Patron: Lady Anna Cowen AM BA 
Wife of the Governor General

Sir Zelman Cowen (Dec. 1977-July 1982)


Helen Hayward President
President ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.

  • Occupational Therapist /Health and Safety Trainer & Consultant
  • Member of Selection panel for Connections SE Chances
  • Member of Selection Panel for OzChild Chance To Shine


  • Occupational Therapist working in adult rehabilitation, community health, special schools, office ergonomics, workplace health & safety
  • Community based volunteering roles

Kathy Meikle Treasurer/ Secretary
Secretary ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.

  • Economist
  • Economics Tutor at RMIT
  • Volunteer Emergency Services Leader for the Australian Red Cross


  • Economics Lecturer and Tutor at Monash University
  • Community based volunteering roles
Denis Oakley OAM
Committee Member ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.
Founding member of ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc

  • Minister of Uniting Church in Australia
  • Order of Australia Medal 2014
  • BA Dip Soc Studies


  • Planned Giving Officer – Wesley College Foundation
  • Director Development Ozchild Children Australia
  • Director Victorian Children’s Aid Society
  • Director Tally Ho Boys Village
  • Secretary of the International Forum Child Welfare 1994-98
  • Sandringham Citizen of The Year 1988
  • Victorian Father Of The Year 1972
  • Member Victorian Police 1956- 1961
Louise Turnbull
Committee Member ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.

  • Psychologist
  •  Co ordinator Art Therapy, Chisholm Institute


    • Psychologist providing support to schools and tertiary educational institutions in dealing with complex mental health issues faced by young people and their families.
    • Teacher and Student Counselor
Naomi Tippett AM
Committee Member ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.
Founding member of ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc

      • Graphic Artist
      • Order of Australia, 2012


  • Art Teacher Carey Grammar School
  • Administrator / Producer of Polyglot Puppet Theatre
  • Administrator /Artistic Director of Creative School Ltd.
  • Board Member of the Polyglot Puppet Theatre Pty Ltd
  • President, ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.
  • Kenneth Myer Medallion for contribution to the Performing Arts, 1996
Barbara Szwarc
Barbara Szwarc
Committee Member ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc
Co-manager Daniel and Joshua Szwarc Memorial Trust

  • Independent Research Consultant and Project Manager


  • Over 35 years research undertakings for major marketing and consulting firms and research organisations.
  • Highly acclaimed social researcher and advocate in the field of family welfare and community well-being.
  • Published four books on child and family welfare issues Particular Care, Particular Care Reconsidered, A Stitch in Time; and Love, Sweat and Tears.
  • Produced numerous other significant reports, journal articles, monographs and conference papers.
  • Her research expertise has been repeatedly applied to a wide variety of projects ranging from major government
  • commissioned national and international enquiries, market research, investigations sponsored by research institutions, universities and government bodies. These include the State Department of Community Services, J. Walter Thompson Specialised Education, RAMIS Research Corporation, Very Special Kids; and Oz-Child (when it was known as the National Children’s Bureau of Australia).
Geoffrey William Fuller
Committee Member ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.

Company Director [Retired] Past

  • Directors of Sealord Australia Pty Ltd; Tatura Milk Industries; Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • Managing Director of Riviana Australia Pty Ltd; Fullers Food Stores Pty Ltd
  • Experienced in Marketing, Accounting[Diploma], General Business Management
  • Commodore Eildon Boat Club [Life Member]
  • President West Brighton Club
Brian Hawdon OAM

Committee Member ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.

  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Order of Australia Medal 2011
  • Member The Rotary Club of Malvern
  • Alfred Hospital Fathers’ Day Committee member


  • President, The Rotary Club of Malvern
  • Retail Pharmaceutical Chemist







Linda Edwards

Committee Member ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.






Fin Bird

OzChild’s representative on ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc.Committee

Senior Manager Marketing and Fundraising, OzChild


  • General Manager Communications and Development, Launch Housing and Hanover Welfare Services
  • Strategic communications management for Victorian State government, NZ Government and roles supporting ministers, including former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark.