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.
Ingrid Wilson - Chair, GAICD
Ingrid Wilson is the Chair of WIRE’s Board, a position she has filled since 2015. She joined the board in 2010, taking up the position of Deputy Chair the following year. Ingrid has a PhD, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and over 15 years' experience in policy and management roles in government in Australia and in the UK, and for the not-for-profit sector. She has a strong interest in women's issues and has previous board experience on the Board of the Women's Environmental Network in the UK and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ingrid is currently a Research Fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University researching the prevention of violence against women. A committed feminist, Ingrid is proudly raising two school-age daughters.
Wendy Wade - Treasurer
Wendy joined the board in 2014, taking on the role of Treasurer. She is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of experience in not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Whilst in the UK, she was the auditor for a number of women’s charities, and continues to have a keen interest in not-for-profit accounting and women’s issues. She moved to Australia nine years ago and is currently working at the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor's Office, after 12 years advising non-government with a major international consulting firm. Wendy has four adult children, three of whom are still living in the UK, and recently became a grandma for the first time.
Ingrid Hering - Secretary
Ingrid joined the Board in 2014. She has extensive experience in social marketing, journalism and international development, with a particular interest in gender issues within an international development context. She has been involved with NGOs, media and the public sector, in Australia, the UK and Indonesia.
Emma Rae - Deputy Treasurer
Emma has lectured undergraduate and postgraduate accounting and auditing at several Melbourne universities. She was the 2015 chair of the Women’s Committee at CPA Australia and is passionate about diversity in organisations and advancing the status of women in society.
Pauline joined the board in 2011. Pauline is an independent Finance and Economics Consultant who is committed to helping women better understand and manage their finances. Her recently published book How to be a Super Smart Woman: New Strategies for Superannuation draws upon the many webinars, seminars and workshops on financial management she has conducted for women. Prior to her work in financial education, Pauline was a Senior Adviser with the Victorian Government and a business consultant.
Lori joined the Board in June 2013. She 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. She has a passion for women’s issues and gender equality and creating a world free from domestic and family violence. Kindness, generosity, compassion, tolerance and love are her vices. In her spare time, Lori dabbles in events management (fundraisers are her forte) and also runs a small, bespoke management consultancy. And then there’s her extreme case of wanderlust, but that’s another story...
Jacinta joined the board in 2016. She is currently CEO of Squareweave. Prior to that Jacinta held executive careers with top ASX 200 companies for three decades. She was National Manager of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and at NAB was Project Director, Women and Money. She is passionate about changing the game for business and for women - TEDx talk ‘Can you afford to ignore the female economy’. Jacinta holds a Bachelor Business and is a graduate of AICD. Jacinta is also a Director of Melbourne Market Authority.