Our Board

The Board is the legal authority for our organisation. Board members are trustees representing the interest of WIRE’s key stakeholders, both constitutional and moral. As such, both the Board and its members are entrusted to ensure that the organisation is soundly managed for the benefit of all Victorian women.

Our Board draws on the talents of women from various backgrounds, including law, industrial relations, education, academia, accounting, public service, corporate business and community leadership.

Beverley Kliger - Chair

Bev is and researcher with a long history of experience in housing, planning, social and community infrastructure development, and most recently, emergency services in response to bushfires. Bev was a founding (1996) board member of Women's Property Initiatives (formerly VWHA), and served on the board for 21 years. Among other roles, she has served as the Acting CEO of VCOSS, Adjunct Research Establishment Chairperson of the Consumer Law Centre Victoria (now Consumer Action Law Centre).

Niva Sivakumar - Deputy Chair/Secretary

Niva is an experienced corporate lawyer and company secretary. She is currently senior legal counsel and joint company secretary at an ASX and Nasdaq listed company. She brings her experience in managing legal risks and facilitating good governance practices to the Board. Niva was included in The Legal 500’s Guide to Australia’s Rising Stars 2019.

Amarjit Sani - Treasurer

Amarjit is a CPA with extensive experience working for not for profits, in particular the health industry. She has experience leading strategic planning, performance and financial management, together with management and lean qualifications. Intersectionality and breaking down gender stereotypes are very important to her.

Lori Boys

Lori has held senior management roles in both the private and public sector and has considerable experience in strategic planning, risk management, organisational governance, systems development, leadership and change management.

Sharon Pask

Sharon started her career in the automotive industry at the tender age of 16, making coffee for the boys. Then, women weren’t in management or workshop positions, and the glass ceiling was reinforced with iron. Several decades on – and with grit determination, skills and ‘a sledgehammer’ – she was appointed CFO for a group of Victorian car dealerships. She has represented the Automotive Industry, sitting on various Advisory Committees, and was the first woman to be appointed to the VACC Executive Board (Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce.)

Emma Rae

Emma has lectured undergraduate and postgraduate accounting and auditing at Melbourne universities and is doing her PhD on gender equality in the accounting profession. Emma was also the 2015 chair of the Women’s Committee at CPA Australia.

Uthra Ramachandran

Uthra has worked with community organisations to address family violence in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, particularly in dealing with “culturally specific” manifestations of family violence and legislative responses. She has also worked as a diversity advocate. In 2015, Uthra co-founded the Diverse Women’s Mentoring Association, an organisation that provides mentoring, workshops and career support for CALD law and engineering students.

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