RCH Board

  • Chairman:
    Hon Rob Knowles AO

    Hon Rob Knowles AO was Victorian Minister for Health from 1996 until 1999 and MLC for Ballarat from 1976-1999. He has also served as Chairman of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand; as a member of the National Health & Hospital Reform Commission and as a former Aged Care Complaints Commissioner. He is currently Chairman of the Mental Health Council of Australia, Chairman of Campus Council at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, a Director of Silver Chain / RDNS South Australia; a member of the Deans External Advisory Council for the Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences & Nursing at the University of Melbourne and a Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.


    Ms Jacinda de Witts

    Ms de Witts is a Partner with the legal firm of Hive Legal and has over 15 years' private practice experience. Jacinda has extensive experience advising private sector and government clients on a broad range of commercial, corporate and regulatory matters, in particular in the health, energy and transport sectors. Jacinda has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (with first class honours) from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma in Corporations and Securities Law from the University of Melbourne.

    Jacinda de Witts  

    Dr Julie Caldecott

    Dr Julie Caldecott is a retired partner of the Boston Consulting Group and the former leader of their ANZ Healthcare Practice Group. She specialises in health and public sector strategy after initially training and working as a medical practitioner. Dr Caldecott is also a non-Executive Director of the Transport Accident Commission.

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    Mr Max Findlay

    Mr Findlay joined Programmed Maintenance Services in August 1988 and was appointed Managing Director in March 1990. He has extensive industry specific experience, including approximately 20 years of marketing and general management experience in the industrial and manufacturing industries. Mr Findlay's experience prior to joining Programmed Maintenance Services included 11 years with Australian Consolidated Industries, three years with Smith & Nephew and five years with James Sephton Plastics. In his time with Programmed Maintenance Services, Mr Findlay held the positions of Business Development Manager, General Manager and Managing Director. He has a Bachelor of Economics and Politics from Monash University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Since retiring from Programmed Maintenance Services, Mr Findlay has been involved in a number of Public and Private Company Boards.


    Ms Jane Hume

    Ms Hume has a background in Investment Banking with positions as a Vice President at Deutsche Asset Management Australia, Key Accounts Manager at Rothschild Australia Asset Management and as Investment Research Manager and Private Banker at National Australia Bank. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. She has also had a number of roles in community and professional organisations, including the committee of management of the Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA).


    Mr Sammy Kumar

    Sammy is a Managing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers focussing on Strategy and New Business Growth.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Monash University. Sammy's background includes time in running the Australian Consulting business and is also a Board Member of PwC's China Business. Sammy joined the Royal Children's Board in July 2012.

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    Mr David Mandel

    Mr Mandel has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Sussex England. He commenced his career as a marketing graduate with Unilever UK and held a number of senior management roles with Smorgon Consolidated Industries, Visy and Riverwood International Corp in both the USA and Australia, where he was Managing Director for three years from 1995 to 1997.   Riverwood in Australia was a 600 employee, five plant, $125 million revenue folding carton businesses owned by the listed US multinational corporation. Mr Mandel is currently a non-executive director of Sirius Corporation Ltd and Narhex Life Sciences Ltd (a small listed biotech research company which has developed an anti HIV/AIDS protease inhibitor in trials), as well as a number of organisations in both the commercial and not for profit sectors.

    David Mandel  

    Mr John Rimmer

    Mr Rimmer was Director Policy and Planning, Health Department Victoria from 1989 to 1992 and Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1992 to 1995. He was founding Executive Director of Multimedia Victoria and then CEO of the National Office for the Information Economy (2001 to 2004). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of Information City Australia Pty Ltd and Ausanda Communications Pty Ltd.

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    Dr Lakshmi Sumithran

    After working in a wide variety of clinical settings in Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Australia, Dr Sumithran began a career in health administration. She has worked for the Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs and a number of public hospitals in Victoria including Box Hill Hospital, Sandringham Hospital and Southern Health.

    Dr Sumithran is a Fellow of both Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and the Australian College of Health Service Executives, and was a surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards from 1995 to 2010. Dr Sumithran was also a member of the Medical Practitioners' Board of Victoria and was appointed to the Board of The Royal Children's Hospital from 1 July 2006.


    Mr Peter Yates AM

    Peter was appointed to the position of Chairman in July 2012 and has been on the Board of The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation since 2001.

    Peter is a director of AIA Australia Limited, MOKO.mobi. and Peony Capital General Partners. Peter is also the Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre and the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University and Deputy Chairman of Asialink. He is a Board Member of the Myer Foundation, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australia-Japan Foundation, The Centre for Independent Studies and the FMAA.

    In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations.

    Peter Yates