About Us

The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds and invests in initiatives to support the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) in Adelaide. We have provided more than $30 million to the WCH over the past ten years, and are committed to ensuring that mums, children and their families have access to the very best in medical care, hospital facilities and support services at a time when they need it most.

Our goal is to inspire our community to invest in health care and medical research at the WCH. The WCH Foundation supports three primary service areas provided by the WCH, namely:

Equipment and Facilities - Investment in equipment and facilities to help the WCH deliver optimal care in state-of-the-art spaces.
Hospital Experience - Support a range of innovative, family centred initiatives that improves the hospital and health environment for children and their families.
Research - Advance the health and wellbeing of women and children through an ongoing commitment to funding ground-breaking research.

As the state’s only dedicated specialist children's hospital and largest maternity and obstetric service, it holds a very special place in the hearts of almost every South Australian family. Around 5,000 babies are born at the hospital each year and more than a quarter of a million of our children and mums are treated by a dedicated, skilled and committed hospital community.

The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation is committed to raising money with the South Australian community to help ensure that hospital stays are more comfortable and less stressful, and assist in advancing research into preventing disease, the search for cures, and improving quality of life.

Your support will help save and change lives.

Our Vision

The best possible health care for the community served by the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Our Mission

Working in partnership with the Women’s & Children’s Hospital to realise community and donor expectations by investing in the best possible:

- equipment & facilities

- hospital environment

- research and education supporting clinicians.

Our Goals

1. Inspiring our community to invest in health care and medical research at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

2. Demonstrate outstanding governance from building relationships with donors through to investment in the Women's and Children's Hospital.

3. Partner with the Women's and Children's Hospital to facilitate the provision of advanced equipment and facilities, research and education, and programs to assist in creating a positive hospital environment.

Governance & Sub Committees

Read more about the WCH Foundation governance and sub committees.

Annual Reports

Read past and present annual reports.

Talking with TeamKids

Read past and present editions of Talking with TeamKids, including how your support is helping to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of women, babies and young people at the WCH.

Meet the Board

The WCH Foundation is an incorporated body under the Associations Incorporations Act 1985 and is governed by a Board of Directors.

Meet our Staff

Meet the friendly faces in the Team!

The WCH Foundation is an incorporated body under the Associations Incorporations Act 1985 and is governed by a Board of Directors.  Directors serve in an honorary capacity and receive no financial benefits.

Nicholas Begakis

Dr Nicholas Begakis AO Chairman

Nick has more than 30 years' experience in senior management roles in manufacturing industries, as an entrepreneur in his own enterprises, in venture capital, merchant banking and corporate recovery roles. He currently has various State and National roles as an independent, non-executive Company Director and Chairman. In particular, he is Chairman of a number of Boards including Statewide Superannuation Trust, a Director of Business SA and the Australian Chamber Alliance. Awarded Doctor of the University, honoris causa, DUniv Flin, April 2012


Michael OConnor

Michael O'Connor Deputy Chairman

Michael graduated from the South Australian Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1984. Since then he has carved a significant career and business in the building industry in South Australia. In addition to his role on the WCH Foundation board, Michael is also a member of the Master Builder's Association and the Young Presidents Organisation.


Morry Bailes

Since 2002, Morry has been Managing Partner of Tindall Gask Bentley, having joined the firm in 1988. Immediate Past President (2014) of the Law Society of South Australia, he is also a Director of the Law Council of Australia, a member of its Finance and Risk Committee, and a Director of Lawguard Management Pty Ltd. Morry specialises in criminal law and association matters, is the principal legal advisor to the Police Association of SA, and several other associations in South Australia.


Nicole Swaine

Nicole’s experience in senior management, executive and director roles in multinationals, national and state based organisations as well as former CEO of one of South Australia’s largest not for profits brings a unique and valuable perspective to both individual and team development. Driven by making a positive difference though connecting strategy to individual team members led Nicole Swaine to establish Explore Potential Consulting in 2014.  Nicole was named as CPA’s Top 40 Leaders in Australia in 2014 and has been included on the South Australians Women’s honour role.


Tony Bourne

Dr Tony Bourne

Tony studied Medicine at the University of Adelaide from 1964-1969 and subsequently trained in pathology at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Tony took up post as a Consultant Pathologist at the Adelaide Children's Hospital in 1977, a position which continued with the Women's & Children's Hospital until he retired in 2007.


Wee Keat Chan

Wee Keat Chan

Wee is a Partner of Bray Chan Chartered Accountants and his areas of expertise include the manufacturing, fashion and services industries. Wee Keat was formerly the National President of the Australia Malaysia Business Council. In 2007, in recognition of his meritorious service and contribution in further strengthening the trade relations between Australia and Malaysia, Wee Keat was conferred the honorary award of Johan Mangku Negara (J.M.N.) (Companion in the Order of the Defender of the Realm) by the King of Malaysia, His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.

Meet the team!

Jane Scotcher

Chief Executive Officer


Kirsten Alderson

Direct Marketing Manager


Alex Bishop-Thorpe

Database Manager


Jessica Buckley

Regular Giving & Data Manager


Lucy Clarke

Digital Communications Officer


Sarah Fitzharris

Media & Communications Manager


Deb Garrick

Operations Coordinator


Dimity Gill

Corporate & Charity Partnerships Manager


Corinne Habel

Head of Fundraising

Kristen Hardy

Community Fundraiser

Jill Newman

Arts in Health Manager


Danyelle Robson

Finance Manager


Denise Rowe

Philanthropy Manager

Rhys Sandery

Digital Fundraising Manager

Saskia Scott

Gallery Coordinator


Brady Sutherland

Fundraising Administration Officer

Thyda Thach



Suzanne Wells

Finance Officer

Jodi Wright

 Head of Corporate Services

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