Our staff are dedicated to supporting our families and making use that the experience of staying at Ronald McDonald House Westmead is a positive one. No matter what role they are employed in, they bring a positive, caring and professional approach to all they do.
There’s a reason that volunteers are called the Heart of The House and that’s because we couldn’t keep our doors open and programs running if we didn’t have the dedication of our volunteers. Our volunteer roles range from housekeeping, to staying overnight, gardening to assisting with fundraising events, baking, reception and administrative roles, along with those who support our other programs such as the Learning Program and our first Family Room at Nepean Hospital.
One of our volunteers loves our families so much that she has been dedicated to serving them for 26 years with another small group of ladies who have been volunteering for 16 years.
All volunteers are required to complete a Working With Children check and a Criminal Record check before starting. If you are keen to get involved in volunteering for the House, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02 9845 0600 and we will send you an application and talk to you about the opportunities available.
Ronald McDonald House Westmead is governed by a strong, experienced, and very committed Board.
The Board is responsible for overseeing the governance and performance of the organisation, as well as setting and monitoring its strategic direction and work priorities. The Board meets ten times each year as a full Board. A number of standing committees also help it to efficiently undertake its work. These include the Strategy and Capital Campaign Committees.
Mr Peter Meadows. Member since 2004. Peter owns and manages a number of McDonald Restaurants, employing several hundred people. He is a former Purchasing Director with McDonald Corporation and holds an MBA from the UNSW Australian Graduate School of Management. He is also a Director of Campbelltown Catholic Club.
Mr Ray Finn. Member since 1994. Ray Finn is a Foundation Member of the Westmead House since September 1994. Ray joined the Board as a McDonalds Licensee and was involved in the planning and building of the Westmead House. Ray chairs the Capital Campaign Committee.
Mark Holton. Member since 1995. Mark is Managing Director of Dynamic Taxation and Training Services and is a respected consultant in taxation and business management. Mark has been Honorary Treasurer of Ronald McDonald House at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead for 18 years.
Ms Cheryl McCullagh. Member since 2007. Cheryl is the Director of Clinical Integration for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Cheryl has worked in adult and paediatric tertiary referral hospitals in Adelaide and Sydney, and has a Diploma in Applied Science, a Bachelor of Nursing, and a Masters in Health Service Management.
Alan Overton AM OAM. Member since 1997. Alan worked for James Hardie & Co for 47 years and in this position became involved with the building of Ronald McDonald House Westmead when it was re-located from Camperdown in 1996. Alan serves on several other boards and foundations and is a patron and lifetime members of a number of clubs, schools and Rotaries.
Mrs Terese Jermyn OAM. Member since 1984. Terese is our longest serving Director, having been with the House for nearly 30 years. Terese has been the previous Chairperson of Westmead and a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities National Board.
Jennie Keenan. Member since 1998. Jennie has spent over twenty years working for the Department of Education and Training in the area of administration management. Jennie has held the position of Chairperson, and has taken on many projects within the House. She has sat on the organising committee of the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Australia, Pacific, Middle East and Asia (APMEA) Conference.
Ms Lyn Biviano. Member since 2013. Lyn is the Director of Allied Health, Head of Social Work Department, Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Ms Debbie Carr. Member since 2001.
Debbie is Nurse Unit Manager at Westmead Children’s Hospital. Debbie started her career as a paediatric Oncology nurse in 1979. She has seen the difference RMH has made to the lives of the children and families she sees in her everyday work life. She has worked at the Children’s Hospital Westmead for 15 years and is presently the Nurse Unit Manager of the Oncology Ward.
Tony Favotto. Member since 2013. Tony owns and manages a number of McDonald Restaurants, employing several hundred people. Tony started with McDonald’s at the age of 16 and from crew person through store manager to General Manager, now owns a number of restaurants himself. Tony has served on McDonald’s committees for the last 10 years and was Co-op president for 4 years.
Jeremy Bryden member since 2014. Jeremy has over 24yrs experience in development which includes master planned communities, infill renewal projects, apartments and mixed-use. Jeremy plays an important role of facilitating the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House.
Frank Meduri has been a member since 2015. Frank owns and manages a number of McDonald Restaurants. He was an original board member and has reconnected to help open our new facility.