Our National Executive
|Chief Executive Officer||Hang Vo|
|Director of Operations||Tanya Hendry|
|Director of Strategy, Marketing and Communications||Rowena Middlemiss|
|Director of Corporate Services||Paul Wilkinson|
|Head of Human Resources||Aida Akhlaghi|
|Doug Christie (Chair)||Ross Mitchell|
|Ivan Backman||Jerome Haoust|
|Penny Lane||Peter Gunn|
|Phil Harrington||Phil Ruthven|
|Lou Rendina||John Grant|
New South Wales
|Jamie Lobina (Chair)||Rod Jones|
|Tania Montesin||Karen Porter|
|Steven Cronshaw||Chris Payne|
|Jilly Field||Ricky Chanana|
Hang has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector leading complex national and international programs.
Prior to joining Whitelion as CEO in August 2018, Hang was the Director for Strategy, Planning and Development at EACH, a national organisation that provides a diverse range of health and community services. Before this, she held various leadership roles at Australian Red Cross most recently as Head of Strategic Operations for Services and International Programs.
Hang currently serves as non-executive director on two boards: Vice President and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee, Australian Council of Social Services; and director for the Victorian Pride Centre.
Her qualifications include executive education at Harvard Business School; an Executive MBA; Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors; and degrees in Social Work and Arts.
Having come to Australia as a part of the Vietnamese refugee ‘boat people’ in the late 1970s and being a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, Hang has first-hand experience of dislocation and exclusion which drives her deep commitment to creating a more just, inclusive and equitable society.
Pauline Spencer was appointed as Whitelion Chair in March 2019. She began her career as a Magistrate in 2006. She currently sits at Dandenong Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts. Pauline has an interest in solutions-focused sentencing practices, improved responses to family violence and improving connections between the court and the community. She is a member of the Advisory Group for the International Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream.
Prior to her appointment Pauline worked as a lawyer in private practice, as the Principal Legal Officer for the Fitzroy Legal Service and as Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres. As well as building a cohesive and effective team, Pauline brings to the board insight into the issues affecting at risk young people in the justice system and continuously seeks community solutions.
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.
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.
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.
Ross is a Partner of PwC with in excess of 25 years of professional real estate experience and regulatory works across Australia and within South-East Asia. Ross has a diverse range of public and private sector experience; however across the preceding 15 years his focus has principally been around the provision of core real estate advice and services to Federal and State Government departments and government business enterprises.
Qualifications and affiliations
- Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) and Bachelor of Business (Property – Investment) (Distinction)
- Graduate Diploma (Property – Valuations)
- Associate of the Australian Property Institute (AAPI) and Member Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
- Certified Practising Valuer (Real Estate)
- Certificate IV in Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs
- Licensed Real Estate Agent (VIC, NSW, TAS and QLD)
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 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.