Network management

The Sydney Children's Hospital Network is managed by a Board and divided into eight directorates, each managed by a skilled professional with long track records.

The Board is made up of experts in the fields of paediatrics, management, finance and industry. The Board advises on planning, policy development and monitoring activities across the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network.

Meet the 2020 SCHN Board members.

Board Chair: Elizabeth Crouch AM

Elizabeth Crouch was appointed as Board Chair in March 2020.

Ms Crouch is Chair of the Customer Owned Banking Association and SGS Economics and Planning and is a non-Executive Director of ReadyTech Holdings and Bingo Industries. Ms Crouch Chairs the Non-Government Schools Not for Profit Advisory Committee and is on the Boards of the NSW Institute of Sport, Health Infrastructure and the Western Sydney Local Health District which she will stand down from following her appointment as the Chair of SCHN.

She Chairs Audit and Risk Committees for the City of Sydney, IPART and RailCorp and is also the Chair of CREST ANZ, an organisation that registers ethical cybersecurity testing companies.

Ms Crouch is Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Macquarie University and has held previous NED roles on the Boards of Chandler Macleod Group, McGrath Estate Agents, RailCorp and the Macquarie University Hospital.

From 2016-2018 she was a Trustee of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, retiring in December 2018. She spent 16 years with the Federal Government and more than a decade in the private sector including as Chief Executive of the Housing Industry Association. Ms Crouch holds a Bachelor of Economics and is currently completing a Masters of Cyber Security.

In June 2019, she was awarded an Order of Australia for services to higher education and the rail transport industry.

Deputy Board Chair: Mr David Nott

Mr David Nott served for almost 30 years as a partner with KPMG, a global professional services firm providing leadership in Australia and internationally.

At KPMG, David had a number of senior client and management roles. In the 10 years prior to his retirement from the firm, he was the National Managing Partner of Transaction Services in
Australia and served as that group’s ASPAC Regional Leader and as a member of the Global Steering Committee.

In addition to being an Independent Board member of SCHN, David serves as the Board’s representative on the Network’s Audit and Risk Committee. He retired in 2019 as the Chair of the Audit Committee of Southern NSW Local Health District after serving his five-year term.

He is a member of the coaching panel of Foresight Global Coaching Partnership and in that role, he coaches senior executives in all aspects of leadership. In a voluntary capacity, he provides leadership training to NGOs in Nepal and Bhutan.

He holds a degree in economics from The University of Sydney, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Governance Institute. David served as SCHN’s Acting Board Chair from May 2019 to March 2020.

Board Member: Professor Louise Baur AM 

Professor Louise Baur is the Professor of Child & Adolescent Health at Sydney Medical School and Professor, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney. She is also a consultant paediatrician in, and former Head, of Weight Management Services at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Professor Baur is a Founding Fellow, and Member of Council, of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Prof Baur is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Board Member: Dr Abby Bloom FAICD

Abby is an experienced company director specialising in highly regulated industries, including healthcare and hospitals, insurance, utilities, ageing, retirement, and medical device innovation. She is a director of Sydney Water, the State Insurance Regulatory Authority, The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, and The Longevity Innovation Hub.

She is Deputy Chair of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing, an adviser to Griffith (University) Enterprise, and an Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney. She was previously a director of Western Sydney Local Health District and chaired its Finance, Performance and Capital Works Committee. She is a specialist in Risk and Audit, workplace health and safety, and strategic change in complex organisations, and has been involved in Public-Private Partnerships for over 25 years.

Abby had a long and distinguished international career as a senior executive and corporate adviser in health, hospital management, water, and national health sector restructure in Australia, the US State Department, and in emerging economies of major significance to Australia, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Mongolia. She has advised The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, AusAID, USAID and UNICEF on a wide range of health and social investments.

The founder of four medical device companies, and a mentor to women in business, Abby was recently named one of Yale University’s 100 Most Influential Public Health Alumni.

Board Member: 

Mr Ford is a lawyer and consultant to the media industry. His clients include Telstra Corporation, the TV1/Sci-Fi Partnership and the City of Sydney.

Mr Ford is a director of Ignite Media Brands and deputy chair of AVCS. Mr Ford was previously a partner at Blake Dawson and a senior executive at Sony Pictures in Australia.

Board Member: Ms Jane Freudenstein

After a career in advertising, marketing, strategy and management, Jane undertook directorships for not-for-profit organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jane has more than 12 years of experience in board governance roles that have allowed her to champion equity of access to education, cultural arts and paediatric health services in Australia.

She is currently Co-Chair of The Australian Ballet Foundation Board NSW and has previously held directorships on the boards of Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices and Sydney Dance Company.

Prior to joining the SCHN Board in January 2019, Jane Freudenstein was a long-standing director of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation Board (2012 to 2016 and 2017 to 2018).

Board Member: Mr Bruce MacDiarmid

Bruce joined the SCHN Board in 2017.

Bruce is an international investment banker with more than 25 years of experience in advising governments, boards and corporates.

Bruce is presently the Chairman of investment banking for Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand and a Member of The University of NSW’s Law Advisory Council. Bruce’s previous roles include Managing Director and Co-Head of Corporate Finance, Australia and New Zealand for Deutsche Bank AG Sydney, Head of Natural Resources for Deutsche Bank in the Asia Pacific and Co-Head of Rothschild Australia.

Bruce holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of New South Wales and is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Board Member: Dr Elizabeth McEntyre

Dr Elizabeth McEntyre is a Worimi and Wonnarua woman through bloodlines and her Country spans Port Stephens, Great Lakes and the Hunter Valley of NSW.

Elizabeth joined the SCHN Board in January 2019, bringing an extensive background of experience through her roles in both Government and Aboriginal Community Controlled sectors providing health and wellbeing and business services to Aboriginal peoples and communities in NSW.

Elizabeth is an accredited mental health social worker, the Aboriginal Official Visitor of prisons state-wide with the NSW Inspector of Custodial Services, and a member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal who conducts civil and forensic hearings.

In addition to this work, Elizabeth advises a number of professional associations and committees including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and the University of NSW Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support Program. She also serves as an Independent Specialist Director with the Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service Board and is Chairperson of the Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Board Member: Emeritus Professor Kim Oates AM

In addition to paediatric training, Kim Oates holds qualifications in research (including two research doctorates), public health and administration. He was Chief Executive of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead from 1997 to 2006. Prior to this, his positions at the Hospital included: Community Paediatrician; Head, Child Protection Unit; Head, Child Development Unit; Head Children’s Assessment Centre and Director, Medical Services.

Kim held the Foundation Douglas Burrows Chair of Paediatrics and Child Health at Sydney University from 1985 to 1997 and was simultaneously Chair of the Hospital’s Division of Medicine.

He has been President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Inaugural Chair of the NSW Child Death Review Team, Chair of the Federal Government’s National Council on the Prevention of Child Abuse and is a former President of Children’s Hospitals Australasia.

He has received a range of national and international awards for his research in child protection and for his advocacy for children including:

  • The Sydney University Alumni Award
  • RACP’s Howard Williams Medal for “Outstanding Contributions to Paediatrics and Child Health in Australasia”
  • Kempe Award from USA for “Outstanding contributions to the community on behalf of children”
  • Doctorate of Science (honoris causa) from Western Sydney University.
  • The People’s Medal from the Vietnam Government for services to healthcare in Vietnam

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996 for service to medicine, particularly paediatrics and the welfare of children. He holds professorial appointments at three international medical schools and is a regular faculty member at the annual Academy for Emerging Leaders in the USA, a program he brought to Australia in 2016. He has written and/or edited 15 books and has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.

An Emeritus Professor at The University of Sydney, he co-leads an annual course for future leaders in Vietnam healthcare. In recognition of his work in patient safety and quality in health, in 2019 he was elected by as one of the 30 worldwide Founding Members of the International Academy of Quality and Safety. He Chairs the SCHN Research Advisory Committee.

Board Member: Professor Donna Waters

Professor Donna Waters is a registered nurse with more than 25 years’ experience in medical, nursing and health services research. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and worked as a paediatric nurse and researcher at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead for 15 years.

Since then, Professor Waters has managed an independent nursing and health services research organisation, worked as the Manager of Research and Projects at the College of Nursing and as an Associate Professor of Nursing for Justice Health in NSW.

Professor Waters is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (Sydney Nursing School) at the University of Sydney.

Board Member: Mr Jeremy Wright

Jeremy served as Chief Executive of Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia for nine years up to 2013. This followed a career in business and marketing and more than 20 years raising funds for medical research and health issues.

In 1989, Mr Wright helped launch Red Nose Day for the Sudden Infant Death Association of NSW raising funds to assist relevant medical research and to promote cot death prevention measures. He subsequently assisted in the Jeans for Genes campaign for the Children’s Medical Research Institute, Westmead and has served on the Boards of the Starlight Foundation and Telstra ChildFlight. From 2012 Jeremy has been on the Board of the Australian Cord Blood Foundation.

Jeremy also serves on the Board of Sydney Cove Rotary, who sit proudly in the Hall of Champions as a significant supporter of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

Board Member: Emeritus Professor Les White AM

Emeritus Professor Les White was appointed as the inaugural NSW Chief Paediatrician in September 2010, a position he held until his retirement in 2016.

Les was Executive Director of Sydney Children's Hospital from 1995 to 2010, following a clinical and academic career, with emphasis on childhood cancer. Other positions have included President of Children’s Hospitals Australasia (1999-2004) and the John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics (2005-2010). He has over 140 publications and many more abstracts, awards, grants and invited presentations in his CV.

Les serves on seven not-for-profit boards relating to children’s health or medical research. He was awarded a Doctorate of Science for research contributions related to childhood cancer and holds a Master of Health Administration. In 2007 he received an Order of Australia award for service to medicine, medical administration and the community in the field of paediatrics.

Les has championed the rights of children and young people in healthcare settings. His continuing interests, beyond cancer in children, include childhood injury, intellectual disability, health services research and the networking of paediatric services.

In 2019 Les was awarded a Doctorate of the University (UNSW) honoris causa. He serves as a member of the Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Committee of the Board.