIDS campaign brought about a dramatic reduction of SIDS deaths in the 1980s and 90s. Andrew and his wife Karyn have since had two more children, Asha 7 and Daniel 5. They live in Melbourne having recently returned from Hobart where they lived for 3 years.


Members
Professor Paul Colditz (Qld)

Professor Paul Colditz is the foundation Professor of Perinatal Medicine at the University of Queensland and Director of the Perinatal Research Centre. He is a practicing clinician in neonatology as well as holding a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of NSW and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, UK. He brings together a multidisciplinary research team from diverse backgrounds including medicine, science, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, other allied health, signal processing and biomedical engineering to focus on improving health outcomes for mothers and babies through clinical and translational research.

Mr Mark Sheehy (SA)

Mark Sheehy is currently the Vice President of SIDS and KIDS South Australia of which he has been a board member since 2005. Mark is currently employed by the South Australian Police of which he has been a member for 14 years as a Detective within SAPOL and has been involved in extensive investigations including Major Crime, Drug Investigations and Child Death Investigations. Mark maintains a close liasion with the SA Coroners Office due to this position within SAPOL.

Ms Christine Paynter (NT)

Christine has been a member of the SIDS and Kids Northern Territory Board since 1993 and joined the SIDS and Kids National Board as a Director in 2011.  Christine is a midwife.

Ms Sheri Norton (ACT)

Sheri has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and operational management, including 15 years at the level of Director or General Manager. She has worked for some of Australia’s largest public companies including Westfield, Macquarie Bank and Coles Myer, as well as not-for-profit organisations Youth Off the Streets and the Benevolent Society. She has worked as the General Manager Finance and Business Services for Waste Service NSW, overseeing the restructure of that organisation from a Government Trading Enterprise to a State Owned Corporation and also established and managed the VSA Shared Corporate Services arrangement between Tourism NSW, Centennial Parklands and the Royal Botanic Gardens before moving on to the University of NSW as Director of Commercial Services. Sheri has a Bachelor of Economics Degree in Accounting and Financial Management, a Masters Degree in Commercial Law and has completed the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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