Emma House

Board Members

Our Board


Board Chair Gabrielle Toscan

Gabrille 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 & Secretary Leah Heinrich

Leah Headshots 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 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

Simone Renyard Simone is passionate about women and children having access to services like Emma House in times of need.  Much of her professional life has been spent in the counselling areas (B Arts – Psychology)  locally from community health, student support, after hours crisis teams and research.  She owns and operates a Dairy Business with her husband in Timboon and has Chaired a Strategic Board for the last seven years in extension and business support for dairy farmers.  She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Course.   She is very pleased to be on a Board with other purpose driven women to ensure Emma House is there well into the future for the region.

Board Member Jodi Bateman

Jodi Bateman Eh Board 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.




Board Members