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)
- Molly George
- Apoorva Kallianpur
- Georgina Morphett
- Yasmin Poole
- Khayshie Tilak Ramesh
- Kirsty Rourke
- Lina Tchung
- Rebecca Thomas
- Mannie Kaur Verma
- Renee Wirth
Board Trainee Profiles
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.
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 Comm (Finance, Accounting), CA
Apoorva is a dedicated Chartered Accountant and strategic leader, with 12 years of professional experience in financial planning, strategy development & execution, and audit. At 17, Apoorva commenced her Finance career at Deloitte and consistently strived to develop Young Women, through mentoring, speaking at UNSW leadership panels and facilitating youth empowerment workshops at High Resolves Australia. On the Pymble Ladies’ College Alumni Board, Apoorva contributed to female mentoring programs and implementation of Indigenous scholarship initiatives.
Apoorva is a Finance Business Partner at NBN and represented the Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Committee to support a multicultural environment. She serves as a Non-Executive Board Director & Treasurer at Regional Disability Advocacy Service, ensuring its long-term financial sustainability and drives initiatives to support people with disabilities in regional Australia.
In 2021, Apoorva was Acuity magazine’s Future Leader Under 35, for her strategic roadmap and commitment to drive positive change in the community & Finance profession.
As a Director at YWCA, Apoorva aims to close the gender equality gap, empower young women to challenge the status quo and overcome barriers impacting female representation at management levels. Apoorva will leverage her professional expertise, authentic purpose-driven attitude, and intersectional lens to deliver the YeS 2026 strategy.
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 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 a 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. . The team currently manages a number of funds and investments delivering both social and financial returns. Rebecca joined the YWCA Board last year having previously been a Director on the YHousing Board.
She brings her enthusiasm and extensive expertise of investment in the social and affordable housing sector to her Board Director role.
Mannie Kaur Verma
B Law, Masters of Politics and Policy (in progress)
Mannie Kaur Verma is recognised by Herald Sun as one of Melbourne’s most influential lawyers, for giving a voice to those who are often absent from our complex judicial system. She is also a finalist of Women of the Future 2021, a Women’s Weekly initiative celebrating the incredible social work of young women in Australia.
As a Principal Lawyer and Founder of Regal Lawyers, Mannie is responsible for the strategic development and governance of the law practice. Regal Lawyers is an innovative disrupter in the legal industry, being one of the only law practices in Australia that places intersectionality at the core of its work. To extend her knowledge of intersectional feminism, Mannie is also conducting research with Deakin University to improve the representation of diverse women in politics.
For the last six years, Mannie has been representing and advocating for domestic violence victims and has worked with the Victorian government and organisations such as Whise and Intouch to deliver tailored and targeted programs to prevent family violence and provide temporary housing.
Mannie has contributed more than 750 hours of pro bono work and is a 2021 finalist of Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 – Pro Bono.
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.