Catherine has been practising media and entertainment law for over 25 years and has actively served on the Board of various not-for-profit organisations for over eight years. Catherine brings significant corporate governance experience to the Board of Adopt Change and joined the Board to use her skills to improve the future for children needing families.
As Director of Communications and Public Relations at the Nine Network Australia, Victoria Buchan has extensive experience in the corporate communications sector. Previously Victoria owned and operated The Lantern Group and still retains a role as Director of the company that specialises in publicity and media relations in the entertainment industry. Victoria began her career as a journalist on the Daily Mirror before joining Network 10 as a publicist during the booming production years in the late 1980s.She has worked with some of Australia’s most influential media groups, including Fairfax, Fox Studios Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Commission where she was Director Of Corporate Affairs. Victoria’s journey with the adoption community began whilst working with Deborra-lee Furness and discovering the injustices families encountered via media stories on the issue. Inspired by those who have the courage to fight for change and the rights of children around the world to have a loving family, she and Deborah-lee have continued along this path together. Since beginning this work she has been touched by so many people, including her own family and friends who have some experience with adoption.
One of the country’s most respected and admired former politicians, Kerry “Chika" Chikarovski began her career as a solicitor before making the decision to enter parliament. Encouraged by a brief but memorable meeting with a dashing young Robert Kennedy, Kerry knew from an early age that she wanted to be a politician and in 1991 she won pre-selection against the odds for the safe seat of Lane Cove on Sydney’s north shore – one that had been earmarked for a male colleague. In Government Kerry held a number of Portfolios including Minister for Consumer Affairs, Assistant Minister of Education, Minister for Industrial Relations, and the first Minister for the Status of Women appointed in NSW. In 1998 Ms Chikarovski was elected Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party, the first woman to lead a major political party in NSW. Today Kerry is a highly sought after and successful businesswoman. Chika’s own government relations business, Chikarovski & Associates, advise clients across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues, as well as in relation to major projects and procurement.Kerry brings to the Board of Adopt Change her strong political background, vast experience in dealing with government and business, and an ability to understand complex issues across a broad sector.
John O’Neill is an adoptee who has reunited with his birth mother Anne. John also has a wonderful son, Joo Sang, adopted from South Korea. He currently runs Sydney-based digital marketing agency Komosion and sits on a number of not-for-profit Boards including Surfing NSW. He is a former Managing Director of Tourism NSW, was Ticketing Communications Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and served as an adviser to the former Treasurer of NSW, the Hon Michael Egan. Prior to that, he had an award-winning career in the media, including working at the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC TV, Network 10 and regional newspapers.
Adopted from the Philippines, Helen is a passionate and determined advocate for adoption who believes all children have the right to grow up in a loving and permanent home. Helen brings her professional and personal adoption experience to the Board. With a background in legal and professional services (currently in senior management at Deloitte), together with owning and operating a legal recruitment company for over ten years, she is a highly motivated and driven individual. When Helen is not running around after her three children, she is running marathons; the Great Wall of China marathon being the highlight so far. Helen is currently in the process of searching for birth family in the Philippines.
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