St Vincent's Foundation Team

Sue Parkes   CEO

Sue Parkes is a philanthropy executive with extensive experience in the health and community service sectors. She has worked in leadership roles developing and leading fundraising and marketing strategies, community development programs and strategies for corporate, philanthropic and donor engagement in both the community services sector and the health sector.

She has worked for some of Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisations including Vision Australia, Melbourne City Mission and most recently Cabrini Health.

Health philanthropy has become Sue’s passion after nearly seven years at Cabrini developing a grateful patient program focusing on physician led philanthropy. This strategy spearheaded the capital campaign at Cabrini which raised $40M for the Gandel Wing.

Sue believes that the care of our donors is part of St Vincent’s culture of care and an extension of the way in which we care for our patients.

She is excited to be working at St Vincent’s at this critical time in its history with so many opportunities for St Vincent’s to lead philanthropic engagement here in Melbourne.

Rebecca MacFarling   Deputy Director

Rebecca joined the St Vincent’s Foundation in December 2021.  Her role is to connect donors and supporters with St Vincent’s in Melbourne, and support the team across the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives. Rebecca has worked as a marketer and fundraiser in the corporate sector, arts and culture and international development. 

Cameron Smith  Capital Campaign Director

Cameron is the Capital Campaign Director for the St Vincent's Private Hospital Fitzroy redevelopment project. Cameron has more than 25 years of experience in the Australian non-profit sector. He has worked across several fields, including healthcare, corporate and government relations, and social justice. He recently worked as the Corporate Partnerships & Events Manager at the Cabrini Foundation. He also was a member of the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee working on the Gandel Wing Capital Campaign. 

Chloe Forster   Philanthropy Advisor

Chloe started with the St Vincent’s Foundation in 2016 in an event-focused role, it was this background in event management and the relationships she created with corporate partners and donors which enabled her to transition into fundraising for the Private Hospital division of the Foundation. Working across all four St Vincent’s Private Hospital locations, Chloe raises funds for the extensive range of services each location provides. 

“It is a joy to work for an organisation that treats its staff like family. I’m lucky enough to do something I love every day and feel like I am helping to improve the health care in our community.” 

Inga Feitsma   Communications & Marketing Consultant

Inga has over 15 years of experience in PR and communications, with a proven track record of achieving highly successful campaigns across many different sectors including health, medical research, the environment, disability, aged care and mental health. Inga is responsible for crafting and creating content for the Foundation’s website, social media, newsletters, events and appeals.

Phyl Halliday   Admin Volunteer

Phyl usually volunteers at the Foundation twice a week. No job is too big or too small for her. Her work includes general administrative tasks, sending mail out, and helping with fundraising events.

Robyn Hodges   Office Manager

Robyn brings more than 20 years fundraising and project administration experience to her role of Foundation Office Manager.  She has worked in philanthropy and donor support roles for leading non-profit organisations within the welfare, disability, medical research and healthcare sectors.  Robyn works to support the full range of St Vincent’s Foundation’s fundraising initiatives. 

Rebecca Martin   Events Manager

Rebecca’s role involves the coordination and management of events both internally and externally. Events range from a major fundraising luncheon that raised over $80,000 to smaller internal events such as a long table dinner at Werribee Private Hospital, a cocktail event at Villa Alba and a series of donor thank you lunches at the Fitzroy campus. Rebecca also looks after external events like Run Melbourne and Dry July.

“Our events calendar is always busy. The remainder of the year is filled with exciting and engaging opportunities which I’m really looking forward to bringing to life,” Rebecca said.

Marg Milne   Donor Engagement Volunteer

After retiring and having nursed for over 40 years, Marg volunteered on the Palliative floor at St Vincent’s for 21 very happy and fulfilling years. After this she joined the Foundation Office when her job is to phone and thank generous people who donate to St Vincent’s.

Marg says, "It is a very privileged role, where I hear so many special stories from donors, as to why they support our hospital, and many of  their stories simply warm my heart. I am a most grateful and happy volunteer!"

Robert Nash   Senior Manager - Philanthropy and Marketing

Robert’s main task is to provide database support to all of the Foundation team members, in respect to capturing accurate data about our donors and donations, and ensuring we can effectively report on and analyse our good work. Robert also enjoys managing the Foundation's websites and email marketing.

Richard Prentice  Senior Philanthropy Manager

Richard assists St Vincent’s Departments and staff with securing funds for research, equipment or clinical projects from Philanthropic/Charitable Trust and Foundations. This includes identifying funding sources, preparing applications, proofing/editing, administration of grant funding and writing funding reports. 

Richard Thayer   Corporate & Community Partnerships Manager

Richard works across a number of fundraising areas, including Corporate and Community Partnerships. Richard says, "The best part of my role is meeting and hearing patients' stories and about the kind and compassionate care our staff provide. Having worked for a number of health services, I can say there is something very special about the staff at St Vincent’s."

Jeff Topp   Campaign Advisor

St Vincent’s is creating a major centre for bio-engineering research and application (ACMD) to be located on the site of the former nurses’ home in Fitzroy. At the same time, redevelopment of the Caritas Christi Hospice in Kew is taking place to help those requiring palliative care. Jeff is supporting these fundraising campaigns.

Verran Boxer   Finance Manager

Mary Pearce   Philanthropy Consultant


St Vincent's Foundation
Ground floor
Rear, 55 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065