St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation

SSMRF farewells interim CEO and welcomes new CEO

The SSMRF has thanked Jill Deering as she steps down as interim CEO and hands over to Pam Brown in her new role as CEO.

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At the end of June, Jill Deering stepped down as interim CEO, turning her focus on her role as a Director on the SSMRF Board. Jill served as interim CEO for over 12 months, guiding the Foundation post-COVID lockdowns.

“As the interim CEO, the main focus has been to ‘steady the ship’ to ensure that good communication with our supporters was maintained through an increase in our comms and digital marketing, which included a refresh of our website, together with a review of our back-office processes.”

“It has been a privilege to take on the CEO role during this challenging period. We are now poised to open the next chapter with a new CEO to ensure that medical research will continue to be funded in our local community that can benefit all Australians. As I step down as the interim CEO I would like to thank my fellow Directors and the staff for their support during a challenging period,” said Jill.

The Board and staff would like to welcome SSMRF’s new CEO, Pam Brown.

Pam is a committed and passionate charity leader.

Her 20-year career in the not-for-profit sector has included CEO of the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, successfully leading a small local organisation into a national charity supporting thousands of children who have a parent with mental illness, and CEO of Stepping Out Program, supporting female survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

“My extensive experience working in the charity sector and making a difference for vulnerable residents from youth through to seniors, has given me a respect and understanding of the importance of local and community spirit and support, and the vital role of volunteer involvement,” said Pam.

Pam has been a proud Sutherland Shire resident of over 40 years, and is married with three children and three grandchildren, a Labrador and a cat. “I have had significant volunteer involvement over many years in my local community through local schools, Red Shield Appeal, Cook Community Classic, and an active member of the Rotary Club of Caringbah,” shared Pam.

In 2017 Pam was honoured to be awarded Sutherland Shire Citizen of the year in recognition of her commitment to the Shire community.

“I am excited about the next chapter in my not-for-profit  journey with SSMRF and the importance of research in our local St George and Sutherland Hospitals”.