The Power Of Our Community

The GovernWith Team

We are small enough to care, big enough to make a difference.

From our local Customer Success team who support you throughout your registration, to our sector & governance expert consultants to add rigour to your governance programs, or our partnerships with peak bodies and governance experts.

We have an expert on hand to guide you through your governance needs.

Our Partners

We work together to provide one complementary solution.

Leading Age Services Australia

Leading Age Services Australia is the national peak body representing all providers of age services across residential, home care and retirement living

LASA Website

Victorian Healthcare Association

The Victorian Healthcare Association is the not-for-profit peak body supporting Victoria’s public health services to deliver quality care.

VHA Website

Australia Healthcare and Hospitals Association 

AHHA is Australia’s national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare providers.

AHHA Website

Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance

The ACHG supports Australia’s health and community sector to improve their organisational, clinical and corporate governance.

ACHG Website

Aon

Aon is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.

Aon Website

Women on Boards

Women on Boards has been working for more than 10 years to address gender inequity in the boardroom and across leadership roles.

WOB Website

A national membership association, advocating for a community of 40,000 governance and risk management professionals from the listed, unlisted and not-for profit sectors.

As the only Australian provider of chartered governance accreditation, we offer a range of short courses, certificates and postgraduate study.

Our mission is to drive better governance in all organisations, which will in turn create a stronger, better society.

BoardPro exists to increase boardroom productivity and create better functioning boards.

We don’t believe good governance processes should be left to the domain of larger companies. We know that all parties in a board/management relationship want to use their time and resources most efficiently and productively. We found that a software product that helped with the processes, workflows and guidance to work on the right things was missing from the market.

Our Conveners

We bring relevant sector experience to your solution.

Jo-Anne Moorfoot

Health / Human Services

With a career spanning over 30 years, Jo-Anne has extensive experience in the health sector. She began her career as an allied health clinician working in rural and metro settings in acute, subacute and community health.

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She transitioned into management where she developed a passion for quality and safety. Jo-Anne has experience as the Director of Quality and Risk for two of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan health services. It is during this time that Jo-Anne developed her expertise in risk management, clinical governance and effective consumer engagement.

Jo-Anne is experienced in transformational organisational change and has managed a number of large-scale organisation wide projects. Her career has included the management of a large operational clinical service with a multi-million-dollar budget and a diverse workforce.

During 2020, Jo-Anne completed a 6-month secondment as the Deputy Executive Officer of the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre. The Centre coordinated the emergency response to the Covid 19 crisis in Residential Aged Care liaised with State and Commonwealth agencies to ensure streamlined and timely support to the Aged Care sector, provided briefings to state and commonwealth ministers and bureaucrats and developed a prevention and COVID response plan for future outbreaks.

In 2008 Jo-Anne was awarded the Victorian Travelling fellowship and completed a six-week study tour of the United Kingdom and USA, reviewing international quality, safety and risk management systems in the health sector. Jo-Anne has a Graduate Diploma of Business, is a GAICD and currently sits on the board of West Gippsland Healthcare Group and Uniting Vic.Tas.

Sarah Barter

Aged Care

Sarah has more than 11 years’ experience working with health, aged care and community services organisations across the public and private sector to improve care. 

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I also have 7 years’ experience as Non-Executive Director on Boards, including a current appointment to the Karitane Board. In 2019, I established an independent consultancy practice that supports aged care providers to continuously improve their governance, services, systems and processes; and comply with the Aged Care Quality Standards. Building organisational capability is a passion of mine – I am passionate about enabling organisations to be the best they can by motivating staff, engaging consumers, and using data and evidence to inform sound decision-making.

I am also a Casual Academic at Western Sydney University, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate public health units. Prior to establishing a consultancy practice, I worked in senior management roles for a large aged care provider specialising in quality, safety and risk management. I have in depth understanding of how to capture feedback and use a co-design approach to translate this into meaningful action that improves outcomes and experiences for consumers and staff.

Julia Cookson

Health / Human Services

Julia has 18+ years experience in health related organisations as an Executive, Director and Independent Advisor. She has worked across Strategy, HR, Finance, Risk and IT implementation,

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giving her a diverse perspective and deep understanding of shaping culture around the customer experience, business improvement and growth. She has worked with Boards and Executive teams through various stages in their growth cycle and business maturity, from scaling up to ensuring sustainability and a pathway to recovery where funding is reduced.

She is passionate about strengthening the organisations she works with, ensuring the voice of the customer is heard at Board level. Her inclusive style shapes the decision making process, improves innovation and enables the creation of a healthy and purposeful culture.

Ivana Gillard

Water Boards

Ivana Gillard has previously worked in the private sector as General Manager in a large organisation ($3B turnover) responsible for expenditure of $1.5 billion.

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Leading the strategic procurement team Ivana worked across international businesses and demonstrated her ability to negotiate effective outcomes amongst a wide group of stakeholders. As a manager on a major organisational change project Ivana was responsible for identifying and delivering on opportunities to improve organisational results.

An experienced consultant and facilitator Ivana works with organisations in the public and private sector facilitating and developing business strategies and organisational development strategies with Boards, management teams and organisations. Ivana works with organisations on major change initiatives confirming change objectives, how they link to strategy, and engaging people across the business to effect change and has a demonstrated record of achieving results. Drawing on excellent facilitation skills Ivana is able to employ creative facilitation and engagement processes to gather and assimilate information and data and work with clients and stakeholders in developing pragmatic solutions to critical business needs.

Tracey Cain

Independent Schools

Tracey’s specialty is communications strategy development and advisory roles with Boards and CEOs – applying 30 years of experience in a range of media and communications roles.

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On the political front, she worked as a journalist in both the NSW and Federal Parliamentary Press Galleries, as a Ministerial media adviser in Australia, and also in the White House during the 1996 Presidential Elections. She has worked in-house as a Director of Communications/Media for a leading Australian corporate law firm offering advice to the firm and its clients, and later served as the founding CEO of a health and aged care foundation.

Her expertise is in reputation risk and reputation management, particularly in the education and training, legal and litigation, not-for-profit and social policy sectors.
Tracey is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Public Affairs (APA). She is also a Director of the Association of Independent Schools of NSW (since 2017) and Knox Grammar School (since 2016). In 1996 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and from 2005 until 2015 she served as a Director of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Lisa Mahood

Local Government

Lisa Mahood has years of experience in Executive Management, working as a CEO and Deputy CEO. Lisa has over 20 years’ knowledge in Local Government, serving 17 years as a Councillor and 5 terms as Mayor.

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Lisa is a trusted advisor with extensive experience and knowledge across all aspects of local government practice, governance, policy and strategy formulation, she is a popular advisor and mentor to Councillors and officers in the local government sector.

Having worked as an advisor to two Victorian Premiers Lisa has vast insight and experience into the mechanics of Government, policy, strategy and relations.
Known for her ability to unpack complicated issues, Lisa is a specialist advisor to CEOs and Boards on the development of Government Relations, Strategy and Governance. As a former CEO of a not for profit, she has extensive knowledge in education, training and innovation.

Margot Richardson

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders

Margot is a Professional Accountant (CPA Australia) with significant accounting, auditing, business and governance experience in Far North Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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Margot is passionate about helping businesses and organisations improve what they do. She specialises in financial management and governance strategies to effect changes.

Margot is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course (2010) and has served as a member on a number of boards, including the Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Queensland Small Business Advisory Council and the Finance and Audit Committee, Southern Gulf NRM. Margot is currently a director of Business Mapping Solutions Pty Ltd and Independent Director of Laynhapuy Aviation Aboriginal.

Susan Lloyd

Local Government

Susan Lloyd has been a Board Director since 1998 across a range of health and community organisations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Masters in Organisational Leadership.

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Susan has previously been an elected Local Government Councillor from 2005-2008 and has held CEO and Executive roles in regional organisations. Susan has been on each of the Environment Review Committees of the Power Stations, Australian Paper and Gippsland Water while she worked with the Environment Protection Authority.

Susan has won two International leadership bursaries taking her to the UK, NZ and Sierra Leone (West Coast Africa) to share learnings about leadership and participate in the Commonwealth Local Government Forum which focused on local leadership across the Commonwealth.

Susan currently serves as a Board Director of the New Zealand Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the West Gippsland Healthcare Group.

Armon Hicks

Finance

Armon solves complex problems for his clients – harnessing his 30 years of experience in public affairs to help shape the impact of government, stakeholders and regulation in Australia, the UK, USA and New Zealand.

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From in-house corporate affairs positions, to political advisory roles, and as the CEO of the Australian operations of an international public affairs consultancy; Armon has experience with the full range of levers to resolve issues and build strong stakeholder engagement. He skilfully combines the traditional approaches of public affairs, research and media, with cutting edge modern campaign technology honed at the forefront of public debates on energy projects.

Armon regularly advises CEOs and Boards on matters as diverse as issues resolution, developing a social license to operate, complex regulatory reforms and awareness raising; and has a broad network of senior political, government, media and industry contacts and opinion leaders.
He has a focus on resources, energy, trade, industry, social policy and financial services; and has addressed a range of conferences including on social media campaigning techniques in the resources sector. While head of corporate affairs for an Australian gas company Armon dealt with the company’s investments in projects across the Asia Pacific including PNG.

Our Advisory Board

We practise the governance that we preach.

Tom Williams

Advisory Board Chair

Tom Williams is a business coach with experience in founding several businesses, with exits including the sale of an investment management company to HSBC and the float of a biotech company on the ASX.
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Tom has developed several innovations for global companies, such as video marketing for GSK, business class air travel for Qantas domestic airlines and a mathematical model of the stock market for HSBC.

Tom has university qualifications in science, business, film production, mentoring and coaching.  He was a pioneer in creating training for scientists in the commercialisation of their research, with a state government funded program called Molecules to Medicine.  He lectures at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, teaching business planning, commercialisation of research, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. 

 Tom offers coaching and training to entrepreneurs in startups, scale ups and larger organisations, focusing on using creative strategy to overcome challenges, no matter how tough the environment.

Hedley Griffiths

Advisory Board Director

Hedley works primarily as a consultant rheumatologist in private practice but also with public hospital and university attachments. He is the managing director of OPAL Australia, which is a not-for-profit rheumatology national dataset used for research.

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He is married to Fi, and between them they have 6 children and 7 grandchildren so far.

He enjoys cold water swimming/body surfing and cycling.

Richard Carr

Advisory Board Director

Richard has many years’ experience in providing taxation, business and valuation services to a broad range of clients. As a director of West Carr & Harvey since 1986, he comes from the fourth generation of Carrs in Geelong and has successfully established himself

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as a trusted resource in the region. The firm has recently achieved 70 years in business and Richard services and supports many long-standing businesses and organisations in the community.

Richard’s strong focus on valuations and forensic services for over 20 years sees him regularly providing reports required for hearings at the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court. Richard works with Geelong’s leading law firms, medical professionals, professional service firms, primary producers, retailers and the not-for-profit sector.

His ongoing passion for Geelong and the surrounds has allowed him to provide substantial support to many community organisations throughout the region.

Fi Mercer

Founder and Advisory Board Director

Fi is a governance specialist, disruptive innovator and successful entrepreneur, with 30 years of leadership experience in the health, not for profit and business sectors.
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She is the founding director of the award-winning Governance Evaluator, Australia’s preeminent cloud-based platform for board and council governance evaluation and capability building requirements. The platform focuses on quality sector relevant content, support resources, trending, benchmarking and governance insights for the Health, Aged Care, Local Government, NFP and Government Sectors.  Fi has vast experience and expertise in facilitating boards through their evaluation and capability-building processes.