Kidsafe NSW Council

Chair - Dr Kate Hunter

Dr Kate Hunter is a Senior Research Fellow with the Injury Division at The George Institute for Global Health, and conjoint Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales. She has over fifteen years’ experience in injury prevention research and has produced several reports and guidelines currently in use by Australian government and non-government organisations. Dr Hunter is leading a collaboration to facilitate and write the National Injury Prevention Strategy appointed by the Australian Government Department of Health. At The George Institute, Dr Hunter leads a body of work in injury prevention research focussing on addressing inequities experienced by families and children across the injury prevention spectrum. Her research expertise includes the conduct and evaluation of community-based programs, translational research, and assessing equitable access to health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Dr Hunter is elected Chair of Kidsafe NSW and is an executive member of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network.


Deputy Chair - Dr Nicholas Cheng MB BS BSc(MED) DCH FRACP, Paediatric Emergency Medicine, The Children‘s Hospital Westmead

Dr Cheng is involved in the treatment and prevention of all aspects of childhood injuries, especially children with burns. He is directly involved in the care of children with everything from minor injuries to life-threatening trauma. He is committed to training others to treat injured children and is a senior instructor in the Emergency Management of Severe Trauma and Emergency Management of Severe Burns Courses for local and international doctors and nurses. He is also involved in local, Australia-wide and global research into children's emergencies, including burn injuries, trauma and poisoning.

Dr Cheng believes that the most effective way to reduce childhood injuries is to prevent them from happening in the first place. This is especially true of accidental injuries, where innovations based on solid research have produced steady reductions in death and injury from accidents in children over several decades. His commitment to the work of Kidsafe NSW reflects this view.


Treasurer - Ms Anita Kariappa, Partner - Financial Services EY

Qualifications: Bcomm (Accounting and Finance) UNSW; Masters in International Finance UNSW 

Anita has more than 19 years' experience with EY working in the Sydney, New York and Tokyo offices and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. She is also a mother of two young children, which certainly enhances her skill set.

Anita's experience across a variety of domestic and international accounts has resulted in broad experience across regulatory, accounting, transaction and funding initiatives.

Through her time domestically and internationally, Anita has developed an extensive global network providing her access to emerging industry challenges and best practices from the regulators across a number of locations.

Anita's clients value her for her strong project management, ability to work with quality service delivery and pragmatic insight and advice. She develops strong relationships with management and those charged with governance.


Member - Mr David Howarth 

David is a part-time competition and consumer lawyer and policy consultant (and full-time father). He has worked as a telecommunications competition lawyer in private practice (Corrs Chambers Westgarth/ Freehills), as an investigator at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, an adviser at the Attorney-General’s Department (Federal Bureau of Consumer Affairs), and at consumer organisation CHOICE. He has published a number of competition law articles and book chapters in Australian and European publications. He has degrees in law and economics from the University of Sydney, and Masters degrees from the University of NSW and the University of Tübingen, Germany. He is currently completing a doctorate in competition law at the University of Heidelberg.




Member - Ms Sarah Adams, MN Ed; Grad Cert (Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing), Acting CNC Trauma – Trauma Coordinator 

Sarah is a paediatric and neonatal critical care nurse with 23 years combined experience in these specialties. Clinical experience has been achieved whilst working in the paediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care and paediatric/neonatal retrieval settings.

Sarah's clinical expertise is coupled with formal qualifications in paediatric cardiothoracic, neonatal intensive care & a Master’s degree focused on education. Sarah has fulfilled senior nursing positions throughout the last 17 years specifically within the field of nursing education, and more recently as a Trauma Coordinator (CNC). 



Member -Mr Christopher Zinn 

Mr Zinn holds a MA Geography (Oxford) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (University of Wales)

Christopher Zinn has worked for 25 years within the print media, broadcasting and consumer organisations in Australia and overseas as a journalist, presenter, producer, media spokesman and campaign director.

He is Director, Campaigns and Communications, Adviser Ratings and the spokesman for the FiftyUp Club. He previously worked at  CHOICE and been  Director of Campaigns for One Big Switch, a consumer network.

Mr Zinn is currently the Director of, a consumer empowerment initiative; and a Board Member of the Australian Youth Mentorship Network and the new statutory body Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW.

Member - Dr Emma Webster

Dr Webster is a Senior Lecturer in Rural Research at the University of Sydney, School of Rural Health. Based in Dubbo, she teaches public health and research and supports clinicians and students to undertake research; and as a result she has experience in a wide range of topic areas and research designs. She specialises in community based research which responds to local priorities and health services research to drive improvements in care for rural communities. Dr Webster is learning more about Aboriginal perspectives and applying decolonising methodologies to research.




Member - Leigh-anne Shannon 

Experienced Chief Executive with a special interest in Not-For-Profits. Currently leading a trans-Tasman professional association, having come from running the operations for the Australian chapter of a social change organisation based in London. Experienced board/committee member of a local NSW incorporated association.

 A Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors of Australia, she committed to following governance principles for national and state based associations.

Leigh-anne is also a member of the Australasian Society for Association Executives (AUSAE).




Member - Professor Gary J Browne, MD, MSpMed, MBBS, FRACP. FACEM, FAAP, FACEP

Professor Browne currently practices in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) and Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) at the Children’s Hospital Westmead and is Director of the Kids Concussion Service at CHISM.

As Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Sydney, his combined practice gives a unique perspective on the continuum of care of children and adolescents suffering injury, with activity related medical issues and advocacy in injury mitigation. Prof Browne has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and textbooks, and senior peer reviewer for major journals and publications in the areas of PEM and SEM. Prof Browne has an interest in medical education and is Chair, Discipline of Emergency Medicine, The University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School. He is Senior Examiner for NSW Ambulance, Paramedic Education, teaching and mentoring Paramedics undertaking further education on the Paediatric Intensive Care Program for Paramedics. Throughout his career, Professor Browne has been an advocate for injury prevention and mitigation involved in many prevention campaigns co-ordinated through the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, including promoting healthy active living, wellness and fitness in young people