Christine Unsworth is the former Executive Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal – having overseen the community contribution of $160million to the hospital over a period of 16 years.
A 26 year long association with The Royal Children’s Hospital saw Christine hold positions of Executive Director of the hospital’s Foundation, Public Relations Manager and Co-ordinator of Volunteers and Auxiliaries. She continues to be passionate about the work of The Royal Children’s Hospital and is its true advocate in the community. Her admiration for the donors and those who support the hospital is sincere and heartfelt. She saw herself as simply the custodian of the Good Friday Appeal and it is this humble and clear commitment that earned her the respect of many and helped to build a solid sense of trust and confidence in the Appeal within the greater community.
In recognition of her work Christine was awarded the ANZ Bank Travelling Scholarship enabling her to visit and learn from volunteer and fundraising organisations in America and Canada.
In 2007 Christine was awarded the prestigious Royal Children’s Hospital Chairman’s Medal. The citation for the Chairman’s Medal described her as “dedicated, astute, innovative, energetic, efficient, diplomatic, vibrant and passionate – admired for her ability to mix with everyone and as much at home in a country pub as in a board room.”
In 2011 Christine was awarded the ISCP James Strong Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Christine’s focus has always been community and she has held many positions both voluntary and professional in the area.
Before commencing her tenure at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Christine managed an Early Childhood Development Program and The Gisborne and District Community Health Centre.
Christine is on the Board of The Mazda Foundation and a Trustee of The William Buckland Foundation. She is a member of the Advisory Board of International Customer Service Professionals.
A resident of Gisborne Christine loves the outdoors, travels extensively, is an avid reader and considers herself one of the luckiest people in the world. She is proud of her large family and treasures the time spent with them.