Our Board of Directors and CEO steer the organisation

SHINE for Kids is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of 7 members who meet bi-monthly. The CEO attends each board meeting. The Board of Directors is supported by a number of sub-committees which vary depending on business needs at the time.

The Finance sub-committee is an ongoing committee which meets on a quarterly basis.

The Board of Directors

Graham WestGraham West – Chair

Graham West is a National President of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Management Consultant in the NFP sector and a former CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW.

Graham was a Member of Parliament in NSW for 10 years representing the Campbelltown area, and held a number of Ministerial positions including Juvenile Justice and Youth and has been active at a board level in the community sector for many years, especially in community development and youth drug and alcohol education and support.

In addition, Graham has a continuing interest in community engagement policies, environmental strategies at the local level, and issues concerning indigenous youth, especially in the areas of employment and education. Graham has written on youth engagement in decision-making using social networking and Web 2.0 and is a regular speaker on the importance of community development.

Graham holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management, a Master of International Studies, is an Advanced Fire Fighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

He is married with three kids, two dogs, five chickens and three alpacas.


Jae Kang, Secretary, SHINE for KidsJae Kang – Secretary

Jae is a senior lawyer, notary public and qualified chartered secretary.

Jae is currently the Corporate Group Counsel for Sage Australia, which is part of the Sage Group plc (FTSE 100 public company from the UK). Sage is a leading supplier of business software including Payroll, eHR, CRM, ERP, Tax Practice Management and associated services. Sage has over 13,000 employees in 24 countries with 6.3 million customers worldwide.

Jae joined the Board of SHINE for Kids in June 2012 and hopes to utilise his legal and corporate governance skills and expertise towards building a future where kids can SHINE.


Peter RickettsPeter Ricketts – Treasurer


Peter consults to companies and other organisations including those within the “for purpose” sector. He is also an executive coach and mentor and a non-executive director with Relationships Australia New South Wales and Arthritis & Osteoporosis New South Wales. He is the Chair of their Finance, Audit and Risk and Finance, Risk and Audit Committees respectively.

Peter’s key areas of expertise include strategy development and implementation, financing, negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, governance, organisational risk assessments, organisational evaluation and restructuring, financial management and leadership.

Peter’s extensive executive career incorporated senior broad financial management and governance responsibility across a wide spectrum of business sectors, various sized businesses and within both listed and non-listed environments.

Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a senior member of the Finance and Treasury Association.

Peter joined the board of SHINE for Kids in November 2016.


Stephanie LaiStephanie Lai

Stephanie joined the Board in June 2013 and held the role of Treasurer until November 2016.

A Chartered Accountant, Stephanie is a former KPMG Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and financial due diligence. Whilst advising large corporates and investment banks in Australia, the United Kingdom, Asia and the USA, Stephanie gained valuable experience working across borders and cultures.

In 2009, Stephanie founded an online bridal accessory retailer which grew to be the largest in Australia. The business was divested in 2016.

Stephanie is married with two children.

She is a member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.


Jodie LydekerJodie Lydeker

Jodie Lydeker is a senior government policy and project management executive with demonstrated success implementing complex, high-profile government reviews and strategic reforms across the criminal justice, mental health, child welfare and integrity systems. She has worked in the Northern Territory, Victorian and New South Wales public service.

Most recently, Jodie co-ordinated the Victorian Government response to the Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Previously, she led the establishment of Victoria’s peak integrity agency, the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), and delivered a state-wide program assisting children and families impacted by the 2009 Victoria Black Saturday bush fires.

She has a keen interest in government and non-profit sectors dedicated to social policy issues, in particular providing services to children and disadvantaged communities related to education/schools, mental health and community support.

Jodie holds a double degree in Law and Business, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Sue WoodwardSue Woodward

Sue has over 20 years experience in strategy and marketing management having been a CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at a number of large international organisations.

She currently runs her own consultancy where she advises CEOs and their leaderships on strategy and marketing management and implementation. Her clients operate in a range of industries.

Sue holds a BA in Communications, and a Masters in Marketing Management. She is a graduate of The Australian Institute of Company Directors and has recently completed the Women on Boards Future Leaders program.


Stanley Johnson

Stanley Johnson

In an advertising career spanning over 20 years, Stanley Johnson has held Creative Director roles at major agencies in London and Melbourne. He is currently Creative Director of tech company MYOB, where under his creative leadership they were named Australia’s Most Innovative Large Company by Fairfax Media.

Stanley, who joined SHINE for Kids in February 2017, was a member of the ADMA Agency Council, where he introduced an industry-wide mentor scheme, and co-founded the ADMA Creative School in Melbourne. He also helped establish JUNIOR, to assist young people looking to enter the creative industries.

His creative work has been recognised internationally at award shows in Cannes, London, and New York, as well as locally at MADC and ADMA.

Our Chief Executive Officer

Gloria Larman, CEO, SHINE for KidsGloria Larman

Gloria has well over two decades of experience working in community organisations in the areas of justice and disability, with a particular emphasis on the issues faced by children of prisoners. Gloria advocates that these children are innocent and do not deserve to be punished for their parents’ crimes.

Since Gloria joined SHINE for Kids in 1988 the organisation has gone from strength to strength, building strong strategic partnerships and developing innovative research and programs, positioning SHINE for Kids as a nationally recognised service provider to children.

Gloria has authored papers detailing the issues faced by children whose parents are sentenced to prison and has made recommendations to government and government agencies regarding solutions to the complex issues involved. She has also presented at conferences and seminars as well as conducting radio and television interviews.

Gloria holds a diploma in welfare, degrees in community management and adult education.