Board of Directors
Our volunteer Board of Directors take their roles with Healthy Kids Association very seriously, applying their valuable expertise and experience to ensure good governance and to drive the strategic direction of the organisation.
Michael Fairclough– Chairman
Our chairman brings 40 years of experience in the food-manufacturing sector – the majority of which were spent at George Weston Foods Limited. Michael has held numerous senior level positions in finance and has experience guiding the finances and process of two other not-for-profits on a voluntary basis.
Katrina Weir– Treasurer
With more than eighteen years of public relations and communications experience, Katrina is a health and communications expert with extensive expertise in stakeholder engagement and account management. She was a co-founder and director of Reed Weir Communications and during this time was the recipient of several public relations awards. This is Katrina’s third term on the board.
Robert Williams – Secretary
Robert is the Principal of Robert Williams Legal & Regulatory Solutions. He has built his career as an external legal and compliance advisor, a senior in-house legal and compliance adviser in both ASX listed and privately owned companies, and a regulator with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. This experience gives Robert a unique 360 degree perspective of the interface between business and the law, particularly in relation to governance and compliance.
Coral has been on the board for the past seven years and represented the Australian Food and Grocery Council for five. With more than 20 years of experience providing nutrition and regulatory counsel within both the food industry and public health sectors, she juggles her role of treasurer with her position as head of nutrition and regulatory and sensory agenda at Goodman Fielder, and motherhood.
Fiona is an experienced corporate and regulatory affairs professional with a proven ability to work in a fast paced, challenging environment. She has 30 years’ experience in the food industry in the areas of dairy, seafood, cereal based foods, smallgoods, tea, simmer sauces and pastes, ingredients and infant formula. Fiona currently runs a boutique consultancy working across a range of areas.
Dr Louise Hardy
Louise is Senior Research Fellow at the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Research Group (PANORG) based at the University of Sydney. Her research interests focus on the population measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours among young people and the development of population based intervention strategies aimed at changing behaviours associated with the development of obesity. Louise also leads the NSW Schools Physical Activity Nutrition Survey (SPANS).
Wendy runs her own canteen business called “Classroom Catering”, currently leasing canteens in around 20 primary schools across Sydney’s Western Suburbs. Through this role and experience, she brings to the HKA board a wealth of knowledge on canteen operations, food safety, government policy, and school engagement.
Dr. Kathy Chapman
Kathy has extensive experience working in NGO and charity sector in public and health promotion, including as Executive Director at Cancer Council NSW where she used her significant experience to set and deliver on strategy for health promotion and prevention programs. Already armed with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics, Kathy also recently received a PhD from University of Sydney. Kathy also brings expertise in marketing and public relations, government relations and advocacy.
Dr. Megan Hemming
Megan’s professional background is in the research and development sector with more than 12 years at CSIRO and the Australian National University. She has held roles in strategic leadership, stakeholder and customer relationship management and operational management and currently runs her own career coaching practice. She also brings hands on school canteen experience, having played an instrumental role in bringing Giralang Primary School’s canteen into alignment with the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy during her time as President of the school’s P&C.