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.
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
Karen is the Executive General Manager Strategy at MAX Solutions Pty Ltd. Karen has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and has been admitted to practice in the ACT Supreme Court. Karen has worked in Government as an adviser and chief of staff to three former Federal Ministers for Employment during the implementation of welfare reform agendas.
Karen has three young children and any spare time is spent coaching Auskick and baking. She joined the board in 2017.
"I am proud to be a part of St Kilda Mums as the simple act of helping with the essentials can make a stressful time easier for so many Victorians and allow them to focus on being a family."
David is the Co-Director Community Health, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care / Director Allied Health at Barwon Health. He lives in Geelong with his family. David is a Speech Pathologist by background. He is a Williamsons Community Leadership Alumni and joined the board in 2017.
"A child’s early years of development are critical to what they can achieve later in life. Therefore I am passionate about creating an environment of support and care (which material aid is a considerable part of) for every child in their early years...."
Clementine is a partner at PwC and a chartered accountant. Upon hearing about St Kilda Mums following her first child, Clementine has become a dedicated supporter. She brings her passion for helping companies and organisations to optimise and manage financial, operational and risk strategies. Clementine joined the Board in November 2018, having previously served on the Fundraising Risk and Audit Sub Committee
Morelle Bull joined our board of directors in January 2021. Morelle is a senior lawyer with over 15 years’ experience, having worked in a number of regulatory and legal roles. Morelle currently works at ANZ in the Australia Division where she is responsible for supporting the business lending teams.
Morelle has been a valued volunteer with St Kilda Mums since September 2017, when she joined our Finance Risk and Audit Committee (FRAC).
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting quarterly, the volunteer Finance Risk and Audit sub committee supports the Finance Manager and the Treasurer.
Clementine is a business financial advisor with over a decade of experience with PwC in Melbourne, Shanghai and New York offices in a global consulting team. Clementine joined the Board in November 2018, having served on the Fundraising Risk and Audit Sub Committee for a year.
Tamara is a Director in KPMG’s Management Consulting team, focusing on corporate affairs and enterprise transformation.
Tamara has been a volunteer with St Kilda Mums for over five years, joining the FRAC on its establishment three years ago.
Karla is a Principal Consultant leading Frontier Advisor’s Foundations, Charities and Private Wealth investment consulting service. Karla values the opportunity to volunteer with NFP committees, joining the FRAC at its inception.
Francie is passionate about using finance and business to shift us to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. Francie loves working with organisations to balance purpose with profit.
Kathryn is an experienced Non-Executive Director, Auditor and Accountant.I have specialised knowledge of alternative asset classes including private equity, infrastructure and property with a strong analytical background in portfolio management, business strategy, communication and financial processes. I also have a strong background in business improvement, project management and performance analytics with both local and international experience.
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
Interim Head of Fundraising and Communications
Head of Fundraising and Communications (On Maternity Leave)
Rochelle has been working in fundraising for almost half her life, beginning her career whilst still in high school. Most recently, she worked for two large charities - Leukaemia Foundation and Mercy Health Foundation. Rochelle has a Bachelor Degree in Communications, majoring in Journalism so she loves to talk and write! She loves the immediate difference material aid and financial donations can have on families in need and the fact that you can see the impact at Clayton HQ everyday. She believes that the supporters at St Kilda, Geelong and Eureka Mums are some of the nicest people she has ever come across.
IT Database Coordinator
Senior Inbound Operations Manager
Emma first started volunteering at St Kilda Mums in 2011 after a varied career in the arts sector. She joined the team as our first Social Service Coordinator (job share with Helen Young) in 2014. In addition to her role she is contributing her creative skills to our Annual Report.
Inbound Operations Coordinator
Senior Outbound Operations & Networks Manager
Outbound Operations & Networks Coordinator
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.
Diana has worked in fundraising and philanthropy for 7 years at a bestchance Child Family Care, an organisation which supports children and families through early education services. Previous to this she has experience in Marketing and Communication roles in the public and private sector. Throughout her career she has achieved some inspiring goals such as working at the BBC, being a part of a unique social enterprise to help regenerate a deprived neighborhood in Coventry, working at the Empire State Building for one of the Top 10 PR Agencies in the US and writing front page news stories for The Dudley News as a Trainee Reporter. Diana is a journalism graduate who enjoys reading, writing and being inquisitive! In her spare time she likes cooking, going for walks and watching the latest shows Netflix has on offer.
Digital Marketing and Communications Officer
Supporter Care Manager
Supporter Care Coordinator