Our Board

CHAIRMAN

Graham Henderson B.Econ BA MA.

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

Craig Heatley B.Bus, FCA, RCA

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.

TREASURER

David J Beatty FCA, Bcom

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.

Tracy Meredith

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.

Simela Karasavidis

Simela is a Partner at Pinsent Masons in Australia. She is a contract / transactional lawyer with 22 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. She has advised on many different social and economic projects in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has acted for charitable institutions, governments and state-owned entities, public and privately held commercial businesses and financial institutions.

Simela previously spent 15 years in London, where she, amongst other things, was:

  • Member of the Finance & Legal Committee of the Lullaby Trust UK;
  • Board Member of ‘Unlock the Cure’ Breast Cancer Campaign;
  • Executive Mentor at Barnardo’s;
  • Former Judge of various UK rounds of the Jessup Legal Moot competition;
  • One of the team that, together with Lawyers without Borders, researched and developed a Global Human Trafficking Country Status Database; and
  • Head of the London Women’s Initiative Steering Committee for a top tier US law firm.

Paul Colditz MBBS, FRACP, FRCPCH, MBiomedEng, DPhil (Oxford), GAICD

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.

Paul 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

Andrew Kennedy

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

SECRETARY

Paul Roderique

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.


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