Our Board

We have an engaged and knowledgeable voluntary Board of Directors that meets regularly throughout the year to provide governance and strategic direction through our Chief Executive Officer.

In accordance with the Rules of Family Planning Victoria Inc, our AGM must be held within five months after the end of each financial year.

Anne Howells, Chair

BCom, University of Tasmania, CA, MB (Corporate Governance) RMIT, GAICD

Experience & expertise

Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in 2015

Anne is a Chartered Accountant who began her career with PwC advising SMEs and then moving to consulting in risk management, compliance and corporate governance. She was appointed Assistant Company Secretary, Governance & Compliance by Telstra in 2005 and then undertook a number of senior quality and complaints management roles as part of Telstra’s journey to improve customer service.

Ms Howells is the General Manager of a Nursing Agency, a Director and Committee Chair of Alfred Health, and the Director of CP Solutions Pty Ltd (a private company providing interim executive support to medium sized businesses experiencing growth or other changes). She is passionate about excellence in customer service, ease of access to high quality healthcare and corporate governance.

Special responsibilities

Board Chair (appointed 2018)
Chair, Finance and Audit Committee (current)
Member, Remuneration and Governance Committee


Dr Sarah White, Director

BSc (Hons) Melbourne University, PhD (paediatrics) Melbourne University

Experience & expertise

Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in 2018.

Sarah was appointed director of Quit Victoria, the peak tobacco control body in Victoria, in 2014. Prior to this appointment, she had been the director of communications and fundraising at the Royal Women’s Hospital for five years, with executive oversight of the hospital’s research portfolio. Sarah also spent seven years heading up the communications efforts of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, an international research institute based in New York. After obtaining her PhD in paediatric genetics at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Melbourne), Sarah spent several years undertaking molecular research in breast cancer at University College London.

Sarah has extensive experience in stakeholder management and media relations, particularly in communicating medical research. She also has a strong track record in policy development and government relations. Sarah has been Australia’s leading national spokesperson for tobacco control issues since 2015.

Special responsibilities

Member, Finance & Audit Committee


Carolyn Morris, Director

MBA, Australian Graduate School of Management, CA, Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, BCom, University of Melbourne

Experience & expertise

Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in 2018.

Carolyn is a future thinking and engaging leader with a track record of generating growth and sustainable surplus in large multi-site organisations across NFP and corporate sectors.

Carolyn has a strategic and commercial approach underpinned by integrity, accountability, creativity, courage and a commitment to social justice. Her industry experience spans sports and recreation, aged care, children’s programs, and financial services sectors including retail banking, auto finance, fleet services, credit cards, and insurance. Carolyn is currently the Chief Operating Officer of YMCA Victoria.

Special responsibilities

Member, Quality and Risk Committee


Diana Nestorovska, Director

BA, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip Legal Practice (University of Wollongong)

Experience & expertise

Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in 2017.

Diana is an experienced commercial and government lawyer. Her experience includes private and in-house corporate practice with a focus on commercial and regulatory matters, and government practice with a focus on administrative law and litigation. Diana has advised many clients in the health sector.

In addition to her legal experience, Diana is a former Australian diplomat, having gained extensive experience in public policy and stakeholder management through various roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Diana is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and recently completed a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne. Diana previously served on the board of the University of Wollongong and has taught commercial law at Monash University.

Special responsibilities

Member, Finance & Audit Committee (current)


Anna Wilkinson, Director

BNursing, Griffith University, MPH, University of Melbourne, PhD, Monash University

Experience & expertise

Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in 2017.

Anna is a Research Fellow with Cancer Council Victoria focussing on the impact of public health policy. She completed her PhD in 2016 at the Burnet Institute and Monash University, which examined the epidemiology and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections. Anna has an extensive clinical background, including work in rural and remote Australia and in the UK. She is passionate about public health and use of quantitative data to inform policy.

Special responsibilities

Member, Quality and Risk Committee


Sandie de Wolf AM

BA(hons) Masters in Social Work and Fellow of the AICD and AIM.

Experience & expertise

Appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in 2018.

Sandie has spent her professional life working with, and advocating for, vulnerable children, young people, women and families. Starting work as a frontline Departmental social worker in Broadmeadows in 1974, she has held a number of leadership roles, in service delivery and policy in government and the community sector.

Sandie has always looked for opportunities to work collaboratively and has chaired and contributed to many committees, advisory groups and working groups. She left her role as CEO of Berry Street in December 2017 after 26 years having significantly grown its reach, impact and reputation.

Sandie serves on the Board of Kilfinan, is Chair of the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, Deputy chair of the Victorian Children’s Council, a member of the DHHS Suitability Panel and two Education panels and is also a mentor

Special responsibilities

Member, Remuneration and Governance Committee