Centre for Non-Violence
Board of Directors
Rachael Skipper is the General Manager of Asset Management and Maintenance at Haven; Home, Safe (HHS) and is responsible for managing and maintaining the diverse portfolio of Affordable Housing assets owned by HHS across Victoria. Rachael has worked in the housing and homelessness sector for more than 20 years in both not-for-profit and state government settings. Rachael has worked work across a diverse portfolio of programs including family violence, prisons, general and youth homelessness, social housing advocacy, community housing and emergency management. Rachael has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work; a Graduate Diploma in Housing Policy and Management and a Graduate Diploma in Asset Management.
Dr Helen Hickson
Dr Helen Hickson is a Researcher and accredited Social Worker. She has worked internationally and has a long-standing interest in sustainable and healthy rural communities. Her interests include health workforce planning, community recovery after disaster, and community health and wellbeing. Helen is a Graduate of the AICD Company Director's Course and holds Board Director roles, where she contributes skills in stakeholder engagement, strategy and planning, and risk management.
Nazirite (Naz) Pond is an Investment Banking Analyst at BNP Paribas currently covering the natural resources sector and in particular, metals and mining. Naz is passionate about CSR and sustainability issues and sits on the BNP Paribas Australia and New Zealand CSR Committee. She is a key member of the BNP Paribas Environmental Working Group that focuses on driving and implementing everyday sustainability solutions. An avid global learner, Naz has worked and studied in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Naz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University. Naz also serves her community as a Justice of the Peace.
Gemmah has shaped her passion for non-profits through finding a love for community and personal development on a local and global scale. Gemmah has worked in developing countries, providing a person-focused approach to volunteering. Gemmah passionately applies herself to increase the access and opportunity for members of the community to thrive within their day-to-day lives.
Gemmah is excited and driven to be a board member for the Centre for Non-violence, working to implement programs and policies supporting and empowering women of the community.
Grace has qualifications (including a PhD) in social work. She moved to Central Victoria about 20 years ago to take a break from social work and to escape the city. After establishing businesses in hospitality and tourism, Grace moved into social work academia and now works in her business as an academic consultant. Grace is passionate about the work undertaken by CNV and has been a member of the CNV board for much of the past 20 years. She is committed to ensuring women’s voices are heard in the tertiary education sector.
Executive Group - Innovation and Impact Unit
Head of media and Communications
An experienced journalist, editor, manager and community engagement specialist, Nicole was previously editor of central Victoria’s daily newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser. A multi-award winning journalist, her work has long been acknowledged for helping change community attitudes - in particular around gender inequality. Her acknowledgements include an Our Watch Walkley Foundation award on reporting on violence against women and children.
Nicole has held positions on several committees and boards and has presented locally and internationally.
Senior Manager Strategic Projects
Robyn is a qualified social worker who brings a strong research and policy focus to her work. She is committed to social work and social change, using research, evaluation and evidence to demonstrate the social impact of CNV’s work.
She has previous experience working at CNV in the role of General Manager - Prevention and Development and the Regional Integration Coordinator (Loddon Campaspe) to improve family violence service and system responses. Prior to working with CNV, Robyn was a Lecturer and Seminar Leader within Social Work Education and Education Curriculum at La Trobe University (Bendigo).
Executive Group - Programs and Services
Senior Manager Intervention Services
Cate is the Senior Program Manager for Outreach services in the Client Services Program at Centre for Non-Violence. Cate has been part of the Centre for Non-Violence’s journey for 17 years.
In 2014 Cate returned to study and completed the Graduate Certificate in Social Science in Male Family Violence, to support the work of the Centre for Non-Violence Men’s Behaviour Change Program.
Senior Manager Therapeutic Programs
Cheryl (Che) oversees and delivers therapeutic/clinical services that are trauma informed, evidence based and informed, and underpinned by feminist theoretical frameworks.
She has a long-standing commitment to understanding societal structures and culture. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work and has worked for the Centre for Non-Violence since 2002.
Senior Manager Partnerships and Prevention
Heather brings more than 25 years of experience to Centre for Non-Violence. Responsible for the development of relationships and partnerships with other organisations and individuals, Heather supports these relationships to strengthen and extend the scope and capacity of CNV to undertake its work and meet its strategic objectives.
Heather’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Diploma of Criminology and Master of Criminology.
Executive Group - Corporate Services
People and Culture Manager
Karen is responsible for overseeing the human resources, IT and wellbeing portfolios. After working in Human Resources leadership roles during the past 20 years and as a HR Consultant for the last 7, Karen brings an expertise in leading and mentoring people, and HR governance. Karen has a love for painting, and you will find her either in the garden or working on a creative project in her spare time.
Executive Support Coordinator
Cara works closely with the Leadership Team and Board of Management to support the delivery of key strategic projects. Caras responsibilities include delivering positive changes in areas such as IT and Quality Assurance and always looks for innovation and iniatives to support CNV acheive its strategic vision.
She brings to CNV over 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors, working previously in Agriculture and Energy industries.