Our Team

Our Board 




Non-Executive Director

 Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director


Non-Executive Director/Company Secretary



Our National Executive


Chief Executive Officer  Peter Ruzyla
Deputy CEO Tanya Hendry
Director of Strategy, Marketing and Communications Rowena Middlemiss
Director of Corporate Services Kate Longmire
Director of People and Culture Brad Armstrong



Board Members 

Rod Jones

Profusion PAC Pty Ltd CEO, Rod Jones, is a highly skilled general manager whose key strengths include sales, relationship and operational management. Rod has extensive experience in developing business and leading teams. As a successful Investment Banker Rod spent 12 years with Rothschild Australia Limited and NM Rothschild & Sons London (Rothschild) - working across four (4) continents before settling in New York where he spent four (4) years with Standard Bank New York Inc (Standard Bank).

In 2003, after an 11 year absence, Rod returned to Australia.

Commencing as CEO of Profusion PAC Pty Ltd in January 2004, Rod has delivered a fully integrated Recruitment, Consulting and Human Resource service tailored to meet the demands of the Australian Banking and Financial Services sector. Being a start-up in 2004, Rod has performed 2 mergers and led Profusion into becoming Australia’s largest recruitment business that focusses solely on the Banking and Financial Services sector.

Peter Ruzyla

As a psychologist and previous CEO of a community health and social impact organisation, EACH over the past 25 years Peter understands the challenges that face young people and their families.

“I’m delighted to be working with the team at Whitelion Youth which is addressing the barriers that young people face in reaching their potential.”

Jay Vasiliou 

Jay is a Director at Grant Thornton, one of the world’s leading independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. He is a Chartered Accountant and started his professional services career in 2007. Jay is highly skilled in the efficient delivery of external audit engagements to midsize businesses. His role at Grant Thornton includes providing advice and resolutions which address the key financial and accounting risks faced by his clients.    

Kathryn Anderson

Kathryn Anderson is an executive with more than 25 years’ experience as a public servant for the Commonwealth, Queensland and Victorian governments.

Kathryn has been the Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services at Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning since April 2015. She is responsible for the delivery of people and culture, finance, ministerial services, legal services, information services, strategy and performance and digital and customer communications.

Kathryn chairs her department’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and is passionate about building positive and inclusive workplace cultures.

Kathryn is currently leading her department’s transformation into a high performing, customer focused digital organisation.

Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Business and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rushda Halith

Rushda brings experience in senior leadership roles in human services, with demonstrated success in developing evidence-based strategy, identifying opportunities for reform and translating into actionable plans. She is committed to building high-performing, curious and client focused cultures and ensuring robust governance to manage strategic risks and service delivery outcomes.

While she trained as an engineer and accountant, her passion for building resilient and connected communities and experiences growing up during the civil war in Sri Lanka, saw her transitioning to a career in the humanitarian sector in 2007, starting with a role in the United Nations. Rushda also holds a Masters in Environmental Management and certifications in change management and Agile project management.

Currently, as Head of Community Programs and Cross-Directorate Functions at Australian Red Cross, Rushda is accountable for a nation-wide portfolio of community programs and a cross-directorate business unit responsible for strategic planning and reporting; financial and risk management; quality, compliance and practice; data and evidence capability and systems and process improvements. She is currently leading a transformation agenda to grow a new portfolio of nation-wide justice programs, whilst overseeing the divestment of programs that are outside of Red Cross’ new strategic focus.

Lexie Walter

Lexie is a seasoned infrastructure professional who is interested in harnessing the investment in major infrastructure projects to result in social benefit and change. She has worked across Australia from remote Aboriginal communities to $34b infrastructure projects to develop and implement a sustainable response to industry and workforce capability, capacity and inclusion. Her current role with Lendlease Engineering has seen her work on the largest public infrastructure project in Victorian history – the Melbourne Metro PPP as well as a number of other transport infrastructure projects across Victoria, NSW, SA and Queensland.

Her experience in the infrastructure industry has also seen her manage Stakeholder, Sustainability, Safety and Traffic roles on both urban and rural projects and time in the caravan industry saw Lexie support and drive significant legislative and product change in the caravan and camping industry.


Isobel Conroy-Ryan, Non-Executive Director/Company Secretary

Isobel is a corporate lawyer with a passion for corporate governance, risk management and regulation, with experience at leading law firm, MinterEllison. 

Isobel’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Arts from the ANU, and is admitted in Victoria and the High Court.  Isobel is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in governance and regulation through the ANU and the Governance Institute of Australia.  Isobel is driven by her values having worked at YouthLaw ACT and extensive volunteer work with vulnerable youth and looks forward to using her skills to further Whitelion’s purpose.