Board of Directors
Jennifer Williams AM, Chair
Jennifer is the current Board Chair of Yooralla. She is also Chair of Northern Health and Chair of the Alfred Whole Time Medical Practice Scheme. She is a Board member of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Barwon Health, the Australian Medical Research Future Fund and InfoXchange. Prior to being a non-Executive Director, Jennifer was Chief Executive of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Chief Executive of Alfred Health and Chief Executive of Austin Health and a Council member of La Trobe University. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Science and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her service to public health in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.
Barbara Alexander, AO
Barbara is a long-standing supporter of disability rights, both personally and as a former Mayor of Benalla. She helped found the Benalla Support Group for Children with Special Needs and held roles on school council, Ballandella (Central Access) and was President of Benalla and District Hospital for five years. Barbara was President of the Victorian peak body representing families and children, the Association of Children with Disabilities, for five years and has also held roles on state and national advisory committees on disability. Barbara was instrumental in the establishment of a national body for families/children now known as CDA. Barbara is a business person who operated hospitality/accommodation businesses for 20 years, and who retired to become Executive Officer of Tomorrow:Today Foundation, a Benalla community philanthropic organisation focused on overcoming disadvantage through education.
Sandra is a senior marketing and business consultant with over 30 years’ experience working with some of Australia’s most well-known organisations in a variety of industry sectors. These sectors include fast moving consumer goods, cultural destinations, business to business, government and not-for-profit organisations. She has considerable experience working within the disability sector, a strong background in governance and 20 years’ experience on a variety of councils and boards. Sandra is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.
Claire Keating is a non-executive director and independent consultant. She is a chartered accountant and was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 2002 to January 2016. Claire has over 25 years’ experience as consultant and internal and external auditor, specialising in superannuation and funds management. She is a former member elected director of PwC Superannuation Fund and has held a number of management roles with PwC, including leader of the Melbourne Financial Services Assurance Practice and National Investment Management Assurance sector leader. Claire is a director of CARE Super, State Super NSW, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and the NAB Wealth Boards comprising MLC Investments Ltd, Navigator Australia Ltd, Antares Capital Partners Ltd and National Asset Management Ltd and a board member of the Judicial Commission of Victoria.
Julie has over 30 years' experience in the management of large scale transformation programs and the implementation of new operating models, the re-design of organisational structures, the re-engineering of processes and the deployment of new systems. Julie has fulfilled many roles and leadership positions including KPMG partner, consultant, a software vendor and a Chief Information Officer. Her extensive experience has given Julie a unique perspective on the challenges, risks and opportunities of delivering major programs across multiple industry sectors and corporations. Julie has an unwavering focus on achieving the agreed program outcomes. Having retired from KPMG partnership, Julie's current Board portfolio includes Seek, IRESS, Datacom, CenITex, HPV and Partners Life. Julie has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) and is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants in Australia.
Dr Jane Tracy
Jane is a medical practitioner who has worked for over 25 years with people with disability, their families and support staff. She is currently the Director of the Centre for Developmental Disability Health, Monash Health. Jane’s career focus has included teaching medical and allied health professional students and practitioners in relation to the health and healthcare of people with developmental disability. Jane works collaboratively with people with disability, and those who support them, in the design and implementation of educational activities to ensure their voice is heard by health professionals. She has also worked with disability staff in a range of projects designed to further develop their practice in supporting people to achieve and maintain optimal health and function. Jane has an adult son with disability and so has both a professional and personal understanding of, and commitment to, the field.
Michael Vanderheide has served as Chief Executive of CenITex, the Victorian Government’s shared services provider of ICT infrastructure services, since July 2011. Michael’s professional experience is a mix of public and private sectors, with organisations including Qantas and ActewAGL, in executive roles in the fields of IT and Human Resources. He joined the ACT Government’s Chief Minister’s Department in December 1998 as a Director of what was then called the Office of Information Technology and Multimedia and later, he established and led the ACT Shared Services organisation. In 2018 Michael was appointed as a Director on the Board of YMCA Australia. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration and served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. He has extensive experience in driving significant organisation-wide transformation.
Dr Michael Walsh
Dr Michael Walsh has been Chief Executive of Cabrini Health Limited since December 2008. He has a distinguished career in hospital and health administration in Victoria, Western Australia, the UK and the Middle East. Michael is a medical graduate of Monash University and holds a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Australasian College of Health Service Managers. Michael joined the Yooralla Board on 11 February 2019.
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