Gidget Board of Directors
Chairman – Dr Vijay Roach
Dr Vijay Roach is an obstetrician and gynaecologist in private practice at North Shore Private Hospital and the Mater Hospital and public practice at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. A Councillor with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, he also lectures at the University of Sydney.
Catherine has a background in marketing, adult education and corporate training. Her current role includes advocacy and frequent representations to professional, industry and community groups. Catherine has a Masters in Gender and Cultural Studies and co-authored Beyond the Baby Blues.
Professor Bryanne Barnett AM
Now at UNSW, Bryanne was the Foundation Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her interests include: early intervention, prevention and health promotion. Bryanne is a consultant psychiatrist with St John of God Health Care and at Karitane, where she was Chairman. She has collaborated for many years with beyondblue.
Mrs Simone Short
Simone is Gidget’s youngest sister. She has worked with the Gidget Committee for ten years, raising awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression and producing events to fundraise for Gidget programs.
Mr Jarrod Bowditch
Jarrod is Director of Verifact, a company he established 15 years ago, which now has a national presence concerned with Traffic Management, Security and Training. He is the Australian Institute of Professional Investigators’ NSW vice-president and a member of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science. Jarrod was a close friend of Gidget.
Mr Patrick Delany
Patrick is a veteran executive of the subscription television industry. He was closely involved in the building of FOXTEL into a major media company as FOXTEL Executive Director of Sales and Product Development. He is currently CEO of FOX Sports Australia – Australia’s major sports television producer. Patrick has degrees in Law and Economics.
Ms Jessica Davis
Jessica is a Director of KPMG’s audit practice, working with a variety of clients ranging from large listed corporates to not-for-profit organisations. She brings extensive knowledge of financial, governance, risk management matters and best business practises to the Board. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, an ASIC Registered Auditor and studied a Bachelor of Commerce at Macquarie University.
Ms Kara Nicholls – Company Secretary BBus, MLS, FGIA, MAICD, JP
Kara is an experienced corporate governance professional with over 18 years of global equity capital markets, commercial and corporate compliance experience. She brings extensive knowledge of the Australian Securities Exchange listing rules, corporate governance and company compliance and administration to the Board. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Macquarie University’s Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance (DAB) and Chair of the DAB’s Nominations Committee.
Gidget Professional Advisors
Ms Stephanie Hughes
Steph has extensive experience in executive management, finance and stakeholder communication in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. She had a lengthy career in corporate finance and investor relations at Qantas and before joining the Gidget Foundation as General Manager, was the CEO of the Australian Charities Fund. She has a Commerce degree, CPA and an MBA (Exec) from AGSM.
Ms Kelly McNeill
Kelly is an advisor at PwC Private Clients and specialises in providing accounting, taxation and structuring advice to a range of private clients including individuals, families and private businesses. Kelly is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has a degree in Commerce (Accounting & Finance, UNSW).