The 2018 sunSCHine Committee
Nikki Dunlop is the Founder of SUNSCHINE . Nikki has a background in Interior Decorating, having completed her degree at International School of Colour and Design. Nikki has been a sole trader since 2007, styling and decorating homes in Eastern Suburbs and Northern Beaches.
Nikki is the mother of 2 girls, Pia 15, and Mimi 13 years old. Nikki has passionately devoted over 11 years of her time to The Sydney Children’s Hospital, both as a guest parent speaker for SCH events, and developing sunSCHine into the event that it is today. This has been Nikki’s way of giving back to the Hospital that saved her daughters life at the age of 2 years old
Nikki has been instrumental in the prosperity and success of sunSCHine since its inception, and continues to play a very active and hands on role in all elements of the event. Fundraising for The Sydney Children’s Hospital has been a primary focus for Nikki ever since her eldest daughter Pia suffered a major cardiac arrest in 2005.
Pia had another near fatal cardiac arrest in early March 2018, and underwent heart surgery to implant an ICD device into her chest. Pia is currently being treated for a lifelong heart condition called Brugada Syndrome, and needs regular care at both The Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, which has influenced Nikki and the sunSCHine committee to raise funds in 2018 for cardiology across The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.( Randwick and Westmead Hospitals combined).
Ellie is a Director of Aitken Investment Management, a long short global equity fund based in Sydney, Australia. She is currently admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW, and has been admitted continuously since 2007. Ellie also graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Course in 2017.
Ellie began her career as a financial research associate at JPMorgan Chase following internships at the Commonwealth Bank in the Funds Management and Debt Originations groups. She subsequently practiced as a solicitor in the Mergers and Acquisitions group, predominantly in the Funds Management sector, at Clayton Utz following her clerkship at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) in the Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property and Capital Markets Groups. Ellie also managed her own business between Hong Kong and Sydney while she had her two children in 2009 and 2013.
Ellie has acted as a director or committee member of various not-for-profit organisations including the Polo Association of NSW, the Sydney Dance Company, the YWCA, the Royal Blind Society and the Sydney Children’s Hospital. She volunteered for the UNSW Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and was fortunate to act as a mentor for a 9 year old girl via the YWCA “big brothers/big sisters” program. She is currently the Chair of the International Committee (London) of the Australian Ballet Ambassador’s Board and Deputy Chair of the Sydney Children’s Hospital “Sunschine” Committee.
Marnie Skillings is a Design Creative and Creative Director, after running her internationally recognised label for 15 years she moved into consulting to enable her to spend time with her young family.
Having a passion for doing good became a need to be involved after Creative Directing last years Sunschine event, Marnie is thrilled to not only be Creative Director of this years event but also a member of the committee
Co ChairSarah is the Co-Chair of sunSCHine and has been a member of the Committee for 3 years. Sarah is a Director of MPA, Australia’s leading interior fitout and refurbishment company. MPA has been the Presenting Partner of sunSCHine since 2015. Sarah’s executive role in client relations, marketing and business development sees her as one of the most influential women in the property industry. She is well known for her abilities in achieving leading outcomes through diversified teams and her extensive professional networks. She is also the NSW President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), a role she has held for the past 4 years. Over 3,000 people attend NSW NAWIC events annually with the NSW NAWIC Awards night being the largest attended property industry awards event in Australia. Sarah is a Board Director of Moorambilla Voices which seeks to empower children and youth from rural NSW to participate in choral programs incorporating Taiko, dance and visual art. In doing so they connect with artists of the highest calibre to co-create outstanding works for performances that bring new meaning and opportunity to their lives. She has two young children with her daughter having experienced the professionalism and care of Sydney Children’s Hospital on a number of occasions. Sarah is deeply committed to the wellbeing and potential of young children through all facets of her life and her involvement with sunSCHine allows her to make a tangible and profound contribution. She has run the SMH Half Marathon and City to Surf as a seeded runner raising funds for Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Jaz is an experienced financial markets specialist having spent a career in investment banking working with Barclays Capital in London and Deutsche Bank in Sydney.
Jaz is the mother of three amazing daughters ages 10, 8 and 6. She is a passionate philanthropist and active member of her community, having most recently served as Vice President of the Parents’ Association at the Sydney girls school, Ascham.
She is thrilled to be supporting the SunSCHine Committee’s incredibly worthy efforts to raise funds for targeted programs within the Sydney Children’s Hospital, which is a cause close to her heart. She has experienced the incredible dedication of the Sydney Children’s Hospital after a medical emergency with one of her children.
Jaz graduated from UTS with a Bachelors Degree in Business.
Juliana Medich has a strong passion for health and well being derived from her study and career as a Chiropractor. She established and ran her own practice for 10 years before taking leave to raise her children and study further to become a health coach and a qualified Master Fitness Trainer. She has recently resumed her private practice to apply all her new found knowledge with a focus on women’s health, fitness and well being.
She has a shared interest with her husband in charitable causes particularly in supporting the work of Sydney children’s hospital. She looks forward to making a difference in her first year on the sunSCHine committee.
After a successful international career as a singer, model and TV presenter, Nicky Love Joye returned to Sydney to establish her family and support its asset management business, Coolabah Capital Investments. A long struggle with IVF ensued following which Nicky and her husband were able to bring their son into this world. She resolved thereafter to commit herself to supporting children’s charities, and SunCHine has been the perfect forum to deliver desperately needed financial aid to young Australians suffering from serious illness.
While continuing to support her family’s asset management business as an executive coordinator and shareholder, Nicky has also been involved in the establishment of other pioneering philanthropic programs, including financial awards for Australia’s leading mathematics, finance, and economics students and a new charity, called the Wanderers Education Program. Nicky’s passion, drive and commitment over the 4 years since she joined sunSCHine has seen her become an integral member of the committee.
Alexandra Smart is the Co-founder and Managing Director of GINGER & SMART.
Founded in 2002, the inspiration to establish the business came from the desire to combine family talent to build a strong fashion-lifestyle brand. With Alexandra’s creative business background as an editor and publisher for high-quality lifestyle magazines, combined with her sister Genevieve’s years spent at the design helm of some of Australia’s most successful fashion businesses, their united industry knowledge covers every possibility for a successful and exciting fashion brand.
Alexandra is the proud mother of three children and is honored to contribute to the Sunschine committee and is a proud supported of the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
As well as recently joining the Sunschine committee, Alexandra sits on the Contemporary Collectors Benefactors Committee (CCB) at the AGNSW, and is a mentor with the AGSM/UNSW Alumni Leader Mentor program.
After graduating from Film & Television School at the Victorian College of the Arts, Chloe had a successful career in fashion retail, marketing and production living in Melbourne, Hong Kong and New York.
She settled in Sydney in 2000 to start a family with her husband Andrew.
She is the mother of four boys aged 7, 12, 15 & 17 years old, so has had many visits to SCH over the years and excited to be able to help support the hospital by joining the sunSCHine Committee.
Chloe has been involved with a number of community groups having served as Vice President of The Scots College Women’s Association and as the Chair Person of Hope 4 Holly.
In addition to her community interests Chloe is also a keen supporter of the arts and an Ambassador of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
- Shelley Sullivan
- Alice Clegg
- Sophie Falkiner
- Phoebe Malouf