20 Feb, 2019 Last updated: 27 Feb, 2019

Health promotion foundation VicHealth announced today that Chief Executive Officer Jerril Rechter will depart the organisation in March to take on the role as CEO of Basketball Australia.

VicHealth Chair Fiona McCormack praised Jerril’s leadership stating: “Jerril has been an outstanding leader for VicHealth in her seven years as CEO, bringing a powerful mix of strategic vision and innovative thinking to the organisation, helping transform VicHealth from a funder to a strategic investor, working inventively with our partners – government, agencies, organisations and researchers – to help reform the areas in which VicHealth works.”


“This is an exciting opportunity for Jerril and we congratulate her on this appointment. She has an obvious passion for sport and physical activity and she will now be leading an organisation focused on one of the country’s highest participation sports.”


“Jerril departs at a time of stability, with VicHealth well placed to implement a range of initiatives which will allow us to integrate our learnings and achieve scale with our programs in the final four years of our 10-year Action Agenda – our aim is for one million more Victorians to have better health and wellbeing by 2023.”


Ms Rechter said she was proud of VicHealth’s achievements over her tenure: “I have been privileged to lead an exceptional team at VicHealth for the past seven years. My vision to create a 10-year strategy, operational model and supporting scorecard has seen VicHealth develop a longstanding program of work based on leading research and evaluation with a broad reach across the community, and with the all-important supporting partnerships that are at the core of our approach and success.


“I am particularly proud of our significant program of work to promote women in sport and physical activity, with the acquisition and success of This Girl Can – Victoria a highlight. The establishment of our Leading Thinkers initiative is another highlight, which has seen us connect international thought leaders with senior policymakers and key local experts here in Victoria, championing the innovative role behavioural insights can play in enabling change across our communities.”


Dr Lyn Roberts AO will take on the role of Acting CEO from 18 March as the Board undertakes an extensive recruitment process. Dr Roberts is well known to many of VicHealth’s partners and stakeholders as she has been VicHealth’s Principal Adviser for the past four years and is a former CEO of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (2001-2013). She has extensive experience working within health NGOs for over 25 years along with numerous Board roles, including previous positions with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and is currently a member of Deakin’s University Council.


Media Contact:

Rachel Murphy, VicHealth Senior Media Advisor on 03 9667 1319, 0435 761 732 or  [email protected]