Our staff are a diverse group of highly skilled, committed and spirited people.
VicHealth takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer championing equity and diversity in the workplace. We are also committed to fostering a culture that values the importance of a healthy and safe work environment. We abide by the Victorian Government’s public administration values and code of conduct.
Chief Executive Officer
Jerril Rechter is the CEO of VicHealth. She has extensive experience in leadership across the areas of government and not-for-profit sectors.
Jerril is a World Health Organization Advisor and a board member of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations. Her current Ministerial appointments include membership of the Liquor Control Advisory Council, and the Advisory Panel for the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation and she is Chair of Victoria’s Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Council. She regularly presents at state, national and international conferences and events to share her experiences in health promotion, leadership, the arts, and the potential of innovations to improve health and wellbeing for everyone.
She has served on various state and national boards and committees, including VicHealth's, as Board Member from 2004 to 2010. Her past Ministerial appointments included the Victorian Eating Disorders Taskforce, Australia Day Committee Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts Deputy Chair Dance Board, Arts Tasmania Board, Brand Tasmania Board and the Community Leaders Group Tasmania.
Jerril is a recipient of a Centenary Medal, Tasmania Day Award, and Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Australia Council, Harvard Club of Australia, the Australian Davos Forum-Future Summit, and Williamson Community Leadership Program (Leadership Victoria).
Jerril holds a Master of Business Leadership from RMIT University.
Jerril has held executive positions at Leadership Victoria, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and founded Stompin Youth Dance Company.
In 2015, Jerril won the Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award in the Victorian Government and Academia category, and was also a finalist in the same category for the national awards.
Dr Bruce Bolam
Executive Manager, Programs Group
Bruce has extensive experience in health promotion policy and programs and has worked in government, non-government, university and healthcare organisations. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom, Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Population & Global Health at the University of Melbourne and Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Leadership in Health Promotion hosted by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). Bruce holds a PhD in addition to master degrees in public health and psychological science, and is currently employed as Executive Manager, Programs at VicHealth.
Executive Manager, Corporate Services Group
Dale joined VicHealth in April 2012, coming from the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust where he was General Manager, Finance and Business Services. During his career of nearly 20 years, Dale has been a Chief Financial Officer and was also responsible for portfolios such as risk management and information technology, which has included a major implementation of key management information and financial systems.
He is a Certified Practicing Accountant and has a strong understanding of the Victorian legislative framework. His government experience includes working with the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office. Dale is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and volunteered on the Board of a not-for-profit organisation providing care to severely disabled persons.
Executive Manager, Marketing and Communications
Natasha joined VicHealth in December 2015 and has almost 20 years of experience across the full spectrum of marketing and communications and in a number of different industries. She has spent the last 8 years working in the health sector, with a focus on activating particular segments of the community to change their behaviour.
For almost five years, she was Head of Consulting/Head of Health at consultancy Fenton Communications and worked with clients on campaigns, issues and projects. This included acute care, encouraging physical activity, eye health, engaging children in the lifelong benefits of eating fresh food, medical research, diabetes and more. For the last three years, Natasha has led the communications and client recruitment team at BreastSceeen Victoria to develop and deliver an integrated marketing and communications strategy to encourage more Victorian women to have a breast screen every two years. This led to the highest number of women screening in BreastScreen's history.
Natasha won a state PRIA award for the BreastScreen Victoria campaign and holds awards for the Premier's Active Families Challenge campaign.
She holds a Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.
Dr Lyn Roberts AO
Dr Roberts has extensive experience in the health sector having spent over 25 years working at an executive level in a national and state capacity as well internationally. She was CEO of the National Heart Foundation of Australia from 2001 to 2013. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and is Adjunct Professor at Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.
An expert on tobacco control matters, overweight and obesity programs, and strategic public health policy development and implementation, she has been a member of advisory committees for government and non-government sectors including the National Preventative Health Taskforce and the Australian National Preventive Health Agency Advisory Council. For many years, she was also Chair of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance.
Dr Roberts was elected to the Board of the World Heart Federation in 2006, served as Vice President from 2009–10, and was a Board member until the end of 2012.
In 1997, Dr Roberts was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community and to health.
Executive Lead, Innovation Office & Acting Lead, Policy Development OfficeNithya joins VicHealth with international leadership experience in Australia, USA and Latin America, gained through roles at NIKE, Inc. , Ernst & Young, Accenture and ANZ Investment Bank. Nithya brings unique expertise in the design and operations of innovative ventures in philanthropy and social investment.
Over the last decade she held leadership roles within the business units at Nike that developed the game-changing collective-impact platforms, Girl Effect and Designed to Move. As the Nike Foundation Strategy, Finance and Operations Director from 2006 -2009 Nithya managed a multi-million-dollar venture philanthropy engine to provide adolescent girls a clear path out of poverty. In 2010 Nithya was appointed by Nike to lead the production of the Designed to Move Framework for Action, an unprecedented collaboration with 70+ multi-sector organisations and a catalyst for a global movement to increase worldwide physical activity.
Nithya holds a Masters of Administration degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Performing Arts from Monash University.