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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.
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.
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.
CEO and Company Secretary
Date appointed: 21 June 2022
Gowan Vyse has a wealth of experience in community development and in the public service. Prior to her appointment as CEO at the Haymarket Foundation, she worked at the City of Sydney overseeing programs supporting people experiencing homelessness, refugees, asylum seekers, international students, young people, LGBTIQ communities, First Nations people and people with disability. She has also worked at the NSW Trustee and Guardian, what was the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care, where she developed a particular interest in people with disability and/or mental health issues who have contact with the criminal justice system. Gowan has held several Ministerial appointments on government boards. She has a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Western Sydney. You can read more about her here.
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 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 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 has completed a Master of Public Policy and Governance at UNSW Sydney.
Mr Matthew Kearney
Matthew Kearney is an MBA GAICD qualified Executive Director with strategic leadership of health equality, partnership development, mission integration and spirituality research.
Dr Michael Moore
Dr Michael Moore is a former CEO at the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network, and a medical doctor with almost 30 years’ management expertise of clinical organisations. CESPHN funds two Haymarket services: the Drug and Alcohol Counselling Service and the Waiting List Support Service.