The SIDS and Kids 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:
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.
Craig Heatley B.Bus, FCA, 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 three children, Craig strives to maintain a healthy work life balance and serves on several other not for profit boards.
David J Beatty FCA, Bcom (NSW)
David Beatty joined FTI Consulting as a Senior Advisor in November 2013.
David was a founding Director of Hindal Corporate which specialised in Corporate Advisory and Merger and Acquisition services to the Private Company market. Hindal was sold to Credit Suisse in 2008 where he was an Executive Director until his retirement in October 2013. David is a very experienced Corporate Advisor and has advised on assignments within numerous industries including rural, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, health and retirement.
David holds directorships and advisory roles with a number of privately owned Australian family businesses. David also plays an active role in the community and is involved in a number of not-for-profit Boards.
David has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Prior to Hindal David spent 27 years with Arthur Andersen (Chartered Accountants) and was an International Partner for 16 years. During this period, David provided financial consulting services to medium to large companies and was also involved in many significant merger and, acquisition and divestment transactions. David was in harge of a number of corporate reconstructions through Administrations and Receiverships during this period.
Paul Roderique (Hunter Region)
Paul has worked in the Customer Owned banking sector for the past 24 years both in New Zealand and Australia. He was the youngest Credit Union CEO in Australasian history and was rewarded with nomination as world young credit union person of the year in 2003.
He currently works as the Business Retention Manager for Beyond Bank, one of Australia’s largest customer-owned banks.
Paul joined the board of SIDS and Kids Hunter Region in 2012 after being a supporter via the Beyond Bank community programme and has been chair for the past 18 months, joining the national council at that time.
Tracy Meredith (independent director)
Tracy moved to the Wheatbelt of WA from Sydney in 1996 where she was involved in the establishment and operation of The Fred Hollows Foundation Inc. Tracy has a broad background and experience in providing health services (nursing, psychology and blindness prevention), strategic planning & policy development of health service delivery, regional development and Not-For-Profit organisations.
Since moving to regional WA Tracy has had a passion for regional and rural issues. As a ministerial appointed Director for 9 years of a State Government Board, the Wheatbelt Development Commission, she was able to bring her health sector experience to provide strategic and policy advice to the State Government on regional health planning issues, also chairing and being an active member of various related sub-committees.
Tracy first became involved with SIDS and Kids WA as a Parent and Regional Supporter in 2010 and the following year joined the Board. With the merger of the WA organisation with the other States in late 2014 Tracy has joined the merged Board.
Currently, she is also a Non-Executive Director with Hale School and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Tracy has established strong professional, government and community links and has well established networks in the health and regional development sectors. Along with her husband and son, Tracy assists in running a mixed agricultural enterprise in rural WA.
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.
Professor Paul Colditz MBBS, FRACP, FRCPCH, MBiomedEng, DPhil (Oxford), GAICD. (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.
Mark Sheehy (SA)
Mark Sheehy is a 47-year-old father of four children and currently lives in Adelaide. Mark has been a member of the South Australia Police Force for 18 years and is currently a Detective within the Serious and Organised Crime Branch. Mark has had various postings during his career including Armed Robbery Squad, Drug Squad, Homicide Squad and also involved in numerous protracted investigations relating to child abuse and child death criminal matters.
Mark became involved with SIDS and Kids through his investigations with child deaths in South Australia. Mark has held various roles with SIDS South Australia including vice chair and chairman positions over his tenure.
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.