NCJWA Vic is the spirited, successful organisation it is today – thanks to our dedicated and diversely-talented Board, CEO and staff members.
With many years in investment banking, Lesley’s expertise spans general banking, internal auditing and specialist treasury bank auditing. She’s even had the chance to work internationally on several occasions. Lesley’s interests fall in women’s issues and the advancement of girls and women in society – particularly in the domains of education and welfare.
Sally is a lawyer by profession, a trained mediator and brings extensive financial services experience to the NCJWA Vic Board. She is currently the General Manager and CEO of committees that monitor codes of practice in the financial services sector. Sally is passionate about providing community assurance and committed to continuous improvement and brings these passions to her role as chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.
Romy has worked at the intersection of corporate law, funds management and impact investment since 2011. Her diverse background as a Solicitor, Legal Counsel and Investor Relations Manager provides her with a broad perspective on risk management, compliance, capital raising and investing. Romy has also been actively involved in community and industry organisations in a leadership capacity. She has been on our Advocacy Committee since 2019.
Justin provides valuable financial and commercial advice to the board from his extensive commercial experience in the public and private sectors on large social infrastructure projects. He is currently Head of Operations and Risk Governance at ANZi (the Ventures and Innovations arm of the ANZ Bank) and is a member of the Board of the Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) and their Audit and Risk Committee. Justin describes himself as someone who is very passionate about Gender Equality and diversity.
Holding over 25 years’ experience in law, privacy practice and corporate compliance, Helen brings a wealth of knowledge in privacy protection and information governance issues to her role as President of NCJWA Vic. Helen was formerly a Deputy Privacy Commissioner (Victoria) and used to chair NCJWA Vic’s Governance Committee. She now chairs the Development Committee and is on the Finance Committee. She is passionate about the advancement of women and girls in the Jewish and broader communities.
Judy joined the Board in 2017 and is a senior marketing executive with over thirty years’ experience in management, marketing and strategic planning. She is an experienced Board member, having served on many not-for-profit boards before joining NCJWA Vic and is currently also on the board of Women’s Health Victoria. Judy led the rebranding of the organisation in 2020 which provided us with a new profile that is strong, professional and contemporary. She is a member of our Development Committee.
With a Bachelor degree in Arts and Law from Monash University, Kate practiced commercial law and specialized in workplace relations law before heading to an in-house role as Legal Counsel for Swinburne University. She is a passionate supporter of many charities and not-for profits and is currently a Director of the Murdoch Children’s’ Research Institute. Kate’s greatest passion is her family and much of her time is devoted to her 3 sons. She sits on the Development Committee and is Chair of Circle of Women.
Lila is a Chartered Accountant and Director in PwC’s Financial Assurance practice. She brings technical accounting knowledge, financial governance and acumen as well as experience in senior stakeholder management. Lila is a proud member of the Melbourne Jewish community and is passionate about women’s issues, diversity and advocating for gender equality. She is a member of the Finance Committee.
Anna’s background in commercial and public interest law has been fundamental to her role on our Board. Since joining in 2016, she has been integral to the establishment of both the NextGen Committee and the Advocacy Committee which have been important developments that raised the profile of the organisation. She is currently the Chair of NextGen and sits on the Advocacy and Development Committees.
Thanks to her interest in and commitment to social and community work, Karen brings a diverse range of valuable skills and interests to NCJWA Vic. She has vast experience in property development and community fundraising, which makes her the ideal choice for Chair of our Building Committee. She is also a Supervisor for our Caring Mums program.
Rebecca brings with her a wealth of experience in the Jewish community, currently as an Associate Professor at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University and prior to that as a Director + CEO at the Jewish Museum of Australia . The mission of NCJWA Vic is very much aligned with her own personal values and interests.
We are pleased to be part of The Observership program and welcome these participants to the board this year:
Liat Azoulay is the Program Officer for the Jam Project. Liat spent 15 years in the Retail sector significantly working in operations, recruitment and mentoring teams across Australia. Liat holds a Bachelor in Fine Art Honours, in addition to certification of Heart Math Meditation. Liat is currently at University studying Community Work and Youth Services. Liat was selected to be included in the Nationwide Jewish Advocacy and Leadership Corps with ECAJ year program in 2020.
Robyn began with the Caring Mums program in January 2019. She is Social Work trained with extensive Child Protection experience and volunteer experience across various community organizations. In 2019 Robyn completed her Masters of Systemic Family Therapy. Robyn integrates these skills into her work with mums and volunteers in the program. A mum herself, Robyn values and sees the necessity for all mums to have support during their pregnancy and motherhood.
Michelle has been with Caring Mums since its inception, creating & developing the program. She is an educator and a family counsellor specialising in parenting, relationships, loss and grief. Being the coordinator of Caring Mums is her dream job, as it uses her skills as an educator and therapist. It enables her to fulfill her passion for empowering women and ensuring that no mother is alone on her journey of motherhood.
Before starting her Diploma of Events Management, Sivan joined NCJWA Vic in early 2020 with a bachelor's degree in media and communication. She enjoys being the first point of contact for members, bringing to this role her love for people and the ability to quickly and efficiently resolve problems. She is proud to be a part of NCJWA Vic and be named amongst the strong women who passionately support women.
Michele was born in South Africa and immigrated to Australia in 2007. After living in Western Australia she relocated to Melbourne to give her son a stronger Jewish identity. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa and a certificate of bookkeeping from Pitman Institute in London. In Michele’s spare time she enjoys reading, drawing and learning new skills.
Prabha is a CRM Administrator with Master’s in computer science. She is a certified Salesforce Administrator and Platform App Builder. She brings her volunteering experience of implementing Salesforce in not-for-profit organisations. Also, she is a volunteer in Monash community toy library. Prabha likes to do cooking, bottle-painting, and spending time with family.
Pam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts before she began her career in Human Resources in the corporate sector. During the past few years, she has gained experience within a broad range of Jewish community organisations. She feels she can bring her passion, skills and motivation to Caring Mums and NCJWA Vic working alongside an incredible dynamic team. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her inspiring and growing family.
Helen was a primary teacher for many years and, since leaving teaching, has been involved with the Seniors program for 20 years. First as a volunteer and now she is running the program. Helen believes that NCJWA Vic offers many worthwhile programs for the community.
Nellie has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in IT. Before joining NCJWA Vic in 2004, she owned a small business and worked as a Facilitator in the Aged and Community Care sector. She brings her vast expertise and organisational skills, together with her passion and Yiddishkite to the GAC. Nellie provides the CALD community, Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans with social support and an important connection to the local Jewish community.