Passionate about Starlight

Starlight's National Board of Directors consists of independent Non-Executive Directors and one Executive Director. 

Our National Board of Directors brings a wide range of business, not-for-profit and commercial skills to Starlight. Its key role is to provide governance to ensure Starlight is true to its mission of ‘brightening the lives of seriously ill children and young people.’ 

In doing so, the Board oversees the strategic direction of the organisation with a focus on all governance issues and associated business functions (regulatory, financial, legal, audit and risk). 

Our Board ensures Starlight’s programs are delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible and Starlight is a strong custodian of the donated dollar.  

The Board's first responsibility is towards the safety and wellbeing of Starlight children, young people and the safety and wellbeing of our Starlight team, including all paid and volunteer team members.    

Starlight has two Board sub-committees, the Audit & Risk Committee chaired by Courtenay Smith and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee chaired by Reg Weine, to advise the National Board on specific areas.

We also have State Advisory Boards (in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA) to assist and promote Starlight, contributing knowledge and expertise, and support Starlight in raising funds in line with Starlight's Strategic Plan.

In 2020 Starlight established a Health Professionals Advisory Board to contribute specialist knowledge to support us to in our Mission and Vision.

The Health Professional Advisory Board advises Starlight on evolving opportunities and challenges around children’s health care; provides guidance and feedback on program strategies, plans and policies; and facilitates introductions and support relationships to assist program delivery and expansion.

National Board

Murray Coleman OAM, Chair/Non-Executive Director

After 2 years on the NSW Advisory Board, Murray joined the National Board in 2014, and later became Chair in 2016

Louise Baxter GAICD, CEO/Executive Director

Louise has over 17 years experience with Starlight and has been leading the way as Chief Executive since June 2009

Katrina Rathie, Non-Executive Director

Having 9 years experience with Starlight, Katrina has been a Starlight Board member since 2011

Reg Weine, Chair of Nomination and Remuneration Committee/ Non-Executive Director

Before joining the National Board in March 2016, Reg was the president of Starlight's Victorian Advisory Board

Professor Tracey O'Brien, Non-Executive Director

Professor Tracey O'Brien is a passionate physician and respected leader in paediatric cancer care and research

Courtenay Smith, Non-Executive Director

Bringing with her over 20 years' experience as a finance professional, Courtenay joined the Starlight Board in 2019

Lucinda Gemmell, Non-Executive Director

Lucinda joined the Board in 2019 and brings more than 20 years of progressive HR & commercial leadership experience

Frank Tracey, Non-Executive Director

Frank brings over 30 years experience working in the health sector

Luminaries and patrons

Thank you to our Starlight luminaries Neil Perry AM and Kieren Perkins OAM. As enthusiastic Starlight supporters, they are driven to share their skills, contacts and celebrity to help Starlight make a greater impact on the lives of seriously ill children and their families. 

Our thanks to Starlight patron John Newcombe AO OBE, a past Board member and has played a key role in helping Starlight grow into the organisation it is today.

Neil Perry AM

Kieren Perkins OAM

John Newcombe AO OBE