Our Board of Directors and CEO steer the organisation

SHINE for Kids is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of 9 members (one vacancy) who meet 9 times per year. 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.


Shane Hamilton – Chair

Shane is a Wakka Wakka, Bundjalung man from Northern NSW/South East Queensland and first joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in 2018.  He has over 15 years’ experience at a Senior Executive level in the Government, Not for Profit and Private sectors. Most recently, Shane was a Director at PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC) and CEO of Evolve FM.

Shane successfully led the transformation of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office change and reform program for three years as the Chief Executive Officer. In that time he established a skills-based independent board, established a senior management team, stabilised the operations, implemented a change and reform program, introduced a client-focused approach, introduced a project and program management discipline to the organisation, and finalised and closed out old projects to regain community confidence and organisational reputation.

Before this Shane worked for 15 years in the prison service across three States, commencing as a prison officer at Borallon Correctional Centre in Qld and finishing as Assistant General Manager at Acacia Prison. Shane also serves as a Director of First Australians Capital Ltd.



Peter Ricketts

Peter Ricketts – Treasurer FAICD, FGIA, FCIS, CA, CFTP (Snr), MBA, B. Comm.

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.



Sue Woodward

Sue has been involved in business and community organisations for over 25 years.  In business, she has held leadership positions in Strategy and Marketing at Andersens, Knight Frank and Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright).

She currently runs her own advisory firm, Blueprint Advisory, where she advises CEOs and their leadership teams on strategy, brand and marketing management and implementation. In many cases Sue is engaged as an Interim CMO (Chief Marketing Officer).  Her clients operate in a range of industries.

As Chair of SHINE for Kids, Sue has led the strategic planning process, the recruitment of a CEO, Board governance, cultural change, Board member recruitment, and Constitutional change including mandating Indigenous representation on the Board, and corporate messaging.

Sue was an independent Director Tennis NSW and a member of their Remuneration Committee and Investment Committee.  She has been a non-executive Director of the Trish MS Research Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of the CorriLee Foundation.

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



Martin Irwin

Martin has 18 years’ experience as a legal practitioner in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong with leading Australian and international firms.

He is currently Corporate M&A Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm where he advises corporates, institutional and strategic investors, and domestic and international financial institutions.

Martin also has a significant pro bono practice where he acts for a range of clients including individual community energy providers, international and Australian not-for-profits and community-based businesses.


Simon McSweeney

Simon is a consultant in the Sydney Office of Norton Rose Fulbright and is the Australian Head of its Financial Institutions Group.

Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Simon was a partner at Henry Davis York for over 20 years and was Chairman of Partners immediately before that firm combined with Norton Rose Fulbright on 1 December 2017.

Simon also has a keen interest in not for profit initiatives and has served in a voluntary capacity on several boards and held other executive committee positions with a number of charitable and sporting organisations.


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 – Secretary

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.


Andrew Kew – Chief Executive Officer

Andrew has more than 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector, with the last 15 in senior executive roles.  He holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting and a sub-major in commercial law and is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant.

Andrew has also been on the board of The Thorndale Foundation and Pacific Hills Christian School.

Prior to taking up his role with SHINE Andrew has held roles with Montefiore Jewish Home, Anglican Retirement Villages and HammondCare, charities that specialise in Health, Hospitals and Aged Care services.

In Andrew’s previous roles he has established a number of new & innovative services that have developed into successful programs with a client focus. These include the establishment of Consumer Directed Care services in aged care and residential care homes for people with a disability under the NDIS.

Andrew said he was drawn to the role at SHINE for Kids as he had a passion for working with children and seeing them achieve their true potential.  Andrew and his wife Michelle have been fostering children for 20 years and understand the benefits of early intervention and the difference that can be made when additional support is available.