CHF Legacy Advisory
Philanthropy has remained at the heart of the Children’s Hospital Foundation since our inception in 1985.
Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Legacy Advisory is a network of Brisbane leaders, focused on increasing the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s profile and philanthropic support from like-minded individuals and companies.
Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Legacy Advisory exists to grow connections and foster meaningful relationships between like-minded individuals and corporates, leaving a legacy of improved health outcomes for sick and injured children.
Legacy Advisory Events
Legacy Advisory Lunch – PIONEERING WOMEN
The inaugural Children’s Hospital Foundation Legacy Advisory Lunch was held on Wednesday 9 August and discussed “Pioneering Women” in business and health.
Moderated by Fleur Madden, CEO of Freelancing Gems, the event featured a panel of prominent and influential women who are leading figures in their respective fields. Together they explored the essential elements of success and the pivotal role of a leader.
Our guest speakers included;
Emma Covacevich, Chief Executive Partner at Clayton Utz
Karina Hogan, Non-Executive Director of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane
Lyndsey Rice, CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation
Dr Mellissa Maybury, Program Manager at Children’s Brain Cancer Centre
CHF Legacy Advisory is here to be the difference every kid deserves, proudly supporting the work of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
CHF Legacy Advisory Members
Chair, CHF Legacy Advisory
Chair, CHF Legacy Advisory
Elsa Dalessio is a highly experienced senior leader with an impressive track record in commercial, operational, and logistics roles across the aviation, tourism, and transport industries.
As a business leader, Elsa is committed to excellence and has consistently delivered exceptional results throughout her career. During her time at Qantas, Elsa held a number of senior leadership positions, including Regional General Manager QLD / NT, Executive General Manager Commercial Qantas Regional Airlines, and CEO of Sunstate Airlines. She was one of the first female and youngest CEO equivalents of a Qantas Group airline, and achieved outstanding operational results. Her unblemished track record and unrelenting focus on results are a testament to her leadership abilities.
In addition to her roles at Qantas, Elsa was recently appointed as the first female Chair of Aviation Australia, and first female Chair of QTIC – where she is using her extensive industry experience to drive innovation and excellence in the aviation, tourism and hospitality industries. Elsa also runs her own Tourism and Aviation Strategy consulting business.
Elsa has held a number of Board and Committee roles, including Premier of Queensland Business Advisory Council Member, Queensland Futures Institute Corporate Council Member, Lord Mayor of Brisbane Business Advisory Council Member, Olympic Games QLD Fundraising Advisory Committee Member, and Qantas Founders Museum Board Member. Her extensive experience in these roles has given her a deep understanding of the challenges facing businesses in a range of industries, and she is well-equipped to provide strategic guidance and support to organizations in her capacity as a board member.
Chatting and listening have always come naturally to Kim Skubris as her earliest school report cards show. More than once she found herself in trouble for talking in class!
But Kim is grateful to a wonderful English teacher who recognised from an early stage she was destined to be a journalist.
Kim pursued a career as a News broadcast journalist, and clocked up more than 30 years experience with the Seven Network in Australia and affiliate stations overseas.
As a network correspondent she’s reported on some of the country’s biggest stories, including from Bali with Schapelle Corby, in war zones and natural disasters.
For more than 20 years she has also been an emcee, facilitator, and keynote speaker.
Kim now works as a freelance reporter while running her own communications consulting business and is passionate about helping people become powerful communicators through message mastery, storytelling, video, and dynamic public speaking.
The mother of two boys lives in Brisbane and has been honoured with appointments as an Ambassador for The Daniel Morcombe Foundation, National Ambassador for Act For Kids, Board member for LiteHaus International and member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Legacy Advisory.
Tony has held senior roles in sports venues and racing as an executive, lawyer, operator and commercial director.
Tony holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Sydney and began his career as a solicitor. He has worked across multiple sports and their major events as General Counsel and Commercial Director for the Stadium Australia Group, operators of Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.
Having owned shares in horses for many years, Tony followed his passion to join the Australian Turf Club as Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw Carnival changes, significant commercial growth and redevelopment. The Australian Turf Club manages Royal Randwick, Rosehill Gardens, Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm race courses.
Prior to joining BRC, Tony worked in professional services for Deloitte where he specialised in commercial advisory for social infrastructure clients.
Kara is the CEO of Basic Rights Qld and Working Women Qld and proud Mum to three First Nations children. She has been an advocate and voice for those who need it most throughout her career which has spanned across law, politics and community services.
Her skillset is unique with expertise in community campaigning and advocacy, domestic violence, women’s issues, law reform, policy, fundraising, communication and media. She is a former (or reformed!) politician, founded Australia’s first expert Domestic Violence law firm, has worked as the Principal Lawyer at Women’s Legal Service Queensland, is a former Vice President of Queensland Law Society and Australian Young Lawyer of the Year. Kara wants to use her skills and abilities to help the children’s hospital foundation make the biggest impact possible and ensure that they make a real difference to the lives of kids who need it most.
Fleur is an experienced CEO, Founder, entrepreneur, board member and speaker with 20 years’ experience launching, running and growing businesses, as well as working at C-suite level at a multinational.
She is currently the CEO and Founder of Freelancing Gems- an Australian jobs platform that supports women to find their next meaningful role and Gem Recruitment that puts Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of their people attraction strategies, helping Australian employers to create workplaces where everyone belongs. She is a passionate advocate and public speaker for ALL women at work, women in business, closing the gender pay gap and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace.
Fleur is also the CEO of The Ginsburg Firm that supports women to scale and sell their businesses. She was previously the Founder and CEO The Red Republic for 16 years, which she sold to McCann Worldgroup. She founded the agency in 2003 and was acquired by McCann World Group 14 years later. The Red Republic was one of Australia’s leading consumer PR agencies and under her leadership at the height of its success, had offices in Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Los Angeles.
Fleur is delighted to use her skills and business connections to support the Childrens Hospital Foundation to make the greatest impact possible for sick kids that need it the most.
Steve Titmus is a warm, engaging and passionate communicator being a prime-time newsreader and television presenter for decades. Steve moved to Brisbane in 2016 with his family and is the current Presenter of 7 News Gold Coast.
From a background as a journalist, his experience reporting on major events, sports commentating, telecast hosting and State Director of Television News has developed a well-rounded skill set to adapt to any situation with empathy and the ability to be serious and also light-hearted.
Steve also has a background in crisis management to resolve complex community engagement issues for major government utilities and private enterprise, presentation training, marketing and media consulting to private and public sector companies and organisations.
He is also passionate about charity work and the community having been a board member with the Heart Foundation and consulted to the Cancer Council and Save the Children.
Steve is also Dad to 20 year-old Mia, who is studying to be an Occupational Therapist and Ariarne, an Olympic and World Champion swimmer.
Cameron Costello is a Quandamooka man and former CEO of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC). Passionate about protecting the natural biodiversity of Country, Cameron works closely with the Quandamooka People and Elders,
Government and industry to progress strategic plans while focussing on sustainable and culturally appropriate economic development. This includes jointly managing national parks and running successful 100% Aboriginal owned camp grounds on both Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island).
Cameron previously spent four years working with the Queensland Government as the Program Manager for Backing Indigenous Art, a four-year $11.2 million initiative for developing a sustainable Indigenous arts industry in Queensland. In this role Mr Costello worked on developing the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and the Djumbunji Press Printmaking Centre, as well as building a Skills and Opportunities Grants Program.
Elia boasts a wealth of expertise accumulated over more than two decades in the sports industry, characterised by a dynamic career spanning Australia and South-East Asia.
Her impressive journey has encompassed pivotal roles within prestigious organisations such as Tennis Australia, Tennis Queensland, globally recognized events, and the Queensland Government. Serving as a trusted advisor, Elia consistently spearheads the adoption of cutting-edge strategies and practices in tourism, sport, technology and recreation leadership.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Elia is a passionate advocate for charitable causes, with a particular dedication to initiatives aimed at enriching the lives of children. Her firm belief in the transformative potential of sports and community connections drives her commitment to creating a brighter future for the younger generation.
Elia is renowned as an expert in fostering collaboration and establishing meaningful connections. Leveraging her extensive network, she is excited to contribute her expertise to support the Children’s Hospital Foundation in their noble mission.