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
Dr Lyn Roberts AO
Acting CEO, Principal Adviser
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, and has widely presented at national and international conferences.
Dr Roberts has held a number of Board positions and has an excellent understanding of contemporary Board governance issues. Her previous roles include the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (board of directors 2010-2018) and a member of the Victorian Government Department of Justice and Regulation, Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Committee 2017-2018. Currently with Deakin University she is a member of the University Council, member of the Finance and Business Committee and a board member of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. She is also 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.
Executive Manager, Programs Group
Kirstan is widely recognised for her expertise in health promotion and her sector leadership as demonstrated by her twenty-year contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. At VicHealth, Kirstan leads a broad agenda spanning sport and physical activity, healthy eating, mental wellbeing, alcohol and tobacco. She is genuinely committed to putting equity at the heart of VicHealth’s work. Kirstan’s achievements have influenced practice across health, sport, education and community settings within Australia and internationally. Kirstan has a background in physiotherapy and masters degrees in health promotion and organisational leadership.
Executive Manager, Corporate Services Group
Paul has over three decades of experience in leadership, corporate services and stakeholder management across corporate and government sectors.
Prior to joining VicHealth in 2019, Paul worked with state and local governments as a Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services. He also led the local government strategy of Aon, the world’s largest risk management advisor.
Paul has led numerous diversity and inclusion committees and initiatives over the last 15 years and is a White Ribbon Ambassador.
Paul holds a Business Degree majoring in Accounting, a Company Directors Diploma and an Advanced Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the AICD.
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 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.