About Us

Our History:

The Sudden Infant Death Association for the ACT and Southern Districts now known as SIDS and Kids, was formed in 1978 by a group of parents whose children had died through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Since 1999 SIDS and Kids supports the families of all children who die suddenly and unexpectedly from conception through to six years of age regardless of the cause.

In 2002 the former SANDS ACT organisation joined SIDS and Kids to assist providing volunteer peer support to families affected by stillbirth or neonatal death.

Annual Report

Download the SIDS and Kids ACT 2014/15 Annual Report here.

Contact Us:

SIDS and Kids ACT
Chifley Health and Wellbeing Hub
Unit 10/70 Maclaurin Crescent

Tel: 02 6287 4255
Fax: 02 6287 4210
Email: admin@sidsandkidsact.org

Mailing Address:

SIDS and Kids ACT
PO Box 3118

Advocacy and Research

SIDS and Kids provides advocacy and funding for research and other issues, which are aimed at reducing mortality in infants two years and under. This includes stillbirth, neonatal death and sudden infant death (SIDS).

SIDS and Kids ACT Staff

Lisa Ridgley
Chief Executive Officer

Louise Bilston
Public Relations Manager

Tess Kinnear
Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator

Fiona Vanderhook
Bereavement Counsellor and  Support Services Manager

Marilyn Waind
Safe Sleeping Education Manager

Sandy Dodman
Database and Volunteer Coordinator

Email: board@sidsandkidsact.org

SIDS and Kids ACT Board


Michael Williams

Michael is a Managing Partner of Canberra-based accountants and taxation specialists Clarkson Williams Partners. He has extensive experience in accounting in both the public and private sectors. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Australian National University and is a Registered Tax Agent and Fellow of the National Tax and Accountants’ Association. Michael is also an Authorised Representative of Count Wealth Accountants.


Georgina McKenzie

Georgina McKenzie is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Aboriginal Hostels Limited a company wholly owned by the Australian Government. It has a non-executive Board of Directors and the Commonwealth of Australia, through the Minister for Indigenous Affairs is the sole shareholder. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Georgina is responsible for leading and managing all company finances and ensuring AHL meets its fiduciary, governance and reporting obligations, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Finance Committee. Prior to joining AHL, Georgina spent nine years in the Utility industry and seven years in a Chartered Accountancy firm (Auditing and Government consulting). Her qualifications include Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Master of Business Administration, University of Canberra; she is a Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia; and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, University of Canberra.

Deputy Chair and National Delegate

Sheri Norton

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.



Katie Innes

Katie is an experienced commercial and business lawyer who regularly advises a range of private companies and individuals, insolvency practitioners, industry peak bodies and associations on a broad range of commercial issues. Katie has an in-depth knowledge of the establishment and commercialisations of business ventures including corporate governance, corporate constitutions, Corporations Act requirements, ownership agreements, establishing Australian subsidiary companies to carry on businesses in Australia, franchising and commercial contracts. Prior to joining Bradley Allen Love Lawyers, Katie Innes worked at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and provided advice to individuals and business on their rights and obligations under the Competition & Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and was admitted to practice in the Australian Capital Territory in December 2007. Katie is a member of the Women’s Legal Centre and has also been a commercial law mentor for students undertaking their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with the Australian National University’s Legal Workshop since February 2012.

David Cross

David is an IT Project Manager for Australia’s air traffic control and aviation fire fighting service provider, Airservices. He holds a Bachelor of Public Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Computing Studies from the University of Canberra. David’s Board involvement is as a peer supporter and family group representative. David is married to Lyndall and has one surviving son, Oliver.

Ian Burgess

Ian is an experienced director and CEO, with a varied and successful career in both not-for-profit and commercial organisations. Ian is currently CEO of a not-for-profit membership organisation representing dentists, with a team of 50 staff, and his previous roles have included Director and CEO of a private equity backed health business with more than 350 staff; CEO of the Australian Orthopaedic Association; and strategy and business development consultant to a range of businesses in the health sector.

Ian has a strong background in governance, having held senior executive positions with the Governance Institute of Australia, with responsibilities that included the provision of governance training to directors of various commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Ian has been a director on the boards of health businesses, an EFT payments gateway, a transport business and an educational institute in the finance sector.

Reflecting his varied career, Ian has also been a full-time professional musician.

Ian’s qualifications include a Masters of Business Administration, Macquarie University, Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University. Ian is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Daniel Prior

Dr Daniel D Prior is currently a Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of New South Wales, Canberra Campus. Daniel teaches, consults and researches in the areas of Marketing and Strategic Management, with a particular focus on buyer-supplier relationships. Daniel has published extensively in these areas and regularly presents his work at international conferences. Prior to his current academic role, Daniel held roles across the Defence, IT, Finance and Professional Services sectors, working with organisations such as KPMG, Acer Computer Australia, Tenix Defence, Communications Design & Management, and Orima Research. Daniel is a current member of UNSW Academic Board, the UNSW Canberra Board and Ngunnawal Primary School Board. Daniel is a Fellow and Certified Practicing Marketer of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science, and, a Member of both the Academy of Management (USA), and the American Marketing Association. Daniel obtained his PhD in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University and also holds a Master of Commerce (Marketing), a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

Rebecca Storen

Rebecca currently works as a policy officer for a non-for-profit organisation in the age care industry. Prior to this position she worked in two different roles in clinical governance and as a scientist in developmental research and genetic diagnosis. She holds a Bachelor of Medical Science, a Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling and a Master of Public Health.

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