Our Leadership 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.

CHF staff profile photograhs. 30.08.18 Picture: Renae Droop/RDW Photography

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.

Olivia Jary

Chief Marketing and Fundraising Officer

Olivia joined Children’s Hospital Foundation as Chief Marketing and Fundraising Officer in September 2020 and brings a wealth of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector with an emphasis on strategy, business performance, fundraising, marketing, data management and stakeholder management.

Along with commercial Business Development experience, Olivia has over 15 years’ of fundraising experience and prior to joining the Foundation was Director of Fundraising and Marketing for Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

Olivia’s passion for children’s health was cemented during her six year tenure at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in the UK, raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital – one of the top three children’s research hospitals in the world. During this time, Olivia led a high-performing team and was part of the leadership team which saw fundraising income increase by 38%. Olivia also led Fundraising Innovation for the charity and embedded a culture of innovative thinking and ‘thoughtful’ risk.

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Brunel University in London and as part of this, spent 12 months in Kathmandu, Nepal working for a local health NGO.

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.

John Stubbs

Chief Finance Officer

John Stubbs, BBus (Acct), MBus (Acc & Fin), CPA, joined the Children's Hospital Foundation in July 2020 and has extensive Senior Financial and General Management experience.

John has over 35 years of broad-based experience across a number of industries and sectors, working with many cultures (professional, political, language) in Australia and overseas.

His industry background (including marine, infrastructure, mining industries, construction, and engineering consulting) covers the private sector (private and listed entities, operational divisions, small operations, and start-ups) and public sector (agency and government owned corporations), leading small operational teams, as well as multiple teams across several geographic locations (both international and interstate)

With extensive experience at both strategic and operational levels, leading teams responsible for day-to-day operations, financial management, budgeting, statutory and management accounting, forecasting and analytics, project analysis and capital works oversight, John has also had significant reporting responsibilities into Board, Risk Management and Audit Committees. In addition, he has lead the M&A due diligence and integration of various corporate businesses and government assets and have reviewed, recommended direction, and lead changes in ERP updates and implementation in both the public and private sector.

Nick Van Dyke

Director of Patient and Family Support.

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

As the Director of Patient and Family Support, 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.