Jessica Redwood, Chief Executive Officer, Children First Foundation
Jessica spoke via zoom at our club on the 8 March on the support that they provide to giving small lives big hope. Below is a bio of Jessica and the important role that the foundation provides.
The Children First Foundation Board welcomed Jessica to this role in 2021 at the height of COVID. Despite this, at Children First, she has successfully increased the care and life-changing surgery provided to children from developing countries. She has expanded the organisations’ provision of surgery in Australia and overseas, as well as launched two new programs, one to provide follow-up support to children after care (the Back Home Support Program) and one to address the underlying barriers to children accessing safe and quality care in their home country (the Today Tomorrow Project). Most of all, she is excited to partner with exceptional supporters like you to ensure all children can access medical care when they need it most, regardless of where they were born!
Prior to her role at Children First, she led the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons charity arm, where she also worked toward ensuring equitable access to surgical care. She supported Indigenous and global health and grew the organisation to be the second-largest surgical education and research funder worldwide.
Jessica has also worked in leadership roles with International Social Service Australia, Amnesty International, Save the Children Fiji, UNICEF and others. Besides being a proud Mum of two, Jessica has an MBA, has studied disruptive strategy at Harvard Business School, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Board member of Netball Australia’s Confident Girls Foundation.