Our board is made up of nine local women who bring a range of valuable experiences, knowledge and skills to WHG governance.
Our board members’ commitment to good governance, commitment to supporting all of the work of WHG and their personal commitments to improving the health and wellbeing of women in the Grampians region is powerful and palpable. This is an exciting and dynamic board who believe in social change and are willing to stand up and provide drive and energy to progress the vision and work of WHG.
- Katherine Gillespie
Katherine has a background in health and local government, is a graduate of Leadership Ballarat Western Region program and currently the Executive Officer of Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership. Katherine has been a Board member for three years, Chair for two years and lives in Ballarat.
- Talei Deacon
Talei has a background in health services management and is also a graduate of Leadership Ballarat Western Region. She is currently employed in operations at UFS Dispensaries. Talei has been on the board since November 2014 and resides in Ballarat.
- Leanne Greenwood
Board Member and Treasurer
Leanne has qualifications and experience in internal auditing, quality assurance and risk assessment. She has been a Board member since 2013 and lives and works as a consultant in Ballarat.
- Marita Toohey
Marita has a background in state government, particularly in the fields of health and early childhood education and care. She has been a Board member since 2011 and held the position of Treasurer from 2012-2016. Marita also lives in Ballarat.
- Jo Millard
Jo has qualifications in nursing, service coordination, training and assessment, leadership and project management. Jo is currently working at Hepburn Health Services as Project Officer for Special Projects. She has served on the WHG Board since 2014.
- Katherine Cape
Katherine has qualifications in health promotion, community nursing and social sciences with a background in local and state government community health. She is the Principal Advisor for the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership. Katherine lives in Ballarat and has been a board member since 2015.
- Rachel Whittaker
Rachel's background is in psychology, social work and community development. Her past employment includes clinical, welfare, advisory and project implementation roles with extensive volunteering. Rachel has lived and worked in the Northern Grampians Shire since 2005 and joined the Board in 2016.
- April Ure
April also joined the Board in 2016 and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Ballarat Western Region program. Her background is in finance and local government. April currently resides in Ballarat and works in Property and Revenue at Pyrenees Shire Council.
- Amy Rhodes
Amy works in media and communications for local government and has experience in community and youth development. She has formal qualifications in journalism, public relations, youth mental health, and is a volunteer ambassador for beyondblue. Amy joined the WHG Board in December 2016 and lives in Stawell.