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 SCHN Board members.

Board Chair: Elizabeth Crouch AM

Elizabeth Crouch AM 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 is also on the Boards of the NSW Institute of Sport, Health Infrastructure and Hearing Australia.

She Chairs Audit and Risk Committees for the City of Sydney and IPART and is a member of the Audit and Risk committee for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Authority.

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 a Master 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: 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 Jack Ford

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, the Barrington Tops, the Great Lakes and the Hunter Valley of NSW.

She has extensive experience in Government and the Aboriginal Community-led sector providing primary health and wellbeing and business services to Aboriginal peoples and communities.

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 conducting civil and forensic hearings.

In addition to this work, Elizabeth advises a number of Universities, professional associations and committees, and serves as a Board Member with Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council, Hunter Local Land Services and GP Synergy.

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.