Our Team

A team of five full-time and five part-time staff members, governed by a board of twelve unpaid directors coordinate Wishlist’s fundraising activities to ensure maximum public benefit for funds raised.

Lisa Rowe

CEO

Lisa has managed the operations of Wishlist for the past 16 years with the help of a dedicated and highly-skilled team.

A background in media and advertising, experience in the public sector and a strong belief in the power of a proactive community drives her in the diverse role of Wishlist CEO.

Lisa Wilson

Fundraising and Events Coordinator

A strong supporter of Wishlist for many years, Lisa joined the team in 2007 and now works as the Events and Fundraising Co-ordinator. 

Lisa has spearheaded several successful events including the 2017 Grand Celebration at the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital, as well as some of the Coast's premier events.  

Tracey Sobey

Executive Support Officer

Tracey joined us in 2013 and very quickly established herself as an integral part of our team. 

With a friendly attitude Tracey is responsible for the day to day running of Wishlist including project funding and staff scholarship grants, while providing support to CEO Lisa Rowe.

Hans de Koning

Philanthropy Manager

Hans has spent 10 years in event management including coordinating over 500 sport, corporate and community events. Working at events such as test matches, ICC World Cup and T20 matches, Hans most recently spent four years in community engagement for Sydney Thunder in the KFC Big Bash. 

Hans recently moved from Sydney to enjoy the beautiful Sunshine Coast and is passionate about growing Wishlist. 

Carmen Spencer

Marketing Co-ordinator

Carmen joined the Wishlist team in January 2017 as the Marketing Co-ordinator.


Carmen has over nine years’ experience working in the Marketing, Communications & Design industry for a number of businesses across the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and London. Carmen is thrilled to contribute to Wishlist’s journey and support the Sunshine Coast community.

Richard Ward

Wishlist coffee house manager

Richard joined the team in December 2013 and manages the Wishlist Coffee House at the Gympie Hospital.

Richard has an extensive background in company and staff management which fits in very well in his current role at the Coffee House.   He is very passionate about Wishlist and raising funds for the needs of Gympie Hospital and leads a team of volunteers to deliver additional equipment and service support for the benefit of local families.

Bianca Swann

WishlistConnect Marketing Coordinator

Bianca joined the Wishlist team in June 2017 as the Marketing Co-ordinator for WishlistConnect.

Bianca has over six years experience working in the marketing, communications and public relations industries for a number of businesses across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

Bianca is excited to be a part of the Wishlist team and to be working on our new member benefits platform WishlistConnect.

Bianca Keegan

Communications Officer

Bianca joined the team in June 2016 as Communications Officer.

Previously, Bianca spent nine years working as a print journalist in Brisbane and Cairns. With her background in media and freelance public relations, Bianca is excited to be telling Wishlist's story across several platforms.

Ashlea Heisner

Events and Marketing Assistant

Ashlea joined the team in January 2016 as the face of Wishlist's front reception and is now assistant to the events and marketing team.

After completing her studies in Event Management at TAFE, and tirelessly supporting Wishlist events throughout 2015 as a volunteer, Ashlea has become the backbone to the events team ensuring the success of several fundraisers throughout the year.

Anita Rechenberg

Adminstrative Manager

Anita joined the Wishlist team as the Administration Manager in May 2017, bringing her experience of three years in the non-for-profit sector and 24 years in government.

Anita moved from Brisbane to be closer to family and to enjoy the beach life on the Sunshine Coast.

With a welcoming attitude, Anita provides administrative support to the entire Wishlist Team.