Meet the board - Stepping Stone House

Simon Bird

Simon Bird

Simon Bird is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and former Director and Fellow of CPA Australia. Simon has accumulated over 30 years corporate experience. This includes roles as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer with large public companies together with Directorships on listed company boards and not for-profit organisations. As part owner of two childcare centres and parent of two adult children, he has a keen interest in the welfare of our youth. Simon joined the Board in February 2016.

Vera Randall

Vera Randall

Vera has served on government and not-for-profit boards including Australia Post, Quality Australia, and Habitat for Humanity Australia and International.
She currently co-owns Just Better Care Northern Suburbs, a business providing in-home and share house support to people who are frail aged, living with disability or dementia.
Vera founded Knitwit, an Australian home sewing franchise which encourages women to overcome fear, build up self confidence and share success

Vera was Australia’s Inaugural Business Woman of the year.

Karen Carmichael

Karen has a distinguished finance career with some of Australia’s most well-known ASX companies including Myer Group, Mitsubishi Electric Australia, Schwarzkopf and SingTel Optus. She was named Worldwide Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Financial Management for 2012.

Karen is committed to working with those in need and was awarded NSW Corporate Volunteer of 2008 through the Australian Business and Community Network.

Jim Batchelor

Jim Batchelor is Managing Director of Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; a joint venture that distributes film and TV content for a number of major Hollywood and local studios. Jim has worked both in Australia and internationally in several Senior Commercial roles, and has broad experience across sales, buying, marketing and change management.

Vicky Averkiou

Vicky has worked 13 years within statutory child protection, including 6 years as a caseworker, and has experience across the spectrum from intake to out-of-home care.

She has a deep knowledge and understanding of the needs of OOHC from the 7 years she has worked as a Casework Specialist, supporting field staff across 3 districts and 2 adolescent units.

Vicky is now a private consultant across the NGO and government sectors.

Jeroen Bolluijt

Jeroen Bolluijt

Jeroen is a global entrepreneur with more than two decades of business experience that extends across Australia, the Netherlands, USA and Europe. From running his own tech start-ups, to co-founding an incubator with Deloitte in the Netherlands, and advisory roles with industry associations in the areas of best practice standards; Jeroen brings a comprehensive range of skills and experience to assist businesses in solving their most complex and challenging problems.

Susan Alexander

Susan Alexander OAM

Susan has worked in Child Welfare and Youth & Community Services as District Manager and CEO of Western Sydney Development Disability Service and has been responsible for three large residential centres with 530 clients, 789 staff and an operating budget of $32 million.

She worked as a private consultant and was contracted as Regional Director for various DOCS Centres, and for 8 years worked in the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian as the Principal Policy Officer.

Susan now works in the NSW Ombudsman’s Office with children in out-of-home care as an Official Community Visitor and Regional Convenor.

In 2016 Susan was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services.

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Sue Barwick

Sue Barwick brings over two decades of experience in the for-purpose sector to the SSH Board, having worked in a number of strategic fundraising roles in both Australia and the UK. Sue is the current Head of Donor Services at the McGrath Foundation, and relishes the opportunity to work with like-minded people to achieve a shared objective.

Sue began her career in the commercial sector, gaining skills in advertising and communications which she has successfully translated into her outstanding for-purpose career.

Sue joined the Board in January 2022.

Shen Wilson

After growing through the adversity of poverty and youth homelessness, Shen now lives and works in Merrylands N.S.W with her four children and partner Bec.

After working in Youth work and Education, Shen shifted her focus and began a journey toward independent business ownership and upskilling herself.

She attributes her success to her inner strength and the support, guidance and education she received whilst living in the residential premises of Stepping Stone House.

Shen is a Stepping Stone House Ambassador and an Advocate for Ending Youth Homelessness.