In addition to fulfilling legal obligations, our passionate Board Members are responsible for providing leadership, corporate governance, guidance and direction to the organisation. They contribute to the our culture, strategic focus, effectiveness and financial sustainability. They also serve as ambassadors and advocates for Taking Paediatrics Abroad and global child health.
MR PETER RICHARDS
CHAIR BCom, UQ, QLD; CPA; MAICD
Peter is an experienced commercial leader and management consultant, with a background in finance and accounting. For 10 years he ran several FMCG businesses as CEO and as regional head responsible for multiple businesses and markets, before taking this experience into various consulting assignments. Peter is passionate about children’s health and education and has had rewarding focus in this area in his consulting career. As part of this, he was a business advisor to the Sydney Child Health Program from 2015-2017.
MS LIZ ADSETT
DIRECTOR BA, Monash, VIC; WAIT WA
As an independent career and executive coach, Liz provided career management and planning for senior executives across many industry groups. Liz has had the opportunity to contribute in a wide range of leadership positions in the corporate and public sectors. As a board member for 16 years, she worked with The Smith Family where the focus was on learning and literacy for young people. Liz is dedicated to supporting the improvement of children and young people’s health.
DR KATHRYN CURROW
FOUNDER and MANAGING DIRECTOR MBBS (Syd); Grad Dip Bioethics; DCH; GAICD; AMICDA
Kathryn is a paediatric doctor, medical educator and leader, with broad ranging Australian and international experience. She is passionate about contributing to improvements in the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Australia and globally.
Kathryn was previously Executive Principal of the Sydney Child Health Program from 1997 to 2018. She now holds an academic role as Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame. She is also Vice President of The Commonwealth Association for Health And Disability. Kathryn is recognised as a Global Goodwill Ambassador and serves on the organisation’s Oceania Board, as well being an Australian Scientific Advisory Board member for ‘Stronger Brains’. Kathryn’s commitment for advancing the health and rights of children and young people globally is a life-long passion.
MS LESLEY MATHEWS
BA Comm, MBA (IMD Switzerland)
Lesley is an executive and non-executive director with extensive experience in the governance and management of high-level, not-for-profit, business networking organisations focusing on Asia and Europe.
She has operated her own business advisory service for 33 years, with a proven track record of developing strategic networks and facilitating connections through effective, enduring relationships at senior levels in business, government, and diplomatic corps.
Her diverse roles include national marketing manager of a major national insurer and was a founder and CEO/Executive Director of the European Australian Business Council Ltd.
MS PATSI MICHALSON
BA (Law) LLB; GAICD
Patsi is an experienced lawyer and admitted to practice in both Australia and South Africa. Having practised as a Senior Counsel Barrister in South Africa before immigrating to Australia, Patsi took up a medico-legal role within the public health sector in Australia. She has worked in a senior managerial role within the largest paediatric speciality network in Australia for the past several years. Patsi is passionate about advocating for children’s rights to equitable healthcare both nationally and internationally. She has continued to nurture the intersect between health, law and social responsibility, especially where it affects children, since her days at university in South Africa, where she was the first woman to chair the largest national student fundraising and charitable organisation, National Rag, in the late 1980s.
Joanne is a health communications professional with an interest in global child health. She has worked and volunteered with children’s hospitals and medical NPOs in South Africa and Australia.
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