Kids West is a local Western Sydney children’s charity that raises funds for medical equipment, research, and the development of childhood accident awareness and prevention programs.
Founded by Trevor Oldfield and Professor Reuben Dubois of Westmead Hospital, Kids West have been supporting paediatric and neonatal intensive care units across Western Sydney since 1991.
We’re a no frills charity that bridges the gap in hospital funding to provide vital life-saving equipment to Western Sydney hospitals, supporting local families when it’s needed the most. So far we’ve donated in excess of $5.2 million throughout Western Sydney!
Read stories from real families impacted by the work we do. Find out more about our projects, how you can get involved, or make a donation today.
Over the past 28 years Kids West has successfully recruited board member volunteers from NSW Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue as well as local business leaders,
doctors, nurses and those with administrative skills. This has placed us in a unique and powerful position to raise funds and ensure they are
distributed to areas giving the best result possible for the Western Sydney community.
Kevin is a retired Ambulance Paramedic, having served with the Ambulance Service of NSW for 21 years, mainly in Western Sydney. While seconded to the Media and Public Relations Unit for 6 months he attended the meeting in 1991 at Westmead Hospital where it all began. Kevin came away from that meeting as Kids West Treasurer, a position he held for 20 years.
Prior to working as a Paramedic, Peter spent 15 years in the NSW Police Force.
“During my Police and Ambulance service I saw first hand the ‘other side’ of Sydney. Through the formation of Kids West I saw the opportunity to make a difference by funding much needed equipment, and to support parents who could not otherwise afford to have their children at home. Since its inception Kids West has made that much needed difference to children of Western Sydney.”
Having lived in the Western Sydney area for over 55 years, the depth of local knowledge Trevor has, enables him to help identify many needs within the community with genuine care and compassion. He’s enjoyed working as a volunteer for many community organisations including the State Emergency Service at the age of 14.
With over 30 years’ experience in senior management and customer service, together with a strong background in a sales environment, Trevor developed an appreciation for the diversity of the Western Sydney community and an ability to communicate at all levels.
Trevor is President of the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber and the Chamber Alliance of Western Sydney (CAWS) which enables him to keep in touch with community needs and issues.
“The appointment as Executive Director of Kids West was a logical step in my career and I have no doubt working with such a great team of board members. I look forward to helping make a positive difference in the lives of our kids.”
2019 – present President Chamber Alliance of Western Sydney
• 2018 – present President NBC Sports Club
• 2013 – present President of the Blacktown Chamber of Commerce
• 2013 – Awarded member of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem NSW Priory (KSJ)
• 2011 – Chairman of the Standard Committee and Business Consultant for Globo Hydro Power Limited
• 2010 – 2018 Vice President of Northmead Bowling Club
• 2009 – 2012 President of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce
• 2008 – to present Executive Director of Kids West Children’s Charity
• 2008 – Awarded Life Membership of Kids West Children’s Charity for Service and Dedication
• 2006 – to present Director of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce
• 2006 – Awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for Community Service
• 2006 – Government of NSW Premier Award for Community Service
• 2004 – 2012 Chairman of Wentworthville Small Business Community
• 2002 – 2006 Director of Millennium Foundation, Westmead
• 1992 – 2008 Chairman of Kids West Children’s Charity
• 1991 – Co-founder of Kids West Children’s Charity
• 1989 – 2009 Director of Wentworthville Leagues Club (10 years as President)
• 1985 – Present Justice of the Peace (JP)
JoAnn is a foundation member of the Kids West team. She spent many years working in genetics within the paediatric department of Westmead Hospital and the Department of Health in North Sydney. She has worked in her current role as a manager within logistics for 15 years. JoAnn is Kids West Secretary and is also responsible for reporting Cash Housie results to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR).
“Having spent most of my life helping people, businesses and other not for profit organisations in paid and unpaid capacities it was an easy decision to join the Board at Kids West – a long standing and respected registered charity, to ensure that the outstanding work that has been carried out over the past 28 years by Trevor Oldfield and the team continues long into the future.”
James is an innovative Business Leader with experience drawn from a range of industries including professional services, technology, start-up sector, entrepreneurship, financial services, academia, building and construction, small business management and chartered accounting. He’s an accountant who has successfully made the transition from public practice to CFO of an ASX listed tech company.
As the Group CFO of Xref (a global publicly listed technology company on the ASX), James has been successful in managing its exponential growth by building an efficient and effective finance division which supports the entire business. He’s achieved this by remaining lean and adopting technologies that scale and adapt to the constantly changing requirements of a publicly listed, global, in-demand tech platform.
To the Xref role, James bring the many learnings from his position as Xero Australia’s Head of Accounting. From 2014 to 2018 he was responsible for providing a clear vision and positive guidance to accountants to help them leverage the opportunity digital disruption has created in the accounting profession.
James has over 17 years experience in public practice and after joining Xero in late 2014, made the decision to start a new 100% cloud based firm from scratch, and co-founded Aptus Accounting & Advisory in January 2015 which has doubled in growth every year since its beginning, and recently merged with BusinessDepot in Brisbane and Melbourne. It was recognised as one of the Top 50 Cloud Accounting Firms in Australia by HubDoc in 2018 and 2019, and was recognised as the Most Innovative Accounting Firm in Australia at the Australian Accounting Awards in 2018.
James brings a wealth of experience to Kids West and ensures its financial stewardship and governance are looked after to ensure it ongoing sustainability.
James was awarded a Fellowship of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (FCA) in 2017 in recognition of his contribution the accounting profession. He’s a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) as well as a mentor, lecturer and industry partner at Macquarie University.
Additional to his work with Kids West, James is a Life Member and Treasurer of the Redbacks Football Club. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Sydney High School Old Boys Union and gives his time to a number of smaller not for profit organisations as their honorary auditor. In the past he has also held the position of Treasurer for the Sydney High School Foundation Ltd and the Sydney High School Old Boys Union.
Peter began his career in electronics and production engineering before partially completing a robotics degree so that he could begin his own venture in computer support. He founded Computer Network Integration P/L in 1997 specialising in the support of Apple Mac and Windows computers, servers, networks and devices. Peter’s vision for his clients is – your IT should fit your business like a glove, so integrated that it seamlessly fits your business needs ensuring you are focusing on being the best that you can be, everyday.
Belinda is a proud member of our committee. Being involved with Kids West for most of her life, she officially become a member of the board in 2006.
Being part of the insurance industry for 10 years gives Belinda a broader outlook on what Kids West aims to achieve.
After a long and successful career with Telstra, Allan has dedicated much of his time to Junior Rugby League and his love for the Wentworthville Club. In his position as Secretary of the Wentworthville Junior Rugby League Football Club Allan has spent decades helping to put thousands of young kids on the football field and developed a special needs kids team.
Very passionate about the future of our young children Allan has been a welcomed addition to the Kids West team.
David is the Owner and Director of Acacia Training. He is also the immediate Past President of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce and has been on the Chamber board for 5 terms.
He was the CEO at ARC (an industry training organisation, GTO and care organisation) with headquarters in Parramatta.
David has extensive experience working for both the private and public sector, including roles as the Director of Sustainability Programs at the Department of Environment and Conservation and as the Manager of the Office of Regional Communities.
He has formerly held the role as the Chair of the Veritas Board, providing services for homeless youth in the Central West.
David has a Bachelor of Business (majors in Economics and HRM), a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, a Masters of Urban Design and a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education for Sustainability.
Jacqueline owns content marketing agency The Happy Type. She grew up in South West Sydney and has worked for a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations. She creates social media and web content for Kids West.
Jacqueline has a background in design and now specialises in digital content and marketing. She’s worked for Sculpture by the Sea, The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Qantas, and TAFE Queensland.
Nathan Rees was the 41st Premier of New South Wales and parliamentary leader of the NSW Labor Party from September 2008 to December 2009. He represented Toongabbie from 2007 to 2015 in the NSW Legislative Assembly. Nathan is an active member of the Western Sydney Community and has supported Kids West for the past 12 years. We are very proud to have such a great ambassador for Western Sydney and the broader community of NSW as our Patron.