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 is Chair of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations. Her current Ministerial appointments include Chair of Victoria’s Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Council and membership of the Liquor Control Advisory Council. Jerril was also a member of the Advisory Panel for the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation and the Work Health Advisory Group. She regularly presents at state, national and international conferences and events to share her experiences in health promotion, leadership, 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 and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the Chair of the Stephanie Lake Dance Company and on the Board of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.
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.
Jerril was named in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence in the Public Policy category for 2016. She was also included in the inaugural Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) list, which shines a spotlight on exceptional leaders, highlighting their work and creating role models for other women in the sector.
Executive Manager, Programs Group
Kirstan Corben joined VicHealth in 2017. Kirstan has more than 16 years of experience in health promotion, including most recently as Alfred Health’s Lead for Population Health and Health Promotion.
At Alfred Health, she led many successful initiatives to strengthen Victorian health services, including introducing smokefree environments, improving availability of healthy food and facilities to support active travel, increasing physical activity and reducing sedentariness. Her work has been shared widely and influenced practice across health, sport, education and community settings within Australia and internationally.
Kirstan comes to VicHealth with a background in physiotherapy and Masters Degrees in health promotion and organisational leadership. Complex systems thinking, behavioural insights expertise and sector leadership make Kirstan a fantastic addition to VicHealth’s talented executive team.
Executive Manager, Marketing and Communications
Stefan has more than two decades of marketing and communications experience from the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has held a range of executive and leadership roles focusing on strategic marketing and communications, public affairs, social marketing behaviour change campaigns, brand and product management.
Passionate about promoting health and wellbeing, Stefan joined VicHealth in 2014 motivated by linking his more than 20 years’ experience in the sporting industry – including nine years as a senior AFL field umpire – with helping Victorians becoming more physically active and championing gender equality.
Stefan has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Tasmania, is a graduate of the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs and is VicHealth’s implementation lead on the Male Champions of Change national program.
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 Lead, Policy Development Office
Kellie has extensive public health experience developed through policy and practice-focused roles over 15 years in the community sector, local and state government, and non-government organisations. She joined VicHealth in September 2009, motivated by the organisation’s commitment to an equity-focused approach to health promotion and became a member of the executive team in 2016. Kellie’s substantive position is Executive Lead, Policy Development Office.
Kellie has qualifications in health science and holds a Master of Public Health from Deakin University and Master of Public Health Practice from Flinders University.
Nithya Gopu Solomon
Executive Lead, Innovation 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.
Dr Lyn Roberts AO
Dr Lyn Roberts has extensive experience of working within health NGOs having spent over 25 years working at an Executive level in state, national and international capacities. She was CEO of the National Heart Foundation of Australia from 2001 to 2013. During this time Dr Roberts was elected to the Board of the World Heart Federation (2006 to 2012) also serving as its Vice-President from 2009 to 2010. She has considerable expertise in strategic public health policy development and implementation, working with a wide range of stakeholders.
She has been a member of a number of expert advisory committees for the government and non-government sectors including the National Preventative Health Taskforce where she chaired the Overweight and Obesity Expert Working Group; and has widely presented at national and international conferences. She was also formerly Adjunct Professor at Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.
Dr Roberts has held a number of Board positions and has an excellent understanding of contemporary Board governance issues. Her current roles include: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (board of directors); Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University (board); Deakin University Council; and the Victorian Government Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 1997, Dr Roberts was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community and to health. In June 2015 she was awarded an AO for distinguished service to community health through executive and governmental advisory roles.