Advisory
Committees

Queensland Fundraising Advisory Committee

Chris White

Managing Director, International Quarterback

Chris White is the Managing Director of International Quarterback. With over 25 years industry experience working with brands and sporting bodies on their strategic approach in optimising sponsorship value and effectiveness, Chris is a key influencer with extensive networks in media, rights holders and brands.

Chris is the Chair of the Brissy4Ward Committee, and Patron of Sony Foundation’s Brisbane You Can Centre at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Chris was a former Sony Foundation Board Director, a position he passionately held for eight years.

Rebecca Lawrie

Director of Sales - Nine Brisbane

Rebecca Lawrie is a media sales professional with over 20 years in broadcast, digital, audio and print media account management and managerial roles. Currently Director of Sales for Nine in Brisbane, she works for Australia’s largest locally owned media company with investments spanning television, video on demand, print, digital, and radio. Nine’s assets include the Nine Television Network, video on demand platform 9Now radio stations 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR, major mastheads such as The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age and Australian Financial Review, digital properties such as nine.com.au, 9Honey, Pedestrian.TV and CarAdvice, subscription video platform Stan, and majority investments in Domain and Future Women.

Rebecca is known for her passion for people, particularly women in the workplace and our younger generation of leaders coming through the business. She is obsessed with leading high performing teams that provide innovative and effective solutions for clients. 

Tim Harper-Russell

Group Business Director, Wavemaker

Tim is a senior media and advertising professional with 20 years’ experience amassed over four key tenures in both media agency and sales roles. Currently a senior leader at Wavemaker Global, where he overseas a portfolio of key accounts including Domino’s, Shine Lawyers and AutoSports Group. Tim is passionate about supporting charities (especially for cancer due to its close, personal relevance), so is excited to be able to leverage his network to help drive Sony Foundation success.

Colette Gallagher

General Manager, Torque Media Communications Agency and General Manager, Marketing for Frizelle Sunshine Automotive 

With twenty five years’ experience building and maintaining high performance sales and marketing teams across most media platforms, Colette has previously worked for some of Australia’s leading media organisations including Seven West Media, Pacific Magazines, (where she spent 2 years leading the commercial function of their New Zealand operation), Bauer Media and more recently News Corp Australia.

Throughout her career Colette has built a network that spans most FMCG, Fashion, Beauty and Automotive brands. She has built a reputation on strong negotiation, strategic decision making and on maximising relationships.

Colette moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney with her young family in 2011. She is a non-executive board member of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation and an active member of the Gold Coast community.

Kimberley Gardner

Most recently receiving Woman In Fashion’s ‘Stylist of the Year’ title, Kimberly Gardner is a freelance stylist, currently holding roles including Head Stylist for Magic Millions (AU & UK) and Style Director of Brisbane Fashion Festival.

With over 30 years’ in the industry, Kimberly’s experience is second to none. Formerly, Kimberly was Head Stylist (Launch) for David Jones nationally, held Fashion Editor roles within News Corp Australia including QWeekend, Brisbane News and U On Sunday, and has impressively opened shows for Chanel.

Sony Camps Advisory Committee

Leanne Neal

Chair

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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