Rachel Green, Chair

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. Rachel is passionate about supporting bereaved parents following her own experience of miscarriage.

Fozia Capela

Fozia is an experienced and respected senior manager with over 12 years experience in assessing and auditing information systems across a range of industries and technical platforms, including Banking, General Insurance, Asset Management and Pensions. She has led a wide variety of internal and external audits and controls reporting engagements ranging from very large to very small boutique programs. Fozia also has a personal experience of stillbirth and has volunteered as a parent supporter in the past. 

Steve Maycock

Steve brings to the board experience as a qualified company secretary and governance professional. He is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the AICD. Steve is an experienced General Counsel with a mix of top tier law firm, private sector, ASX listed and State and Federal government exposure and represents Queensland on the Board.

Lyndy Bowden

Based in Hobart, Lyndy has a long history with Sands. After her son Thomas’s death in 1997, Lyndy became involved as a volunteer parent supporter and since has held many governance roles within Sands Tasmania. In 2014 she was appointed Chair of Sands Australia until to its national unification in 2018. Lyndy is a Lactation Consultant working closely with the Aboriginal community of Tasmania, She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Health/Mental Health Stream). Lyndy hold several others roles including with PSANZ (Perinatal Society of Australia & New Zealand) Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP) and with the PSANZ Perinatal Palliative Care Special Interest Group (PPC SIG).

Kathryn Lietchke

Based in Melbourne, Kathryn has a long history with Sands Victoria, first using the services after the stillbirth of her son Toby in 2012 and then as a supporter and fundraiser. She joined the Management Committee of Sands Victoria in 2013 and has been part of the process of merger to unify Sands. Kathryn is now working towards being admitted to practice law. Toby is a very important part of their family and Kathryn feels like the work she does for Sands is a beautiful way to honour his memory and acknowledge his place in their lives.

Wayne Faulkner

Wayne is recently retired after a career including senior management positions with a multinational industry leader in the global logistics industry. Based in Perth, Wayne has been involved in Sands as a bereaved parent to two babies through miscarriage and was involved in the reintroduction of Sands in Western Australia in 2014. Wayne also played a very important role in developing and launching the Sands Men’s Service.

Nick Xerakias

Nick has broad ranging political experience, particularly in strategy and policy advice. Earlier in his career, Nick worked as an adviser in the Howard Government in the Employment, Family and Community Services, and Health portfolios, and has experience in both federal and state political campaign management. Nick is based in Victoria and is a bereaved father.