Meet our voluntary and dedicated Office Holders who are committed to the Foundation's guiding vision. They have a wide range of professional skills and a strong sense of commitment to the Sunshine Coast community.
Co-Founder and President
John is the driving force behind the establishment of the Foundation. He retired in 2007 from Qantas Airlines where he worked for 22 years, 18 years as a Flight Attendant and the past four years as an onboard Customer Service Manager.
During his career at Qantas John travelled throughout Australia and internationally. His passion was service and during his flying years he met and looked after people from all walks of life, including celebrities, politicians, diplomats, TV stars, sports legends, musicians and you and me.
John is very service oriented, a people person in the finest sense of the phrase. He is also a true local boy, raised and educated on the Coast. During his time with Qantas, he lived in Sydney and Brisbane before returning to the Coast with his late wife Cindy in 1996. He now lives here with his two beautiful daughters, Gemma & Hannah.
John has served on the committee of the Townsend Road Kindergarten and Preschool in Buderim. He loves to travel, is a keen golfer and enjoys many outdoor activities including camping and horse riding at weekends with his girls.
He is a great supporter of the local community. John believes there is a real need to support breast cancer sufferers and their families on the Sunshine Coast – as did Cindy, who gave so willingly to others throughout her life.
John’s vision for the Foundation is that it should be a very “grassroots” organisation, serving the Sunshine Coast community. Funds raised on the Coast will stay on the Coast to help families and to make a difference.
Co-Founder and Vice President
Kylie Perkin is a Sunshine Coast-based public relations practitioner and personal publicist to Tony Chi, one of the world’s foremost hotel, restaurant and bar designers. She has lived on the Coast since late December 2002 after moving from Hong Kong where she worked for 14 years.
During her time in Hong Kong, she spent 10 years as Global Public Relations Director of Regent International Hotels (RIH), the Hong Kong-based luxury hotel brand. She worked with the company’s legendary founder, Robert H Burns; the Four Seasons group when it acquired the company in the early-1990s; and briefly with Carlson Hospitality Worldwide when it subsequently acquired the brand later in the decade.
After resigning in August 2000, she established her own public relations business in Hong Kong, working mainly in the hospitality industry. In September 2000, she acted as Public Relations Director for the then Regent Sydney (now Four Seasons Hotel Sydney) throughout the Olympic Games. The Regent was the official hotel for the International Olympic Committee during the Games. Several years before that she helped plan and organise The Regent Hong Kong’s celebration for the return of Hong Kong sovereignty to China in mid-1997, with 3,000 guests and media from around the globe.
Kylie is an expert in all aspects of public relations and marketing in the hotels and hospitality industry. She has extensive media contacts in Asia, Europe and the United States, as well as Australia, and has opened new hotel properties around the world. More recently she has acquired substantial experience in the restaurant and bar side of the hospitality business in Asia. Before moving to Hong Kong in 1989, she worked in national politics, including a period with the Office of the Leader of the Opposition in Federal Parliament.
Kylie is passionate about organisation and detail, as well as the community in which she lives. Since moving to the Coast she has played a key role in organising fund raisers such as the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service Gala (celebrating 25 years of the service) and Flemington at Flinders (at Matthew Flinders Anglican College).
She loves to travel and entertain, and likes nothing more than a good glass of French bubbles (a passion she shared with her friend Cindy Mackenzie), power yoga and tennis (although not all at the same time). In 2002 she lost her own father to inoperable pancreatic cancer and her mother to Carcinoid Syndrome (a rare form of bowel cancer) in September 2009. Kylie has helped support and care for several girlfriends with breast cancer.
Kylie is delighted to have played an integral role in establishing the Foundation and to work both to honour the memory of her friend Cindy and assist breast cancer sufferers on the Coast.