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Our Board

Azmeena Hussain

Azmeena Hussain

Board Member Azmeena Hussain is a Senior Associate at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. She an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Board member of Intouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence and the Islamic Museum of Australia. She is an AFL Multicultural Ambassador and former Advisor to Victoria Police, Chief Commissioner's Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee.
Leanne Miller

Leanne Miller

Board Member Leanne is a woman of the Dhulanyagen Ulupna Clan, Yorta Yorta nation and Executive Director of Koorie Women Mean Business. She has an extensive advocacy background working in indigenous, legal and women’s sectors, and has represented Australian Indigenous Women at the United Nations, New York, as well as undertaking a UN Fellow in Geneva.
Sheree Rubinstein

Sheree Rubinstein

Board Member

Sheree is the co-founder and CEO of One Roof, expert in curating spaces and communities that nurture female entrepreneurs. One Roof has created female-centric co-working spaces across 4 cities, engaged 10,000 women and hosted 500+ educational workshops. Sheree was awarded the 2016 Victorian Young Achievers Leadership Award. In 2015, she was nominated one of Australia’s top young innovators by the Foundation for Young Australians.

Ruth McGowan

Ruth McGowan

Board Member
Ruth McGowan OAM runs her own consultancy as a trainer consultant and coach to local government. Building on her experience as a past councillor in local government, Ruth is passionate about supporting women as active citizens and for many years she has been involved in campaigns to encourage more women to stand for council elections, and more recently to improve recognition of women in the Australian Honours system. Trained as an agricultural scientist, Ruth has lived most of her life in rural Victoria and is a mother of three adult children.
Naida Beltrame

Naida Beltrame

Board Member Naida is a senior tax adviser whose career has focused on supporting high net wealth individuals with tax advice, and securing funding for companies ranging from startups to multinationals for their investments in research and development. Former roles have included 11 years at Deloitte and Ernst & Young. Passionate about human rights, Naida has been board member of a number of community organisations, such as East Timor Hearts Fund and Diaspora Action Australia. Naida currently provides tax advice at Beltrame Consulting.
Leena van Deventer

Leena van Deventer

Board Member

Leena van Deventer is an award-winning writer, game developer, and educator. She has taught interactive storytelling at both RMIT and Swinburne University. In 2016, Leena published her first book Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, the fight for the future of video games with Dr Dan Golding (Affirm Press). Leena is co-founder and Director of WiDGET (Women In Development, Games & Everything Tech), a grassroots intersectional not-for-profit organisation supporting women game developers, with over 550 members.

Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson

Chair Alana is a farmer and rural consultant. She was the Victorian Rural Woman of the Year in 2010. A founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture, Alana has worked extensively on behalf of rural women, nationally and internationally. She has served on a number of government and NGO boards and is currently the President of Voice 4 Indi, which initiated a democracy project in the lead-up to the 2013 federal election.
Ella Hooper

Ella Hooper

Board Member Ella Hooper is a musician, mentor, radio and TV presenter. Bursting into the scene at 16 with her rock band Killing Heidi, Ella released Reflector (2000), an album chock full of angsty anthems sung with gusto which made her a household name and an unlikely teen icon. Ella has since gone on to record multiple records with various musical projects, toured the world, branched out into media, hosting a variety of shows and mentoring other young artists along the way. She has recently joined the board of Creative State, advising the state government on the concerns of the Victorian music scene.
Nicky Friedman

Nicky Friedman

Deputy Chair Nicky is the Director of Community Engagement at the law firm, Allens. Nicky is focused on leveraging the resources of the private legal profession to enable disadvantaged people to gain greater access to justice. She is also a director of pro bono clearinghouse Justice Connect. Nicky has a background in social justice work and law reform, focusing on women’s rights. She has a long term association with the VWT, having been a volunteer and and employee before joining the board.
Mary Crooks AO

Mary Crooks AO

Executive Director After an extensive public policy career, Mary became the Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust in 1996. She has designed and led ground-breaking community engagement initiatives, such as the Purple Sage Project and Our Watermark Australia. In June 2012, Mary was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, for her distinguished services to public policy and advocacy for the advancement of women.
Duré Dara OAM

Duré Dara OAM

Board Member Equality for women, indigenous people and environmental sustainability are issues high on Duré's agenda. Duré worked in youth welfare before focusing on music and developing restaurant ventures (and was the first woman president of the Victorian Restaurant and Caterers Association). Vice President of Philanthropy Australia Duré joined the VWT's staff in a fundraising capacity. She has been on the Board since 1991.