Robyn Paine is a former school principal who has worked with special needs children for more than 25 years. She represented the Independent Schools Association in the writing and publication of the first Government curriculum for severely profoundly intellectually and physically handicapped children in Australia. Robyn has had significant experience working with and participating on the boards and fundraised for charities including Windgap Special Needs School, St Vincent Hospice, Youth Helps Youth and Sunshine Home and has had considerable experience in raising their profiles and securing financial support.
Robyn knew Deb Bailey for more than 15 years. It was during Deb’s illness that she approached Robyn with the idea of starting a foundation that was involved in supporting MND research with a view to finding a cure. It is in this spirit that the Deb Bailey Foundation was formed and continues its work toward this goal.
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Peter Dunoon is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, Fellow Chartered Institute Secretary, Registered Tax Agent and is the owner of the accounting practice, Dunoon Financial. Peter completed a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Accounting & Economics) at Deakin University in 1988 and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from Chartered Secretaries Australia in 2010. He has over 20 years experience in taxation and accounting ranging from Small Businesses to Listed Public Companies on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Peter has an entrepreneurial focus and understands the importance of developing thorough strategies when dealing with business risk, compliance and continuity. He has spent a substantial period working in both industry and the accounting profession and understands the dynamics of being a procurer of advice and a provider of professional services. During his career he has gained in-depth knowledge of many industries including professional services, hospitality, retail, film production, mining, property and construction. Peter’s experience also encompasses capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and company listings on the Australian Securities Exchange. Peter is passionate about business and in helping others achieve their goals.
David Armstrong was married to Deb Bailey for 20 years, eight months and 28 days, before MND intervened. They met in 1979, when both were working as magazine journalists at Australian Consolidated Press in Sydney, and have two daughters, Claire and Jane. David has been a journalist all his working life. He started as a junior reporter on The Australian straight after graduating from the University of New South Wales, in 1971. He went on to become editor of The Bulletin, deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph, editor of The Canberra Times, editor-in-chief of The Australian and editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post.
David is a qualified company director and served as president and chief operating officer and, later, senior management adviser, of the Post Publishing media company in Bangkok, Thailand. He now lives in Bangkok and is chairman of Post Media Ltd in Cambodia, publishers of the Phnom Penh Post. David is also a Conjoint Professor with the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of NSW.
Sue Wannan has been a journalist and editor for most of her working life, on newspapers and national magazines. Most recently she has been a book publisher. As well as working for the Deb Bailey Foundation, Sue also is the president of North Shore Rowing Club. Sue worked with Deb Bailey for many years and, as colleague, neighbour and close friend, saw Deb almost every day of her life for about 10 years.
Steve has held numerous charitable and community- based honorary positions over three decades. He is a foundation member of The Deb Bailey Foundation.
Steve has held various leadership positions in sporting, educational and charitable organisations. Included in his charitable and community based positions are President of the Eastern Suburbs Branch of the Challenge foundation, Director on the NSW Board of the Challenge Foundation, President of P&C Associations in the Eastern Suburbs for 13 years, Chairman and executive member of School Boards as well as operational support to a number of Charities.
Steve has been employed by News Limited for 25 years and holds the position of General Manager Property. Steve has strong project and organisational skills and brings a wealth of business and operational skills to the Board of the Deb Bailey Foundation.
Lyn Forsyth is a strategic services marketer with 3 decades of experience in the public and private sectors in senior positions in Australia and internationally. She holds a BA in Economics/Politics, and an Interdisciplinary MA, UNSW, and qualifications from the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) and the Australian Direct Marketing Association Australia (ADMA).
Lyn is also the founder and Director of Forsyth Sales and Marketing Solutions (FSMS), a strategic marketing consultancy, established in 1993. Lyn specialises in the education sector, in Australia and internationally, consulting to over 30 Research Centres, in association with the major universities in Australia and worldwide, and the NFP sector, working with a wide range of industry Associations.
Lyn has served on numerous industry, NFP and government committees, including the Federal Governments’ COALAR (Centre for Australia Latin American Relations) Education Sub – Committee for policy development. Lyn has also served as Vice-President, Australia – Brazil Chamber of Commerce; Director, Australia-Argentina Chamber of Commerce, and currently Director, Australia – Chile Chamber of Commerce.
Lyn started working with the Deb Bailey Foundation this year on fundraising and is committed to assisting it achieve all its future goals.
Kevin is an entrepreneur, senior business executive and experienced management consultant. His career started as an aviation analyst and then he spent over 7 years with international consulting firm, Accenture, servicing clients in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and UK. He specialises in financial services industry with deep expertise in strategy formulation and execution, business planning, operating model design, sales, marketing & transformational change program management and system integration project delivery.
After Accenture, Kevin moved to QBE Insurance where he was part of an internal strategy team, working closely with the Australian COO and CEO to develop the company’s organic growth and transformation program. Over 3.5 years, Kevin was responsible to deliver many projects across the organisation and prior to his departure, he held the role of Head of Planning & Governance where he was in charge of QBE Australia’s business planning and internal governance functions.
In 2010, Kevin started his own import / export business and continue to consult to ASX200 and multinational companies. In Jan 2015, Kevin re-branded, consolidated and streamlined his multiple companies into a single brand – UNIKC Group (www.unikcgroup.com).
Kevin is also a Trustee and the Treasurer of the Australian Chinese Charity Foundation (ACCF). It was formed in 1990 and was a broad based charity organisation setup to help the Australian community at large through funding raising activities. He is also on the management committee of Hong Kong Australia Business Association (HKABA) where he assists in managing, planning and running cross border business events to promote Australia and Hong Kong business trade partnership.
Claire Cox is Deb Bailey’s eldest daughter. She joined the Board of the Deb Bailey Foundation in October 2009, but has had affiliations since 2003 when the Foundation was established. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration at Macquarie University.
Claire is also the founder of Elpis, a sub-committee of the Deb Bailey Foundation named after the Greek goddess of Hope, that aims to raise funds and awareness of MND predominately among the under 35-year-olds. Claire, and Elpis, can also be found on Facebook.
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The Deb Bailey Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease is a not-for-profit organistation and depends on the generosity of individuals, corporations and community groups to help us achieve our mission of finding a cure for MND. Whether your interested in fundraising, sponsorship, joining the research team, or if you’re just keen to get involved, there are many ways you can help.
You can support the research and work we are doing by donating to The Deb Bailey Foundation for Motor Neurone Inc. Whether it’s a one off donation, pledge or sponsorship you can be assured that your money is going towards research aimed at finding a cure for MND.