Board of Directors
Jennifer Williams AM, Chair
Jennifer is the current Board Chair of Yooralla. She is also Chair of Northern Health and is a Board member of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Barwon Health and the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board. 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.
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. Claire has over 30 years’ experience as consultant and internal and external auditor, specialising in superannuation and funds management. Claire is a director of AustralianSuper, State Super NSW, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and Charter Hall Direct Property Management Limited and a board member of the Judicial Commission of Victoria. She is a chartered accountant and was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 2002 to January 2016. She held a number of management roles with PwC, including leader of the Melbourne Financial Services Assurance Practice and National Investment Management Assurance sector leader.
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, AFIC, Datacom, CenITex and Partnerslife. 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 30 years with people with disability, their families and support staff. For most of this time, she has been employed at the Centre for Developmental Disability Health, first at Monash University and now at Monash Health. Jane has worked as a clinician, researcher, and medical educator. She has a particular interest on the training of medical students and the professional development of medical, nursing and allied health practitioners in relation to the healthcare of people with developmental disability. Jane has partnered with people with disability, and those who support them, in the design and implementation of educational resources and activities to ensure health practitioners have the opportunity to learn directly from people with disability about their needs and experience. She has also engaged 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.
After 8 years serving as Chief Executive of Cenitex, the Victorian Government’s shared services provider of ICT services, Michael Vanderheide is leading a major IT-based transformation for RMIT University. 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. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration and served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. He has extensive experience in driving significant organisation-wide transformation initiatives.
John is an experienced senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the health and not-for profit sector. John is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Australian Red Cross Lifeblood and prior to that was the Chief Financial Officer of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. John holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a CPA and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John is a member of the Alfred Hospital Whole Time Medical Staff Trust.
Felix Walsh, Director
Felix is a recent graduate of the Melbourne Law School (Juris Doctor). His interests include governance and management in the disability sector as well as social justice initiatives, particularly those focused on the rights of people with disability. Felix has worked as a Policy and Law Reform Officer at a community legal centre that provides services to people with disability. He has produced submissions for a variety of inquiries including the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Felix also serves on the equality and inclusion reference committee for the Independent Advisory Council for the NDIS. During 2019, Felix assisted Yooralla in the preparations for the Disability Royal Commission by undertaking an extensive audit of historical customer incidents. He is a Member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Youth Affairs Council Victoria. He has previously held a position on the steering committee at the Youth Disability Advocacy Service. Felix holds a Bachelor of Arts with The University of Melbourne (History Major; Media and Communications Minor). Felix identifies as a person with disability. Felix joined the Yooralla Board on 16 September 2020.
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