Our Governance Teams

Geoff is a long-time supporter of Sunrise Children’s Association who reached out after spending a month trekking and climbing in remote areas of Nepal and seeing first-hand the opportunities to improve the lives of the Nepalese people, particularly the children, through education.

Geoff is the Co-Founder and Director of Healthecare Australia Pty Ltd, a private healthcare group of 34 hospitals in Australia and NZ. He also sits on a number of Company Boards, both listed and unlisted. He was awarded an OAM in 2003 for services to health care and the Arts.

Geoff Sam, OAM SCAI Committee Chairperson

After working in Australia and overseas for almost ten years in various advertising/media agencies, in 2004 Emma followed her passion to work with children and ended up in Nepal, where she spent 3 months volunteering in a poorly run orphanage (which she now advocates against). Inspired by the spirit of the children and a desire to respond to their needs in a more meaningful way, she established SCAI in Australia and Nepal and moved to Nepal to work with locals who shared a similar vision. Emma is passionate about child rights and works tirelessly to give as many highly vulnerable children as possible a chance to go to school whilst remaining with their families and communities, rather than being trafficked or sent to orphanages in the hope of a better life and education, as was the plight of the children she initially volunteered with and thousands of other children in Nepal to this day.

In 2017 Emma was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to international children’s development organisations.

Emma Taylor, OAM President/CEO & Co-founder (Committee Member)

Kate has been practising law since 2002 and runs her own legal practice in Adelaide, focusing mainly on commercial litigation. She has worked as an adviser to Federal Senator, Hon Alan Ferguson, run her own café and catering business, and held a number of board roles. She has an in depth knowledge of the charity sector in Australia and has delivered governance training for a number of not-for-profits. Kate has been a dedicated sponsor of SCAI for many years.

Kate White Secretary (Committee Member)

Originally from Canada, Laura graduated in Mathematics from the University of Windsor and had 10 years of experience in the banking sector before starting her career in actuarial science at the Detroit office of Mercer (US) in 2002. She has been working as a Senior Associate at Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd since 2007, and most recently in the Human Capital business of Mercer. Laura has been a supporter of animal rights, the environment, personal well-being and development, and is passionate about fair treatment in society and social justice. Laura has been a dedicated sponsor of SCAI for several years.

Laura Mistruzzi Treasurer (Committee Member)

Sarah has worked in the advertising/media industry in Australia for over 20 years. During this time she has worked across a wide range of clients in industries ranging from automotive, telecommunications to government, in various roles including Strategy Director, Group Account Director, Commercial Director and General Manager. Sarah is passionate about social issues. Sarah has been involved with SCAI for several years, helping with fundraising events in Australia and coordinating volunteers in particular, and has visited Nepal on various occasions. Sarah has been a dedicated sponsor of SCAI for many years.

Sarah Thom Committee Member

Angela has more than ten year’s experience in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF), Financial Crime Investigation and risk management with expertise particularly in banking frameworks across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Angela is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and recently completed the Company Director course.

Angela Trowbridge Committee Member

Public Fund Trustees and Bookkeeper

All gifts and deductible contributions made for our charitable purpose are held in a separate SCAI Public Fund, administered by three independent trustees who are approved by the Australian Taxation Office. Along with the SCAI Management Committee and bookkeeper, the Public Fund trustees work on a voluntary basis.

Public Fund Trustees