Our People CANBERRA, ACT

OUR PEOPLE

Our staff and volunteers work around the clock to ensure our families are given and warm welcoming when coming to stay with us. With over 100 volunteers who donate their time 24/7 to assist in the operations of our House and Family Room. Our small, but dedicated team of staff work to support our families and volunteers. 

OUR BOARD

Kim Bradshaw - Chair

Kim Bradshaw has worked in the Health Arena for 25 years both in Australia and the UK. Her management experience covers both Public and Private Health. From a career commencing as a nurse, she then moved into management and is now the CEO of Calvary Bruce Private Hospital. Kim has a passion for ensuring health care is delivered to all people at a high standard and brings this drive and enthusiasm to the RMH Canberra Board, to partner with the staff and families to ensure we care for the families we look after, to the very best of our ability.

Ben Stockbridge - Vice Chair

Ben started with McDonald's as a trainee crew person in 1992 and became a Licensee in 2007. Ben currently owns and operates three restaurants in south Canberra. Ben has studied a Bachelor Degree of Management at the University of Canberra, majoring in business and human resource management. Ben has also gained qualifications in training and assessment. Ben chaired RMHC Canberra Gala Ball for first three years and is currently involved in various fundraising events for RMH Canberra.

Hani Sidaros - Treasurer

Hani is a current McDonald’s Licensee in North Canberra where he owns and operates 11 stores. Hani has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering prior to his McDonalds career starting.   Hani has taken on the role of ACT Gala Ball Chairman since 2015.   Hani is also involved on the board of Mercy Association for the Homeless and Underprivileged as Board Vice Chair; I am a firm believer in giving back to the community and helping in any way I can.

Jenet Connell

Jenet Connell is the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Jenet joined the Australian Public Senior Executive Service in 2003, having previously worked in the private sector in WA and the public sector in both WA and Victoria. She has extensive experience in organisational development & design, strategy & governance, project management, programme & service design and delivery, systems & process improvement, industrial relations & programme implementation (small business, industrial relations). Ms Connell holds a Master’s Degree in Organisational Psychology and is a keen cyclist.

 

OUR STAFF

Ronald McDonald House Canberra is supported by small and dedicated team who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist in the successful operation of our house. 

Executive Officer - Michelle McCormack 

Operations Assistant Volunteers - Liz Tracey 

Operations Assistant Fundrasing - Nerissa Richardson

Administration Assistant - Robyn Shannon

Weekend Assistants - Louise Flood & Rose Anderson

Our house staff are available from 9am - 6pm weekdays. Our weekend assistants work at different times to support house operations. 

OUR AMBASSADORS

Stephen Larkham

Both he and his wife, Jacqueline along with their two children, Jaimee and Tiahna have been involved with our House since Day One. Stephen is himself, a Canberran, attending Lyneham High , Dickson College and the Australian National University. Originating as a player for Wests Rugby Club,  Stephen went on to become one of rugby union's greatest ever players. He played in three World Cups, played 102 tests for the Wallabies and 127 games for the ACT Brumbies and he was inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame in 2012. At the end of his playing days Stephen turned his focus to coaching. He is currently head coach for the ACT Brumbies. Stephen has taken on his Ronald McDonald House role with great dedication, often visiting families at the House and attending functions such as volunteer dinners, charity balls and participating in our charity golf day. Stephen easy going nature and caring attitude provides encouragement to everyone he meets and we are very fortunate to have him as our Patron.