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Meet our team

The NORTH Foundation has a bold vision to create a future where our community benefits from quality healthcare and there are no barriers to what can be achieved through innovative health research and patient care. Everyone in the NORTH team has been brought on board for their expertise, experience and ability to deliver this strategic vision.

Gilbert Lorquet

Chief Executive Officer

Gilbert leads the team and activities of the NORTH Foundation and is dedicated to significantly growing the Foundation so it can support more world class medical research and patient care services across the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). Gil's role is to provide a clear sense of direction for the Foundation, with overall executive responsibility for fundraising and day to day operations. He has a background in philanthropy and brings a wealth of experience to lead the NORTH Foundation team. Outside work, Gil is the Chair of Football NSW and is passionate about football.

Nicky Jacobs

Director of Philanthropy

Nicky joined the NORTH Foundation in early 2019 as our Philanthropy Manager, having previously worked within University Philanthropy Teams at the University of Melbourne and UNSW. Nicky has worked in the philanthropy sector for almost ten years across a number of fundraising and engagement portfolios including telethons, alumni relations, regular giving, appeals, community fundraising, major gifts and bequests. Nicky has a particular passion for medical philanthropy and hopes to see this sector grow in Australia. She strongly believes that Australian hospitals and medical research facilities are worthy of philanthropic investment. Nicky hopes that her experience will enrich and grow the sector to foster the support it deserves.

Amelia Seeto

Marketing and Communications Manager

Amelia joined the NORTH Foundation in June 2021. She has committed her career to the third sector and has worked for disability and human rights charities in Australia as well as one of the largest UK social enterprises and impact investors, women's rights charities and for a political campaigning organisation in Westminster, London. As an experienced Communications Director for purpose-driven organisations, she brings extensive experience to the team and hopes to raise the profile of the NORTH Foundation. Amelia has a Master's in Strategic Public Relations and Human Rights Communication. Outside work, she is a board director of a few charities with a focus on youth mental health and women's rights.

Miriana Barrie

Finance and Operations Manager

Miriana joined the NORTH Foundation in November 2021. She has a Master of Business and extensive financial and operations management experience across a diverse range of business environments from large Commonwealth Government departments and the not-for-profit sector having worked in social enterprises dedicated to disability, aged care and mental health services. She has led high performing operational service delivery areas and corporate service teams specialising in financial, project and contract management. Miriana prides herself on her ability to implement strategy into practice through business transformation and is dedicated to ensuring the NORTH Foundation operations are as efficient as possible to optimise the allocation of funds raised for the purpose of improved community health outcomes.

Jasim Sheikh

Salesforce Platform Manager

Jasim joined NORTH Foundation in November 2021 as the Salesforce Platform Manager. With expertise in CRMs for non-profits, Jasim looks after the organisation’s business systems. His passion for making the world better for our future generations has driven him to create impact by boosting performance and efficiency of non-profit organisations through automated business processes. While making systems do the work, Jasim is also able to look at the big picture and contribute to the strategic decision-making of the organisation with his central role. When not working, Jasim spends time with his family and enjoys playing soccer or cheering for his kids during their games.

Jessica Andrews

Trusts and Foundations Officer

Jess joined the NORTH Foundation in early 2021, having previously worked in the not-for-profit sector in the UK for several years. Jess brings her extensive experience in overseeing and coordinating activities relating to grant applications and acquittals to develop new funding opportunities for the Foundation and its beneficiaries.

Bea Owen

Philanthropy Officer

Bea joined the North Foundation in November 2021, as the Philanthropy Officer. Bea has previously worked in philanthropy at UNSW and has experience working in major and principal level gifts, working across fundraising priorities, volunteer engagement, and alumni relations. Bea’s role at the foundation will focus on the Grateful Patient program supporting fundraising efforts across all hospitals within the district.

Anjana Abeyratne

Gift Processing and Administrative Officer

Anjana's responsibilities include gift processing, administrative support, database maintenance and quality assurance. Anjana handles donor enquiries and ensures accurate receipting and reporting. She also assists with various fundraising projects and programs.

Angelique Thakur

Digital Marketing Officer

Angelique joined the NORTH Foundation in October 2021. As the Digital Marketing Officer, her role is to orchestrate various digital strategies and ensure they work together seamlessly to further the Foundation's mission of improving community well being. She discovered her love for digital marketing while working with an Ed-tech, subsequently working in other sectors before moving to the for-purpose arena. In her experience, the power of digital can exponentially boost the effectiveness of marketing activities and she wants to harness this power to deliver optimal outcomes for the Foundation.

Stephanie Woo

Marketing and Communications Officer

Stephanie joined the NORTH Foundation in August 2021 as our Marketing and Communications Officer. She is a marketing and communications specialist who has a passion for building relationships through embracing the power of learning and communication. Stephanie brings agency experience from working at an impact advisory and content marketing firm on a wide variety of clients in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. With experience in helping purpose-driven brands amplify their impact, she made the move from agency into the for-purpose space as she believes that authentic storytelling has the power to make a positive impact.

Kevin Wilson

Finance Officer

Kevin supports gift processing, finance and bookkeeping functions at the NORTH Foundation to ensure correct allocation and timely transfer of donations, bequests and fundraising income to our hospitals and research institute.