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Our staff

Lieu Le

Lieu Le

PA to Executive Director & Administration Officer
Grace Mountford

Grace Mountford

Project Officer, Club Respect
Bryony Green

Bryony Green

Business Development & Engagement
Janya Clemens

Janya Clemens

Projects & Events Officer
Ally Oliver-Perham

Ally Oliver-Perham

Digital Advocacy & Engagement
Casimira Melican

Casimira Melican

Research & Advocacy
Mary Crooks AO

Mary Crooks AO

Executive Director
Maddy Crehan

Maddy Crehan

Social Media Officer
Carolyn Munckton

Carolyn Munckton

General Manager, Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust
Wilfredo Zelada

Wilfredo Zelada

Finance Manager & I.T
Maria Chetcuti

Maria Chetcuti

Event Manager, Breakthrough
Paul Zappa

Paul Zappa

Principal Project Consultant, Club Respect
Janice Powell

Janice Powell

Board Executive Support
Esther Davies-Brown

Esther Davies-Brown

Project Officer, Breakthrough
Jane Bennett

Jane Bennett

Project Advisor, The Waratah Project
Karen Pickering

Karen Pickering

Project Advisor, The Waratah Project

Our Board

Padmini Sebastian

Padmini Sebastian

Board Member Padmini leads the award winning Immigration Museum in Victoria. 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).
Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson

Convenor 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.
Nicky Friedman

Nicky Friedman

Board Member 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.
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.
Patricia ni Ivor

Patricia ni Ivor

Board Member Patricia is an experienced public and private sector executive, with achievements in complex policy and regulatory reform. She specialises in project management and has lectured as an industry advisor at RMIT University. Patricia established Word Map Projects, a specialise project management practice focused on public and social policy, health and infrastructure projects and has directed Performance Audits for the Victorian Auditor General.
Teresa Tjia

Teresa Tjia

Board Member 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

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.
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.

Our Volunteers

Hilary Irwin

Hilary Irwin

Volunteer, Paradox of Service
Karen Large

Karen Large

Volunteer, Our Voice Their Safety
Jan Browning

Jan Browning

Volunteer, Club Respect
Denise Keighery

Denise Keighery

Volunteer, Archive Digitisation
Jess Browning

Jess Browning

Volunteer, Breakthrough
Pam Cartey-Salmon

Pam Cartey-Salmon

Volunteer, Archive Digitisation
Susan Powell

Susan Powell

Volunteer, Paradox of Service
Sofia Omstedt

Sofia Omstedt

Volunteer, Breakthrough