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Our team’s passion is personal. Meeting our mission is critical to people with Bone Marrow Failure.


Nicky Long


Nicky Long is a high performance executive with a career spanning the healthcare, pharmaceutical, non-government and not for profit sectors. Nicky has a degree in Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing and has completed a Masters of Business in Innovation and Leadership. She has worked with major pharmaceutical companies in managing and marketing several major brands. She has owned and operated her own small wholesale and retail importing business. Nicky has been a leader in not for profit, including board member positions with The Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation, The Snowdome Foundation and Soap Aid.





Jennifer has been involved within the Marketing, Tourism and Retail Industries in both Corporate and Government sectors for over 25 years.  

In addition to her role as Managing Director of The JT Group a Marketing Communications and Change Management Company, she is a Director on the International Board of Governors for the International Special Events Society based in Chicago, USA. JT is a seasoned authority on brand personality, internal communications and customer experience – she has presented at conferences in cities around the USA and Canada including Vancouver, Dallas, Las Vegas and New York.  She has also coordinated and executed events for profile brands such as Miele, ANZ, CFA and Myer. JT has also previously enjoyed roles as President and councillor for The Australian Marketing Institute, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Jennifer has been a long-term friend to both Fiona and Joerg for over 40 years and has been committed to raising awareness of BMFS throughout Maddie’s journey, and now being a part of the MRV board.



Deputy Chair

Nick is Maddie’s oldest brother. Nick supported Maddie daily through her fight with the Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome, Aplastic Anaemia, and was inspired by her strength and courage. Nick is passionate about delivering on Maddie’s wish of finding a cure as he doesn’t want anyone to endure the suffering Maddie dealt with the last years of her life.

Nick is a St Kilda Football Club star forward, the longest serving St Kilda Captain and is one of the Saints’ greatest players in its 140 year history. Away from football Nick is a family man and enjoys time at home with young sons James and William, wife Catherine, his parents Joe and Fiona and brother Alex. Nick is a great cook and foodie, movie buff, and a keen boater and fisherman.


Alex Riewoldt

Co-Director of Marketing

With a Bachelor of Business majoring in Sport Marketing and Communications from Griffith University, Alex worked with the St Kilda Football Club during their successful era from 2006-2009. Alex currently works within the property industry, another passion, alongside his ongoing love of AFL.
Alex shared a very special bond with his sister Maddie. Alex witnessed first hand the debilitating effects of Bone Marrow Failure and the challenges that his sister and best friend endured. He is extremely passionate about ensuring other young adolescents don’t have to suffer in the same way. He has been a major driver in the the launch and growth of the Vision. Ensuring Maddie’s legacy - to find a cure.


John Gdanski

Director of Legal

John has been practising property litigation and commercial law for nearly 30 years. He is a life member of the St Kilda Football Club and was awarded his life membership after 13 years on the St Kilda Board during St Kilda’s most successful era. Unfortunately, he has been personally involved in five losing grand final campaigns for St Kilda and is hoping his role in bringing awareness for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision will bring a premiership cup to the group.

John is a passionate car collector and enjoys a drop of good red wine or champagne.

He currently operates the Pinocchio group of companies and, together with his wife, has a construction company that turns over many projects each year.


Prof. David Ritchie

Director of Medical/Grants Committee

Professor David Ritchie is a Haematologist and Bone Marrow transplant specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He undertook his medical training and PhD in Immunology at the University of Otago before moving to Melbourne 10 years ago. He is head of the Bone Marrow Transplant Service of Royal Melbourne Hospital. He runs two research laboratories and is involved in all aspects of research into blood and bone marrow conditions. He is the immediate past president of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand and is heavily involved in training young haematologists and medical researchers.


Tony Shadforth

Director of Finance/Risk

Tony ‘Shad’ Shadforth is a veteran stockbroker having worked in the Securities industry for over 40 years. Shad has worked in Sydney, London and Hobart, predominantly as a private client advisor and Director. He currently concentrates on capital raisings for small to medium companies with a bias to food and beverage operations.

Tony is the Chairman of Lark Distillery and Cutri Fruits and a past Director of Bellamy’s Baby Foods and Shadforths Ltd. He is a Life Member of the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania, having been a Board member for over 20 years. Tony is a Master Stockbroker and a Fellow of the AICD. Most importantly, he and his wife, Susan, are Maddie’s Godparents.



Chair of Fundraising

Jarrod was the inaugural Chairman of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision and has extensive experience as an entrepreneur of several successful start-ups in the past decade. He is currently co-founder and a Director of several businesses in the education and health sectors.  He brings with him extensive experience in business, strategy, decision making, operations and client engagement. Jarrod is an avid St Kilda Football Club supporter, loves business, and enjoys keeping fit and spending time with his wife Madeleine and two children, Thomas and Rosie.  



 Board Member

 Michael is currently the Managing Director of MoneyQuest Australia Pty Ltd - a newly formed national mortgage and asset finance broker.  Prior to this role, Michael was Chief Executive Officer for Mortgage Choice Limited.

Michael has worked for over 25 years in banking and finance, including CEO and senior management roles in organisations such as Choice Aggregation Services, ANZ Bank & National Mutual Royal Bank.
Michael was born and bred in Moorabbin and is a passionate Saints member as is his wife Fran and daughters Georgie and Sammie. Son James, slipped through the net and regrettably supports a team that shalt not be named.

In the past 15 years Michael has worked closely with Make A Wish Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities and is looking forward to leveraging his commercial and philanthropic experiences to assist MRV.