St Kilda Mums is powered by more than 2500 volunteers and we value all contributions, big and small.
The volunteer board sets the strategic direction and oversees governance, financial management and accountability, and significant operational decisions.
Chair of the Board and Governance Committee
Deidre has had an extensive career in Health, initially training as a nurse which led to clinical education, followed by a move to Human Resources and subsequent roles in senior management. Most recently she was CEO at Multiple Sclerosis Australia. Deidre has postgraduate qualifications in Education, Human Resource Management and Governance. She joined the board in 2017, taking over the role of chair from Linda Grace in June 2019.
"Having raised a child as a single mum, I know how amazing it can be to receive a bit of additional support and what a difference the smallest gesture can make, enabling me to provide my son with a safe, healthy and loving start to life. But not all parents have, or are able to access, their own support and this is where St Kilda Mums plays such an important role, one which I am delighted to be a part of."email@example.com LinkedIn
Vice Chair of the Board and Member of Finance, Risk and Audit Commitee
Morelle Bull joined our board of directors in January 2021. Morelle is a senior lawyer with over 18 years’ experience, having worked in a number of regulatory and legal roles. Morelle currently works at BlueScope Steel as a General Counsel where she is responsible for managing risks and legal issues globally.
Morelle has been a valued volunteer with St Kilda Mums since September 2017, when she joined our Finance Risk and Audit Committee (FRAC).
Secretary and Member of Governance Committee
Nicola McLean is a Senior Strategy Analyst with WorkSafe Victoria, the state regulator for workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation. She has worked in Federal and State Government, the not-for-profit and private sectors, in community and stakeholder engagement, strategy and design and brand strategy.
She has a Bachelor in Arts/Languages and a Postgraduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing. Nicola is a Point Lonsdale local, returning to her hometown five years ago to raise her family. She is a passionate supporter of women’s and children’s rights, health and future, and sees the work of St Kilda Mums Inc. as a critical contribution to ensuring all children have the best start to life in a society that’s conscious of its impact on the natural environment.
Director and Member of Governance Committee
Sasha has extensive skills and experience gained in government, the not for profit and corporate sector, in leadership, strategy, stakeholder engagement, government relations, major events, marketing and communications.
Sasha is a Williamson Community Leadership Program Alumna, Accredited Member of the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme and has completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Cross-Sector Partnering with Cambridge University. She has also volunteered and held board positions in community organisations, including as the former President of Volunteer West.
Treasurer and Member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
Director and Member of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
Tamara is a Partner in KPMG’s People & Change team, focusing on strategic communication and change in the context of enterprise transformation. Tamara is a skilled program manager, with experience coordinating large teams in tight timeframes and complex environments, including with industrial relations implications.
Tamara has been an active volunteer with St Kilda Mums in various capacities since 2014, including as a member of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee for five years.
Independent Member of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
Jayne Nelson has a diverse industry background, having worked as an executive leader in community health, higher education and advertising. She often draws on her experience in these industries to find creative solutions to complex issues.
As the CEO at IPC Health, Jayne is a highly collaborative and innovative leader who excels in developing strategies and leading complex teams to deliver a service-oriented, and high-
performance work culture.
Jayne is a graduate of AICD and has qualifications in marketing and design.
In her spare time, Jayne can often be found at an ice rink where she and her kids play ice hockey – she says this sport is the perfect balance to offset her CEO role.
The opportunity to work with St Kilda Mums Inc. to positively influence childhood health and development, while improving the circular economy aligns strongly with Jayne’s personal passion of making a difference.
John is an experienced General Manager with a passion for sustainability. His experience negotiating complex commercial contracts across the resource recovery, energy, global freight, and supply industries has established him as a commercial leader in client-centric strategy and management.
“As a father of three young children, the values of St Kilda Mum’s resonate with me and I’m incredibly proud to play a part in achieving our goals. Supporting children and their families, reducing waste from landfill, and preserving our resources for future generations”.
Jane Whiter is currently appointed to the Director Infrastructure Risk and Procurement position at the Community Safety Building Authority within the Department of Justice and Community Services.
Prior to her most recent appointment, Jane held the position of Director, Policy, Planning and Governance, with the Department of Justice and Community Services, for the whole of government response to Covid-19.
An innovative and diversified executive specialising in Australian and international business, with crucial domain experience in strategy and operations, including risk and assurance, workforce, and financial control. Her combined industry and strong regulatory experience offer a unique skill set within the Executive Leadership team, with breadth and exposure to Government, the construction industry, NGOs, SaaS platform implementation, health and large membership-based organisations.
Jane is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, current member of Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Risk Management Institute of Australia.
Jane holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (eMBA), a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts (Accounting/Swedish), a Bachelor of Nursing (Pre Registration) and a Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk. Jane is currently undertaking study as an Executive Fellow with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.
Jane has a strong connection with St Kilda Mums, first starting as a volunteer in 2013.
Ruth Holdaway MBE
Chief Executive Officer
Head of Corporate Services & People
Katherine is an Accountant who began her career in Audit at KPMG. She joined St Kilda Mum in 2018, having previously worked as Corporate Services Manager for SNAICC the National Voice for our Children.
Head of Operations & Impact
Head of Fundraising and Communications
IT Database Coordinator
Inbound Operations Coordinator
Senior Outbound Operations & Networks Manager
Outbound Operations & Networks Program Manager
Helen first started volunteering in 2011, in the same service team, meeting social workers to distribute goods. She joined Emma, Helen and Danielle in the role of in Social Service Coordinator 2018.
Outbound Operations & Networks Coordinator
Van & Warehouse Assistant
Head of Fundraising & Communications
Individual Giving Manager
Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Supporter Experience Coordinator
Fundraising Relationships Manager