Governance

FWHC is a member-based organisation, governed by a voluntary Board of women all bound by a code of conduct to ensure the highest ethical standards.

Reflecting the values of the organisation, the Board is committed to respecting individuality and diversity and building relationships that are respectful and empowering.

Our Board processes include:

  • Regular Board skills audits, so we can ensure the right mix of skills are around the table.
  • Assessment of Board processes and activities against the ASX Corporate Governance Principals,
  • Mentoring for new Board members to streamline their effectiveness and ability to make worthwhile contributions.

When Board positions become available they will be listed on the Employment page.

Pippa Worthington

Pippa Worthington

Chairperson

Joined: 2010

Pippa's professional experience is in marketing, stakeholder and community engagement, communications and strategic planning in the education, public service and community sectors. She has worked both here in WA and in Ireland, and is currently running her own business Heart and Soul Consulting, assisting small businesses, Not for Profit organisations, authors and artists to communicate effectively and authentically. Pippa has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management.

Pippa joined the Board as a way to further her contribution to the local Fremantle community, particularly in the areas of women's interests and mental health.

Jennie Gray

Jennie Gray

Deputy Chairperson

Joined: 2015

Jennie is the Deputy CEO of WACOSS. Previously she was the Regional Manager, South Metro, Anglicare WA, and Anglicare WA’s Regional Manager, North West, based in Broome. She has also worked in a range of other policy development, and service coordination and provision roles, including various positions in the women’s health sector in Perth. In addition to a Bachelor of Social Work, Jennie has a Doctorate of Philosophy, Living with a label:

An action oriented feminist inquiry into women’s mental health.

Jennie joined the Board because she believes strongly in local, community driven services and is particularly passionate about making sure that the needs of women and children are met. Jennie combines her work with the needs of her family.

Tracey Ford

Tracey Ford

Treasurer

Joined: 2016

Tracey is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and an experienced, commercially astute and CPA qualified accountant with a strong corporate governance focus.

Tracey has held management positions for over 20 years, including CFO for over 13 years, and acting CEO roles, predominately in the not-for-profit sector in both employment services and health services. She has an excellent understanding of financial and non-financial information, risk management and reporting requirements for the Board to strategically plan and make well informed decisions, for both the expansion of services and continued strong long-term financial sustainability.

Melissa Edwards

Melissa Edwards

Secretary

Joined: 2015

Melissa completed a Social Work Degree after completing a Bachelor of Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies. Melissa is currently the Professional Lead for Social Work at Fiona Stanley Hospital and has worked in the hospital setting for the past 10 years, primarily in the areas of Women’s and Children’s Health.

Melissa joined the board to contribute to a service that promotes the health and wellbeing of women in all their diversity. Melissa is also grateful for the opportunity to learn from other women.

Gail Ross-Adjie

Gail Ross-Adjie

Member

Joined: 2018

Gail is a registered nurse with a background in critical care and emergency who completed her PhD in 2013 at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle.  She believes that quality, respectful health care is a fundamental right for all women and is delighted to be able to support the Fremantle Women’s Health Centre in a meaningful way.

Nicola Jansen

Nicola Jansen

Member

Joined: 2012

Nicola is a qualified lawyer who practises exclusively in Family Law and is a Senior Associate of the largest family law firm in Western Australia. Nicola also volunteers at the Fremantle Community Legal Centre to ensure that legal advice is available to everyone, not just those who can afford to pay for it.

Nicola joined the Board to do her part to ensure that quality services are accessible to all people, especially women.

Marina Korica

Marina Korica

Member

Joined: 2016

Marina works as manager of Mental Health Access Service for Migrants and Refugees at the Fremantle Multicultural Centre and has extensive experience in community and health sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Postgraduate Certificate in Women’s Health.

Marina is passionate about mental health, social justice, human rights and supporting the most marginalised people in the community. She is proud to be part of Fremantle Women’s Health Centre and is keen to contribute to the great work of the organisation.

Elizabeth Connor

Elizabeth Connor

Member

Joined: 2017

Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Notre Dame in 2011, and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia in 2006.  She is currently completing a Diploma of Public Health from Curtin University, and training to be a Crisis Supporter at Lifeline WA.  Elizabeth is currently the Policy and Research Officer at the Australian Medical Association (WA) and has previously worked as a doctor in various hospitals around Perth.

Elizabeth has a special interest in health literacy and mental health in relation to public health. She joined the Board to continue her contribution to public health and the health of the community, especially women.

Emma O’Hara

Emma O’Hara

Member

Joined: 2017

Emma is a medical student at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle and has a professional background in the community services sectors. Her career experience extends to working in disability, drug and alcohol, mental health, aged care, family and domestic violence, Aboriginal health and foster care services. Emma previously completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology, and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights at Curtin University.

Emma is a passionate advocate for women’s health and human rights, and is grateful for the opportunity to pursue these interests through an innovative and vital organisation, which works to improve the lives of women in the local community.

Chelsea McKinney

Chelsea McKinney

Member

Joined: 2017

Chelsea is the Manager of Systemic Advocacy at the Western Australian Association for Mental Health and has a long career in advocating for social justice in the context of community services. She has a Masters in Community Development and Management, and has also worked in family and domestic violence services, disability and child protection prevention.

Chelsea joined the board because she believes passionately in the protection and development of safe women-only and women-led services, and in the contribution to community that small local services bring. She is pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to women’s health, wellbeing and empowerment.

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