VicHealth is governed by a Board whose members include those with expertise in health and prevention, sports, business management, communications or law, and the arts.
The membership composition is governed by the requirements of the Tobacco Act.
Eleven members are appointed by the Minister for Health, while three are elected by the Victorian Parliament from the major political parties.
The current board members are:
Board of Directors
Ms Fiona McCormack
Fiona is the CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, the peak body for family violence services for women and children in Victoria.
During a career spanning more than 20 years, Ms McCormack has worked at the forefront of community change in Victoria, with a focus on changing systems to improve outcomes for women and children at risk of family violence and highlighting the impact of gender on population health outcomes.
Ms McCormack has provided advice to governments through a number of high profile advisory committees at a state and national level.
Internationally recognised as an expert in her field, she has presented at many high profile forums, including the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence as well as a number of Senate Committees and United Nations forums.
With a background in social sciences, Ms McCormack also has extensive experience in community health – particularly working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities – as well as education, training and policy development.
Fiona took up the role of Chair of the VicHealth Board from Professor John Catford on 1 October 2016.
Dr Sally Fawkes
Acting deputy chair
Dr Sally Fawkes is a senior academic at La Trobe University where she coordinates health professional doctorates and post-graduate health promotion studies. She is academic advisor to the Australian Futures Project hosted by La Trobe, a multi-sector, non-profit initiative striving to make ‘long-termism’ easier. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration and a PhD in health policy. Dr Fawkes is a technical advisor for the World Health Organization and has been on the faculty of the WHO health leadership development program, ProLEAD since 2004. She is serving a third term as an elected member of the Governance Board of the WHO-affiliated International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services, and was instrumental in establishing the Victorian chapter, now a national network.
Dr Fawkes’ research, teaching and professional work emphasises the application of foresight, systems thinking and health promotion in public sector governance, strategy and administration. Active fields of interest include leadership and foresight practice to improve health in Asia and the Pacific, health literacy, and urban health in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is a regular reviewer for national and international journals, and is editorial advisor to Cities and Health. Dr Fawkes has previously worked for WHO Regional Office for Europe, Victorian Healthcare Association, and several universities and teaching hospitals. She has held board appointments with Women’s Health Victoria and community health services.
Ms Susan Crow
Ms Crow is currently employed as Head of Community at Melbourne City FC where she is responsible for the development and delivery of Melbourne City’s Social Responsibility program.
She has over twenty years' experience in sports administration roles, as the Chief Executive Officer of Netball Victoria and Softball Australia and the Executive Director, Women’s Cricket Australia. Previous Board memberships include Cricket Victoria and the State Sports Centres Trust.
Ms Crow has previously worked with VicHealth through their funded projects including QUIT , SunSmart, Walk to School and H3O to actively promote healthy messaging through sport and physical activity.
Mr Nick Green OAM
Professor Margaret Hamilton
Professor Hamilton has over 45 years’ experience in the public health field, specialising in alcohol and drugs including clinical work, education and research. She has a background in social work and public health and was the Founding Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Victoria and Chair of the Multiple and Complex Needs Panel in Victoria.
She served as an Executive member of the Australian National Council on Drugs and on the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness. She is a member of Cancer Council Victoria and retired as President in 2015.
Professor Hamilton contributes to many other advisory groups in the areas of children in out-of-home care, youth drug problems, alcohol and drug policy and research. She has recently been appointed to the Civil Society Task Force planning for the Special Session of the United Nations’ General Assembly meeting on drugs in 2016.
Professor Hamilton holds an honorary position at the University of Melbourne and is retired but remains active.
Mr Ben Hartung
Mr Hartung is currently the General Manager – Hockey Operations at Hockey Australia.
Mr Hartung has served on the Board of Vicsport since November 2012. He was the CEO of Hockey Victoria from 2008 to 2014, and prior to this was the Event Manager at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. His more than 20 years’ experience in sports administration and teaching also includes roles as a physical education and psychology teacher in secondary schools.
Thriving on continual education, Mr Hartung has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Education, Graduate Diploma in Sports Science, Master of Sport Management and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Law. He is currently completing a Performance Leaders Program at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Hockey has been a life-long passion for Mr Hartung and he has been involved as a player and coach for over 35 years.
Mr Hartung is committed to creating healthy, safe, welcoming and inclusive sporting and recreational environments for all.
The Hon. Wendy Lovell MLC
Ms Lovell has represented the Northern Victoria Region as a Liberal Party member in the Victorian Legislative Council since 2002 and served as Minister for Housing and Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development from 2010 until 2014.
Through her role as a regional Member of Parliament and her former Ministerial responsibilities Ms Lovell has developed a strong interest in maternal and child health and the health outcomes in rural and regional communities.
Prior to entering Parliament Ms Lovell enjoyed a career in small business as a newsagent and is well known for her commitment to community service and as a strong advocate for her region.
Ms Veronica Pardo
Ms Pardo is the Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria, the state’s leading arts and disability organisation. In this role, she has led an ambitious agenda of social and artistic transformation for people with a disability and the communities in which they live. With a passion for social justice and equity, she has spearheaded campaigns relating to the inclusion of people with a disability in arts and culture, as audiences and cultural innovators.
Ms Pardo has a successful history of employment at senior levels in the not for profit sector, with a major focus on policy and advocacy. She has a long track record of leading research programs aimed at addressing barriers to participation. A linguist by training, she has specialised in Australia Sign Language (Auslan), where she holds two postgraduate qualifications.
Ms Natalie Suleyman MP
Ms Suleyman is the State Member for St Albans. In April 2015, she was appointed a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Law Reform, Road and Community Safety and also as a member of parliament's House Committee. Natalie is secretary of the Victorian Parliamentary Friendship Groups for Turkey, Lebanon and India.
Previously, Ms Suleyman served as a local councillor at the Brimbank City Council, including three terms as Mayor. She was awarded the Certificate of Outstanding Service - Mayor Emeritus by the MAV and received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence - Local Government.
Ms Suleyman is pleased to be working with her community on the new $200 million Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital project in Sunshine, a significant redevelopment of health services in Melbourne's West.
Mr Stephen Walter
Mr Walter is a senior corporate affairs professional with over 35 years’ experience in corporate communications, stakeholder relations, marketing and business development gained through the public and private sectors. He is currently principal and owner of Persuade Consulting. Previous to this, he was Chief of Staff and Head of Corporate Affairs at Australia Post where he was a member of the Executive Committee for a decade.
Mr Walter formerly held board memberships at the Australian Association of National Advertisers and RMIT Alumni Association. His community contributions include pro-bono work for Cottage by the Sea, a charity supporting disadvantaged children, and advisory services to Opera Australia.