Board

Meet the Board

Robinette Emonson - Chairperson

For over 30 years, Robinette has advocated for women and girls and served her community, locally and nationally in a range of roles from grass roots community organisations, to national charities. Her work has included Chair and Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides Australia (a role that saw her overseeing the national Girl Guide movement, and support the international movement of girl guides and girl scouts), National Vice President of UN Women (then UNIFEM) supporting the roll out of International Women’s Day events nationally, and State Commissioner for Girl Guides Victoria. Currently, Robinette leads the National Girl Guides Awards and Recognition Committee – a committee whose role focuses on the national recognition of volunteer contribution across Australia.

Robinette has extensive and hands on experience of working with local community and women’s groups including fundraising, volunteer support and management and governance. 

In addition to this, Robinette has extensive and in-depth experience of HR and Operations Management having led Operations teams in the medical and health sector for over two decades.

A community minded, service orientated senior leader, Robinette is committed to developing community, empowering women and supporting the growth of young women and girls.

Camilla Radia- George  - Vice Chair

Camilla is currently the Manager of Improvement and Innovation at Safer Care Victoria. She holds a Master of Research (OT) and a Bachelor of Applied Science. She is a senior health sector leader, with extensive strategic and operational experience across the care continuum in both private and public settings.  Her service improvement and innovation work has focussed on working in partnership to support unmet community need, better integrate existing services, implement new models of care and reduce low value practices.

Camilla is skilled in planning, project and change management, with a strong track record of implementing sustainable practices and solutions. Camilla’s multidisciplinary leadership, research and improvement work has centred on building capability, both contributing to the research evidence and its translation into practice. She is committed to extending capabilities of individuals and teams.

Camilla was born in South Africa and has lived and worked in Canada, USA, the UK and Australia. She has two daughters and lives with her family in the Dandenong Ranges. She is passionate about tackling race, class and gender inequality.

Sinfree Chirunga - Treasurer

Sinfree is a Business Manager at Peninsula Health and has extensive experience in senior financial and management accounting roles in the health public sector as well as the private sector in Australia, UK and Africa. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Business Consultancy from Deakin University; Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCompt.) from University of South Africa; Diploma of Business Accounting from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants CIMA UK; and a Diploma of Project Management from Swinburne University of Technology. 

Sinfree is passionate about innovation and continuous business process improvement and believes that leadership is about empowering others to do great things. 

Sinfree was born in Zimbabwe where her interest in voluntary work started at an early age when she partnered with Compassion Ministries in caring for destitute children and widows.  She migrated to the United Kingdom in the mid-90s and relocated to Melbourne 10 years ago.

Sinfree is committed to gender equality, empowerment of women, freedom from oppression and an end to family violence.

Rhiannon Matthews 

Rhiannon is a PR and communications consultant with over 10 years experience of working in senior management positions in the UK public sector. This includes roles within the UK and Welsh governments and for one of the largest integrated healthcare providers. She has worked with Ministers, Senior Civil Servants and Board Members, providing leadership and advice, and managing all aspects of communication campaigns.

Rhiannon now lives in Mount Eliza and uses her strategic communication planning skills to help organisations effectively reach their audiences. Her experience spans internal and external communications through to campaigns, public relations, digital engagement, stakeholder management, crisis communications and more.

Rhiannon is married with three young children and is passionate about equality issues. She has managed Family Violence Prevention Campaigns on the Mornington Peninsula and wants to use her skills to help WHISE improve health outcomes for women.

Kerry Bradley

Kerry has over 20 years’ senior management/executive experience with strong clinical and quality backgrounds, working in regulation, acute care (both public and private), rehabilitation and aged care. She is a highly skilled leader in leading and managing organisational change at both strategic and operational levels.  Kerry is currently a Director with Breastscreen Victoria and a Ministerial appointed member of the Victorian Clinical Council.  She has served on the Boards of Baptcare, Victorian Cytology Service  and Mercy Hospitals Inc. Kerry has over 20 years’ senior management/executive experience with strong clinical and quality backgrounds, working in regulation, acute care (both public and private), rehabilitation and aged care.

She is a highly skilled leader in leading and managing organisational change at both strategic and operational levels.  Kerry is currently a Ministerial appointed member of the Victorian Clinical Council.  She has served on the Boards of Baptcare, Victorian Cytology Service  and Mercy Hospitals Inc.

Katherine Dennis

Katherine Dennis is currently a Special Counsel in the Workplace Relations team at Sladen Legal. She holds a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts. Katherine has provided workplace relations advice to clients ranging from SMEs to family businesses to some of the largest companies operating in Australia and has experience across all areas of employment law, industrial relations and discrimination. Katherine is passionate about giving back to the community and is especially interested in supporting and improving women’s rights.

Katherine enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her new son James.

Reena Dahiya

Reena is a highly experienced Chief Financial Officer with international experience across a diverse range of organisations. Her focus is on building finance functions that balance traditional accounting requirements with business partnering and driving value through timely data insights and analytics. In addition to finance leadership, she has successfully led large scale transformation projects within Fortune 500 organisations in the last 10 years. Reena is a FCPA, recently completed a Global Executive MBA with Monash Business School and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Deakin University. 

Reena is a proud Indian-Australian having migrated from India at a young age and enjoys calling two countries home. Early lessons in resilience came from overcoming cultural and language barriers to develop the confidence and make your mark in Australia despite the obvious differences.  Crediting her parents values of equality and inclusion in shaping her success as a professional and a single mother, she is a champion for diversity and equal rights for women. Reena is passionate about girl child education and supports related organisations.

Susie Siggins

Susie has over a decade’s worth of experience in leading digital process and transformation change projects.  Susie is passionate about creating a dynamic environment for technical, creative and business people to excel and has a proven track record at scaling digital operations across complex programs, while building high functional teams. With significant capacity in sourcing, capability building and strategic program delivery, Susie’s experience includes work in the Banking and Finance Sector, Government, Health and Consultancy sector across national, state and local contexts. In addition to this, she has in-depth experience with complex project management including solution design, risk management, communications and stakeholder management.

Susie has a Bachelor in Applied Science, a Master’s Degree in Marketing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She is also a Certified Scrum Master and is a Registered Practitioner in Prince2 Project methodology. Susie brings to the WHISE Board a significant commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of women and, broad demonstrated commitment to community leadership and volunteering. In addition to supporting her colleagues through volunteer participation on committees to improve workplace wellbeing, she was also heavily involved in the Port Melbourne Life Saving Club and Managed the Nippers Program for many years. Currently she is a coach in the Australian African Inclusion Program for NAB and through this work seeks to develop, support and guide young workers in their career paths.