The Women’s Health Victoria Board is governed by a group of dedicated women; comprising of twelve voluntary members. Our Board brings a wide range of commercial, not-for-profit and business skills, expertise and knowledge to Women’s Health Victoria.


Its key role is to oversee the strategic direction of the organisation with a focus on governance and associated business functions. It ensures the organisation is working toward its vision of women living well - healthy, empowered and equal.

Board of Directors for 2021

Candy Broad

Candy Broad BComm (UWA), GAICD, GAIST 
Chair - Elected to Board: Oct 2013

Candy Broad serves as a Trustee Director of First Super, Board Director of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI).   She brings extensive experience in government as a former Minister and advocate for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and women’s equality through policy and legislative reform.


Judy Hacker B.Ec, Dip.Ed, Certificate in marketing
Deputy Chair - Elected to Board: Oct 2016

Judy Hacker has over 30 years marketing and communications experience gained in both senior roles in the corporate world and in her own consulting business Maxim Marketing which was established in 2007. She also has extensive experience on numerous not-for-profit boards since her first appointment in 2002. Strategic development, communications, brand strategy and governance are particular areas of interest and expertise.

Elizabeth Dax

Elizabeth Dax Associate Professor AM; MB, BS; MD; PhD; GAIDC
Treasurer - Elected to Board: Oct 2016

Elizabeth M. Dax retired from her career in medicine and science in 2009. She has longstanding experience as a director of not for profit organisations and is now a director on several not-for-profit boards, She brings extensive experience in governance, startegic planning and fundraising. She has a strong commitment to women's haelth and gender equality. Her last appointments (1990-2009) were as director of the National Serology Reference Laboratory, Australia and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on diagnostics of blood born viruses.

Tania Angelini

Tania Angelini MA (Comm), GradCert Prof Writ & Edit, B Arts (Media Art)
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2013

Tania Angelini has extensive experience in strategic communications, issues management and public relations and is currently the Chief Communications Officer at the Royal Women’s Hospital.


Julie Bignell BA, Grad Dip (IR/HR), GAICD, GAIST
Co-opted Member - Co-opted to Board: Dec 2020

Julie Bignell is an experienced Board member with extensive experience in corporate governance, risk management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, industrial relations and a deep understanding and commitment to women’s reproductive rights and gender equality. She is currently a Director of Austin Health. Julie's previous experience as a board member includes CareSuper, the  Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, and the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation. Julie was previously Secretary of the Australian Services Union (Central and South Qld Branch), incorporating a term as National Vice-President.

Kate Broun

Kate Broun BAppSc (Health Promotion) (Hons), PGDipAppSci (Org Dynamics); GAICD
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2016

Kate Broun is an experienced public health professional leading cancer prevention policy and programs to improve population health, with a commitment to reducing health disparities among priority communities. Kate is the Head of Screening, Early Detection and Immunisation at Cancer Council Victoria. She is passionate about women's health and achieving equality.

Christine Fitzherbert

Christine Fitzherbert MBA, BA (Politics), GradDip (IR), Company Director’s Diploma in Finance
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2013

Christine Fitzherbert, until recently, was Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Melbourne Health. Christine now runs her own consultancy practice specialising in the field of organisational performance, management and cultural change.  In addition, Christine is the CEO of the St Kilda Police & Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), a not-for-profit organisation specializing in youth support services and a gymnasium.  Christine is also a Director on another not-for-profit board.


Emily Howie BA/LLB(Hons), LLM (Columbia)
Member - Co-opted: July 2018, Elected to Board: Oct 2018

Emily Howie brings extensive experience in law, women’s rights, advocacy and campaigning.  Emily is the Head of Legal and Dispute Resolution at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.  Previously, in her role as Director of Legal Advocacy and Research at the Human Rights Law Centre, she worked to ensure that women have access to reproductive health rights through advocacy and legal action.


Brigid Mahar B. Comm B.PD CA 
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2019

Brigid Mahar has extensive experience working with not for profit organisations in relation to strategy and operations, specialising in the development of transparent and efficient funding models, policies and processes to support effective decision making.  She is a chartered accountant and has a strong financial background spanning the not for profit and corporate sectors.


Diana Quinn BSC (Hons) Computational Mathematics and Investment Management Certificate (CFA UK)
Member - Co-opted to the Board: November 2019

Diana is a partner at PwC with c.20 years of global experience, mainly in advisory roles working with organisations going through change to reshape their businesses and operating models. Diana is a keen advocate of women’s rights. She currently champions initiatives addressing diversity and inclusion, and regularly uses her platform to raise awareness of women’s issues.


Magdalena Simonis MBBS FRACGP DipObst RANZCOG
Member - Elected to Board: Oct 2013-Oct 2015, Re-elected Oct 2017

Magdalena Simonis is a doctor with a passion for women’s health advocacy and chronic disease prevention. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne and her other appointments include the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Expert Committee for Quality Care, Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) Strategy and Policy Committee, National Coordinator for the Australian Federation of Medical Women, Co-Chair of Medical Women’s International Association Scientific and Research Subcommittee and President of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society. Magdalena teaches and is an RACGP and University of Melbourne Medical Student Examiner. 

Our board members, staff and volunteers work to a values-based code of conduct, which sets expectations about our leadership and integrity; our belief in empowerment of others; our belief in equality of opportunities and rights; our feminist commitment to women’s equality and to challenging gender norms, practices and structures.

Board Director positions are voluntary with expenses reimbursed.

If you are Interested in Board positions please contact the CEO on 96649300