Our Board

The Board is responsible for the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s activities, policies and strategies. Board members oversee our operations and affairs on behalf of our supporters, and ensure the expectations of the community are met. Each of our Board members has elected to contribute in an honorary role.

Bruce Cowley

Chair

BCom LLB (HONS) FAICD

Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair Bruce Cowley is a legal practitioner, adviser, author, speaker and director. Bruce is national Chair of one of Australia’s largest law firms, MinterEllison, and a senior corporate lawyer with over 37 years’ experience. Bruce has advised many public and private companies and government corporations. His interest in director’s duties and crisis management is widely known and he is a popular speaker and respected author on corporate governance in Australia.

Bruce is Chair of the Cerebral Palsy League and a member of Griffith University’s Business School Advisory Board, a member of the Takeovers Panel, and sits on the Board of the Merchant Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of the AICD’s Law Committee, a member of the Not for Profit Chairs Advisory Board, and a past member of the Queensland State Council of the AICD. He is also Chair of the IDEAS (Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening) Van Project Board.

Bruce was former Chair of the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute, was formerly a non-executive Director of Talon Petroleum Limited and was Deputy Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Bruce joined the Board as Chair in November 2011. He is an ex-officio member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Grants Committee, and chairs the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Kenneth (Mac) Drysdale

Board Member

BBus (Acc)

Mac Drysdale is a highly-respected executive with a strong history as a Board director and chair.

Mac has held numerous director and chair roles throughout his career including Seymour Whyte, Country Road Australia, Country Road USA, Australian Wool Corporation, International Wool Secretariat, Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation, Wool International and Mitre 10. As chair of a number of wool production and research organisations, Mac has been ultimately responsible for research investments of up to $120 million per year.

Mac has also been Chair of Yalari, a not-for-profit organisation that offers secondary education scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from regional, rural and remote communities. He has a long family history of grazing in Western Queensland and continues to operate an organic grazing property in the Augathella region.

Since 2 March 2018, Mac is also a member of the Children’s Health Research Alliance board, a joint initiative of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Health Queensland.
Mac joined the Board in February 2016 and is a member of the Grants Committee.

Professor Stephen Gray

Board Member

BCom (Hons), LLB (Hons), PhD

Stephen Gray is Professor of Finance at the University of Queensland and a Director of consulting firm Frontier Economics. In his university role, Stephen teaches a range of courses in financial management, asset valuation, and corporate finance. He has received a national teaching award and a number of manuscript awards for his research.

Stephen is also an industry consultant on issues relating to valuation, cost of capital, and corporate financial strategy. Many of Australia’s leading companies, government-owned corporations and regulatory bodies have benefited from his consultancy skills on projects such as corporate cost of capital reviews, asset valuation, independent valuation of executive stock options, and the development of corporate financial strategies. He has served as an independent expert for a number of courts and tribunals.

Professor Gray joined the Board in November 2011. He chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Grants Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Luke McGrath

Board Member

CFP AITA GAICD

In his 30-plus years as an investment and financial services professional, Luke McGrath has held senior positions with some of Australia’s largest investment banks and financial services organisations. Throughout his financial services career, he has consulted to numerous companies and individuals across the breadth of the industry. He has also consulted to a number of significant philanthropic organisations in Australia and elsewhere on structure, strategic direction and grant making strategies.

Luke is the Managing Director of an investment and philanthropic consultancy organisation as well as a director of a number of private companies.

He is also a member of the Children’s Health Research Alliance board, a joint initiative of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Health Queensland.

Luke joined the Board in November 2011. He chairs the Grants Committee and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Scott Taylor

Board Member

LLB, MAICD, RITP

Scott Taylor is a legal practitioner and founder and partner of Taylor David Lawyers. Scott has advised on some of Australia’s most complex and high profile reconstruction and insolvency matters. He is also an accomplished author of the Australian chapter of the annual International Insolvency Review and is a regular speaker and presenter at various forums around the world. He also sits on the London-based expert review panel for The Law Reviews.

Scott joined the Board in February 2016 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Heather Watson

Board Member

Heather brings more than 30 years legal and governance experience with the last 10 years specifically across the charitable and non-profit sector. She has been a partner in legal practices in both regional and metropolitan contexts. Her industry expertise covers aged care, health and community services, affordable housing and Indigenous communities. She has considerable experience in structuring and strategic advice to philanthropic entities.

Heather joined the Board in September 2019.