Our People

Our Board and Operations Team

Our Board

Anne’s background is in Banking, IT and Telecommunications Health across several jurisdictions including UK, Europe, USA and Australasia. Since coming to Australia in 2007, Anne’s passion for human services, focusing on innovation, people and capability is what took Anne into the Health sector.  Anne’s career spans community health aged care and disability, Private Health Insurance and tertiary health, Anne has held executive roles in Silver Chain Group, a large community health and aged care services provider, Medibank, one of Australia’s largest Private health Insurers, and Healthscope the second largest private hospital group in Australia.

Anne is passionate about innovation, growth and the power of connecting and collaboration, and how the right partnerships can transform policy and service provision to support and nourish the changing needs and expectations of the community and the health system in Australia. Her personal attention is on equality of access to effective healthcare for all and ensuring strong advocacy for society’s most vulnerable.

Anne’s focus is on connecting the components in the health system to ensure the right care for the right person happens in the right setting. This involves access for all to good quality healthcare be that in hospitals, hospices, in the home or community settings. Bringing these all together to support the patient journey is critical for the affordability and connectedness of the whole health experience for the funder and the patient and their family.

Anne is deeply committed to designing and facilitating ways to make it easier for Hannah’s House children and their families to access the care and support they need at the various points in their respective journeys; in their home, in a hospital, or hospice setting when that time comes. Recognising the child’s ‘journey’ outside of hospital and hospice is oftentimes longer and more complex, Anne is determined that Hannah’s House will be that one point of continuity, comfort, support and respite for the whole journey

Martin is a founding Board Member, having helped establish the Children’s Hospice Association (CHA) in 2000. He has held the role of Vice Chair since October 2010. He works for Fugro Survey, a company specialising in offshore marine surveys. He is married to Jacky and their first child, Hannah, was born with Opitz Trigonocephaly Syndrome – a condition that resulted in severe physical and neurological disabilities. Hannah is the inspiration for Hannah’s House.

Romola has extensive experience in finance, accounting, and leadership through her work in the resources industry, small business, public service, and media. She has a Bachelor of Business (Management and Accounting) and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Romola enjoys working with people who have diverse skills and backgrounds and believes we can achieve more together than individually. Supporting the work of Hannah’s House dedicated staff and volunteers in providing care for children and support for their families is especially important to her.

She brings the board an ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders and provides strategic business support to ensure Hannah’s House achieves its vision.

Jacky has held the position of Secretary since the Board was established. After Hannah’s birth, she gave up work in order to provide her daughter with appropriate care. It was during a visit to the UK in 1996 that Hannah spent time at Francis House, a Children’s Hospice near Manchester. This proved to be the inspiration behind Jacky and Martin’s interest in the Children’s Hospice movement.

Mitch is a passionate consumer advocate with over 40 years’ experience working across local, state, national and international levels with business, community, not for profit and government.

He has held many roles with statutory and government bodies including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, the Research Committee of the National Health & Medical Research Council and the External Reference Group appointed by the Minister for Health and Ageing to provide advice on the development of Australia’s first National Primary Healthcare Strategy. Mitch was a member of the South Metropolitan Health Service Governing Council in Western Australia, the forerunner to the new area health service Board.

Mitch has been an invited speaker at conferences, seminars and workshops in Australia, the USA, Europe and New Zealand on topics including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, chronic disease self management, primary health care, quality use of medicines, e-health, safety & quality in health care, consumer participation in health and cystic fibrosis.

Amanda joined the Board in 2018 and brings significant expertise and strong commitment to Hannah’s House Vision. With a degree in Financial Services, she is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a fellow of Leadership WA. She is Chief Operating Officer at Baptistcare WA which is a not-for-profit organisation providing aged care services responsible for Residential Aged Care, Retirement Living and Home Care Services, Amanda is also Chief Executive of Aurum Catering Services providing catering services to Residential Aged Care together with catering functions. Previously the Chief Operating Officer at Bankwest.

Amanda has a wealth of experience working with senior executive teams on a number of critical activities including developing a risk and values based culture, running the HR function and supporting the organisation on their people agenda. Amanda brings to the Board her extensive experience across a number of domains including Operational leadership, Human Resource Management, Clinical Governance and Risk Management, Finance, Marketing and Communications and Information Technology.

Addy relocated to Perth from Melbourne in 2017 and joined the Board of Hannah’s House in 2018. Addy was previously involved with Very Special Kids in Melbourne for more than a decade, which included three years working in the Fundraising team.

As Chief Development Officer at Youth Focus, Addy is responsible for leading a high-functioning multi-disciplinary team to drive revenue growth across several key fundraising streams.

He is also a Board Director of Gymnastics WA, a Business Development Advisory Group Member of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, a Board Fundraising Subcommittee Member of Maurice Zeffert Home and on the WA State Committee of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. 

Operations Team

Following an extensive search, Jonine joined Hannah’s House as our inaugural CEO in September 2020. Jonine has held management and senior executive roles across the health and community sector, including 7 years in her last role as State Manager WA and SA for the Stroke Foundation. She has overseen the implementation of many innovative community programs and clinical services, including mental health, suicide prevention, chronic disease, disability, aged care and services to the Aboriginal community, homeless and other marginalised populations. Jonine’s various roles have provided her with considerable experience in advocacy, leadership, strategy, not-for-profit governance and government contracting both at the State and Commonwealth level.

Jonine says she has been inspired by the work that Hannah’s House does to enhance the quality of life for children with life-limiting conditions and the much-needed support that it provides to their loved ones. “It is clear that everyone involved is driven with passion for its purpose and committed to the delivery of high-quality services and care to its children and families.”

Linda has a nursing background with extensive management and leadership experience in disability services, aged care and mental health in both hospital and community settings. She has been responsible for establishing and growing innovative programs and services, working collaboratively with other providers and services to develop a more integrated approach to service delivery.

Her most recent role as a senior manager at Joondalup Health Campus has provided her with a strong understanding of governance requirements and demonstrates a strong focus on safety and quality.

Linda says she is particularly thrilled to be working at Hannah’s House as she began her nursing career working with children with complex needs and continues to be passionate about the person and family centred approach that is integral to care.

Lee-Anne joined Hannah’s House in December 2016 with extensive experience in marketing, communications and fundraising management. She has worked in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors for leading organisation’s including ENJO, Thermomix, YMCA WA, Foodbank WA and the Dogs’ Refuge Home. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University.

Nu brings extensive experience in finance and accounting to Hannah’s House and leads our finance team. Nu is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with a background working in commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

With over 12 years of human resources experience in the health care and non-for-profit sectors, Cassandra’s areas of expertise include employee relations, legislative compliance, employee engagement and capability, performance management and remuneration.

Prior to joining Hannah’s House, Cassandra held multiple senior HR positions within St John of God Health Care, including Group Manager Recruitment & HR Services, where she was responsible for designing, implementing, and managing a streamlined HR shared service model nationally.

Cassandra is committed to aligning the work of the People & Culture team to shape and deliver organisational strategy and business operations.

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