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 Board Members 

Why I’m passionate about Starlight. From the Starlight Children's Foundation National Board.

Each Starlight board member has their own special reason for volunteering their time and efforts…

  • Peter Butler OAM RFD - National Chairman of the Starlight Board.
    Partner, Freehills

Starlight is a true pioneer. It strives to find new ways to help the children and their families we exist to serve. The staff and volunteers of Starlight are wonderful people who are absolutely devoted to helping where it is most needed. They deserve our support.

  • Louise Baxter
    Chief Executive, Starlight Children's Foundation

It is the amazing and often life-changing impacts on seriously and chronically ill children and their families that is a constant source of inspiration. These families' lives are changed dramatically and forever from the moment of their child’s diagnosis and our Starlight programs give them moments of happiness, joy, celebration and hope. We support them with distraction from the pain and stress of their treatment and with 'all important' time together, enjoying activities that families with healthy children often take for granted. Starlight cannot do any of this without the generosity of individuals, community groups and organisations. I am inspired by the stories of the children, their families and all our wonderful supporters -thank you so much.

  • Graham Watman - Treasurer of the Starlight Board.
    Director, Catalyst Partners Pty Limited

I’m passionate about Starlight because we aren’t content with brightening the lives of a third of all seriously ill kids, but are constantly finding ways to reach every single seriously ill and hospitalised child in Australia. It’s not an easy task, but with everyone’s support we’ll be able to research the needs of these children and their families, bringing them happiness when it’s most needed.

  • Michael Brydon OAM
    Director of Clinical Operations, Sydney Children's Hospital

Each day in the hospital Starlight lifts the spirits of so many individuals: Staff, visitors, families and of course our much loved patients. Those Captains are just amazing. They dish out their own special medicine and it sure seems to work. My funny bone never felt so good! I’m very proud to be part of 2 wonderful organisations that really do make a difference.... a children’s hospital and Starlight, the perfect combination to deliver holistic care.

The chance to assist a wonderfully-motivated and professional team in bringing happiness back to the lives of seriously ill children and their families is an honour. The challenge now is to extend Starlight’s services to the hundreds of thousands still untouched by the many Starlight services.

I was naturally drawn to Starlight as its focus and initiatives allow me to make a 'right now' difference to those children and families facing extra challenges. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see the smiles when the word Starlight is heard, then I know we are truly making a difference. 

  • Kieren Perkins OAM
    State Manager QLD, NAB Private Wealth National Australia Bank.

From my own personal experience, after having a serious accident in my childhood, I understand the stress, discomfort and loneliness that hospital treatment brings.  Having been on the Board since 2002, I have seen first-hand how Starlight can immediately put a smile on the face of a very sick child, and for me, it is vital to ensure that Starlight’s work can continue in meeting the needs and increased demand of all seriously ill and hospitalised children in Australia.

As a mother of 3, I know that nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of our children.  I am passionate about Starlight because our people, volunteers and wide network of supporters bring smiles, joy and hope to the lives of so many sick children around Australia - which is a wonderful thing!  To me, Starlight's essence is being selfless and representing pure goodness in a world which is not always fair. I am very proud to serve on the national board.

I am passionate about the Starlight Foundation because it helps create a sense of hope and positive light for kids and their families, at a time when things can look pretty daunting. Starlight brings sunshine into our kids’ hospitals along with compassion, empathy and a smile. Starlight is uniquely Australian and an organisation that we can all be proud of.

The wonderful services provided by Starlight are key components in the provision of total care.  These services not only change the hospital and illness experience for so many children and their families, but also enhance the capacity of health professionals and the health system in delivering the best possible care.

  • Genevieve Overell
    Director, Government Advisory, Deutsche Bank Australia

Starlight's wonderful impact in children's hospitals around Australia and on the lives of those touched by childhood illness, inspires my passionate support. Striving to create more opportunities to brighten the experiences of sick children is a constant and compelling challenge. It is a privilege to serve on Starlight's board.  

  • Dane Hudson
    CEO, ISS Facility Services

  • Murray Coleman OAM
    Managing Director, Building, Lend Lease


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