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Development Committee

The Development Committee bring a broad skillset and wide variety of experience from across the philanthropic sector. This Committee will provide support for fundraising initiatives and activities as well as increase engagement and seek philanthropic support for key priorities of the NORTH Foundation’s beneficiaries.

The members are all driven to help the NORTH Foundation increase funding for innovative health research, the delivery of exceptional patient care, medical facilities and equipment.

Janine Birch

Janine is currently the Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Manager at St George Foundation. Janine has over 10 years experience in senior roles within the recruitment industry and has worked in corporate partnerships, events and community engagement for charities including Red Cross and Careflight.

Meredith Cummins

Meredith was born at Royal North Shore Hospital and grew up on the North Shore. After completing her nursing training, she worked at Royal North Shore in the inpatient Oncology Unit. Meredith has a wealth of experience, having worked in Oncology for the past 30 years in metropolitan, rural, international, public and private settings. Meredith’s passion and dedication for the delivery of world class cancer care is immeasurable. Another passion is ensuring that other health professionals are educated, skilled and equipped to provide best practice care. Meredith is the Chair of the Sydney Regional Group of Cancer Nurses Society of Australia and also works at the NeuroEndocrine Cancer Australia as Project Officer, embracing the opportunity to continue developing and delivering world class cancer care for neuroendocrine cancer. By joining the NORTH Foundation Meredith believes that this is an opportunity to partner with the general and medical community to promote and provide all in this health district with the “best” care.

Nick Jaffer

A recognised major gift and integrated fundraising expert, Nick has built a strong track record over 27 years in Canada and Australia working with philanthropists, boards, senior executives and fundraisers to help non-profit organisations achieve their mission. Nick is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People and Fundraising Institute of Australia (NSW) and has also served on boards for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Leukaemia Research Fund, University of Alberta School of Business, and Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Leading Global Philanthropic’s Asia Pacific operations, Nick has worked with clients in the education, health and medical research, arts and culture, public policy and community services sectors including the Australian National University, Hong Kong International School, St Peter’s College, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Symphony and National Library of Australia amongst others.

Nina Mapson Bone - Chair

With a career spanning over 20 years, Nina’s number one passion is people. Since joining Beaumont People in 2015, she continues to use her wealth of knowledge and expertise to grow, inspire, and empower the team leading with an underlying vision whereby people everywhere are engaged in meaningful work. Being a collaborative individual, Nina enjoys engaging in insightful discussions and thrives on building relationships. She personally develops and maintains partnerships with key stakeholders, and delights in bringing talented people together to drive value, build a vision and realise opportunities. Nina’s positive influence has stemmed beyond Beaumont People, assuming several appointments for the RCSA since 2012 including her current position, President. Nina is also passionate about medical research. Her son Callum has type 1 diabetes and she believes that “research might even cure the disease in the future and reduce the impacts on his quality of life.”


Jason Tunbridge

Jason began his working life in a boat marina on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, before attending film school and working as a camera operator and film editor. He followed his passion for creativity and entrepreneurship in establishing businesses in areas as diverse as international trade, nutritional supplements and childbirth education. Since 2004, Jason has been working in the area of executive development, and as the Co-Founder and Chief Executive at The Leadership Think Tank, Jason works with and mentors CEOs, Managing Directors and senior leaders to increase their effectiveness and enhance their lives. A lifetime of experience in the SME marketplace, mixing with some of Australia's most innovative business entrepreneurs, has given Jason unique insights into planning an organisation’s strategic direction.

Clare Mazzetti

Clare has a diverse background in management consulting and the financial services industry holding roles which span sales, investment management, strategy, planning and M&A functions. Most recently, Clare has led a range of regulatory transformation programs in the banking industry. In addition to guiding organisations through change and transformation, Clare brings to the development committee prior board experience and expertise in deepening the funding models for organisations of various sizes. Clare believes, ``The NORTH Foundation is a major contributor to world-class medical research as well as being a pillar within our own community health system, yet it is relatively unknown compared with many of our research peers. I hope as a member of the development committee I can contribute my commercial skills to help build and enhance this profile, and to help NORTH build stronger partnerships within the heath and business community”.

David Orr

David Orr is a senior corporate and partnership development specialist with over 15 years of experience working with top global brands and government bodies, driving strategic projects and engagement across industry. As a former Senior Manager with Australia’s largest business membership organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, David established what is now Australia's foremost corporate policy led membership platform, Sydney First. The success of this platform led to the establishment of similar programs for Western Sydney, The Hunter and the Illawarra regions of NSW. On being a part of the Development Committee, David says, “There are so many incredibly exciting leading edge research programs happening right across the NSLHD. As a member of this committee, my aim is to drive awareness and foster key strategic commercial partnerships, that will help bridge the funding gaps to accelerate these programs. They are not only important for the local community, but will also have a substantial impact on innovation in the healthcare sector overall.”