Adam Gilchrist, retired Australian wicketkeeper, became the Patron of Ronald McDonald House Perth (RMH) in 2000. Adam has taken on this role with great dedication, often visiting families at the House and attending RMH functions such as volunteer dinners, charity balls and participating in our charity golf day.
Adam’s easy going nature and caring attitude provides encouragement to everyone he meets and we are very fortunate to have him as our Patron.
Nat Medhurst, an Australian Diamond and West Coast Fever Netballer, became part of the Ronald McDonald House Perth family in 2017 as an Ambassador. Nat is one of only eight players to have won three World Champion Titles (2007, 2011 & 2015) and has 86 Test Caps for Australia!!
Nat is an incredible asset to our team and loves visiting the kids in the House. Her energy and positive attitude is a perfect match for this charity and we are so pleased to have her on board.
We are very fortunate to have volunteers that we can count on and whose selfless spirit helps the families of our House every day. One of the most vital ingredients that contribute to the success of Ronald McDonald House are our volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of our Charity because of the commitment, energy and enthusiasm they bring to the House.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Janiene was appointed to the Board of Ronald McDonald House Perth in 2013. She joined McDonald's Australia Ltd in 1984 and had a career with the corporation over a 17 year period on the east coast. Post corporate career with McDonald's, Janiene ran 5 businesses during the following 12 years, owning and operating 3 Gloria Jeans Coffees franchises and 2 Fernwood Women's Health Club franchises. In late 2011 she relocated to WA with her husband and two teenage children in order to begin her next journey as a McDonald's Licensee. Janiene currently runs multiple restaurants in Perth.
Glenn Baker was a foundation member of the House of Life Group that commenced in 1985 with the express goal of raising funds for developing an accommodation facility for families with children with cancer. In 5 years the group raised just under $1m. As the values of Ronald McDonald House Charities ran in parallel with those of the House of Life Group a joint venture was the obvious way forward. Ronald McDonald House Perth was completed in November 1990. Glenn is still on that journey some 27 years on. He has held executive positions on committees for both of the House of Life and Ronald McDonald House Perth. Glenn was a McDonald’s Licensee for 15 years prior to his retirement in 2008. He remains very active in other community programmes and runs a small hobby business.
Ante Golem is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at Herbert Smith Freehills. The firm provides legal services from over 20 offices spanning Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. Herbert Smith Freehills has been a supporter of RMH Perth for over ten years. This has included providing pro bono legal advice to RMH Perth, the involvement of the firm’s staff in the Make-a-Meal Program and hosting an Australia Day function at the firm’s offices for families staying at RMH Perth to watch the annual Perth Skyworks. During this period, Ante has helped to strengthen and grow the relationship between RMH Perth and Herbert Smith Freehills. He joined the RMH Board in March 2013.
Andrew is the Managing Director and Co-founder of GeersSullivan, a CPA Accounting and Business Advisory Firm established in 2003 and ranked in the BRW Top 100 Accounting Firms in Australia. He served as Treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House Charities W.A. Ball Committee from 2004 to 2013. Andrew is a Fellow of CPA Australia and won the WA Business News 40 Under 40 Award in 2011. He also co-founded Lexington Financial Services; a company offering financial and investment advice, Lexington Broking Services; which provides financial broking services and Australian Audit Group; a specialist Auditing and Assurance Firm. GeersSullivan has been a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald House since 2003 as a Gold Sponsor of the WA Ball, the Make-a-Meal Program and as its preferred charity for workplace giving.
Bradley Woods is the CEO of the Australian Hotels Association WA and is a recognised as one of Australia's leading hotel, tourism and hospitality industry leaders and advocates. Bradley is a well-respected commentator on hotels, hospitality, tourism, food and beverage and has held senior positions in the sector at both National and State levels since 1993. He has extensive expertise in government relations, media, advocacy and commercial operations in Not for Profit organisations and has qualifications in economics, finance, politics, industrial relations and marketing. He also serves on the Boards of a number of tourism, hospitality and training industry organisations. He is Chair of the National Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Reference Committee which guides the Commonwealth and industries on the development of training products and national training packages and also Chairman of Hospitality Group Training. Bradley is also a board member of the Australia Day Council WA, Future Now and Tourism Accommodation Australia the peak body for Australia’s accommodation industry.
Linda is a senior nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital and has been a member of the board since December 2013. She is currently the Acting Nursing Director for the Paediatric Medical Unit. After gaining many years of experience in acute nursing, Linda moved her focus to specialising in children with chronic illness. From her extensive nursing career and substantive role as Clinical Nurse Specialist (Diabetes), Linda has vast knowledge of the impact that childhood illnesses have on the family dynamic and the importance of supporting families through high stress times.
Originally from Guernsey, in the British Channel Islands, Denise has held significant leadership roles, primarily in marketing and communications with extensive general management experience in dynamic branding environments. In Guernsey, she was Head of Consumer Marketing at Guernsey Tourism before moving back to Perth where she joined Crown Perth as General Manager-Public Relations assuming responsibility for all External Communications, Media and Publicity, Issues and Crisis Management, Stakeholder Relations, Sponsorship, Corporate Affairs and Internal Communications, a role she held for 12 years. Highly networked in both the corporate and community sectors, she is an astute businesswoman and mentor, a broker of ideas and an experienced, mature and focused solutions based negotiator. In her personal time Denise contributes to a variety of charities, loves the beach and ocean swimming, and being involved in her local community, Subiaco. She is also a Board Member of Variety WA.
Jody Nunn EMBA, MAICD
Jody is the State Manager of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a membership organisation focusing on excellence in governance. Jody’s background is in marketing and communications holding senior roles at Lotterywest, ScreenWest, Perth Festival and internationally at the V&A Museum and Edinburgh Festival in UK. Jody’s past Board and committee roles have included the World Lottery Association’s Responsible Gaming committee and as Secretariat for the Asia Pacific Lottery Association.
The local team at AICD is looking forward to volunteering at our first Home-for-Dinner event at the House in 2017.
Stephen Bushell is the Managing Partner of Gooding Partners Chartered Accountants and has over 28 years’ experience within the accounting and financial services industry. Stephen is the former Chairman of DFK Australia New Zealand Ltd, a Director of DFK International Limited and also sits on the Executive Committee of DFK Asia Pacific representing Australia and New Zealand.
As the human resources partner at Gooding Partners, Stephen takes a very hands-on approach to the support and development of all staff and inspires them to push their personal boundaries to achieve success. Stephen is also a mentor of the Chartered Accountants ANZ Program providing career guidance, knowledge and support to all junior staff members. Gooding Partners proudly supports RMH Perth providing pro bono annual accounting services and regular participation in the ‘Home for Dinner’ and ‘Lovin from the Oven’ initiatives as well as having a resident table at the annual charity ball.
David is a McDonald's licensee with four restaurants in the Bunbury Region. Having left Sydney in 2010 after a lengthy corporate career both with McDonald's Australia, Nestle and Mars, David and his wife Trina and their two youngest children have adopted regional WA as their new home. As a past President of the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Deputy President of the Nationals WA, David is a firm believer of getting involved in the many facets that make regional WA so unique. A strong supporter of RMHC and the Perth RMH he encourages his whole team to be a part of the charity that benefits so many regional families every year.
OUR STAFF MEMBERS
Peter King ASM
Chief Executive Officer
Trudy Tapping - Maternity Leave Cover for Samantha Uphill
Marketing & Communications Manager (Tues, Wed & Fri)
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Manager of Mission Funding
Fundraising Executive (Thurs & Fri)
Business Development Executive
Fundraising Support Officer (Tues, Wed & Thurs)
RONALD MCDONALD LEARNING PROGRAM
Learning and Development Manager
Learning Centre Coordinator
Learning Program Education Coordinator
FAMILY LIAISON OFFICERS
Cindy Panos (casual)
Sarah Tavener (casual)