Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Annual Report 2016

Patrons and Board Members

Patrons

Joint Vice Regal Patrons
His Excellency General,
The Hon. David Hurley AC DSC
(Ret’d), Governor of NSW, and
Mrs Linda Hurley.

Joint Vice Regal Patrons

His Excellency General, The Hon. David Hurley AC DSC
(Ret’d), Governor of NSW, and Mrs Linda Hurley.

Vice Patron
Mr Norman B Rydge AM OBE,
was a Director from 1977-2009
and President from 1995-2009.
He is a Life Governor.

Vice Patron

Mr Norman B Rydge AM OBE,
was a Director from 1977-2009 and President from 1995-2009. He is a Life Governor.

Board Members

President of the Board
Mr Sean P Wareing FCPA, ACIS

President of the Board

Mr Sean P Wareing FCPA, ACIS
Appointed to the RIDBC Board in 2000, elected a Vice President in 2003 and President in 2009. He is a Life Member of RIDBC. Mr Wareing has had extensive experience both as an Executive in, and Chairman or Director of, public and private companies. He is a Graduate of the Senior Management Program of the Harvard Business School, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Sydney and a former Vice President of the NSW Division of CPA Australia.
Board Meetings: 6 of 7
Committee Meetings: 2 of 2

Vice Presidents of the Board
Mr David Dinte BEc, LLB, MAICD

Vice Presidents of the Board

Mr David Dinte BEc, LLB, MAICD
A property developer with extensive experience in commercial, retail, industrial and residential development, acquisition and management in both Australia and the United States of America. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centres. Mr Dinte joined the RIDBC Board in 2000, was appointed a Vice President in 2009 and is a Life Member.
Board Meetings:5 of 7
Committee Meetings: 2 of 2

Mrs Barbara Stone AM, BA,
DipEd, MEd, MAICD, FACE, FACEL

Mrs Barbara Stone AM, BA, DipEd, MEd, MAICD, FACE, FACEL
Retired as Principal of MLC School in 2011. Mrs Stone is a former National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), past State Chair, AHISA NSW/ACT, former President, Alliance of Girls’ Schools of Australasia. Current other Board directorships: Association of Independent Schools, NSW; Kormilda College, Darwin; Newington College, Stanmore. Mrs Stone joined the RIDBC Board in 2002, was appointed a Vice President in 2012 and is a Life Member.
Board Meetings: 6 of 7
Committee Meetings: 4 of 4

Directors of the Board

Associate Professor
Catherine Birman
MBBS, FRACS, GAICD

Associate Professor Catherine Birman MBBS, FRACS, GAICD
An Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a number of other public and private hospitals. A/Prof Birman is the Medical Director of SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, an RIDBC service, and a member of the Macquarie University Medical Advisory Committee. She has been a past Chairman of the NSW division of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and past Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Otolaryngology Society. A/Prof Birman joined the RIDBC Board in 2011.
Board Meetings: 6 of 7
Committee Meetings: 4 of 4

Mr Graeme Bradshaw
BEc, FFIA, CFRE

Mr Graeme Bradshaw BEc, FFIA, CFRE
Mr Bradshaw retired in 2007 from the role of Senior Partner of DVA Navion Inc, a specialist international management and marketing consultancy serving the not for profit sector. Mr Bradshaw was Deputy General Manager of the Royal Blind Society of NSW. He is a member of the Foundation Board at Neuroscience Research Australia and Fellow Emeritus and past President of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. He joined the RIDBC Board in 1998 and is a Life Member. Mr Bradshaw retired from the RIDBC Board in December 2016.
Board Meetings: 2 of 7
Committee Meetings: 1 of 1

Mr Roger Gee

Mr Roger Gee
Retired in 2006 from Qantas after a 41 year career with the airline. Mr Gee retired as a 747- 400 Senior Check Captain. He has been an active member of RIDBC’s Qantas Pathfinders Auxiliary for more than 30 years. He instigated the Charity Flight, a very successful fundraising event, and piloted the Qantas Children’s Jumbo Joy Flight for many years. Mr Gee joined the RIDBC Board in 2008 and is a Life Member.
Board Meetings: 7 of 7
Committee Meetings: 2 of 3

Mr Greg Sedgwick BComm,
MComm, FAIC

Mr Greg Sedgwick BComm, MComm, FAICD
Previously the Managing Director of Crane Group Limited and was instrumental in fostering the corporate relationship between RIDBC and Crane. He was Vice President of the Australian Industry Group of NSW and a member of the Business Council of Australia. Mr Sedgwick is Chairman of NextGen Health & Lifestyle Clubs and is a non-executive director of Pentair Water Systems. He has had extensive international experience and has held board positions with listed companies in Japan, India and South Africa. He joined the RIDBC Board in 2011.
Board Meetings: 6 of 7
Committee Meetings: 2 of 3

Mr Peter van Dongen
BComm (Acc), FCA, F Fin

Mr Peter van Dongen BComm (Acc), FCA, F Fin
The Managing Partner - Board Relationships and a member of the PwC Governance Board. Previously, Mr van Dongen was the National Managing Partner of PwC Australia’s assurance practice and a member of PwC Australia’s Executive Board. He has over 30 years’ experience in delivering assurance services to many of Australia’s largest ASX-listed companies, predominantly in the financial services sector. Mr van Dongen is also the Independent Auditor of the Australian National Audit Office, having been appointed by the Governor General to a fixed term to 1 January 2019. Mr van Dongen joined the RIDBC Board in 2013.
Board Meetings: 6 of 7
Committee Meetings: 4 of 4