Awareness and prevention
Julie Ligeti, Chair
Julie is a public policy advocate and lawyer. She started her career as a consumer advocate and subsequently gained experience at both state and federal government levels in the health and aged care, housing, community services and justice portfolios. In recent years, she has worked in the private sector developing advocacy and philanthropic programs.
In her current role as global manager of public advocacy at Cochlear Limited, Julie advocates for public health policies aimed at preventing hearing loss and ensuring access to hearing health and other support services. She has had longstanding involvement in a number of not-for-profit community organisations and is currently chair of the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service and an active supporter of Western Chances.
Julie commenced as chair of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Board in July 2016.
Mary Anne Hartley QC, Deputy Chair
Mary Anne is a barrister and company director. She has held numerous appointments on government boards, including Melbourne Water, Port of Melbourne Corporation, BreastScreen Victoria, Gascor Limited and a health regulation body.
In addition to government roles, Mary Anne has been involved in the not-for-profit sector as a director of the Monash Gallery of Art, and a school board member. Mary Anne practised as a psychologist before entering the legal profession in 1984.
With more than 20 years’ experience in developing and evaluating social policy for various government and non-government agencies, Chris brings skills in research, writing, advocacy and program design to the board.
With qualifications in architecture and a Master of Social Policy from the University of Melbourne, Chris retains a strong interest in developing policy and practical solutions to homelessness through her business Black Ink Writing & Consulting.
As a board member, Chris is particularly interested in the impact on young people of the convergence of gaming and gambling, and the growing reach of gambling in sport
Monique is chair of Moreland Energy Foundation Limited, a commissioner with the Taxi Services Commission and a member of the Environmental Protection Authority Interim Board.
Monique was a co-founder and chief executive officer of Flexicar, and subsequently held senior management roles at Hertz Australia/New Zealand after it purchased Flexicar. In 2009, she was awarded the Victorian Telstra Business Women Private Sector Award.
The recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, Monique is an Australia Day Ambassador and a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. She is a University of Melbourne graduate with honours in both engineering and arts.
Born and raised in Ballarat, Belinda is Wotjobaluk with Celtic and Polish heritage. She is chief executive officer at Culture is Life, a recently established not-for-profit organisation committed to cultural strengthening for the prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide. She was the inaugural director of the Korin Gamadji Institute, based at Richmond Football Club, where she was responsible for delivering leadership and pathway programs for young Aboriginal Australians.
Belinda holds a range of appointed and voluntary positions including: co-chair of Reconciliation Victoria, member of the Victorian Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel, director of the Wheeler Centre, board member of WasteAid, director of the AnnaMila Foundation and member of the Victorian Regional Churchill Fellowship Committee. Her former appointments include board member of VicHealth, member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equalities Council and chair of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy.
Maree Edwards MLA
Maree has been Member for Bendigo West in the Victorian Parliament since November 2010. In addition to serving the Bendigo West community, she has worked as a counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, fundraised and volunteered, including with people with cancer and with a mental health project for men.
Maree has raised four children and was a carer for her husband who died from cancer. She is passionate about gender equity and having women’s voices heard in the government, corporate and private sectors. She is currently chair of the joint parliamentary Family and Community Development Committee and chair of the Victorian Government’s Regional Caucus.
Anastasios (Tass) Mousaferiadis
Tass has an extensive background spanning more than 30 years in health and social policy, program development and strategy with the Victorian Government and the health and community sectors. He has worked across a range of public health policy and program areas with the state government and numerous non-government organisations.
He recently worked at the national depression and anxiety initiative beyondblue, where he led the Men’s Health, Suicide Prevention and Population Health programs. He currently consults to health and community agencies on public health policy, strategy and development. He also serves on statutory and community boards, including the board at Eastern Health.
John is an experienced finance and risk professional and is a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. He has extensive experience advising public and private sector clients in the areas of risk and financial management, governance and accountability, finance transformation and strategy. John is on the audit committee of the National Gallery of Australia and was previously on the boards of Dental Health Services Victoria and FebFast.
Dr Zoe Wainer
Zoe is a public health expert and the head of public health at Bupa (Australia and New Zealand). She is also a clinical research fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she formerly held the role of deputy director of medical services. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Flinders University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also chair of the board of Dental Health Services Victoria.
Graham Watt MLA
Graham was elected the Member for Burwood at the 2010 Victorian state election.
He was the owner and operator of a mobile telephone retail store in the late 1990s and was a sales representative and executive for four years. In 2002, Graham started his own small business as a carpet cleaner, and it is as a small business owner that he gained an appreciation of the importance of small and medium business to the local economy.