Fundraising Advisory Committee

Bettina Brown

General Manager, Metro & Regional Marketing, News Corp

Bettina Brown is the General Manager- Metro & Regional Marketing of News Corp Australia. Bettina is responsible for leading the departments of Brand & Content Marketing, as well as Consumer PR and Creative Services.

Prior to News Corp, Bettina project managed the relaunch of Royal Randwick post the $175m development of the site, on behalf of the Australian Turf Club. She had previously run Marketing and Sponsorship for the Australian Jockey Club.

Bettina also spent seven years at David Jones where she was the General Manager of Marketing, working across Events, Publicity, Promotions and New Store Programs.

Nicole Turley

Client Consultant, Finecast (GroupM)

Nicole Turley has more than 20 years’ experience at the forefront of the commercial and investment side of the media industry, including more than three years at MediaCom. With expertise that tracks across sales, television, media investment and trading on both client and agency side, Nicole’s understanding of – and ability to leverage – the nuances of the Australian media market to ensure strong client outcomes are second to none.

Nicole is responsible for MediaCom’s activation and investment product and outcomes nationally, across all channels, and brings to the role the ability to see all sides of the media equation and use that perspective to craft deals that deliver win/win outcomes that keep clients coming back for more.

Her wide category experience includes banking and finance, FMCG, automotive, travel, telco and tech, and her understanding of the different qualities and characteristics of each is evident in the strong results for which she has become renowned.

In addition to delivering bottom line success Nicole’s career highlights are seeing the many team members she’s led and mentored develop and move up the ranks.

Nicole has strong networks throughout the media industry, is an MFA 5+ mentor and a member of the DPAA Advisory Board.

Nicole is a supporter of the Sony Foundation’s ‘You Can’ initiative which supports youth with cancer and is dedicated to building facilities where young people can get their treatment.

James Auswild

Company Director, Baronja Investments

James joined as a member of the advisory committee to the Sony Foundation in 2017.

Over the last 10 years, James has managed a private sector portfolio specialising in Hospitality Group Management, and, Property Development. James is also active in local employment initiatives within Sydney, encouraging young adult employment within the hospitality sector.

James is currently a non-executive director of the PM Auto Group (formally known as Preston Motors) which is one of Australia’s longest standing automotive groups.

James is a graduate of both The University of Notre Dame (Australia) with a Bachelor of Commerce, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew Ryan

Managing Director, Michelton Wines Victoria

Sony Camps Advisory Committee

Leanne Neal


Timothy Kelly

Headmaster, Townsville Grammar School

Melissa Boyd

Head of Upper School, Pymble Ladies’ College

Melissa Boyd is a PDHPE teacher and current Head of Upper School at Pymble Ladies’ College an Independent Private school for girls on Sydney’s North Shore. Melissa is the Coordinator of the Pymble/Shore Sony Camp which was established in 2011.

Alec Barbour

Head of Design and Technology, Christ Church Grammar School

I have been involved with the Christ Church Grammar School and Methodist Ladies College Sony Camp for the past 7 years. This year will be my forth as coordinator of the camp. I am currently a Head of Department and have over 10 years' experience in the pastoral care of students as a Head of House. I see Sony Camp as a fabulous opportunity for our students and staff to serve the needs of our wider community while providing an exciting experience for our amazing campers.

Graeme Lendrum

Mathematics Teacher, Canberra Grammar School

I am married with 3 teenage girls and have been teaching at Canberra Grammar now for 14 years. I teach Maths and run a Pastoral Care House of about 100 students. Nine years ago, two of us travelled to Riverview in Sydney to spend a day at their Sony Children’s Holiday Camp. We returned to Canberra challenged and excited and set about encouraging the rest of the school community to get on board. I work with a dedicated committee of parents, ex companions, staff and nurses and we are thrilled to be preparing for our 9th camp in December. Working on the Advisory Committee has helped to connect us all and share some great ideas and resources and we hope that holiday camps will continue to spread across Australia.

Elizabeth Poland

Chaplain, Launceston Church Grammar School

Works as a Chaplain teaching Christian studies; passionate about helping young people make a difference in this world; has lived in Tasmania for the past 17 years but still happy to visit the Mainland. Thrilled to be involved with the Sony Foundation having been a Camp Director for the past 4 years.

Sony Camps Student Alumni Committee

Grace Pittar

2018 St Andrew’s Sony Camp Companion & 2017/18 Sony Foundation Intern

Grace is currently a student at Monash University in Melbourne. She has been involved with the Sony Foundation since 2014, participating in three camps to date and interning over the course of 2016-2018. She is passionate about the work the Foundation does and hopes to continue her involvement for the years to come.

Sebastian Rey-Fleming

2016 Scotch College Sony Star Camp Companion

There is something special about helping people in need, and after participating in the Sony Star Camp 2018, I have been eager to work further with Sony, and provide students with a similarly fulfilling experience.

Aidan Leonard

2018 Riverview Sony Camp Companion

Beining Zhang

2016 Toowoomba Sony Camp Companion

I'm from Toowoomba, and am currently living in Brisbane and studying a Bachelor of Law/Business at UQ. I've participated in 3 Sony Camps, starting out as a companion and helping as a volunteer. I love working with kids and seeing them have fun and enjoy every day, and I've loved every Sony Camp because of the people, the atmosphere and most importantly the guests!

Courtney Markey

2016 Toowoomba Sony Camp Companion

“My name is Courtney Markey, I am 19 years old and I was a companion in 2016 at the Toowoomba Grammar School Sony Camp. I’m currently studying Mathematics at UQ and work casually both in disability support work and as a Learn to Swim teacher and lifeguard.”

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