Andy Hedges is a visionary, innovative business leader who has an ability to anticipate emerging trends and identify business opportunities.
He has a proven ability to engage large and diverse groups of individuals to build high performance teams. Also known as a lateral thinker, he likes to be at the focal point of cultural change in a business.
Described by colleagues as a humanistic leader best captured in this quote that he has framed above his desk;
“I don’t want to be better than other people. I just want to help others be better people.”
Tim brings a broad commercial and financial skillset to the FTM Board, having held a variety of senior executive positions in Property, Investment Banking & Funds Management. Tim is currently Chief Operating Officer with the Terrace Tower Group, whose activities span a diverse international property and financial investment portfolio.
Tim met FTM during a mentoring role with The Growth Project (a charity connecting business leaders with charity executives) and immediately connected with FTM’s vision of enabling children touched with grief to achieve their full potential in life. As a father of three, Tim recognises the importance of providing all children with the emotional tools necessary for them to succeed.
Outside of work, Tim enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping fit, and riding his motorcycles.
Kate is Group General Counsel at Toga Group, a developer of residential apartments and a leading hotel operator across Australia, NZ and Europe under the TFE Hotels brand. Prior to joining Toga, Kate worked with Lendlease, BHP and law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
Kate came into contact with Feel the Magic via The Observership Program, a scholarship program designed to train young professionals in board leadership in the not-for-profit sector. Having previously volunteered and worked with a number of NFP’s devoted to working with children and young adults, Kate was drawn to the opportunity to work with and expand FTM’s vision to support children who are experiencing grief.
When not buried in a contract, Kate loves travelling, being active, exploring her inner foodie and spending time with family and friends.
Liana Dubois is the Director of sales, Sydney for the Nine Entertainment Company, wife to her small business owner Maxi and Mum to two of the cheekiest boys, Marley and Cha Cha.
A 20 year veteran of Australia’s media industry, Liana’s knowledge of and passion for true marketing based brand solutions drives business success and collaborative partnerships with media agencies, creative networks and of course Australia’s greatest brands.
In Liana’s home full of boys, there is constant mess, consistent laughter and always love for the imperfection of an energetic life.
As a young entrepreneur, James ran his own business and was an active property investor committed to living a successful life.
In the wake of losing his mother, James realised the life he had created was unfulfilling and unrewarding. Trading his time for money doing the things he didn’t enjoy did not sit right with him.
In 2012, he decided to sell his business and set out on a path of self-discovery. James was desperate to make purpose of his life and wanted to honour the memory of his much loved mother and father. James has since dedicated his life to giving grieving children a voice and providing a safe place for children to grow and thrive during their grief.
James’ greatest achievement in life has been the recent birth of his first-born son Madden. Together with his beautiful wife Kristy, they love spending time with Madden as a family.
James also likes to test his physical and mental strength by participating in challenging adventures around the world. James strives to share his passion whilst sharing his story and inspire others to chase their dreams, being an example of living a life filled with purpose despite the many challenges of life.