Still Aware is committed to raising awareness of the very real statistics of stillbirth in Australia, and we are working to end preventable stillbirth. With the guidance of the Still Aware board, we aim to educate clinicians, mothers and families about stillbirth prevention through promotion and support dialogue around the realities of loss, in order to break the silence and taboo surrounding stillbirth. Still Aware is also invested in stillbirth research, and actively lobbies for stillbirth to be listed and remain on the policy agenda at a national level.
The Still Aware Board is thankful for the a high calibre of individuals, all of whom graciously volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise. With experience ranging from business, corporate, clinical, research, philanthropic, marketing, charity and personal tragedy, together with a plethora of management and board experience we are confident in the advice and accuracy of the Still Aware message and its delivery.
Jennie has over 30 years’ experience in marketing, communications and event management.
After studying communications and business management in Adelaide, she worked in London for 5 years, running conferences throughout the UK and Europe. She returned to South Australia, and enjoyed a varied and dynamic career, working in government, not-for-profit and the media.
In 2003, Jennie Bell realised her long-term dream and set up her eponymous company – jennie bell ink. Her goal was to pursue her passion for brand development, innovative marketing solutions and creative event management.
Over the past 16 years, Jennie Bell has served on government and not-for-profit Boards and is passionate about sharing ideas and knowledge.
The commitment to and passion for doing great work for great clients continues to be a way of life for Jennie Bell, as does her eternal quest for all things ‘red’.
General Manager of Channel 7 Adelaide, Tony Davison has held senior roles in the television industry for over 30 years. A member of the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation Board of Trustees he has contributed to many fundraising projects, such as the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer – Window of Opportunity, Henley Properties Home of Hope and the new Medical Miracles in the Making. Tony is also on the board of Business SA and SA Sport Hall of Fame.
After 10 years as Associate Professor in Maternal – Fetal Medicine at the Free University in Amsterdam, Gus migrated to Adelaide. He is the Clinical Director of the Women and Children’s Division of the Northern Adelaide Health Service (Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital), and Professor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology with The University of Adelaide, Northern Campus. His academic PhD Thesis Erasmus entitled ‘Prediction and Prevention of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertensive Disorders. A Clinical and Pathophysiologic Study’; included the world’s first prospective RCT on low-dose Aspirin in the prevention of preeclampsia. His areas of specific interest align firmly with the Still Aware mission of ending preventable stillbirth and adverse pregnancy outcome. Gus has been highly successful in translating basic science progress into preventative strategies that really changed clinical obstetrics. His work is widely published with 231 publications to his name.
Gus is one of the founders of the SCOPE group with his Adelaide collaborators has successfully completed the clinical part of the Australian contribution to the global SCOPE study; the largest ever program aimed at developing robust clinically useful predictors for preeclampsia, preterm labour and intra-uterine growth restriction. His clinical work involves maternal-fetal medicine and obstetric medicine. He is nationally and internationally recognised as one of the leading experts in the fields of preeclampsia and thrombophilias and adverse pregnancy outcome. He has been instrumental in transforming the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Lyell McEwin Hospital from a district hospital maternity service into what is now recognised as one of the most innovating and evidence based departments in South Australia with the largest number of training medical officers.
Stillbirth is a devastation that no family should endure but sadly it is a turmoil that will live with Claire forever. In February 2014 she and her husband welcomed a precious baby girl into this world. On the same day, as swiftly as she saw her, she had to say goodbye – her daughter Alfie was stillborn at term – a perfect baby, with no illness or issue, but without breath. This devastating tragedy saw Claire campaign and establish Still Aware. A passionate advocate, Claire hopes to bring about change and a high level of awareness that stillbirth deserves. Claire’s efforts have been recognized when she was awarded South Australia’s Local Hero, in the 2016 Australian of The Year Awards. As an awarded South Australian visual artist Claire Foord’s work is exhibited and collected locally and internationally, including galleries and institutions in USA, Canada and Germany. Prior to this, Claire completed a Bachelor in Visual Arts and a Diploma in Education.
Richard Hockney is a proven senior business leader. During his 27-year career in the banking & finance industry, he held senior leadership positions in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and the UK.
Offering extensive business experience, knowledge and networks, Richard has also held a number of key South Australian board positions since 2007.
Richard has an impressive educational and professional track record, including Harvard Business School, the Australian Graduate School of Management and the University of South Australia. He is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the World Presidents Organisation and is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Securities Institute of Australia (Finsia).
Certified Account Samantha has valuable experience of financial, strategic and commercial accounting which has seen her work in a variety of high level industries, providing detailed analysis, budgeting and forecasting. Her skills are of great importance in the governance of the not-for-profit and charity sector. With experience in short and long term planning to ensure results and best use of funds, is of great importance when managing and engaging with the donated dollar for Still Aware. A young mother to be, she believes and trusts in the important work of Still Aware.
Commerical and corporate lawyer Gay Wallace’s experience spans across multiple industries and has seen her as a integral board member. She holds Bachelor of Law and Masters of Science and Technology Commercialisation degrees. Gay understands the dynamics of how media is moving online and into the mobile arena and offers a wealth of experience of law, technology, commercialisation and online media to help deliver the Still Aware message.
Jane Warland is a registered midwife and senior academic at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Jane’s daughter Emma was stillborn at term in 1993 and she has since been a passionate researcher into preventative and modifiable risk factors for stillbirth, as well as promoting awareness of stillbirth. An influential person in education of midwives in the field, she has a strong opinion on stillbirth awareness which aligns with the Still Aware mission. Jane is the founder of STELLAR Research.
Still Aware are privileged and eternally grateful for the energy, determination and hard work Robert Foord dedicated to Still Aware. Your leadership and developments around stillbirth awareness will never be forgotten. It is with a broken heart that we have had to say goodbye, but your legacy will live on. We will continue to work tirelessly for stillbirth prevention, with you and Alfie watching over us.
Chairman of Proud Australia Group of Companies, Robert Foord’s humanitarian work has spanned many different areas over the years. He was instrumental in settling the first Cambodian refugees in Australia and retains close contact with that community. He has been actively involved in facilitating much needed aid for Balinese effected by curable blindness and remains committed to the humanitarian cause. With a plethora of board experience, spanning numerous industries his knowledge and understanding has seen him as Chairman, Member and Founder. Robert’s board experience includes South Australian Tourism Commission, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Football Club, Hockey SA, Indonesian Humanitarian Organisation/The John Fawcett Foundation, Australian Rainforest Foundation, Australia’s Tourism and Transport Forum and ATEC. Personally effected by the loss of a grandchild to stillbirth, Robert Foord was committed to raising awareness to the Still Aware cause and we will be forever grateful.