Combined, the Board brings a broad range of commercial and non-profit industry skills to SOS Health.
The SOS Health Foundation Board is responsible for the strategic directions and key policies of the Foundation, and for the overall governance and accountability of the organisation.
I have been involved in NFP work since I was a late teen. My passion for working amongst the disadvantaged has taken me to many parts of Asia and Eastern Europe, and certainly has exposed me to the plight of the poor and needy in my own ‘backyard’ of remote and urban Australia. I currently serve on other NFP boards and am the National Director of the Back In Motion Health Group – one of the SOS Health Foundation’s most generous benefactors. I regard my chairmanship of the SOS Health Foundation as one of my most privileged roles as the board seeks to serve those in crisis and leave a significant legacy where it is needed most.
Director, LLB, BCom, Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance
With a background in law and finance, I have spent the majority of my career working on major infrastructure and property projects. I am the Managing Director of Sinclair Brook Group which has been involved in the origination and delivery of projects in excess of $6B in value in Australia and Fiji.
In addition to my work in the commercial sector, I have lived and travelled extensively in Asia and worked on a range of rehabilitation & community development projects in Thailand and Sri Lanka. These experiences have given me a heart for the poor & vulnerable and some understanding of the complexities of community development. It has also given me exposure to the NFP / NGO sector and the operation of different groups, such as World Concern, Tear Fund UK, Rotary and other local NGO’s.
It’s a privilege to be a Director of the SOS Health Foundation and hear first-hand about their work to provide health services in remote indigenous communities in Australia.
I’m excited to have taken up the role of CEO, SOS Health Foundation in June 2018, having spent four years serving on the SOS Health Board. I bring a deep commitment to justice and a passion for reconciliation of all Australians, and seeing the culture and capacities of Australia’s first peoples, recognised, valued, released and shared in vibrant healthy communities. With more than 25 years’ experience across both the multinational corporate sector, and working in the not for profit sector, my expertise is in organisational communications, strategic planning, issues management, team building and shared value. My background in science and the pharmaceutical industry gives me knowledge of the health sector, and roles with responsibility for public and social issues, partnerships, volunteer management, and Reconciliation Action Plan development all fit me well to be leading SOS Health Foundation.
Nikki remains a member of the Board, and as CEO of SOS Health Foundation will be responsible for leading both the programs and service delivery operations of SOS Health in remote indigenous communities, building volunteer participation and engagement, and growing and expanding sustainable partnerships among people and organisations who share the values and passion of SOS Health Foundation to close the gap in indigenous health in Australia.
BA, LLB (Hons), LLM (Commercial Law), AGIA
I am a partner of the law firm, Gadens, with a commercial law practice that focuses on franchising, competition and consumer, intellectual property, technology and privacy law. As a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and a director of an overseas aid and development charity, I am pleased to be able to contribute my experience in corporate and not-for-profit governance, and commercial law, to the Foundation as it works to improve health outcomes in remote indigenous communities.
I am a custodian of Nywaigi and Manbarra country in Nth Qld, and an ordained Uniting Church Minister. I currently work with Australians Together, an organisation raising awareness about indigenous culture and reconciliation, and lead ‘Walk on Country’ experiences to help others better understand and appreciate Australian Indigenous history and culture. I live part time in Townsville and part time on Palm Island where my wife is a teacher.