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.
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 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 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.
Padmini Sebastian OAM
Padmini leads the award winning Immigration Museum in Victoria. On Australia Day 2017 Padmini received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). She has worked extensively in the cultural and community sectors and has established national and international partnerships and networks to promote migration and cultural diversity. She is a founding member of the International Network of Migration Institutions. She contributes to a number of community and cultural organisations and initiatives. She is a Churchill Fellow (2000).
Board Member [email protected]
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.
Teresa is a senior executive in higher education, with extensive experience in team and organisational transformation, service and technological innovation, and stakeholder engagement. Born in Indonesia and raised in Perth, Teresa is passionate about contributing locally throughout her life, including elected Presidents of representative educational organisations.
Mary Crooks AO
Executive Director [email protected]
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
Board Member [email protected]
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.