RMHC is an independent, non-profit organisation. The program helps seriously ill children and their families. Our national team is based at Thornleigh and we also have staff and volunteers around the country working in our Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, Ronald McDonald Family Retreats and for our Ronald McDonald Learning Program.
We were founded in memory of McDonald's creator, Ray Kroc, who believed in charitable works as a way of putting something back into the community. McDonald's Australia pays all administration and management costs of RMHC and are a generous donor, the rest of the essential funds we require we raise ourselves. Since we opened our first Ronald McDonald House in 1981 we have helped over 75,000 families and 1 in 8 Australian's have been helped or know someone who has used one of our programs.
RMHC Team and Board of Directors: Malcolm Coutts – CEO
Malcolm is the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia and the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa member of the RMHC Global Advisory Council. Since 1995 Malcolm has been responsible for developing RMHC Australia. He was formerly a Senior Manger, corporate Reconstruction at Coopers & Lybrand and prior to that a Junior Officer of the Royal Australian Navy.
RMHC Team and Board of Directors: Tracey Webster - RMHC National Learning Program Manager
As National Manager of the Learning Program Tracey brings with her a wealth of knowledge and qualification from experience as a teacher, and Director of Learning Links – a not-for-profit providing education to children in need. She has been with RMHC for 7 years and continues to expand the Learning Program and the new Ed Med program around the country.
RMHC Team: Barbara Ryan - RMHC Program Manager
Formerly a Physiotherapist, Barbara has had many years in the health industry in Sutherland Hospitals, NSW Department of Health and with the Royal Flying Doctors. She was CEO of the SE Sydney Division of General Practice and now holds the position of National Program Manager at RMHC which she has done for over 2 years. Barbara’s experience holds her in good stead to develop and expand all the Ronald McDonald Program in Australia.
RMHC Team: Catherine Maramara - RMHC National House Development Manager
Catherine has recently joined the RMHC team as National House Development Manager. Her most recent role was in Strategy and Planning at The Benevolent Society. Catherine’s background is in Project Management and Organisational Development. She has worked for the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care as well as managed projects for NSW Health, NSW Department of community Services and Australian Bureau of Statistics. As an Enrolled Nurse Catherine has worked in Various Major hospitals and lectured at the School of Occupational Therapy, University of Sydney.
RMHC Team: Kelly Mancey - RMHC National Fundraising & Communications Manager
Kelly Mancey is National Fundraising & Communications Manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities – Australia. Kelly has worked for RMHC for over 5 years and is an Executive Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. She was formerly Fundraising Manager for Create Foundation and prior to this an Early Childhood Teacher. Kelly also has significant experience in Marketing, Advertising and Communications having worked for organisations in a variety of industries such as Prefsure Insurance and News Ltd Australia.
RMHC Team: Melanie Rutter - RMHC Co-ordinator
Melanie commenced working with the RMHC team in March 2010. Melanie is
our administration support and assists with internal communications.
Melanie is also the Finance Co-ordinator at McDonald’s Australia.
Board of Directors: Andrew Gregory - Chairman
Andrew was appointed to the Board of RMHC in 2014 and is the Managing Director of McDonald’s Australia Ltd. Prior to his role as managing director, Andrew was the Chief Financial Officer responsible for finance and restaurant development.
Board of Directors: Steve Jermyn - Director
Steve was appointed to the Board of RMHC in 1985 and is a member of the Audit & Finance & Investment committees. His is the former Deputy Managing Director of McDonald’s Australia Limited and currently holds Directorships of Mortgage Choice Ltd and Reverse Corp Limited. Steve was in the Australian Army then worked as CFO for OBrien’s glass before coming CFO of McDonalds Australia.
Board of Directors: Julie Flynn
Julie was appointed to the Board of RMHC in 2003 and is currently the CEO of FreeTV (formerly commercial Television Association of Australia). She was formerly the News Director for 2UE Radio and the President of the Canberra Press Gallery.
Board of Directors: Professor Les White AM DSc
MBBS FRACP MHA AFACHSM
Les White was
appointed as the inaugural NSW Chief Paediatrician in September 2010.
He is the prior Executive Director of Sydney Children's Hospital (1995 –
2010), President of Children’s Hospitals and Paediatric Units
Australasia (1999-2004), Convenor of the Greater Eastern and Southern
NSW Child Health Network (2001– 2010) and the John Beveridge Professor
of Paediatrics (2005-2010). He was awarded a Doctorate of Science for
research contributions related to childhood cancer and holds a Master of
Health Administration. In 2007 he received an Order of Australia award
for service to medicine, medical administration and the community in the
field of paediatrics. His interests include organisational culture in
health services, teamwork and the role of clinicians in management.