Our Board


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 Get Involved page.


Board Members

 

Gail Ross-Adjie

Gail Ross-Adjie

Chair

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.

Heather Hill

Heather Hill

Deputy Chair

Joined: October 2022

Heather is an Occupational Therapist with 23 years of experience working in the disability sector. She is a migrant from South Africa and has been living in Perth with her family since 2012. She is a registered Occupational Therapists and continues to support people living with a disability in the community.

She completed her Masters in Business Administration from University of Western Australia in 2019. She is currently the Head of Operations for the Perth and Adelaide region of a growing national Allied Health business.

Heather is a very proud single mum of 2 teenage daughters.

Nikita Thomas

Nikita Thomas

Secretary

Joined: 2019

Nikita completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Indonesian) at the University of Western Australia. Nikita is currently working as the Philanthropy Coordinator at Cancer Council Western Australia. Her work involves engaging the Western Australian community, donors and businesses to help reduce the incidence and impact of cancer and encourage philanthropic support for Cancer Council WA’s work.

Nikita is passionate about social justice, human rights and equality for women.  Nikita joined the board for the opportunity to contribute to women’s health, wellbeing and empowerment in our community.

Melissa Grove

Melissa Grove

Treasurer

Joined: 2023

With a passion for people and development, Melissa Grove is a professional with more than 19 years of financial and commercial experience, working across ‘big 4’ public practice, large corporate entities, and diverse geographical locations.

Through a career spanning different countries, Melissa is adept at translating her skills to differing cultural and legislative environments. Her experience as a Chartered Accountant in public practice and commercial entities has allowed her to understand and apply local and global statutory obligations, balanced with the commercial acumen required to run successful organisations.

Her interests are in female economic empowerment and sustainability. She is a Non-Executive Director of several Boards including Circular Seed and as Company Secretary for the Centre of Decommissioning Australia Limited. Her commitment to the development of First Nations’ professionals and the wider Accounting Industry is demonstrated through her on-going support of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) via speaking events, engagement, and mentoring. A committed and values-based leader, Melissa has a diverse range of skills to contribute beyond the traditional.

Nadege Anderson

Nadege Anderson

Joined: 2022

Nadege has broad experience across a number of sectors including First Nations health (New Zealand), Aged Care and Disability Services. She is experienced in Community Engagement, Service Development and Project Management.

Nadege completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Auckland, and as a believer in life-long learning is currently completing post-graduate study at the University of Western Australia.

Passionate about inclusion, values driven leadership, equity and social justice –Nadege has taken these passions into her small business where she working to support people with disability to find meaningful employment, and social and economic inclusion in their communities.

Nichola Wood

Nichola Wood

Member

Joined: 2021

Nichola is a recently retired General Practitioner with a special interest in Women's Health and Mental Health.

In 2013 she set up Woodbridge Women's Clinic which was a service run by women for women. It provided comprehensive care for the health and well being of the local community as well as antenatal care.

She has worked in many socioeconomically deprived areas and is a strong advocate for women and the disadvantaged

She is delighted to join the board of the Fremantle Women's Health Clinic and continue to be able support women in the community.

Penny Nash

Penny Nash

Joined: October 2022

Penny is a retired English Solicitor who set up and ran a small law practice in England for over 20 years and then worked as a property and contract lawyer for the State Government in WA after emigrating with her family to Perth.

She is delighted to have been invited to join the Board and looks forward to familiarising herself with the Centre and using her skills to further it’s interests and those of women’s health and well-being.

Elizabeth Biggs

Elizabeth Biggs

Joined: 2023

Elizabeth is a generalist corporate and commercial lawyer with over 19 years private practice and in-house experience. She has a strong corporate governance background and is currently General Counsel at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA.

She has worked on several high-profile transactions and assisted a significant number of organisations with the management of their legal and compliance obligations. She is detail orientated and combines her knowledge of the regulatory environment and company risk appetite to provide practical and commercial solutions.

Elizabeth is delighted to be joining the Board and for the opportunity to use her skills and experience to support women’s health and wellbeing in the community.

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