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.

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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.

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Michele Woodrick

Chief Finance Officer

Michele joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation as Chief Finance Officer in January 2020.

Michele brings a wealth of knowledge in financial and strategic commercial management to the Foundation, including over 20 years’ experience in the private health sector.

Within the private health sector Michele’s portfolio covered business development and expansion, financial and commercial operational management along with strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.  During her extensive career Michele has been instrumental in a number of project teams responsible for developing and commissioning new hospitals as well as capacity expansion and service improvement.  Michele held the management responsibility for the commercial operations of four hospitals and a state based corporate health fund billing unit.

Michele’s career also includes experience in public sector auditing and private sector accountancy, business advise and consultancy services.

Michele holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accountancy and Marketing, a Masters in eCommerce and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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.

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Veronica McCabe

Director of Research and Grants

Veronica joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation as Director of Research and Grants in April 2020.

Veronica brings over 20 years' experience in the strategic development, implementation, delivery and monitoring of medical research and health-related projects.

After completing a PhD at Imperial College London, Veronica transitioned to a career in research management. She worked as a Grants Manager at the Wellcome Trust and then as Director of Grants at Barts Hospital Charity before moving to Australia. Prior to joining the Children’s Hospital Foundation Veronica was Director of the Strategic Research Investment Division at the Cancer Institute NSW.

In addition to a PhD Veronica holds a Master’s in Business Administration.

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 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.