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.


    Dr Christine Cunningham

    Dr Christine Cunningham is a statistician and researcher with a doctorate from the University of Melbourne and a Master's Degree in Science. Christine currently works as a consultant researcher particularly in the areas of service outcomes and governance.

    Christine has held a variety of clinical, policy, analysis and research roles. Dr Cunningham has also served on the Board of Northeast Health Wangaratta, a sub-regional public health service from 2006 – 2014 and was Chairman from 2009 – 2014.  


    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.


    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

    Jane 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

    Mr Sammy Kumar 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.

    Mr David Lau

    Mr David Lau is Industry Lead for Health at Optus, responsible for the development and implementation of health sector strategies, business and product development, and thought leadership. David's background is as a clinician, hospital executive, and consultant.

    Amongst various roles, he has been an Executive Director at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Director of Pharmacy at Eastern Health, President of the Pharmacy Board of Victoria, Chair of the Victorian Pharmacy Authority, and a board member of North Yarra Community Health.   

    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.

    Dr Linden Smibert

    Dr Linden Smibert is a general practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience. For many years she owned and operated her own practice in Hawthorn. The practice grew considerably under her direction and although she has sold it, she still works there part time.

    About 15 years ago she became involved in the Divisions of General Practice and was instrumental in the amalgamation of two, becoming chair of the new organization, Melbourne East GP network. Then more recently this transformed to become Inner East Medicare Local of which she is currently the Chair.

    Dr Smibert also chairs Networking Health Victoria, and is a director of Vincentcare. She has been a director on a number of other Boards in the Education and NFP sector.  

    Mr Peter Yates AM

    Mr Peter Yates is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd, a Director of AIA Australia Limited and MOKO.mobi.  He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Shared Value Project and Deputy Chairman of Asialink. 

    Peter is a Director of the Royal Children's Hospital, the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and the Centre for Independent Studies.

    From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004.  Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank.  He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from Melbourne.  He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo. 

    Peter has been a director of Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australia-Japan Foundation. 

    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.