The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation – Our Team

Robert Hohnen
Robert HohnenDeputy Chairman | Acting CEO
Bachelor of Arts and Economics
Robert became a director of the Foundation six years ago and is now in his third year as Vice Chairman. He has held committee roles and hosted functions and workshops for the Foundation. Robert has brought his business acumen to the Board and has taught the senior staff management style. Robert is a corporate leader, internationally renowned. He was a Managing Director with Accenture as the Director of Operations for Accenture’s Communications, Media and Technology Business Unit in APAC as well as Director of Geographic Services for Asia Pacific. Robert was a Director of the Accenture Foundation and Director of the Accenture group of companies in Australia.
He is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Infitecs, a new technology company that is based in Australia and China and spends much of his time travelling between the two countries. Robert is on the POWHF Finance & Audit Committee.
Grant Kennedy
Grant KennedyPlanned Giving and In-Memory Manager
Grant started with the foundation in mid-January as the Planned Giving and In-Memory Manager. Grant comes to the foundation with previous not for profit experience in the Bequest, In-Memory and Estates sectors. He is also able to draw from his vast corporate experience in business management, relationship building and management as well as customer service and satisfaction.
Wolf Sommer
Wolf SommerChief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Wolf is a qualified accountant having joined us as Financial Manager in October 2009. He spent twelve years as Chief Financial Officer with another Foundation in the charitable sector. POWHF has grown considerably in the last seven years making this a vital role.
Kim Millar
Kim MillarCorporate Partnerships Manager
Kim has joined the Foundation in October 2016 to develop corporate partnerships for the POW Hospital. She has broad commercial skills and experience in cultivating corporate partnerships in both the Corporate, Event Management and Arts industries in Sydney and London. Areas of expertise include customer loyalty and engagement, strategic alliances, relationship marketing and stakeholder management. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW
Carola Maier
Carola MaierDigital and Direct Marketing Manager
Carola joined the Foundation in February 2019 as Digital and Directing Marketing Manager. Carola has spent many years within both the marketing and health care space, having previously worked at a biomedical research and treatment facility for cancer and diabetes in the United States. Carola received a Dipl. reg. wiss. at WWU in Germany and has lived and worked across six different countries.
Helen Appleton
Helen AppletonCommunity Engagement Manager
Helen Appleton began working for the Foundation in January 2018 as Community Engagement Manager. Helen has previous experience with other charities in community engagement, fundraising and events as well as being a qualified high school maths teacher which was completed in the UK.
Kate Ross
Kate RossExecutive Assistant and Project Manager
Kate joined the Foundation in June 2018 to support the executive team, administer the annual grant rounds and manage special projects. Kate comes from the corporate sector, having spent over 10 years in the legal industry before transitioning to communications with a focus on VIP events and relationship management within a global defence business. She has also worked closely with charity partner, Legacy, spearheading employee engagement and fundraising programs. Kate is a proud cancer survivor, mentor and POWH grateful patient. Kate holds a Master of Communication Management from the University of Technology Sydney
Ruth Conyers
Ruth ConyersDonation and Data Processing Operator
Ruth Conyers originally began volunteering with the Foundation in April 2018 and became a paid employee in August 2018 as a Donation and Data Processing Operator. Ruth has many years of experience in the area of office administration; her last role was as an Administration Assistant for Diabetes Australia-NSW, where she was employed for 15 years. Ruth also has a daughter who works as a nurse at the Prince of Wales Hospital.
Sebastian Velazquez
Sebastian VelazquezData Analyst, System and CRM Administrator
Having arrived in Australia in 2008, my initial job was in construction. After securing my first office position at the Bankstown Community College as a Receptionist, I have slowly progressed advancing my career from Receptionist to Administration, to Support Officer, to Business Intelligence Advisor, to Reporting Coordinator until I stumbled upon Salesforce – with whom I fell in love with! With Karl Nguyen (Salesforce) as a key mentor I obtained my Salesforce Administrator Certification in my first attempt!
My Salesforce experience includes Aussie Home Loans and Western Union as APAC Administrator, where under the incredible guidance and mentoring of Laura Bass I was able to take my Salesforce knowledge and skills to a completely new level. I have since then worked with other charitable organisations.
I have joined the POWHF team to implement Salesforce and with their help, take the Foundation into a new era.
Maryann Shine
Maryann ShineHigh St Entrance Engagement Officer
Maryann’s role at the Foundation is in the High Street office engaging with the community and hospital staff. Maryann has spent many years in broadcasting, predominately in radio at 2UE. During her time there, she was actively involved in community fundraising and was a foundation member of the fundraising committee for Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice at Manly. Family members of Maryann have been provided with excellent medical care at Prince of Wales. She has been a Walkely’s Judge and won two Australian radio awards, one for the best community service project.
Kristin Davis
Kristin DavisCommunications and Fundraising Officer
Kristin began working at the Foundation in July of 2018 as Administration Officer and Assistant in Fundraising and has moved to Communications and Fundraising Officer as of July 2019. Kristin has previous experience in social media management, as well as several administrative roles. Kristin has had experience in the not for profit sector for the last five years, supporting with tasks ranging from event management to community campaigns. Kristin graduated from a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, majoring in Public Relations at UTS in May 2018.