St Kilda Mums is powered by more than 1500 volunteers and we value all contributions, big and small.
Meeting every four weeks, the volunteer Board sets the Strategic Direction and oversees governance, financial management and accountability, and significant operational decisions.
Linda is a mum of three young boys and she became involved with St Kilda Mums shortly after having her first baby. Linda was drawn to St Kilda Mums’ vision and the opportunity to help shape its future.
“Being a mum is hard enough without the struggle to provide basic needs for your baby”.
Linda is a commercial lawyer who has practiced both in private practice and in-house at a number of large corporate organisations. She has also been involved with a number of other not-for-profit organisations. Linda joined the board in November 2015 after volunteering in a number of different capacities including bundling at home and serving on the St Kilda Mums Fundraising Sub-Committee for three years.
Deidre is the CEO at Multiple Sclerosis Australia. 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. Deidre has postgraduate qualifications in Education, Human Resource Management and Governance. She joined the board in 2017.
"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."
Jesse joined our board in 2014, following several years of volunteering with St Kilda Mums. She was our Treasurer from 2014 - 2018. Jesse is a registered CPA and has held senior accounting and financial modelling roles in corporate and government organisations. She specialises in performance and governance and currently works for Victoria Police as a Finance Manager.
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.
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 SKM 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."
Stacey is the Managing Director of Goddess Cleaning Group and brings to us knowledge from a corporate career spanning Human Resources, Administration and Credit Management. Joining the board as an ordinary member in November 2015, she was appointed Vice Chair in 2017.
Her passion is supporting women from domestic violence and disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them with ethical and sustainable social service platforms.
Volunteering at St Kilda Mums with other like-minded men and women fills her heart to overflow daily, knowing that everyone who contributes can touch so many people’s hearts. Using this opportunity to provide for these families consistently restores her faith in human kindness and the power of giving.
Stacey also hosts our staging post in Rowville.
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...."
Kate is a corporate affairs professional with broad public relations, marketing and partnership management experience in the not for profit and corporate sectors. She is a passionate advocate for the Geelong community and has volunteered and held board positions at a range of local organisations.
Inspired by St Kilda Mums, Kate held a collection at her Geelong home in 2013. With Jessica Macpherson’s guidance, Kate and four girlfriends then established Geelong Mums. Kate joined our board in May 2018 and continues to serve on the Geelong Mums sub-committee.
This is the team that supports all three branches including Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums
Jessica Macpherson OAM
Founder and CEO
Jessica is a founding board member of St Kilda Mums. For the first four years of its operation, Jessica hosted weekly collections at her own home. In August 2013 she was appointed to the position of CEO. She is widely recognised as the face of St Kilda Mums. In 2017 she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her significant contribution to the Victorian community. She stepped down from holding an office bearing position on our board in 2017.
Head of Fundraising & Communications
Fiona joined St Kilda Mums in 2015 as our very first fundraising manager. Since then she has grown income from fundraising year on year by an average of 40% which has been critical for our ability to grow and help many more babies and children.
Fiona has a puppy in training from Vision Australia called Everett, and is a keen supporter of many charities.
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Gill is responsible for business donations, our workplace volunteering program, sponsorships and partnerships. Gill began volunteering back in 2013 and has done almost every volunteering job available! She joined the team in 2016 to expand the Workplace Volunteering program and moved into her current role a year later. Gill also looks after our social media.
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Katherine joined the team in December 2018.
Paula started as a volunteer at St Kilda Mums in 2014, bringing her previous experience in data management and product safety. She is an IT savvy engineer and experienced economist that has a passion for making everything easier, faster and safer. She manages impact reporting, product safety updates and all things IT.
Social Service Manager
Emma fist started volunteering at St Kilda Mums in 2011 and joined as our first social service coordinator (job share with Helen Young) in 2014. Emma enjoys writing and is currently working on our Annual Report.
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Helen is a founding committee member of St Kilda Mums and she served as a director from 2009 until 2017. Helen was employed as social service coordinator (job share with Emma Young) in 2014. Helen loves chocolate labradors and her puppy Marley comes to work with her every day.
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Social Service 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.
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Felicity was employed as Operations Manager in early 2018, having worked for many years in fast moving retail (Officeworks) and for Save the Children managing their op shops. Felicity enjoys wearing silly hats and making people laugh. She is responsible for ensuring that none of the three branches runs out of stock, which is not an easy thing to do when you are reliant on donations.