Board Chair Gabrielle Toscan
|Gabrielle is the Chair of Emma House and has been a board member since 2018. Gabrielle is passionate about gender equity and contributing to the essential work Emma House does in the South West community to end violence against women and children. Currently the Director of Operations and Compliance for a local insurance brokerage, Gabrielle has previously practiced as a lawyer and in the government relations and community engagement sectors. Gabrielle holds a BA and LLB.|
Board Member & Deputy Chair Faye Oliver
|In the early 80’s as a young mum Faye was assisted by the Coffs Harbour Women’s Refuge. The care she received was genuine, supportive and loving. Thus her passion is for women and children to be safe from harm and one of the ways she thought she could contribute and also say thank you was to join the Emma House Board (collective).
Faye’s work history: Printing Supervisor in the disability sector, Trainer/supervisor/policy in an Aboriginal Co-operative, owner operator of Pizza shop and lastly as a Kinesiologist
Board Member & Treasurer Rebecca Ratcliffe
|Rebecca has worked in the finance and finance education industry for the past 25 years, taking a few years off to gain a Diploma in Community Services and work as a domestic violence caseworker and a relationship counsellor. Rebecca currently lectures across finance, economics and property units at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Deakin University, after gaining 15 years’ experience as a research analyst for international stockbroking firms such as Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. Rebecca also holds a Masters in Human Resource Management.|
Board Member & Secretary Leah Heinrich
|With a background in journalism and communications, Leah brings to Emma House 25 years’ experience in writing, editing, content creation and public relations. After many years in the media and in local government, she now works as a freelance writer, editor and content creator.
Leah is passionate about educating younger generations of women about gender inequality and what they can do to change the story, and has embarked on an advocate and campaigning journey in the family violence space, with personal experience as a victim-survivor guiding her. She has taken part in a PhD study as a victim-survivor and in 2018, presented at a state-wide family violence conference alongside prominent campaigner Rosie Batty.
Leah wants to use her experience – both personal and professional – for good as a board member of Emma House.
Board Member Sue Kelly
|Sue has extensive experience in Human Resource Management and is the Director of HR4Business, a Human Resource Management consultancy in Geelong. Her passion for giving back to the community is achieved by contributing in a professional sense by sitting on Boards and Committees of Management which she finds very rewarding. In her volunteer roles Sue shares her broad business acumen and insight and skills in HR and people management. In addition to Emma House, Sue is currently a member of a local Football Club Committee in Geelong, is Convenor of the Australian HR Institute Geelong Network and previously sat on the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Houses Committee of Management for many years.
Sue is an avid supporter of the work the staff at Emma House undertake and is proud to be part of an organisation which creates a difference to the daily lives of individuals affected by family violence
Board Member Simone Renyard
Board Member Jodi Bateman
|Jodi is a Registered Psychologist and holds a Bachelor of Science with honours, and a Masters of Enterprise. She has worked in Clinical, Managerial and Executive roles in the mental health sector for the past 20 or so years. Jodi is a passionate advocate for gender equality, diversity and inclusion and for the safety of women and children. Jodi believes early intervention and empowerment approaches to free women and children from the impacts of family violence trauma, as well as addressing societal drivers including gender inequality and power imbalances, are vital pathways to ensuring good mental health and wellbeing and enabling people to lead safe, thriving and successful lives.|