Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre is an Incorporated Association governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for ensuring strategic direction, implementation of governance policies, adherence to regulatory obligations and oversight of performance and management activities undertaken by the CEO.
The Board of Directors bring extensive experience and diverse skills to support the CEO including specialisations in finance, marketing, communications, legal, government and community services, HR and IT.
Ingrid Williams – Chair
Ingrid Williams has 20 years’ experience as a director in the not-for-profit and private sectors and 30 years’ experience in the health and aged care sectors in senior roles including CEO and Managing Director. She is a graduate of the AICD and INSEAD and has completed the Williamson Community Leadership Programme.
Ingrid originally trained as an intensive care and paediatric nurse and has a Bachelor of Educational Studies, a Master of Health Administration and a Diploma of Business.
Cristina Wolters – Treasurer and Chair of Finance, Audit & Compliance Subcommittee
Cristina Wolters is an experienced finance professional specialising in mergers and acquisitions and corporate taxation who leads Transurban’s global tax team. She is a Chartered Accountant, has completed a Master of Taxation and holds a Senior Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School. Cristina is a graduate of the AICD and was a Board member and Treasurer of Women’s Health Victoria for eight years.
Alexandra Wall – Board Member and Chair of Governance Subcommittee
Alexandra Wall is a product, marketing and communications professional who currently works with Arnott’s Good Food Partners division.
Alexandra holds an MBA and has governance experience with not-for-profits including Global Ideas, Girl Guides Victoria and One Girl, where she is the Deputy Chair and Company Secretary.
Penelope Cottrill – Board Member and Chair of Quality, Risk & Performance Subcommittee
Penelope Cottrill is a Principal at Deloitte Human Capital. She consults on organisation, workforce and leadership. Penelope has held voluntary advisory roles and works extensively in health, education and government
Nadine Bartholomeusz-Raymond – Board Member
Nadine Bartholomeusz-Raymond has 20 years’ experience in the mental and women’s health sectors.
As an Executive Leader with Beyond Blue, Nadine led the delivery of national programs in areas such as education, families, primary care, and diversity and inclusion.
Nadine has also worked in communications and media advisory roles with Women’s Health in the North and Women’s Health West.
Julia Reynolds – Board Member
Julia Reynolds is a principal at Austech Surveying and Mapping Pty Ltd, specialising in underground mine void investigation services. She has 15 years’ experience in P&L, operations management, business strategy, global sales and marketing, and finance and corporate governance.
Julia holds an MBA and is a Board member of the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors and Bendigo Community Bank.
Nicole Lee – Board Member
Nicole Lee is a family violence survivor. Through her appointment to the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council, she is able to speak for those who have suffered family violence and specifically for those who have a disability and suffered at the hands of a perpetrator.
Kamalini Kandasamy – Board Member
Kamalini Kandasamy is a Graduate member of the AICD and a Fellow of CPA Australia. She brings over 15 years’ experience in financial management and corporate governance, having worked with organisations in the commercial and not for profit sectors in the United Kingdom and Australia. As a finance and corporate services executive, Kamalini has led and advised organisations through periods of transformation and growth.
Alexandra (Sandy) Forbes – Board Member
Sandy Forbes has worked in executive roles in community services, health and education. Her commitment to social justice has underpinned a career working with people with disability, children and families experiencing vulnerability, access to health services, and affordable housing.
She has wide governance experience as a non executive director in public entities and currently as President of Kids First Australia. Sandy is the Independent Chair of the National Program Reference Group for the development of Epilepsy Smart Australia Program. Sandy is a Graduate of the AICD.
Over the last 10 years Sandy was a Principal with the Nous Group, and was the national leader for Human Services. She is now self employed and provides consulting services to a select number of clients.
Sharon McKinnon – Board Member
Sharon McKinnon joined Victoria Police in 1990 and has gained more than 30 years of experience in both the metro and rural area. In her current role as a divisional and regional commander, Sharon’s leadership draws on her experience in regional operations, covert policing, investigations and specialist responses to sexual assault, child abuse and family violence. Sharon has also worked in a corporate function leading the Victoria Police Audit and Risk Division.
Sharon holds a Graduate Diploma in Executive leadership (AIPM) and Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (AIPM).