Sands announces organisational changes

Recently Sands has undertaken a significant organisational restructure from its former federated model to a new unified structure.

Sands Australia and each of Sands’ state-based organisations have joined together to become Sands Limited.

This unification is an exciting and historical development in Sands’ almost forty year history.

Reducing our administrative costs and increasing our funding potential will enable us to better allocate resources to build upon the many great local initiatives that already exist throughout Australia.

It will also enable us to share and develop the amazing skillsets and experiences of our volunteers and staff for the benefit of all bereaved parents, no matter where they live.

Each organisation that has joined Sands Limited has a proud history to honour and a strong grassroots culture to uphold. None of this will change. It remains a key goal of Sands limited to build upon this strong grassroots ethos and to address the disparity in services and resources that currently exists in many areas of the country.

We recognize the incredible and tireless work of Sands Queensland, Sands Victoria, Sands Western Australia, Sands South Australia and Sands Tasmania, alongside the dedicated service of their respective Chairs and Presidents who have played a crucial role in leading Sands forward over the past four decades.

We also acknowledge the countless volunteers and staff, past and present, who have contributed to Sands becoming a leading light in bereavement support for parents who’ve experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

Sands Limited is governed by a new Board of Directors including a new Chair:

Appointment of new Chair

Rachel Green

Our Board of Directors have appointed Rachel Green as the Chair of our new organisation.

Based in Sydney, Rachel is the current CEO of Independent Community Living Australia (ICLA) and the former Director of LifeSpan, the Black Dog Institute’s systems approach to suicide prevention.
Rachel is widely recognised for her achievements in large scale project establishment and implementation, sector engagement and mental health leadership. She brings extensive experience in working with people with lived experience as well as working with government at both state and federal levels.

Appointment of new CEO

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The Board of Directors are also very pleased to announce the appointment of Jackie Mead as Sands Limited’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Jackie Mead brings her extensive background in not-for-profit management to her position of CEO at Sands. Jackie is a well-known leader in her field, working with government and across sector partnerships to deliver impactful and responsive services. Jackie has most recently served as a member of the Executive at Berry Street Victoria with responsibilities across a variety of corporate portfolios.

Jackie is passionate about social justice and about ensuring that Australia is a place where community connection and support is available to help in the most difficult of times.

She says: “I am honoured to be part of Sands, an organisation I have admired for many years. My personal experience, and the stories I hear from our volunteers who provide peer support to families who are grieving the loss of a baby, reinforce my commitment to the organisation and to ensuring that the voice of bereaved parents is heard as we continue to develop improved services.”

Future Direction

There will be no immediate changes to our current activities and services. For the thousands of bereaved parents we support each year it will be business as usual when accessing our national support line, email and online support, and local support groups. Our local events such as the annual Walks to Remember and other memorial events will continue as they are.