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, a board member of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations, a member of Victoria’s Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Council and a member of the Liquor Control Advisory Council. 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 Ministerial appointments have 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.
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. Bruce holds a PhD in addition to master degrees in public health and psychological science.
He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. He is currently the President of the Victorian Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia.
Executive Manager, Marketing and Communications
Kerry has extensive experience in marketing and communications across a diverse range of sectors including government, infrastructure, consultancy, and not-for profits.
Areas of focus in her previous roles have included childcare policy, women’s health, disability, ageing, community services development, sustainability and water. Kerry’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Communications, Queensland University of Technology, and Bachelor of Arts, Politics and Media, Griffith University.
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.
Dr Lyn Roberts AM
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.
Lead, Policy Development Office
Darryl has worked in preventive health for over 20 years and has experience in the non-government sector and within government at both national and state levels. Before VicHealth, Darryl was at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services where he managed the Sexual Health and Viral Hepatitis Section, Prior to that he was the manager of the Tobacco Control Section.
At the national level Darryl held a range of policy development positions at the National Public Health Partnership (NPHP). The NPHP was responsible for identifying and developing strategic and integrated responses to public health across Australia in areas such as tobacco control, nutrition, physical activity, mental health and capacity building.
His qualifications include a Master of Business Communications from the Queensland University of Technology.
Lead, Innovation Office
Nick has had a career spanning a number of sectors and industries. A qualified professional engineer, he has worked in diverse areas such as construction management, IT development, management consulting, and the formation and execution of business strategy in private and government organisations.
Nick joined VicHealth in March 2009 and has undertaken different roles throughout his tenure.