WHFS is committed to providing holistic, inclusive and culturally respectful services that enable every woman to achieve her aspirations.
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Margaret Nowak ( Chairperson )
Emeritus Professor Margaret Jennifer Nowak AM
BEc (hons) MEc (Syd), Grad Dip Ed (WAIT), PhD (Murd), Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
Prior to her retirement Margaret spent many years in academia, lecturing in Economics. While Head of Graduate Studies in the Curtin Business School Margaret was responsible for designing, developing and marketing the first Curtin MBA program in 1987. As founding Head of Curtin Graduate School of Business, 1993 to 2004, Margaret championed the development of the Curtin MBA in an online format, one of the first on-line interactive MBAs offered in Australia.
Margaret was a former Consultant in areas of Labour Markets and Corporate Governance; has extensive history of pro bono involvement with elements of the Health industry, particularly with the Public Health sector in Western Australia; WHO Temporary Advisor: Consultation on imbalances in the health workforce.
Margaret has Life membership of the Economic Society of Australia and was awarded the Austin Holmes award for her contributions to Economics in Western Australia; Zonta Woman of Achievement 1990 and Member of the Order of Australia, 2018
- 2013-2019 Chair, Library Board of Western Australia.
- 2013-2017 State Library of Western Australia Foundation Board.
- 2009-2012 Dept. of Agriculture and Food WA, Audit Committee Chair (paid position)
- 2002-2010 Health Dept. of WA Audit Committee: Chair, 2007-10 (paid position)
- 1991-1997 Chair, Management Committee, Fremantle Arts Centre.
Margaret is the Chair of Womens Health & Family Services
Joanne Robinson-Smith ( Vice Chair )
Jo is a Senior Insurance Advisor, Speciality Classes within the group Wesfarmers insurance corporate team.
With her strong corporate background, working in a senior role for the past 23 years in the Perth based headquarters of one of Australia’s largest listed companies, Jo brings experience to Womens Health & Family Services from a risk, insurance and governance perspective.
Jo has been on the WHFS Board since August 2013, was appointed Vice Chair in November 2019 and is also a member of the organisation’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Pina Caffarelli ( Treasurer )
Pina Caffarelli, Principal at Caffarelli & Associates
Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Business Law) 1981 – Curtin University
Master of Business (Accounting) 1989 – Curtin University
Chartered Accounting Australia & New Zealand 1986-1988
AICD – NFP Director course, 2011 & Company Director course, 2012
Tax Institute of Australia, Chartered Tax Advisor 2012
Pina’s professional career spans over almost 30 years in the accounting and taxation industry
Pina commenced her career at Atkins Carlyle Ltd, a large West Australian public company, as a graduate accountant
In 1985 Pina transitioned from commerce to public practice joining Ernst & Young (formerly Ernst & Whinney) in their business services division. Whilst there, she completed her professional year and qualified as a chartered accountant.
1989, she left to set up her own boutique specialist accounting and tax practice in the CBD, Pina providing Business Advisory Services including tax compliance, corporate services, accounting and audit of not-for-profit organisations.
Beyond the operation of her practice, Pina has provided numerous support to not for profit organizations and in particular, the arts. In 2000, Pina was engaged by the Australia Council as part of a national education team to write and present the GST manual to the arts community nationally.
Current Board Membership:
- Cancer Council – Board member, 2009 to present
- Artrinsic Inc. (Black Swan Prize for Portraiture) – Treasurer, 2008 to 2012, Chair 2012 to present
- The Lord’s Taverners – Board Treasurer, 2006 to present
- Perth International Jazz Festival – Board Secretary, 2012 to present
- Deputy Chair, The Lester Prize for Portraiture, April 2019 to present
- Director, Perth Blood Institute, June 2019 to present
Pina is a Board member and Treasurer of WHFS since 2016
Susan Rooney ( Board Member )
Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
Susan has been the CEO of Vinnies WA since 2017. Prior to this she was CEO of Cancer Council WA for 15 years and previously the Executive Director of the State Emergency Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue. In Executive and senior leadership positions for close to 30 years, she has led transformational change in a range of organisations resulting in significant and sustainable organisational growth and mission outcomes.
Susan is a member of the Board of WHFS
Jenny Grew ( Board Member )
BSc (Honours), First Class in Psychology, MBChB (University of Otago), FRCPA, AFCHSM (Certified Health Manager), AFRACMA
Jenny is currently Clinical Director of Anatomical Pathology for Australian Clinical Labs in WA. She is a Clinician-Leader with more than 20 years’ experience, in both New Zealand and Australia.
In addition to leading teams in the provision of high quality pathology diagnostic services, Jenny serves on the Medical Advisory (and Scope of Practice) Committees of Midland and Murdoch St John of God Hospitals, is a technical assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities and holds a Graduate Certificate from the Australasian Institute of Clinical Governance.
Jenny’s professional interests include breast and gynaecological pathology, including the role of HPV testing and cytology screening in the elimination of cervical cancer. She has a Diploma in Obstetrics and is a champion of the Multidisciplinary Team approach to patient care. Jenny is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and MBA (Health Services Management) candidate
Jenny is a member of the Board of WHFS
Melanie Wiese ( Board Member )
MA (Advertising), BA (Hon)
Melanie is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Meerkats, a company dedicated to unlocking the commercial value of human motivation by finding an organisation’s true purpose. Mel has spent over 15 years working as a communications strategist in Melbourne, New York and Perth helping some of the world’s biggest brands clarify their value proposition and effectively identify and communicate with their marketplace.
In Australia, Mel has worked at JWT and The Campaign Palace on Ford, Shell, Yoplait, Quit Victoria, National Foods and the National Heart Foundation. In the USA, she was a Planning Director at Grey New York, working as the Global Strategy Lead for Proctor and Gamble’s fabric care business. She also worked on DIRECTV, UPMC and Diageo.
Mel’s specialist expertise is in brand strategy, research design and co-creation methodologies to solve communications problems. For HBF, P&G, Youth Focus, Bankwest, Synergy, Horizon Power and Water Corporation Mel has participated, facilitated and designed large scale consumer co-creation both on and offline, resulting in rich learning, consumer led solutions and staff and brand engagement.
In Perth, Mel has led the rejuvenation of the national Brownes yogurt portfolio, created the Young Men’s Project for YouthFocus, and launched a new brand purpose, identity and public website for Synergy. She has led fundraising projects for Foundation for the WA Museum, St John WA, Youth Focus and Cancer Council.
Mel has three kids, makes a mean cupcake, loves to run and is passionate about women’s inclusion in sport. After a decade working in categories from services to consumer goods to health promotion, she’s also pretty handy at a quiz night. She has spoken at local and international marketing conferences including Mumbrella 360, ADMA and the International Youth Mental Health Conference and is a regular contributor to media discussions.
Melanie is a member of the Board of WHFS
Rebecca Banks ( Board Member )
Master of Commerce, University of Southern Queensland; Bachelor of Economics, University of Sydney
Rebecca is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of Perth Radiological Clinic. Perth Radiological Clinic is Western Australia’s largest private provider of radiological services and employs around 1,000 staff at 20 clinics across the Perth metro area.
Prior to Perth Radiological Clinic, Rebecca worked for the Wesfarmers Group in various roles over eight years, including Commercial Manager, Kleenheat Natural Gas & Electricity, Compliance Manager and Manager, Women in Leadership.
Rebecca worked for PwC China in Hong Kong for 12 years in roles including Advisory services and partner development.
Rebecca is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rebecca Banks is the Chair of the WHFS Finance and Risk Management Subcommittee
Kathrina Bryen ( Board Member )
Kathrina holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Learning. She is a member of the AICD.
Kathrina Bryen is a highly successful human resources executive with 25+ years’ experience working across the areas of transformational, cultural and structural change, talent and capability development, industrial relations, workforce planning and diversity & inclusion. She has worked in senior HR roles in both the private and public sector. After working with Aurizon, Australia’s largest national freight operator as Vice President HR Operations & Network she joined Ausgrid, the largest distributor of electricity on Australia’s east coast. She is currently Executive General Manager People.
Kathrina is an advocate of the value diversity and inclusion brings to a company, and this has been integral in developing an integrated approach to building a more diverse, engaged workforce in all her roles. She has also worked with the UN Women National Committee of Australia and was a Finalist in the Telstra Queensland Business Women of the Year Awards 2016.
Kathrina Bryen is a member of the WHFS Board since March 2018
Victoria Campbell ( Board Member )
BCOM Double Major in Finance & Property
Victoria is currently an Asset Manager at Charter Hall, responsible for the performance and strategic direction of a portfolio of commercial office assets. Prior to this Victoria has over a decade of experience in finance, strategy and banking roles in both Australia and the UK. Previous roles included working in a transactional capacity in Corporate and Institutional banking. Victoria brings to the Board a commercial, strategic and risk management focus. Victoria has a keen interest in social enterprise and social equity
Victoria Campbell is a Board member of WHFS since September 2016
Claire Rowe ( Board Member )
Claire holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Notre Dame Australia and Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science), University of Notre Dame Australia. She has also completed the Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, Governance Institute of Australia.
Claire Rowe is a Senior Associate at Wright Legal, a specialty banking and finance practice, focusing on energy, mining and resources, corporate and property finance. Prior to Wright Legal, Claire was at Minter Ellison and seconded to in-house legal roles at 2 large Australian banks. Claire brings to the board, expertise in the legal and commercial aspects of banking and finance, together with corporate governance, risk management and compliance. Claire has a keen interest in the healthcare industry and social justice and feels privileged to bring her experience and knowledge to the Women’s Health and Family Services board.
Claire is a member of the Board of WHFS