The Hands Board provides the strategic direction for the operation of Hands and supports our Thai Partners in the four foundation pillars of governance, compliance, sustainability and leadership.
The Board members are all accomplished in their chosen field, bringing a wide range of skills and attributes to the table. They are well respected and most importantly, they share one vision: supporting the children. Board members are not financially compensated for their time – in fact they cover their own expenses when traveling to our sites in Thailand.
Hands has established a Foundation in Thailand. This allows us to own property in Thailand and to continue the work we do for the long term. Being granted Foundation status by the Thai Government is further testament to the work we do.
Peter is the Founder of Hands Across the Water. His passion for helping others, especially Thailand’s children, has inspired people around the world to have the courage to make a difference.
In addition to leading Hands, Peter is the principal of Peter Baines Consulting. Peter helps businesses build effective sustainable leadership programs through a unique mix of leadership and corporate social responsibility initiatives. His corporate social responsibility platforms create goodwill, staff engagement and sustainable change.
Peter was awarded the Order of Australian Medal in 2014 for service to international humanitarian aid in Thailand.
Peter delights in the opportunity to return to Hands’ orphanages in Thailand. Outside of work and Hands, he enjoys spending time with his kids, cycling and snowboarding.
Scott has been on the Hands Board since 2006. He was deeply moved by Peter Baines’ story and commitment to helping Thailand’s children and volunteered to help found the Hands Board. Scott plays a pivotal role in helping Hands identify strategic opportunities and partnerships and to be more effective.
A thought leader on advocacy, Scott works closely with leading organisations across Asia Pacific and the US. He is passionate about helping others identify possibilities and transform their dreams into reality.
Scott holds a Master of Arts in Organisational Communication and is a director of 4 successful companies, including a registered training organisation (RTO) and a property trust. He is the co-author of Thought Leaders: How to capture, package and deliver your ideas for greater commercial success and Sell Your Thoughts: How to earn a million dollars a year as a Thought Leader.
Scott loves spending his spare time with his 3 young children.
Kay is the executive chairman of buying group, NARTA, the National Association of Retail Traders of Australia. An accomplished leader, Kay joined NARTA in 1998 after rising through the ranks at Sharp Corporation of Australia where became the first female director in a Japanese company. Kay also held the position of Sharp’s general manager – sales and marketing.
She joined the Hands team after hearing Peter Baines speak at NARTA’s 2007 conference.
Under Kay’s leadership at NARTA, the organisation’s annual turnover has grown from $350 million to more than $3.4 billion. Today NARTA is the largest buying group of independent retailers in Australia and New Zealand.
As an accomplished leader, Kay brings to Hands her extensive knowledge of the business sector, as well as compassion and care for the children.
Willie met Peter Baines in 2008, after learning about Hands through a friend. For him, Hands ticked all the boxes for involvement in a charity. Hands has a strong inspirational leader, is committed to kids (and all kids deserve a chance in life), and every dollar donated goes to the kids.
Originally from the UK, Willie came to Australia in 1974 as a 10 pound Pom. Willie is enjoying retirement after a successful career in the insurance industry in Australia, the Asia Pacific and the UK.
A Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Willie manages Hands’ accounts and administration requirements and brings a broad range of business skills to the charity.
Willie completed a Hands bike ride in 2010 age 61 and another one in 2014.
When he’s not giving his time to Hands, Willie loves travelling, skiing, fishing, golf and collecting/drinking good Australian wine.
Jimmy is the Managing Director of one of Australia’s leading independent Media and Advertising agencies, Media Merchants, with offices in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Jimmy has a passion for people and a passion for business–in particular, getting results for Media Merchants’s extensive range of clients, predominantly in the Retail sector. His strengths are in Sales and Marketing, great relationships, and a proven highly successful business record. All of which is underpinned by his strong value pillars of Honesty, Integrity, Transparency, and Good Communication.
Jimmy and his Team at Media Merchants have been fantastic supporters of Hands since 2008 and want to make a positive difference for the kids.
Tricia Velthuizen is the CEO of Churchill Education, a Brisbane-based registered training organisation. Tricia co-founded Churchill with her husband (Randall Smith) in 2006, and took up the reigns as CEO in 2016. Tricia, a former Crown Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Queensland, has over ten years of experience in the legal profession.
Tricia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2002, and has recently been honoured with the AchieveForum Australian HR Champion (CEO) of the Year Award, in recognition of her innovative and inspiring leadership philosophy and practice at Churchill.
Tricia and Randall (a former senior Detective with the Queensland Police Service) have a longstanding relationship with Hands Across the Water, and are now veterans of the Thailand ride, having participated over several years. They have the saddle sores and stories to prove it!
Tricia has a commitment to HATW that is both professional and personal, and regularly returns to Thailand to visit, most recently with her two daughters.
The Hands Board takes a transparent approach to reporting on operational and financial activities.
As an organisation with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office, our financial activities are independently audited each year.
View our DGR Certificate: Hands Across the Water DGR Certificate
View our Impact Report:
View our Financial Reports:
- 2014-2015 HATWA Audited Financial Reports
- Hands Across the Water 2013 Annual Report
- Hands Across the Water 2012 Annual Report
- Hands Across the Water 2011 Annual Report
- Hands Across the Water 2010 Annual Report
- Hands Across the Water 2009 Annual Report
87 Beechworth Road, Pymble NSW 2073, Australia
A separate commercial entity HATW Pty Ltd was established to identify, develop, resource and implement commercial projects to raise income for the charity, with 100% of profits going to the charity. All donations are directed 100% to the charity, not HATW Pty Ltd.