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Meet Our Board.

Julia Hickey


Julia is the Director Misconduct Prevention at the Integrity Commission, focusing on supporting public sector organisations to identify and prevent misconduct Prior to that, she was the Manager of the Tasmanian Training Consortium, a self-funded, member-based organisation focused on delivering professional development opportunities within the Tasmanian public sector. She has extensive experience in public administration in both Tasmania and Victoria, with a particular focus on governance and accountability, as well as policy and communications. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Grad Dip Policy and Law (La Trobe University). She has long been interested in gender equality in the workplace and society more broadly.

Victoria Newton

Deputy Chair

Victoria is an experienced human resources professional with over 25 years’ experience. She has worked in a diverse range of industry sectors; resources, health, manufacturing and utilities both in Australia and overseas.

She is experienced in leading cultural change, organisational design, managing talent and developing individual and organisational capability. Victoria is passionate about contributing to the creation of work environments that offer value for both the employee and the employer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Business Administration.

Anita Dahlenburg CA GAICD

Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Anita has specialised in providing Business Advisory services to the small and medium enterprise sector for over 20 years as a Partner at Deloitte and also in her own boutique accounting firm. Anita has recently taken the opportunity to assist in the ‘ground up’ of business development by joining the Business Advisor team within The Enterprise Centre in Tasmania.

From Anita’s board role with Hobart Women’s Shelter and recently with Dress for Success Hobart, Anita has been able to apply her experience and knowledge plus the learnings from graduating the Company Director Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors to the strategic decisions and direction of the Shelter.

Carolyn Irving


Carolyn is an experienced qualitative researcher and trainer and a former career diplomat. She specialises in diplomacy skillsets, workplace culture (including military and the public sector) and online education. She has designed and led training on Preventing Violence Against Women for workplace supervisors. She is periodically a course director, guest speaker and training designer for the diplomatic training academy, the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies. As a diplomat she had overseas postings in Paris, Brasilia and Brussels. Carolyn joined the board in June 2018. She has a BA Hons (ANU) and an MA in linguistics (UNE).

Janet Saunders

Public Officer

Janet's career in the not-for-profit sector spans over 30 years, including 18 years in leadership and management roles.
She has been working in the Family Violence and Homelessness sector for seven years and sits on the State Government’s Family and Sexual Violence Consultative and Housing Connect Steering Committees. Janet is passionate about changing the behaviour which perpetuates violence against women. Her experience is complemented by a Master of Business Administration and a Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Miriam Moreton

Board Member 

Miriam is the independent chair of the Hobart headspace consortium and a member of Primary Health Tasmania’s community advisory committee. Miriam holds a Bachelor in Operations and Commercial Law, MBA, Master of Commerce and GAICD.

Since 2017 Miriam has been CEO of Richmond Fellowship Tasmania and its wholly owned subsidiary Richmond Futures, the leading provider of community-based mental health services across Tasmania.

Keirran Downham

Board Member 

Keirran is a White Ribbon Ambassador and the Managing Director and proprietor of Document Management Tasmania
(DMTas). An experienced business entrepreneur well versed in acquisitions, business development, continuity, and risk management,

Keirran is also a passionate Philanthropist. A strong believer in the role business has as contributing community members to create social impact, Keirran takes a pay it forward approach.

In 2016 Keirran identified the White Ribbon program as key to social change in the domestic violence space and was the first privately owned Tasmanian business to be White Ribbon Accredited.

Amanda Lo

Board Member 

Amanda is a General Practitioner at General Practice Plus. She is a former practice owner and chief medical officer of this organisation of which provides high-quality primary health care to the Hobart population. Amanda holds an MBBS, BMedSci with first class honours from the University of Tasmania, a Diploma in Child Health and GAICD. Amanda has previously been a senior lecturer and course coordinator for the University of Tasmania.

As a General Practitioner, Amanda has a special interest in caring for women and children using a biopsychosocial framework. Amanda joined the board in October 2019 and is dedicated to supporting vulnerable women.

Anna Lydon

Board Member 

Anna is a lawyer with Hobart law firm PWB Lawyers and has practiced exclusively in family law for over 10 years, beginning her career in Launceston before relocating to Hobart in 2018.

Anna graduated from the University of Tasmania with a combined degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Assisting clients with parenting and financial matters as well as representing parents in the child protection jurisdiction, Anna appears regularly in the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court and Magistrates Court. Anna recognises that every family is unique and understands the challenges separation can create for women, children and their families.

Clare Wiseman

Board Member

Clare Wiseman is currently a senior manager, Services for Children and Families, Department for Education, Children and Young People. For the last 3 years, Clare has been working as the Service Development Manager in the Child Safety Service. Clare has worked as a lawyer in the private sector (commercial law), but for the last 17 years, she has worked across a range of Government departments, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Department of Health. Clare has expertise in law, strategic policy, governance and human rights. Clare has worked in a number of social policy areas, including housing policy and also worked in a housing association in London. She is committed to collaborating across the Tasmanian community to improve outcomes for Tasmanians, including women and children facing family violence and homelessness. Clare has a combined Law/Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tasmania. She is currently also half way through professionals honours, as a part of the State Service Strategic Management Program.

Georgina Gillow

Board Member

Georgina has a Bachelor of Commence in management, marketing and accounting, is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the AICD with over 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting as well as providing other business supports including ict, people and culture and project management.

Has worked in the timber industry and for the last 7 years in the NFP sector as General Manager Business Services with Richmond Fellowship Tasmania and wholly owned subsidiary Richmond Futures a leading provider of community based mental health services in Tasmania. Georgina has recently commenced as the Chief Operating Officer with WLF Accounting and Advisory and has joined the HWS to continue her support of vulnerable Tasmanians.

Kelsey Timms

Board Member

Kelsey is an experienced Construction Project Manager with a Bachelor of Architecture, Certificate IV in Building and Construction and a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. Driven by a passion for strong relationships and meaningful contribution, she takes pride in bringing stakeholders together to deliver outcomes that benefit all. As the Inhouse Trades and Projects Manager at St Joseph Affordable Homes, her goals revolve around constructing social and affordable housing along with providing employment pathways for vulnerable Tasmanians.

Kelsey has been recognised as a future leader of Tasmania by being accepted as a participant in the 2022 Tasmanian Leaders Program – TLP16, she has been recognised for her extraordinary commitment to the National Association of Women in Construction as their current Vice-President.

Kelsey has joined the HWS Board with excitement to use her construction industry background to help support HWS with their housing goals over the next decade.

Lucy Gillespie

Board Member

Lucy Gillespie is a Senior Research and Policy Officer at the Commissioner for Children and Young People Tasmania, and has extensive experience working as a human rights research and policy specialist both in Australia and internationally. Lucy has a deep commitment to children’s rights, and has worked in the non-government and government sectors, as well as for the United Nations, to promote and fulfil the rights of children, particularly in international development and humanitarian settings. She most recently worked for UNHCR in the Czech Republic on the Ukraine refugee crisis response. Lucy also possesses a Masters in International Law and an Honours degree in Psychology. Lucy moved back to Tasmania in 2014, and lives in Hobart with her husband and young family.

Hobart Women's Shelter provides safe, emergency accommodation and support to women and children affected by family violence and/or those experiencing homelessness.

If you or someone you know needs emergency accommodation, please call us on 03 6273 8455 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

For immediate assistance, Housing Connect is available on 1800 800 588, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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