Our Board of Directors and CEO steer the organisation

SHINE for Kids is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of 9 members who meet 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.


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.



Susan Helyar

Susan Helyar

Susan Helyar is committed to building a more just and inclusive community, where everyone lives with dignity. Her career has focused on making a difference – as a social worker, in policy roles in ACT and Commonwealth governments and as the leader of services development advocacy work for UnitingCare Australia.

Susan’s current role is the Director of the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS). She has reoriented both the advocacy agenda and capability development program to align with the opportunities and challenges of multiple concurrent reforms in social and economic policy. Her team has enhanced the campaigning voice of ACTCOSS and secured effective partnerships across numerous sectors. She has supported development of the social work profession as a field educator and delivers presentations on social issues and advocacy practice in schools, VET and tertiary education settings.

Susan’s direct practice included working in community health, mental health and disability employment. Her social policy work included service development and policy reform across the lifespan, with a focus on mental health, childcare, gambling, women’s and children’s health and social inclusion.

Susan has a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Policy and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Susan Helyar was delighted to join the SHINE for Kids board in May 2017.

Leisl Baumgartner

Leisl has worked across a number of different portfolios as a senior government executive in NSW and Commonwealth agencies, with her most recent government role as Deputy Director-General of the NSW Department of Energy, Utilities & Sustainability. Leisl has also held senior positions within NSW Treasury, the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, and the Department of Environment & Climate Change. Leisl has also been a senior adviser and chief of staff to several ministers in the NSW Government, providing policy advice on portfolios including energy, fair trading, consumer and competition issues, health, mental health, justice, western Sydney, natural resources, regional issues.

Throughout her career Leisl has enjoyed focusing on the provision of essential services to low income households, remote and rural communities, and Aboriginal communities. Leisl has a strong commitment to providing essential services such as clean water, sewerage services and energy to all communities in a sustainable and reasonably priced manner.

Leisl has also been the Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs at Macquarie Generation, then the largest electricity generator in Australia. In this role, Leisl had a particular focus on working with local communities and climate change.

Leisl has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), a Bachelor of Economics, a Masters in International Studies and is currently completing a Juris Doctor.

Our Chief Executive Officer

Paul Trezise

Paul Trezise

Paul has over 35 years’ experience working in the private, public and community sectors. His roles include CIO of the federal government agency Geoscience Australia and most recently CEO of the charity St Vincent de Paul (Canberra/Goulburn).

He holds a Bachelor of Surveying and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.