Meet the board of directors behind Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Malcolm Coutts (OAM) – 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.
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.
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 McDonald’s Australia.
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.
Professor Les White
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.
Jenny was appointed to the Board of RMHC in 2013 As the mother of a young adult cancer survivor, Jenny and her family were frequent users of Ronald McDonald House, Randwick. She is also an educator whose professional interests focus on individual student needs and in particular, the learning needs of those with serious illness. Jenny is a Parent Representative on the Education Pathways Committee of Management, in collaboration with RMHC, and is a member of the Parent Advisory Council for the Kids' Cancer Centre at the Children's Hospital, Randwick. As a recipient of a NSW Premier's Teacher's Scholarship (2011), she travelled to the USA to research strategies to support the education of students with serious illness. Her advocacy work in this field continues.
Bachelor of Health Administration, University of NSWI became a career public servant in 1967 and except for a period of conscription in 1970/71, still continue in that role.
Stewart was appointed Project Director for completion of the construction of John Hunter Hospital in 1990, immediately following the 1989 earthquake. That position evolved into firstly, the Manager Capital Works for Hunter Health and, subsequently Hunter New England Health, where he still serves.
Stuart's first Ronald McDonald House meeting was in 1986 when the proposal was to build on the Newcastle Mater site. He was the first Secretary for Red Gum House Inc. when it was formed in 1988. He has been a Board member since then serving in a range of roles and is the current President of Red Gum House Inc. The Newcastle House opened in 1991 for which he is an active volunteer at.
Carolyn was appointed to the Board of RMHC in 2013.
After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Industrial Relations in 2002, Carolyn began volunteering at the Randwick Ronald McDonald House and joined the Board of Management, Randwick Chapter in 2003. During her 10 years as a volunteer at the Randwick Chapter, Carolyn has served as Secretary and President. Carolyn is also the current Vice President of the Randwick Chapter.
Tony is a McDonald’s Owner Operator operating four restaurants in the regional town of Wagga Wagga. He is heavily involved in RMHC as the inaugural chair and now board member of RMH Wagga Wagga. In addition he is also a current Board member of The National Board of RMHC as well as being an active fundraiser via annual bike rides and an annual RMHC Ball.
Henry was appointed to the Board of RMHC in December 2013. After an eleven year career in the manufacturing space, he decided on a vertical market change and joined McDonalds Australasia in May 2007, as VP- Chief Information Officer for Australia/New Zealand Pacific. As CIO, Henry is responsible for IT strategy and implementation at both a corporate and restaurant level for the McDonald’s business across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Rowena was appointed to the Board of RMHC in 2014 and is a member of the Investment and Capital committees. She is the Financial Controller of McDonald’s Australia. She has previously been the CFO, Company Secretary and Controller for a number of small ASX listed companies.