Our Board is made up of local women who bring a range of valuable experiences, knowledge and skills to WHG governance.
Our Board members’ commitment to good governance and improving the health and wellbeing of women in the Grampians region is powerful and palpable. Our Board members’ believes in social justice and transformational change and are willing to provide drive and energy to progress the vision and work of WHG.
- 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.
- 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 since April 2013, has been Chair since 2014 and lives in Ballarat.
- Jo Millard
Jo has qualifications in nursing, service coordination, leadership, project management, and training and assessment. Jo is currently Clinical Acute Team Leader and Primary Care Nurse at Spring Medical Centre serving Daylesford and Trentham. She has been a member of the WHG Board since 2014.
- 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.
- Frances Salenga
Frances joined the Board in 2017 and currently works at The City of Ballarat as Coordinator Cultural Diversity. A graduate from the University of the Philippines in Sociology and Anthropology, she is passionate about intercultural affairs. She also brings with her experience from being a member of the Regional Advisory Committee and was Deputy Chair of the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network. She lives in Ballarat.
- Debbie Bach
Deb has a background in local government in the areas of Economic Development, Tourism, Leisure & Recreation, Events, Aged & Disability Services, Maternal & Child Health, Media & Communications and Community Development. Deb lives in Stawell, has an understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced for rural and regional communities and is passionate about women’s health.
- Shani Cain
Shani is currently the CEO of Oaktree and joined the Board in November 2018. She has worked as the Multicultural Youth Worker and Case Manager for the Centre of Multicultural Youth and also worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She has a Masters of Humanitarian Assistance and is passionate about female and youth empowerment, sustainability, and equality.
- Jude Channon
Jude works at Western Victoria Primary Health Network as a Primary Care Consultant and joined the Board in 2017. She brings with her skills in the field of women’s health issues, project and program management, health promotion and is committed to women’s health. She lives in Ballarat.