Our Board of Governance

Our Board of Governance ensures WHIN operates lawfully, ethically and in accordance with the purposes set out in our Constitution.

Board members bring knowledge, expertise and influence relevant to WHIN. All of our Board members have recognised leadership skills and specific understanding of women’s health issues relevant to WHIN’s Strategic Plan.

Katherine Wositzky (Chairperson and member of Development and Renewal Sub-Committee) was appointed to the Board in 2017. Katherine has worked as a social researcher across local government and the community sector. Leading the Culturally Accessible Gateway Strategy at the Municipal Association of Victoria, she developed local government resources to address systemic discrimination and evaluated client support services of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Lauren Cordwell (Deputy Chairperson, Development and Renewal Sub-Committee member) was elected to the Board in 2018. She has led initiatives to improve the quality and accessibility of health services in Australia for over 20 years and is working towards a future where women shape the policies and services that affect them and their families. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Hons), Masters of Public Health and Postgraduate Diploma of Management. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Managers (AFACHSM, CHM).

Marketa Silhar (Treasurer, Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee) was appointed to the Board in 2017. She has over 20 years’ experience in direct service delivery and management roles in federal and state government. Marketa currently works at the Department of Education and Training, supporting government schools to improve outcomes for students. Her qualifications include a Master of Management.

Phoebe Prossor (Chair of Development and Renewal Subcommittee) was elected to the Board in 2018. Phoebe is a Barrister at the Victorian Bar, where she mostly acts for plaintiffs in personal injury claims. Phoebe was previously a member of the Darebin Women’s Advisory Committee where her role involved applying a ‘gender lens’ to Darebin Council policies and initiatives. She has a Bachelor of Law/Arts (politics major).

Tanya Stelmach (member of Development and Renewal Sub-Committee) was elected to the Board in 2018.  Tanya has worked as a community solicitor specialising in family violence, intervention orders and outreach.  Previously Tanya worked in the international aid sector in South-East Asia and the Pacific.  Tanya has a Masters degree in international development and the environment, and is pursuing a PhD on violence in the humanitarian space.

Dr Sabitra Kaphle (member of Finance, Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee) was elected to the Board in 2016. She has completed a PhD in Public Health on the socio-cultural context of childbirth in low resource settings. Sabitra has worked in policy, research & practice for many years in various sectors including UNICEF and Universities. Her book Socio-multicultural Insights of Childbirth in South Asia: Stories of Women in the Himalayas was published in 2021.  Sabitra currently works as a Lecturer at Central Queensland University.

Elizabeth Young (member of Finance, Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee) was elected to the Board in 2016. She has a passion for public health and prevention and has significant experience in the health sector. Elizabeth has worked across community, hospital, academia, local and state governments. Elizabeth brings considerable knowledge and skills in public policy, program management, evaluation, strategic planning and advocacy to the Board.

Karen Huxley (member of Finance, Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee) was elected to the Board in 2019.  She has over 20 years’ global experience across aspects of governance, risk management and compliance, and financial management within the financial services sector and with ASX listed companies.  Karen is currently employed at NAB Ltd as General Manager, Audit. She is a Certified Practising Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business (accounting major).