Doris Whitmore
Board Chairperson
Doris was reappointed to the Board in 2017 having previously served from 2014. She is Chair of the Board and has served as Interim Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and is Chair of the Clinical Performance Committee. Doris spent the early part of her career in senior positions in the legal and chartered accounting space prior to moving into health. Doris has held executive positions in several NFP organisations where she has combined support services, program strategy, design and implementation together with a keen understanding of governance and compliance.
Jennifer Lang
Board Treasurer
Jenny’s career commenced as an Accountant in Finance and Television Production, progressed to ASX listed Corporates, extending into the disciplines of Treasury and Procurement. Jenny has held executive and management roles at Ansett Australia, Newcrest Mining, PBL, Crown Resorts and Commonwealth Bank. Jenny’s current role at Cenitex, the ICT Shared Services for VIC GOV began in 2017, whereby she brings her broad strategy and finance expertise.
Annette Mercuri
Deputy Board Chairperson
B.App Sci (Planning), AFCHSM, MAICD
Annette is an accomplished Executive and Project & Program Director, harnessing 25+ years’ experience in strategic health planning, clinical services planning, capital project management and service reform, for Government, private and NFP service providers. Annette has high-level health service operational and management experience and is an expert in population based clinical health planning. She provides expertise to develop service plans, service models and functional briefs that provide a framework for action and measurable outcomes, with a focus on effective stakeholder engagement.
Melanie Telford
Board Member
BCom/BA, GDipAppFinInv
Melanie joined the board in September 2013. She is a former customer of Tweddle services and is committed to improving the welfare of babies and families. Melanie is a finance professional with experience in financial management, business partnering and process improvement.
Andrew Jaworski
Board Member
Grad Dip Law (Commercial) Grad Cert TMLP
Andrew is a solicitor with over 15 years experience in corporate and commercial law with a focus on the health and technology sector. Andrew has worked in top tier private practice, consulting firms and in senior in-house roles in the UK, Singapore and Australia. As a father of young twins, Andrew has a strong interest in support services for infants and their families and, with a clinical and research background prior to studying law, maintains a keen interest in public health.
Kudzai Kanhutu
Board Member
An infectious diseases physician and deputy chief medical information officer based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital ( RMH), Kudzai has over 15 years clinical experience in the public hospital sector with a broad professional skill set encompassing patient care, research and digital health project management. A commitment to health equity has motivated her to undertake leadership roles such as board membership of the Australian Digital Health Institute, college of physicians representation to the National Migrant and Refugee Women’s health initiative and STEM ambassadorship through the Science Technology Australia Superstars of STEM program.
Julie McCormack
Board Member
GAICD, MWH(Melb.), BA(Melb.), GradDipEd (Monash), DipFLM(VU), CertTAA(VU), GCMedConRes (USQ)
Julie is the Manager of the Commercial Services Unit at DHSV. She is a management and project management professional focused on public health, education and law, drawing on diverse experience including high level roles at the Australian Dental Association, the Law Institute of Victoria, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and the University of Melbourne. She has trained as a Mediator and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julie has been a NED at Merri Health for six years and has Chaired the Quality, Safety and Clinical Governance sub-Committee. She also is a Board member of The Urban Camp.
Catherine van Vliet
Board Member
BSc(Hons), PhD(Biochem), GDipEd
Appointed to the Board in August 2018, Catherine is a mother of two and former client of Tweddle services. Catherine brings to the Board strong research, management and communication skills from nearly two decades running scientific research programs at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Four years ago Catherine transitioned into secondary education to teach students the skills required to successfully navigate our increasingly complex society. Catherine is committed to providing the best outcomes for all members of the community and recognises the profound impact that support for infants and their families can have in setting strong foundations for life.
Annette Vickery
Board Member
Annette is an Aboriginal woman from Gunditjmara, in Western Victoria, and lives and works with pride and respect on the land of the people of the Kulin nations. She has extensive experience in the public and private sector, community and stakeholder engagement, organisational capability and capacity building and change management. Annette is a signatory to the Aboriginal Justice Agreement 4 and an ambassador for the Ngaga-dji (Hear Me) report produced by the Koori Youth Council. Annette is the chairperson of the Western Metropolitan Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee and has an active interest in social justice and human rights. She is a lecturer at Victoria University on the social determinants of Aboriginal Health.
Miranda Bain
Board Member
Dip. Arts. .Dip Media Studies. B.A. Grad.Dip Counselling Psychology. Grad Cert Psychotherapy/Trauma Counselling. MA.ED. Mediator.
Miranda’s passion is human rights, and her speciality is in communications and community engagement. Since 2003 Miranda has worked as a strategic adviser in justice and the courts, creating a human rights portfolio resulting in significant changes for persons of different abilities. Her expertise is in the delivery of innovative programs, and in recent years, engage vulnerable persons in their design and implementation. Miranda has been nominated for an Australian of Year Award recognising her ability to create innovative solutions to solve complex issues. She is the Founder of the Aspire Awards and has an ongoing commitment to Rotary International and to the principles which develop sustainable communities.
Shainal Nathoo
Board Member
Shainal is a qualified medical doctor with over a decade of clinical experience in both South Africa and Australia. Currently he is the Principal Clinical Advisor for Dedalus Health covering Asia Pacific in the Healthcare and Life sciences sector. Shainal also serves as a Non-Executive director on multiple healthcare boards in Victoria, with a focus on clinical governance and digital health. Shainal has completed an Associate Fellowship in Medical Administration and has utilised his problem-solving and analytical skills in healthcare consulting, through his work as a Strategy and Operations healthcare consultant covering Asia Pacific. Shainal joined the board in 2021. With his unique blend of clinical, strategic and executive skills he looks forward to enhancing community care and patients' experiences with health services through his role on the board.
Jacquie O'Brien
B Ed, M Management, GAICD, AFCHSM CHM
Jacquie leads a multi-disciplinary team of maternal and child health nurses, early parenting practitioners, psychologists, and infant mental health specialists in their work to support families. She has over 30 years’ experience in Health, Education and Management, and is a thought leader in her field, championing and advocating stronger evidence-based practices and programs in the Early Parenting Sector.
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