Dialog Box


Nick Riewoldt


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 former AFL Champion: St Kilda Football Club star forward and longest serving Captain, now a media personality, keynote speaker, brand ambassador and leadership consultant. Away from football, Nick is a family man and enjoys time at home with young sons James, William, Teddy and 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.

Prof. David Ritchie

Director CRE in Bone Marrow Biology & Chair Scientific Advisory 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.

Kieran O'Brien

Board Member

Kieran O'Brien is a partner at DLA Piper, and heads up the Melbourne office Litigation & Regulatory Group, the Australian Product Liability Practice, and is International Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Class Actions and Collective Redress Group. Kieran's client focus includes the life sciences (pharmaceutical and medical device companies), manufacturing, sports, food & beverages and insurance sectors. Kieran is also an active participant in DLA Piper's pro bono program.

Kieran is married to Sarah, and they have 3 children (Edward, Phoebe and Lucy), and they all have a Westie named Harry. As a family, they love travel/holidaying, eating out, golf, tennis (any sport really) and the Richmond Football Club (although not necessarily in that order!).

Amanda Stevens

Board Member

A corporate governance lawyer with over 18 years’ experience, Amanda has held a number of executive leadership roles in federal, state and local government, including three consecutive years as the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip. She is a highly experienced board member serving on numerous boards including chairing the South Melbourne Market for four years, member Audit and Risk Committee City of Port Phillip, member Gasworks Arts Park Board, member We Ride, a national not for profit.

Amanda is a passionate St Kilda supporter, she loves spending time with her family, husband Chris, daughters Elizabeth and Georgia and dog Stella. She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, cooking, reading, movies and enjoying good food and wine with friends and family.

Edward Kemp

Board Member

Executive Director - Client Engagement, Evans and Partners

Edward has extensive experience advising high-net-worth individuals, not for profit organisations and family groups and has first-hand knowledge of family businesses, having held several executive and non-executive positions in a fourth generation family business.

He originally joined Evans and Partners in 2010 after a career spanning more than two decades in marketing consulting, manufacturing and heavy industry.

Edward is current Chairman of Maddie Riewoldt's Vision major donor committee, a former director of Cricket Tasmania and former Chairman of the Victorian division of The Primary Club of Australia. He also hosts The Wide Open Road Podcast series focusing on athlete transition to life after sport.

A passionate supporter of community and grassroots causes, Edward is an experienced coach of children's sport - especially cricket and AFL.

He graduated from University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Political Science and has a Graduate Diploma of Marketing from Monash University.

Michelle O'Brien

Board Member

Michelle is a highly experienced finance professional, holding senior and CFO roles in large corporate organisations.

She has experience in leading large transformation programs, strategic thinking and providing commercial advice in particular in the retail space. Michelle is a FCPA and holds an MBA from AGSM. Michelle has extensive experience with boards and subcommittees, and has become Chair of our Finance and Risk Committee, and a member of the Bloody Good Dinner Working Group.

Michelle has two teenage daughters, enjoys running with her Boxer dog and completing marathons with her Father.