Board of Directors
Our Volunteer Board of Directors put in endless hours to help with the direction of Healthy Kids Association. We thank them!
Our chairman brings with him 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.
Kirsty has a background in marketing and advertising, and is currently employed part time at RSM in their Business Advisory division and at Pegasus Riding for the Disabled. Having held the role of treasurer on her local P&C for the past few years, she was responsible for creating the business plan that turned the canteen around from a -8% loss to a 4% profit all while transitioning to a healthy menu. Kirsty is passionate about ensuring that school canteens have both healthy menus and sustainable businesses.
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.
A Health Promotion Officer for the Mid North Coast Local Health District, Richard has over 10 years’ experience as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian holding positions in Cape York in Aboriginal communities and in the United Kingdom in forensic mental health. He has worked on the Healthy Children Initiative in Port Macquarie over the past four years and is currently leading research on new parent peer education and child feeding practices. Before retraining as a dietitian, Richard worked as a youth worker and in drug and alcohol. He brings a valuable understanding of regional and rural school canteens and food supply.
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).
[SPANS is a periodic population surveillance survey of NSW’s children’s weight and weight-related behaviours which provides the government with trends and prevalence estimates of overweight-obesity, evaluates government investments in child obesity and guides the development of child obesity prevention intervention.]
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.