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

Our Board

Kit McMahon - Chair

Kit is the CEO of Women’s Health in the South East and has over two decades of senior executive and governance experience across the education, training and not-for-profit sectors, including Tradeswomen Australia Foundation, Volunteering Australia and Girl Guides Australia. Kit holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Graduate Diploma in Action Learning, a Master of Adult Education (Organisation Development) and an MBA. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Women on Boards and Emily’s List.
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.
Amanda Kelly - Treasurer

Amanda is the CEO of Women’s Health Goulburn North East. Starting her career in chartered accounting, Amanda soon moved into the arts sector and from there found her way into health. Working across the public hospital system, the forensics and drug and alcohol sectors, she then moved into senior roles in women-led, women-focussed organisations. She has worked with several Boards over the past 20 years, sat on Board Committees and is Chair of the Victorian Pride Centre Audit and Risk Committee.
Helen Riseborough

Helen has been the CEO of Women’s Health in the North since 2010 and has served as Director of Hope Street Youth and Family Services for over eight years. Helen holds a Master of Social Policy and Bachelor of Social Work.
Amanda Barker

GAICD, Non Executive Director and an accomplished Senior Executive Leader, Amanda has extensive experience in education, health & community, corporate and the sports sector. Amanda was honoured with an Australian Day Public Service Medal Award 2012 for outstanding work in the community. 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.
Angela Jackson

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.
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.
Entsar Hamid

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).
Sarah Styles

Sarah champions greater outcomes for women and girls in sport as the Head of Female Engagement at Cricket Australia, and has over ten years’ experience in strategy development and execution, stakeholder engagement, diversity and inclusion, and corporate finance. A former investment banker, Sarah holds a Master of Finance, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science, and attended The Wharton School as part of Chief Executive Women’s Scholarship Program.

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.
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