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.

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.

Lauren Hannam

Head of Partnerships

Lauren has dedicated the past 14 years to working at the Children’s Hospital Foundation. In her role as Head of Partnerships, she is responsible for developing partnerships within the private business and community sectors, supporting our mission to work wonders for sick kids.

Lauren and her team currently work alongside more than 25 corporate partners including Woolworths, Channel Nine, The Coffee Club and Golden Casket.

Income generated through partnerships and community fundraising represents a significant investment in the care of sick kids – here at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, all Queensland and northern New South Wales hospitals – and around the world.

Woolworths has been an invaluable partner of the Children’s Hospital Foundation for 31 years. Together, Woolworths and the Children’s Hospital Foundation have raised more than $49 million since 1986 and Lauren has worked closely with the passionate team at Woolworths to realise this incredible achievement.

Lauren’s strengths are in creating strategic partnerships, which enable us to provide invaluable support for our little patients and their families.

In 2014, Lauren’s work with key supporters brought to life the Channel Nine Telethon, a premier television event which raises $12 million each year, by sharing the stories of our brave patients with viewers all over Queensland.

Lauren’s focus on understanding the operational and cultural needs of our partners continues to grow our ability to connect with organisations to make wonderful things possible for sick kids.

Rachael Murphy

Director of Business Services

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.

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Fiona Mullett

Head of Marketing and Communications

Fiona joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation in December 2018 and is responsible for the Foundation’s brand and communication strategy.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Fiona’s background was within the professional services industry. As a dual national, she has experience working in both the UK and Australia

The Marketing and Communications team want all Queenslanders to feel pride in the services provided by the Foundation and to understand the impact their donations make to helping save children’s lives.

Fiona is passionate about sharing the tremendous bravery of patients and their families, and the impact the Foundation has working wonders for sick kids.

Heather Rapkins

Head of Patient and Family Hospital Services

Heather has worked for Children’s Hospital Foundation for more than eight years and oversees the delivery and management of all family-centred care services within Queensland Children's Hospital and the broader Children’s Health Queensland network.

Heather is responsible for all volunteer, entertainment and hospital support programs and provides leadership to all Patient and Family Support staff and volunteers. During the past 12 months these services have had more than 88,500 interactions with patients and their families.

Heather believes passionately in helping people to achieve a better quality of life and has embodied this in her work throughout her career.

Heather aspires to making the Patient and Family Support team a recognised leader in delivering the best possible programs to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.

Career highlights include the development and implementation of the Bravery Beads program, which improves pain management outcomes for oncology and respiratory patients. Heather was also instrumental in implementing the Cuddle Carers program, which provides support and respite to families with babies under 24 months old.

Karen Shields

Head of Direct Marketing

Karen joined the Children's Hospital Foundation in November 2017. Karen is responsible for individual giving at the Foundation and is passionate about enabling donors to make a difference in the lives of sick kids.

She works with the Direct Marketing team to develop and deliver relevant supporter communications, provide high level customer service and drive data analytics and insights to progress the Foundation’s operations.

Karen’s direct marketing experience ranges across industries such as retail, automotive and fast-moving consumer goods.

Previous not-for-profit experience as Executive Manager for Donor Development at Cancer Council Queensland for 12 years has provided a strong foundation for delivering effective fundraising campaigns.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Business in Communication.

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.

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.

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 Wolff

Creative Director

Nick joined Children’s Hospital Foundation as Head of Creative in November 2016.

Originally from the UK, Nick has more than 25 years’ international experience in the creative industry sector predominantly in production and content creation. Nick has been responsible for creating content for numerous global brands, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Glaxo Smith Klein, HSBC, Intercontinental Hotels, L’Oreal, McDonalds, Mitsubishi and Nestlé.

Nick has held senior production roles in London, Los Angeles, Sydney and Brisbane working for various independent production companies as well as tenure at Channel 4 in London.

A passionate advocate of visual media in today’s online business and not-for-profit environment, Nick keenly views the Foundation’s activities and those of its internal and external stakeholders through the eyes of a storyteller, eager to extract the most compelling facts to help share their most important messages.