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The Haymarket Foundation’s board leads the organisation’s strategic planning activities, oversees the credentialing of healthcare practitioners, and provides governance and oversight over our operations.
The Haymarket Foundation’s constitution requires the appointment of between three and ten directors who bring with them a broad range of skills, experience and expertise. Our board volunteer their time to further the mission of the Haymarket Foundation, and receive no payment for fulfilling their duties as directors.
The role of our board is outlined in our constitution: The Haymarket Foundation- Constitution
The Hon. Kevin R. Rozzoli (AM)
Date appointed: 25th May, 1976
The Hon Kevin Rozzoli (AM) is a founding Director of the Haymarket Foundation and has worked in the role of Chairman for the past 30 years. Mr Rozzoli holds a Diploma of Laws and was a member of the NSW Legislative assembly from 1973 to 2003, serving in the role of Speaker of the Parliament from 1988 to 1995. Kevin is a tireless advocate for socially and economically disadvantaged members of the community, and also sits as a board member of the NSW Law and Justice Foundation as well as the NSW Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
Dr Stephen Wilson
Date appointed: 20th August 2008
Dr Stephen Wilson has been a Director of the Haymarket Foundation for the past ten years. Stephen is a rehabilitation physician with clinical experience in managing the health of people suffering homelessness. Dr Wilson has Clinical Appointments at the Mater Hospital and the Royal North Shore Hospital.
Ms Sumithira Thavapalan
Date appointed: 22nd January 2019
Sumithira Thavapalan holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Class One Honours from the University of New South Wales and is a Chartered Accountant. Sumithira has extensive experiencing working in senior financial and leadership roles across ASX Listed Companies, top four professional services firms, Government and not-for-profit. She is passionate about providing quality of life outcomes for vulnerable people in our community.
Mr Peter Valpiani
Date appointed: 9th October 2017
Peter Valpiani was appointed as a Director and Company Secretary of the Haymarket Foundation in October 2017. Mr Valpiani is an MBA Candidate at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, holds a degree in Communications from Griffith University, as well as professional qualifications in Project and Change Management. Peter is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Haymarket Foundation, and has spent his career working in the Homelessness and Not for Profit Sector.
Dr Marlee Bower
Date appointed: 22 October 2019
Dr. Marlee Bower is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use. In her current role she is the Academic Lead of the first National Mental Health Think Tank. Her work centres on the mental health of disadvantaged populations, including people experiencing homelessness and people experiencing incarceration. She recently completed her PhD in 2019 from Western Sydney University on the experience of loneliness amongst people experiencing homelessness in Australia. She has experience working on numerous evaluations of services and programs for people experiencing homelessness. She has previously worked in state government in prison inspection and homelessness strategy.
Mr Richard Boyer
Date appointed: 17 October 2007
Richard Boyer holds a degree in Economics and Computer Sciences from the University of Canberra, and was a senior executive in the financial services sector specialising in strategy, technology and service management. Since retirement, Richard has committed his time to supporting community and environmental causes as well as managing farming enterprises in South Australia.
Ms Patricia Bramble
Date appointed: 15th September 2010
Trish Bramble holds degrees in management and adult education from the University of Technology Sydney, and has spent her career working in the Community Services Sector. Trish is an experienced NFP executive who has led multiple services and change initiatives, and currently sits as the Chairwoman of Homelessness NSW.
Ms Marion Downey
Date appointed: 28 May 2019
Marion Downey is an experienced medical journalist, publisher and public relations manager. Previous positions she has held include Health Writer of the Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial Director of Haymarket Publishing (Medical Division) in the UK a Communications Manager of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney and Communications Manager at Service NSW for Business, responsible for COVID19 and bushfire communications. Her previous board experience includes serving as a community representative on the Board of Governors of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in London, England and Secretary of the P&C of St George Girls High School. She has a passion for supporting and sharing the stories of vulnerable populations and is currently completing a Master of Public Policy and Governance at UNSW Sydney.
Mr Jeff Smith
Date appointed: 18th May 2016
Jeff Smith is a solicitor and holds a Master of Laws from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Macquarie University. Jeff works as a senior consultant at Westwood Spice, a purpose based consultancy firm where he specialises in governance, sustainability, and environmental law. He is a passionate supporter of social justice, having sat on the boards of the Total Environment Centre, the Environmental Planning and Law Association and Community Legal Centres NSW.