Karl Waddell

Karl Waddell – General Manager

Karl developed a career in healthcare recruitment in both Australia and the UK. As General Manager of River’s Gift, Karl an unwavering passion and drive to create a significant footprint in the world of SIDS research and Safe Sleep Education.

Karl experiences great satisfaction in his working day knowing that River’s Gift are making significant inroads in the world of saving infant’s lives.

Supported by a highly credentialed and experienced Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and team of employees. Karl is excited for the future direction of the organisation and the goal oriented outcomes we strive for.

Karl regularly represents River’s Gift and provides keynote deliveries at health industry seminars, corporate events and community fundraisers, representing his family’s story and the organisation’s mission to Stamp Out SIDS.

Alexandra Hamilton – National Events and Relationships Manager

With an extensive background in events and project management, Alex combines this experience and knowledge with a sincere passion for raising funds for SIDS research.

Originally from the UK and with 19 years of experience within the events industry, Alex has managed and developed a variety of events from product launches, exhibitions and festivals to gala balls, conferences and educational programs. Having worked in theatre and television as an actress, Alex’s events often have theatrical elements that are fast becoming a trade mark of the yearly River’s Gift Gala Ball.

As a keynote speaker, Alex has travelled nationally and internationally, speaking to audiences and industry leaders, passionately sharing her story of courage, resilience and hope.

Alex is one of the founding members of River’s Gift and most importantly is River’s Mum.

Alex has built a loyal bond with families in similar situations and embraces the Unite to SOS (Stamp Out SIDS) initiative. Alex says “When people lose a baby they often miss out on being acknowledged as that child’s parent; the title often gets lost in the years that follow. I feel such gratitude that I am often introduced as River’s Mum and I have the opportunity to do all I can, not only in his honour but for all of his little friends who have lost their lives to this devastating syndrome.”

Alex is also Mum to two beautiful “rainbows born after the storm”, daughter Shiloh and son Bodhi.

Susie Ward – Marketing & Sponsorship Manager

Susie is responsible for the vision and implementation of the marketing and sponsorship/fundraising efforts as it expands across the country.  Susie has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, sponsorship and event management.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the University of Sydney, and then started her career in corporate marketing. Soon after she followed her passion of sport into sports marketing and event/sponsorship management.

Susie has worked with major events and corporations such as The Australian Open & Davis Cup tennis, Westpac Bank, Horseland, Audi Sailing Week, Geelong Otway Tourism Bureau and Geelong’s The Pier Festival. 

Susie particularly enjoys developing relations with sponsors, working with key stakeholders and implementing new marketing initiatives. 

Susie’s thoroughly enjoys her role, and says, “I love coming into work and having the opportunity to work with such passionately driven individuals. I can’t wait to see where we can take River’s Gift in the future”.  

Susie’s instilled her love of sport & the great outdoors in her own 3 children.