Our Staff and Board

Monique Anninos - Kidsafe SA President

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Monique Anninos is the Nursing Service Director of the Paediatric Emergency Department at the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN).

Monique has worked at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for 18 years in a number of areas including general medical, Haematology/Oncology, bed management and her current position in the Emergency Department. She became involved with Kidsafe as a Board Member in 2011. Her Department sees approximately 47,000 children per annum and at least 30% of presentations are trauma related. There are a number of children that come through the Emergency Department doors daily as a result of preventable injuries. Monique believes that prevention is better than cure and that the influential work of Kidsafe is vital in reducing this burden.

As a motivated Board Member and now also as President, Monique advocates not only for Kidsafe initiatives but works in collaboration with the Emergency Department to promote child safety and injury prevention. A mother of 2 young boys herself, Monique has witnessed firsthand the devastating impact child deaths and serious injuries have, not only on the individual, but on the family members, friends and whole community.

Holly Fitzgerald - Chief Executive Officer

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Holly has been dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death and injury to young children for over 12 years in her role at Kidsafe SA. During this time, Holly has led the implementation of many influential child safety strategies which aimed to reduce childhood deaths and serious injuries in South Australia including the ‘Don’t go if you don’t know’ driveway safety campaign; the ‘Safety for our Little Fellas’ Program for Aboriginal families and communities; and the Home Safety Community Action Kit and Workforce Development Training Program. In addition, Holly has provided significant input into many State based child injury prevention forums and Committees. With particular interest in safe infant sleeping, low-speed runovers and lithium button battery ingestion, Holly has a commitment to working collaboratively to address child safety and injury prevention issues with other key agencies, government departments and community groups.

Jackie Winters - Board Member

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Jackie is the Paediatric Trauma Clinical Practice Consultant at the Women's and Children’s hospital. It is a position she has held for over 7 years. Prior to this she worked for many years as a paediatric nurse with experience in PICU and oncology nursing.

Due the nature of her role as Trauma Clinical Practice Consultant she has a special interest in child injury prevention. Jackie believes that being a Kidsafe SA board member enables her to make a strategic contribution to preventing child injuries and deaths.

Dr Neil Smith - Board Member

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Neil is employed as a full-time Staff Specialist in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, having been there since 2006. Prior to this, Neil completed specialist training at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney sub-specialising in PEM. Neil completed his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1995, before leaving for the UK where he worked for 4 years until moving to Australia with his wife. Neil is the Co-Director of Emergency Medicine training at WCH and also a clinical senior lecturer with the Discipline of Acute Care Medicine at the University of Adelaide. He is actively involved in clinical teaching with a special interest in paediatric analgesia and sedation. Neil is very passionate about the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries that result in a large proportion of clientele presenting to Emergency Departments.

Anne Young - Board Member

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Anne Young has worked in the Pharmacy/ Health/ Retail industry for the majority of her working life. She has worked for Chemplus Head-office for over 20 years. (prior to this was a consultant to the group via her company YOUNG RESOURCES). Anne has a firm view on "developing business by developing people"

Anne is an experienced senior executive and business owner with a background in Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Engagement,  Sales, Management, Leadership , People Development, Marketing and Communications. She is also passionate about Philanthropy and sharing her expertise and time.
Working to make things better for others, gives her a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Current Director on the Boards of Arthritis SA, Mary Potter Foundation, Heart Foundation SA and Kidsafe SA (previous Director Scotch College SA and Chemplus Chemists prior to merger with Terry White Chemists  in August 2015)

Heidi Girolamo - Board Member

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Heidi Girolamo is a Chartered Accountant with over a decades experience with Deloitte, Santos and BAE Systems. Heidi is currently a Client Manager with Deloitte. She focuses on Advisory and Consulting engagements for Government and not for profit entities. Heidi also has expertise in internal and external auditing, financial and management accounting and risk and business controls reviews.

Heidi is also actively involved in the Liberal Party and was previously a Vice President of the Liberal Party in South Australia. 

She is part owner for The Store North Adelaide and the Upside on Prospect Road with her husband’s family and enjoys being involved in a wonderful family business.

As a mother of two and wife to husband Lee she loves nothing more than spending time with her family.

 

Kurt Towers - Board Member

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Kurt has extensive knowledge working in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health and welfare fields, project coordination and evaluation, and health service management.  He has spent many years living and working in remote Aboriginal communities, with his wife, 4 young children, two girls and twin boys. 

Kurt is now an executive within SA Health, providing leadership to portfolios including Aboriginal Health and Mental Health.

 

Nicole Harris

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Nicole is a lawyer with over 10 years' experience practising as a solicitor.  She has provided practical legal advice to both private and public sector clients.

Nicole has particular expertise in advising the local government sector on a range of issues relevant to local government practices and procedures including governance, risk management and policy advice.  Nicole's experience includes interpreting legislation and working on legislative reform projects. 

Nicole was appointed as a Kidsafe SA Board Member in 2016.  With a young family of her own, Nicole has a keen interest in assisting Kidsafe SA to achieve its goal of reducing the number of unintentional childhood deaths and injuries.

Alison Gurr - Board Member

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Alison brings over 25 years of retail, health and community pharmacy industry experience, beginning her career at F H Faulding in South Australia. Through this respected organisation, Alison gained valuable experience across distribution and supply, sales and marketing, systems development and human resources functions, in both local and national roles. Her senior management and influencer roles at National Pharmacies has also enabled her to develop strengths in negotiation, strategic planning marketing, promotional and merchandise assortment planning and execution. Her role currently sees her developing and commercialising new retail and health oriented business initiatives for the organisation in both physical stores and now in the digital space.

Alison enjoys building businesses, teams and individuals and takes these passions and her business acumen wider by becoming involved and supporting communities in areas of local sporting groups, schools and other local initiatives.

Alison joined the Kidsafe board in April 2016 to support child centred, local organisations that have a real and positive outcome on children and families’ lives.

McKeely Maney - Project Officer

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McKeely Maney is the Kidsafe SA Child Injury Prevention Project Officer and is responsible for delivering Kidsafe SA services, content development, project delivery and manages Kidsafe SA social media activity.

McKeely is originally from Mundulla in the Upper South East. Having grown up in a rural area, and having won the Young Rural Ambassador Award, McKeely has an interest in the safety of children’s physical environments specific to farms and rural settings. She came to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Adelaide which she graduated from at the end of 2014. McKeely has trained in hazard identification along with the execution of hazard testing and recommendation of hazard removal in both community areas and childcare settings. She has a strong passion for public health, specifically child injury prevention after her involvement in researching the prevalence of soft, at-risk mattresses in childcare centres. Her audit found that over half the childcare centres tested in Adelaide had at least one mattress that failed the firmness test.

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