Board of Directors

Kate Gunn – President

Kate has 25 years of business experience and is the Founder and Director of Balance! Healthcare. Balance! Healthcare is a leader in multi-disciplinary integrated primary healthcare, and has practices in NSW and QLD. In 2015, Kate won a scholarship from Chief Executive Women and the Women’s Leadership Institute to attend the Women’s Leadership Program, Harvard Business School, and in 2012 she was named as one of the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia (by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review). Previously a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Kate has also been recognised with a number of business entrepreneurship awards over the years. Kate holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of South Australia. She has previously served as the Chair of the Government funded National Women’s Alliance Economic Security4Women (eS4W).

Kate Bosser PSM – Secretary

NFAW - Kate Bosser PSM – Secretary

In her career in the Commonwealth Public Service Kate specialised in industrial relations and employment issues, particularly in the public sector. In 2001 she was awarded a Public Service Medal for her contribution to the development of the 1999 Public Service Act.

Kate worked for a number of Commonwealth bodies including the Public Service Board, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and the Australia Council. She has two Arts degrees from the Australian National University including an honours degree in Sociology.

Molly Lee – Treasurer

NFAW - Molly Lee – Treasurer Molly is a business professional with 15 years experience in general accounting, taxation, financial planning and internal controls.  She has worked in various multi-national organisations both locally and in the Asia Pacific region, IT start ups and small business.

Molly is a Certified Practising Accountant and is a member of CPA Australia, Women on Boards and the Australian Institute of Management.

Dr Jackie King (Arts (Hons)/LLB (Hons)/PhD) – Vice President

Jackie King photoJackie started her career as a lawyer and advocate before moving to academia and then into the world of philanthropy, social impact, strategic planning, community development and governance. She currently works as Innovation Specialist at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. She has acted as Senior Project Officer, transitioning small-medium size organisations to the NDIS, as well as co-designing projects to build community awareness around social inclusion and accessibility. She is Founder and CEO of Project Deborah, a women’s capacity building initiative, Director of the National Foundation of Australian Women and is a member of the Public Transport Victoria Ministerial Advisory Committee. Jackie holds a Certificate IV in training and assessment, as well as a Certificate in not for profit governance from the Governance Institute. She has a long-standing interest in the interface between social services, access and equity, diversity and social inclusion. Jackie has 3 children, a husband, and a pet diamond python named “Spot”.

Ruth Medd CPA, MAICD

NFAW - Ruth Medd CPA, MAICDRuth is the Executive Chair of Women on Boards. She is also on the Board of Australian Ethical Superannuation. She is the principal of ‘All About Money’ a series of investment seminars that aim to educate women about investing.

Ruth started in IT in the seventies. Since then she has been a senior public servant, a broadcasting regulator, the inaugural Company Secretary at Telstra and the Executive Director of an industry association.

 

 Di Simpson

NFAW - Di SimpsonDi Simpson is a solicitor and director of Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson, a specialist family law firm in Canberra.  Di is an Accredited Family Law Specialist (NSW).  In 2012, Di was recognised in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as one of Canberra’s preeminent family lawyers.

Di has practised exclusively in family law since 1992, after graduating in Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne. Di has since worked with a national law firm and in boutique family law practices in Melbourne and Canberra, before forming Dobinson Davey Clifford Simpson with her fellow Directors, in August 2007. The firm employs 25 people.

Di practises in all areas of family law and de facto relationships law, including property and financial matters and children’s disputes but with particular interest and expertise in complex children’s matters (including where the relationship of a child with a parent is challenged).  Di also undertakes pre-trial and trial advocacy on behalf of her clients.

Di is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council, is a representative on the ACT Law Society’s Family Law Committee, a member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of the ACT and is a long standing volunteer at and supporter of the ACT Women’s Legal Centre.

Jo Jenson

NFAW - Jo JensonJo has extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors alongside high-profile businessmen and politicians.  Jo is a member of several academic course advisory boards and was awarded a scholarship to complete a Doctorate in Education, researching online academic learning experiences.  She has tertiary qualifications in project management, commerce, marketing and education.  Currently Jo is responsible for the IPAA Victoria workforce capability strategy through the implementation and delivery of comprehensive professional development programs to employees in the public sector, local government and not-for-profit agencies.Dr Kate Brooks

Associate Professor Helen Hodgson Curtin Law School

imagesHelen Hodgson joined Curtin Law School in 2014. She has lectured in Taxation at UNSW, Edith Cowan University and Curtin University. She was also a Member of the Legislative Council in Western Australia between 1997 and 2001. Helen holds qualifications in accounting, business law and taxation, is a Chartered Tax Advisor, a Registered Tax Agent, a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPA’s and a member of the SMSF Association. Her areas of expertise include superannuation, trusts, the taxation of small business entities and tax policy, and she was a participant at the 2010 Tax Forum. Her PhD was awarded in 2013 for analysis of the tax-transfer system She is also a member of the Tax Advisory panel for ACOSS, the Social Policy Committee of the National Foundation for Australian Women and the Women in Social & Economic Research group. In this capacity she has contributed significantly to policy review in the areas of superannuation and the tax and transfer system.

Jane Madden

Jane Madden was until recently the Executive Director for Tourism, Investment, International Education and Programs. As one of two deputy secretaries at Austrade, she had particular responsibility for strategic leadership of tourism policy and research, winning foreign direct investment, promoting international education, and delivering the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) and other programs.

Jane has set up an advisory company with business partner, Dr Vanessa Findlay.  Their firm, BrickfielderGE Pty LTD partners with companies and organisations to develop clearly articulated and evidence-based strategies that advance business success, including internationally.

Jane has more than 30 years’ international government, diplomatic and business experience and holds qualifications in economics, Japanese and law from the University of Tasmania and ANU (Australian National University). She speaks Japanese and French. Jane has also studied at Harvard, INSEAD and the Melbourne Business School. She has worked in business and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She has extensive Board experience and is currently a non-executive Director of the Black Dog Institute.

Throughout her professional and personal life, Jane has been passionate about the role of women in society and the work-force. She has been the first female in several roles (including Ambassador to UNESCO) and has tried to focus on supporting young women, including as a Mentor and Adviser to the Careers Development Assessment Centre (CDAC) of the Australian Public Service. Jane is married, with three young adult children.