Meet the Board Members

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Brian Vowels - Chairman

Brian joined the Foundation in November 2011 as the Treasurer and a Trustee and became Chairman in December 2015. Brian is an accomplished finance professional spending over 30 years in the insurance industry working both locally and internationally before retiring from corporate life in 2021. Before retiring, Brian was also the Chairman of the Financial Services Accountants Association, a non-profit training organisation, for many years.

Brian has now focussed his efforts in the humanitarian space, becoming a director of Sustainable Food & Water in 2022, which aligns well with the Foundation's endeavours. He is also a director of Sealight Capital, AEIOU Group, AEIOU Investments, Wotzthat, and Back to the Bush Australia. Brian is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, holds an MBA, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Justice of the Peace.

Brian carries on the legacy of his father, Professor Marcus Vowels AM, who was a founding trustee of the Foundation and established the then Australian Cord Blood Bank.


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Jeremy Wright AM

Jeremy’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), an MBA and GAICD. Jeremy studied and worked first as an engineer then moved into marketing and management initially with Kodak, in Australia and Rochester USA. He then moved to the performing arts working at the Sydney Opera House as Marketing Manager, before entering senior positions in the energy sector and telecommunications.

His voluntary arts and community activities began in 1983 becoming a Director of the Sydney Dance Company and in 1989 with his wife Marilyn, launching Red Nose Day in NSW and a successful prevention campaign for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

From 2004 to 2013, Jeremy was the founding Chief Executive of MS Research Australia, raising $25mill over 9 years, for research aimed at solving multiple sclerosis. Since that time (from Jan 2014) Jeremy has been on the Board of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.

Jeremy joined Rotary in 2009 and was appointed District Governor for the Rotary District 9675 (covering 58 Clubs from Sydney and south of Sydney) for the year 2021-22. He now has an ongoing District role, as head of Marketing & Communications.


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Matt Lewinsohn

Matt joined the Foundation in October 2016. Matt has been a lawyer since 2005 with extensive experience in public and private sectors across health, central government and financial services industries.

Currently Matt is working as in-house corporate counsel for Steadfast, covering a broad range of corporate and commercial matters in the insurance industry. Matt has always had an interest in health, and prior to studying law was a qualified practicing physiotherapist.

Matt looks forward to assisting the Foundation by utilising his experience gained in the public and private sectors.


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Paul Lam-Po-Tang

Paul joined the Foundation in November 2011 as the Secretary and as a trustee. He has over 25 years experience as a lawyer in private practice and in-house working on corporate transactions, joint ventures, financing and funds management. He has 10 years of experience as a company secretary. Paul now teaches meditation and yoga, and works as a life coach.

Paul, as a trustee, is carrying on the work of his father, Dr Reg Lam-Po-Tang, who was one of the founding trustees and also co-established the then Australian Cord Blood Bank.


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Annette Trickett

Annette joined the Foundation in 2019. Annette is the Principal Scientist / Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Laboratory that provides services to Sydney Children’s and Prince of Wales Hospitals, having worked in the cellular therapy field for more than 35 years. She was previously the Director of both the Sydney Cord Blood Bank and the BMDI Cord Blood Bank in Melbourne and has worked closely with Marcus Vowels and Reg Lam-Po-Tang who established the Sydney Cord Blood Bank and the Foundation.


Sponsors and Related Businesses:

sydney childrens hospital
ronald macdonald house
sydney cord blood bank
suncorp group brighter futures community giving
inner wheel
kids with cancer
community underwriting