The Women’s Health Victoria Board is governed by a group of dedicated women; comprising of twelve voluntary members. Our Board brings a wide range of commercial, not-for-profit and business skills, expertise and knowledge to Women’s Health Victoria.


Its key role is to oversee the strategic direction of the organisation with a focus on governance and associated business functions. It ensures the organisation is working toward its vision of women living well - healthy, empowered and equal.

Board of Directors for 2019

Candy Broad

Candy Broad BComm (UWA), GAICD, GAIST 
Chair - Elected to Board: Oct 2013

Candy Broad contributes extensive experience in governance and on issues associated with reforming Victoria’s statutory framework for women’s sexual and reproductive health choices and devising more integrated government responses to the prevention of family violence.

Christine Fitzherbert

Christine Fitzherbert MBA, BA (Politics), GradDip (IR), Company Director’s Diploma in Finance
Deputy Chair - Elected to Board: Oct 2013

Christine Fitzherbert, until recently, was Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Melbourne Health. Christine now runs her own consultancy practice specialising in the field of organisational performance, management and cultural change.  In addition, Christine is the CEO of the St Kilda Police & Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), a not-for-profit organisation specialising in youth support services and a gymnasium.

Elizabeth Dax

Elizabeth Dax Associate Professor AM; MD, BS; PhD; GAIDC
Treasurer - Elected to Board: Oct 2016

Elizabeth Dax retired from her career in medicine and science in 2009. She is a director on three not-for-profit boards, including Chair of the Dax Centre Ltd. Her last appointments (1990-2009) were as director of the National Serology Reference Laboratory, Australia and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on diagnostics of blood born viruses.

Tania Angelini

Tania Angelini MA (Comm), GradCert Prof Writ & Edit, B Arts (Media Art)
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2013

Tania Angelini has extensive experience in strategic communications, issues management and public relations and is currently the Chief Communications Officer at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Kate Broun

Kate Broun Bach. App. Sci (Health Promotion) (Honours), Post. Dip. App Sci (Org Dynamics)
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2016

Kate Broun is the Manager of Screening, Early Detection and Immunisation at Cancer Council Victoria. She brings extensive experience in health promotion, cancer prevention and women’s health.

Judy Hacker

Judy Hacker B.Ec, Dip.Ed, Certificate in marketing
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2016

Judy Hacker’s experience covers 30 years in the corporate world in senior marketing roles and the establishment of her own business Maxim Marketing. Strategic development, communications, brand strategy and governance are particular areas of interest and expertise.


Emily Howie BA, LLB, LLM (Columbia)
Member - Co-opted: July 2018, Elected to Board: Oct 2018

Emily Howie in her role as Director of Legal Advocacy and Research at the Human Rights Law Centre, ensures women have access to reproductive health rights through advocacy and legal action.


Brigid Mahar B. Comm B.PD CA 
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2019

Brigid Mahar has extensive experience working with not for profit organisations in relation to strategy and operations, specialising in the development of transparent and efficient funding models, policies and processes to support effective decision making.  She is a chartered accountant and has a strong financial background spanning the not for profit and corporate sectors.


Diana Quinn 
Member - Co-opted to the Board: November 2019


Magdalena Simonis MBBS FRACGP DipObst RANZCOG
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2013-Oct 2015, Re-elected Oct 2017

Magdalena Simonis is a practicing GP with interests in community health, chronic disease prevention, and women’s health. Magdalena is on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Expert Committee for Quality Care, is an Honorary Research Fellow with the department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne and is the current President of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society. 


Sheena Watt B. Bus
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2019

Sheena Watt, a proud Yorta Yorta woman, is a public health advocate, company director, Board Member of VicHealth, Merri Health, the Victorian Council of Social Services and Progressive Public Health Alliance. Sheena is the Executive Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Programs for AFL SportsReady.

Our board members, staff and volunteers work to a values-based code of conduct, which sets expectations about our leadership and integrity; our belief in empowerment of others; our belief in equality of opportunities and rights; our feminist commitment to women’s equality and to challenging gender norms, practices and structures.

Board Director positions are voluntary with expenses reimbursed.

If you are Interested in Board positions please contact the CEO on 96649300