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
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 Sarah Connolly MP
Ms Connolly is a member of the Parliament of Victoria in the Legislative Assembly. She represents the multicultural district of Tarneit, located in Melbourne’s outer west. Her Electorate of Tarneit sits within one of Australia’s largest growth corridors.
Ms Connolly is a highly qualified policy and regulatory expert, community advocate and engagement specialist. Prior to entering politics, she worked for over a decade across the country on Australia’s energy future. She has worked at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australian Energy Regulator and across public and privately owned energy networks.
Prior to that, she worked in various areas of the criminal justice system, including the Department of Justice, Department of Public Prosecutions, as a Judge’s Associate and in law firm.
Ms Connolly holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology.
Mr Nick Green OAM
Mr Green is an experienced leader who has worked in senior roles across global corporate, national sport and public-sector organisations. He is currently the Industry Practice Leader for Aon, a global provider of risk management, insurance and professional services.
Before this role, Nick was the Chief Executive Officer of Cycling Australia and Group Manager of Acquisition and Development at the Victorian Major Events Company (now Visit Victoria).
Mr Green has served as President of the Victorian Olympic Council from 2005-2016, an Executive Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee (2005-2017), and a Fellow and Director of Leadership Victoria (2014-2016).
Mr Green has attended eight Olympic Games and was the Chef de Mission for the 2012 Australian Olympic Team. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal and inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in recognition of his sporting achievements as a World and Olympic rowing champion and founder partner of the Oarsome Foursome.
Mr Andy Meddick MP
Mr Meddick is a social justice and animal rights campaigner and has dedicated many years to achieving positive change for animals. After standing as a candidate in Council, State and Federal elections, Andy was successfully elected as a Member of the Legislative Council for Western Victoria in the 2018 Victorian State Election.
Before being elected he spent many years working in the construction industry as a scaffolder, working on some of Melbourne’s largest buildings.
Mr Meddick is passionate about healthy eating and the wellbeing of Victorians.
Dr Bridie O’Donnell
Dr Bridie O’Donnell is a medical doctor, champion cyclist and the first head of the Victorian Government’s Office for Women in Sport and Recreation.
In 2007 Dr O’Donnell began road cycling and in 2008 after winning the National Time Trial title, she raced in the Australian National Team, and then professional teams in Europe and the United States, representing Australia at three World Championships.
In 2013 she became a behaviour change physician at Epworth HealthCheck and Epworth Breast Service, with a part time role teaching doctor-patient communication at Deakin University Medical School.
From 2013-2016, Dr O’Donnell also managed and raced for Rush Women’s Team, a National Road Series cycling team in Australia. In 2016, she became the first Australian woman to make an attempt on the UCI World Hour record in 15 years, setting a new world record of 46.882km at the Adelaide Superdrome.
In November 2017, Dr O’Donnell was appointed the inaugural Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation by the Victorian Government and in 2018 she published ‘Life and Death – a cycling memoir’ about her experiences as a professional cyclist in the international peloton. Dr O’Donnell is a strong advocate for promoting gender equality and improving the health of the community through sport.
Ms Veronica Pardo
Veronica Pardo is the CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria, the state’s leading organisation on diversity in the arts, having spent 10 years leading Arts Access Victoria with a focus on cultural participation by people with disability and those experiencing mental health issues.
Ms Pardo is an experienced leader who has led an ambitious agenda of social and artistic transformation in the creative industries. She has spearheaded campaigns relating to social justice, equity and the inclusion of all people in arts and culture, as audiences and cultural innovators.
Ms Pardo has held senior roles in the non-government sector and academia, leading significant research projects aimed at embedding meaningful and lasting change, towards equality.
Professor Anna Peeters
Professor Peeters is Director of the Institute for Health Transformation and Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health at Deakin University. She is Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society and sits on national and international advisory boards and steering committees. In 2014 she was awarded the World Obesity Federation Andre Mayer Award for research excellence in obesity and a Churchill Award for innovative work in equity and population prevention.
Professor Peeters leads the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence into Healthy Food Retail (RE-FRESH, 2018-2022).
Ms Stella Smith
Stella Smith is the Chief Executive of Crime Stoppers Victoria and has previously held senior executive roles with Melbourne Victory Football Club and ‘Life. Be in it’ Australia. Ms Smith is also a Director of Blue Light Victoria and a ‘Change Our Game’ Ambassador through the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation.
Ms Smith has broad experience in community, government and stakeholder engagement, advertising and health promotion. Her experience spans commercial, sport and the not-for-profit sectors. Ms Smith has also previously held board positions with Women’s Health East and the Melbourne Victory FC Academy and has considerable experience in community sporting organisations.
Ms Smith holds a Master of Marketing and Graduate Diploma of Business and is passionate about promoting gender equality, encouraging social inclusion and using sport to create greater opportunities for community engagement.
Ms Bridget Vallence MP
Ms Bridget Vallence is a Member of the Victorian Parliament, elected on 24 November 2018 to represent the Evelyn District. Upon being sworn into Parliament, Ms Vallence was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary and Shadow Assistant Minister for Industry. Ms Vallence serves on the Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, which examines expenditure of public money to improve outcomes for the Victorian community.
Ms Vallence is passionate about helping people and businesses in her community to thrive. Prior to her election, Ms Vallence worked as procurement executive in the automotive industry, both in manufacturing and retail sectors in Australian, Asian and global markets. Ms Vallence holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Ms Vallence lives in the Yarra Valley with her husband and two sons.
Ms Sheena Watt
Sheena Watt is a public health advocate and company director. Ms Watt, a proud Yorta Yorta woman, is a Board Member of Progressive Public Health Australia and until recently was a Board Member of the Centre for Australian Progress and the Queen Elizabeth Centre. She is a member of the Clinical Governance Committee at Merri Health and the Policy and Programs Task Group at Women's Health Victoria.
Ms Watt is the Executive Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy & Programs for AFL SportsReady and Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. With a career background in Aboriginal and Multicultural Affairs, Ms Watt has a particular focus on health equality, clinical governance and workforce reform.
Ms Watt was recently recognised as a Top 50 Australian Advanced Not-For-Profit Governance Leader.
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.