The Board are responsible for the governance of the organisation, with a view to ensuring financial sustainability and continually improving access to affordable, social and community housing for women across Australia.
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- Helen Conway (President)
- Julia Goodall (Vice President)
- Molly George
- Georgina Morphett
- Freya Mulvey
- Juliana Nkrumah AM
- Yasmin Poole
- Khayshie Tilak Ramesh
- Kirsty Rourke
- Lina Tchung
- Rebecca Thomas
- Renee Wirth
Helen Conway (President)
B Arts, B Law
Helen is an experienced director, senior executive and lawyer who has worked in a range of organisations in commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors including in the insurance, transport, energy, retailing, education, health and construction industries. She is a governance expert, able to manage particularly sensitive regulatory issues, and an experienced spokesperson..
With an established track record in undertaking volunteer work in the not-for-profit sector, Helen is passionate about giving back to the community. She has a long-standing commitment to women’s rights and gender equality including through many pro-bono committee and volunteer roles focusing on women’s issues.
Helen is particularly passionate about leading and undertaking transformational change in organisations, something she did in her role as CEO of the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency from 2011 and 2015.
Julia Goodall (Vice President)
B Sc (Animal Science)
Julia designs social impact initiatives with people-centered approaches, curiosity and optimism. Julia is the Strategy and Impact Manager of Humanitech, a think+do tank which seeks to harness the power of technology for good. Julia has previously project managed Red Cross’s humanitarian response to COVID-19, led Red Cross SA Emergency Services team and launched youth resilience co-design projects into the South Australian Emergency Management sector.
In a voluntary capacity, Julia led the transition of Big Week Out, a community service organisation to become sustainably 100% youth led. Julia has served as a Director of YWCA Australia since 2018, a member of the Young Women’s Council since 2019 and a Director of YWCA Housing and YWCA National Housing since 2020, having previously collaborated with YWCA Adelaide on youth resilience and leadership projects. Julia’s governance experience includes committee service for women’s leadership organisation Spence Club, Lockington Horse Trials, the Pony Club Association of SA and in Ex. Officio capacity for the Red Cross South Australian Youth Advisory Committee.
B Arts (Fine Arts), GC Social Impact (in progress)
Molly works at SYN Media, currently as the Social Enterprise Manager and previously as Pathways Manager, supporting a community of over 500 young volunteers.
She’s the current Youth Representative at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), and a 2019 Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) ‘Young Social Pioneer’ for her proposal to improve governance diversity and inclusion policies and practices. She is also a coach and mentor for the Community Media Training Organisation and People of Purpose.
B Law, B Arts (Politics and International Studies), Master of Law (in progress)
Georgina is an experienced board director with nine years experience across non-executive directorships and government advisory roles, including as a chairperson.
Georgina was raised in a rural farming community and believes strongly that no woman should be disadvantaged by her location, particularly in relation to access to services. She brings a rural and gendered lens to decision-making and has a specific interest in women’s policy, and women’s involvement in governance.
Georgina was elected as an inaugural member of the YWCA Australia Young Women’s Council in 2018 and was previously a member of the YWCA Adelaide Nominations Committee.
Georgina currently works in the Australian Public Service in a risk and strategy role, and has experience in litigation, in-house legal, program management and service delivery. She is currently also a director on the board of Global Voices and the board of Youth Law Australia.
B Media, B Law
Freya is a commercial lawyer from Darwin in the Northern Territory, and a passionate advocate for gender equality.
Her proudest girl power moment came when she shared Amy Cuddy’s messaging on body language and power posing with her colleagues from West Timor, and started a safe and constructive discussion about gender inequality in the workplace, and changing the power dynamics in their professional lives.
In 2018, Freya was voted in as an inaugural member of the YWCA Australia’s Young Women’s Council, contributing to the YWCA movement and vision of a better future for Australian women, young women and girls.
Freya believes that through the collective agency of YWCA’s member base, we will continue to accelerate the advancement of gender equality and empowerment of women.
Juliana Nkrumah AM
MSc. Sociology; B Sc (Hons) (Sociology and Social Anthropology)
Getting a grant to run training for newly arrived refugee women on human rights and self-representation in their new society is Juliana’s favourite girl-power moment – she is passionate about empowering others to speak for themselves!
Juliana Nkrumah AM is the Domestic Violence Project Manager at Settlement Services International.
She founded African Women Australia and has served on several Boards to improve the status of women, including the Board of YWCA NSW, Australian National Committee on Refugee Women, Act for Peace, African Ministerial Committee, Harmony Alliance and the Eminent Australians Committee to review the Australian Citizenship Test.
Juliana was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for her work in the community, and was the winner of Woman of the West from University of Western Sydney in 2007.
B Law, B International Relations (in progress)
Yasmin is an award-winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. She is currently Plan International’s National Ambassador and frequently appears on prominent Australian media programs to discuss the role of intersectionality in social change. Yasmin is also the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity.
Yasmin has established herself as a leading youth voice. In 2020, Yasmin was selected to be the Asia Pacific Youth Representative for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She was also the Chair of the Victorian Government’s Youth Congress, representing over a million young Australians.
In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians.
Yasmin is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws/International Relations at the Australian National University. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, video editing and musing about how patriarchy intersects with social systems.
Khayshie Tilak Ramesh
B Law (Hons), GDLP (in progress), Certificate of Mediation Accreditation
Location: Bendigo, Victoria
Khayshie is passionate advocate for youth, multiculturalism and diverse representation at influential decision-making tables. She is an experienced board director, youth mentor, legal advisor and is the Multicultural Youth Commissioner of Victoria.
Khayshie’s expertise in governance, risk and strategy, alongside her lived experience has created value within a number of organisations including Ambulance Victoria, ARCJustice, Inaugural City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council and various State government appointments. As a pioneer of youth leadership within the community, her long standing dedication has been recognised through accolades including Young Citizen of the Year, Law Student of the Year 2019, Premier’s Volunteer Champion 2019 and being named in the top 100 future leaders of Australia. Khayshie seeks to bring an intersectional lens to the YWCA and is most excited to champion capacity building for the voices of diverse young women in leadership at a national stage.
B Law (Hons), B Com, GDLP
Kirsty Rourke is the CEO of the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation Pty Ltd, Brisbane City Council’s Urban Wealth Fund. Kirsty has significant property investment expertise and was formerly a property lawyer at Holding Redlich. In her role as CEO, Kirsty is focused on targeting environmentally sustainable, socially beneficial investments that will deliver profit back to Brisbane.
Kirsty was appointed as a Young Woman Director of YWCA Queensland in 2014 and YWCA Australia in 2015 and continued to serve on those Boards until the merger in May 2018. Subsequently, in June 2018, Kirsty was appointed to the YWCA National Housing Board and YWCA Housing Board and in 2020 was reappointed to the YWCA Australia Board. Kirsty is passionate about young women’s leadership and providing women and families with access to long term, stable accommodation.
B Comm, B Bus (Mgmt), CA
Lina is an experienced director and Chartered Accountant with extensive experience across finance, audit, risk and governance. With time as her precious commodity, Lina carves her time between her family and friends, work as an auditor and giving back to the community.
Lina is an example of YWCA’s commitment to women’s leadership. She was appointed as an U30 Director of YWCA NSW in 2009 and served on the Board, Finance Committee and later as a strong advocate on the NSW Merger Committee until the organisations integrated on 1 June 2018. Lina threw her hat in the ring and was elected to the YWCA Australia board in November 2019 and then again in 2020, after standing for re-election.
Lina spent 17 years at EY in the financial services assurance practice before joining Macquarie as a Division Director in Internal Audit. She continues to be passionate about young women’s leadership and the empowerment of women.
B Sc (Hons), Investment Management Certificate
Rebecca is a banking and funds management professional with deep experience in debt and equity financing, having led large scale investments across both Europe and Australia over the last 15 years. She has a strong passion for driving change, especially in the Australian housing sector believing that everyone should have a safe place to call home.
Rebecca is responsible for directing institutional investment into the for purpose sector in her current role as Director, Impact Investing at Social Ventures Australia. She brings her enthusiasm and extensive expertise of investment in the social and affordable housing sector to her Board Director role.
B Planning, Masters of Development Studies
Renée is passionate about affordable housing as a feminist issue and has spent her career working on policies, programs and initiatives to increase the supply of social and affordable housing for the community.
Renée has over 19 years’ experience in managing the planning and delivery of social and affordable housing including roles in the NSW Government, UK Government, local councils and the not-for-profit community housing industry. She currently works in the executive team of SGCH (St George Community Housing), the largest community housing provider operating in Sydney with 7,000 social and affordable homes under management.
Through a range of roles, Renée has gained experience developing government policies for social and affordable housing, delivering affordable housing through the planning system, funding and financing mechanisms for affordable housing, compliance and regulatory settings for community housing and developing and executing strategic growth initiatives.