Our Team

The Children’s Hospital Foundation is made up of experienced leaders who steer your support to where it will make the most difference. Our team is committed to helping sick and injured kids by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment, and providing support and entertainment for children and their families.

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Rosie Simpson

Chief Executive Officer

Rosie joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in July 2017, bringing a strong strategic and commercial background to the organisation as it looks to build on its strong growth, funding for world-class research and supporting innovation in the delivery of children’s health outcomes.

Rosie brings close to a decade of experience in the not-for-profit sector with The Smith Family where she was responsible for both significant organisational strategic shifts and double-digit income growth in roles as Head of Strategy and Fundraising.

Previously Rosie was an Executive Director of Marketing at Telstra with a strong record of growth in Telstra’s three million rural and regional customers.

She holds a Masters in Economic Development and a degree in Economics with experience as an economist with the International Wool Secretariat in London, a lobbyist in Canberra and has led a number of entrepreneurial projects to drive online services for rural and regional Australia.

Rachael Murphy

Director of People and Culture

Rachael joined Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2013, bringing with her more than 10 years’ experience working across the not-for-profit, education, and healthcare industries.

Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Foundation, Rachael worked at Cancer Council NSW, where she contributed to the development of people structures, systems and processes to improve organisational effectiveness. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Queensland.

Rachael is responsible for our strategic direction and delivery of our people and culture programs, services and technologies in order to build a talented, diverse, engaged and productive workforce in support of the organisation.

She is passionate about ensuring our people are achieving the best outcomes for sick kids.

Simon Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Simon joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation as Chief Financial Officer in February 2017, bringing more than 20 years’ finance and accounting experience in government, commercial and non-profit organisations.

Prior to joining the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Simon was Chief Financial Officer and a long-standing Board member of a large non-profit childcare provider, guiding the organisation through a period of significant growth.

His areas of expertise include financial management, budgeting, audit, leasing and property, strategic planning and reporting systems.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Economics and Masters Degree in Commerce and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Simon holds a keen passion for advocacy in positive health and educational outcomes for children.

Andrew Thomas

Chief Marketing and Fundraising Officer

Andrew joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation as Chief Marketing and Fundraising Officer in October 2017.

Recognised as a specialist in philanthropic giving and non-profit leadership, Andrew brings extensive experience in charitable giving and marketing operations including donations, lotteries, major giving, bequests, sponsorship and corporate partnerships, events, trusts and foundations, and trademark licensing.

In his professional career Andrew has been Perpetual’s General Manager of Philanthropy, and brings extensive governance and leadership experience from a variety of past and current appointments to non-profit Boards and Advisory Committees.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business, a Masters of Business Administration, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Celia Webby

Chief Mission Related Services

Celia joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation as Chief Mission Related Services in July 2018.

Originally from New Zealand, Celia brings with her international research experience as well as extensive experience in research strategy and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Celia held various senior management and strategy roles within the University of Queensland, in addition to four years’ research commercialisation experience with UniQuest Pty Ltd. Celia was also a previous Director on the Boards of Women in Technology and Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation.

Celia holds an MBA from the University of Queensland and a PhD in Biochemistry from Massey University in New Zealand.

Nick Van Dyke

Director of Mission Related Services

Since beginning his journey with the Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2002, Nick has contributed in a number of roles.

As the Director of Mission Related Services, Nick develops and manages the day-to-day workings of all mission related activities of the Foundation, including patient and family support services, hospital events and entertainment, volunteer services and all research and grants activity.

The Foundation’s mission related services directly impact the well-being of children and their families and aim to improve the hospital journey for the many thousands of sick and injured kids admitted to the hospital each year.

The Wonder Factory became an icon of the Royal Children’s Hospital under Nick’s management.

Nick and his team are in charge of recruiting volunteers and providing them with the necessary tools and skills to perform their work and find it a positive and worthwhile experience.

Nick’s passion and enthusiasm for the outcomes of the Foundation’s programs and services continue to grow, as he continues to take the support offered in the hospital to even more meaningful levels.