Quick exit Contrast
Search the website

We’re the peak body for gender equity, women’s health and the prevention of violence against women

Our Board

Entsar Hamid - Chair

Entsar holds 13 years’ experience in building government capability, driving operational excellence, and change and transformation with a central focus on improved stakeholder management. Entsar has held Manager and Director positions across the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. In 2018 she was the youngest awardee for the Top 50 Women in the Public Service (Vic).
Julie Kun - Deputy Chair

Julie is the CEO of WIRE – Victoria’s only services that provides support information and referral to women and gender diverse and nonbinary people on any issue. Since becoming CEO four years ago WIRE has forged ahead to be at the forefront of family violence prevention and financial capability. Julie established and ran Jewish Care’s Blue Star a culturally appropriate home and respite care service for the diverse Jewish Communities of Melbourne and worked with the Australian Services Union Tasmania Division as an organiser, with a focus on gender equity.
Angela Jackson - Treasurer

Starting her career as an economist at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Angela has worked across tax, fiscal and social policy. As the then Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Angela worked on the Government’s response to the GFC and major reforms across the health, education and disability sectors. Angela is also a member of the National Federation of Australian Women’s Social Policy Committee and has contributed to the NFAW annual Gender Lens on the Budget.
Amanda Barker

Amanda was honoured with an Australian Day Public Service Medal Award 2012 for outstanding work in the community. At board level, highlights include her appointment as a Non Executive Director with the Credit & Investments Ombudsman where she provided strategic guidance and governance to management and the board, to promote and further develop the Ombudsman scheme. Currently Amanda has been appointed onto the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative, established to set out a roadmap for realigning the finance sector to support greater social, environmental and economic outcomes for the country.
Sherri Huckstep

Sherri Huckstep is the first Chief Experience Officer at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. In her role, Sherri leads both the Patient Experience and the People, Culture and Wellbeing teams and strategies.

Sherri came to Victoria in February 2017 from Ontario, Canada where she is a Registered Nurse and experienced health care leader. Sherri has worked in health care for over 30 years in various roles.

Emma Mahony

Emma has a strong commitment to social justice and has worked in many
roles across the community sector, including mental health, women’s health and community development. She is the CEO of Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West.
Jenny Davidson

Jenny Davidson is the CEO of Council of Single Mothers and their Children, a non-profit organisation that supports and empowers single mother families and advocates for change, and a single mother. She is a values-based leader with a passion for growing equality and creating opportunities for others to flourish. Twenty years working in the non-profit sector has resulted in expertise in strategic leadership, operations, service delivery and stakeholder relations, reinforced by an MBA from Melbourne Business School. Jenny’s experience ranges across women’s, youth and health organisations in Australia and overseas, with a focus on women’s rights.
Marianne Hendron

Marianne Hendron has been CEO of Women’s Health Grampians for the past 6 years and has a comprehensive understanding of the key issues and challenges facing the women’s health at the moment. She brings extensive experience working in human services management, stakeholder engagement and capacity building to address access and equity issues across Western Victoria. She Chairs the CoRE Alliance Leadership Group and is also Chair of Sports Central, the Central Highlands Sports Assembly.
Jade Blakkarly

As CEO of Juno in 2017 she has initiated and led ground-breaking projects focused on achieving positive outcomes and sustained change for people experiencing disadvantage in family violence, homelessness, justice, health, drug and alcohol sectors and in Aboriginal health. Her expertise lies in strategic leadership, operations and system design, policy and program innovation.
Dr Leonora Risse

Dr Leonora Risse joins the GEN VIC board as a co-opted member. Dr Risse is an economist who specialises in gender equality in the workforce. She is a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University, and a Research Fellow with the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia. She currently serves as the National Chair of the Women in Economics Network. She is currently appointed as a Lecturer in Economics at RMIT University.

Our special advisers

Julia Banks

Julia Banks is an experienced Business Leader, Company Director, General Counsel Company Secretary and a former Member of the Parliament of Australia. Julia’s expertise is in the areas of governance, ethics and trust, reputation, risk, crisis and issues management, leadership development and workplace culture.

During her term in office, Julia Banks made numerous speeches to the Federal Parliament which were underpinned by her passion and drive for gender and cultural equality and the impact of unconscious bias and discrimination.
Trish Crossin

Trish Crossin was the first women elected to the Federal Parliament from the Northern Territory and served 15 years (1998-2013). Trish is an advocate for gender equity, and supporting women into politics. During her time in the Senate, Trish was Chair of the Status of Women Committee and her work contributed to the implementation of paid maternity leave, a national plan to reduce violence against women and including breastfeeding as a ground for discrimination in the Sex Discrimination Act.
* indicates required