Debra Barnes - Chairperson

CEO, Sexual Health Quarters

Debra Barnes is the CEO of Sexual Health Quarters. Debra has extensive experience in CEO, senior executive and board director roles across both corporate and for-purpose sectors and has a demonstrated track record in delivering strategic leadership, transformational change and operational growth.

Prior to joining Sexual health Quarters, Debra was the Deputy CEO of VisAbility Ltd. Prior to VisAbility, Debra was the CEO of the WA General Practice Network and founding CEO of Primary Care WA.

Debra believes that diversity, inclusion and equality drives creativity and innovation. She is a strong advocate for freedom of choice, access to timely, quality healthcare, and for the sexual rights of everyone to be respected, protected and fulfilled.

Debra originally trained as a Registered General and Registered Sick Children's Nurse. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. 

Adj. Prof Ann Brassil

CEO, Family Planning NSW

Ann is the CEO of Family Planning NSW. In her time as CEO the organisation has grown to encompass four significant business pillars: demonstration reproductive and sexual health clinical services; professional education; the research centre; international development program.

Ann is passionate about population health and equality of reproductive rights, including access for all to comprehensive, evidence-based, high quality service delivery through prevention, early intervention, primary and integrated care and in all facets of clinical care in urban and rural settings. She has a strong track record in advocacy nationally and internationally as a strategy for improving the health and human rights of all, as well as the translation of research into evidenced-based practice. Ann has had extensive experience and senior positions in the NSW Public Health sector, as the Director of BreastScreen NSW for 12 years and formerly in management of hospital and community health services. She has had prominent Board positions covering hospitals, community health, children and families, as well as a range of University affiliations. Ann is a Clinical Psychologist with significant experience in clinical, education, research, management and strategy in urban, rural and international development settings.

Tim Bavinton

Executive Director, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT

Tim is the Executive Director of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) in Canberra. Tim is graduate of the Australian National University, University of Canberra, and University of Technology Sydney, holding qualifications in secondary education, vocational education and training, youth work, community development, and non-profit management.

Tim has a broad ranging governance experience in the non-profit community services sector over 20 years, and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course in 2015. Tim's professional life has focused on young people's health and wellbeing in various positions in education, health promotion, violence prevention, and victim support services.

Jenny Cao

Jenny is a public health professional with a broad background in health promotion, project management, research and advocacy across the government, research and not-for profit sectors. She is committed to social justice, intersectional feminism and work which addresses health inequities for women and girls, particularly those from systemically marginalised communities in Australia and globally.

At the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, her role is as an International Health Project Officer where Jenny conducts research on global maternal health, newborn health and sexual and reproductive health. She has worked and volunteered extensively with migrant and refugee communities and young people. She is currently serving on the Board of the Dual Identity Leadership Program and has previously worked at the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health on violence prevention projects and advocacy to address inequities .Jenny is completing her Master of Public Health degree, specialising in Gender and Women’s Health and Global Health, and holds a Bachelor of Biomedicine degree, both from The University of Melbourne.

Caroline Mulcahy

CEO, Sexual Health Victoria

Caroline is the CEO of Sexual Health Victoria. Caroline has almost 40 years of health experience in clinical care, service development, operational and strategic planning and senior management roles, and in recent years has helped organisations implement new governance and business development structures and processes.

Prior to joining Sexual Health Victoria, Caroline has held several CEO positions, at the Skin Health Institute (2019-2022), Carers Victoria (2010-2017) and at Melbourne IVF (2004-2009). She has led organisations through substantial growth and change, including the transformation and transition of the federated Heart Foundation into one, unified and national organisation in 2019. Caroline originally trained as a Registered Nurse, specialising in Neonatal Intensive Care, has a Master of Science (majoring in Research Methods) and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Caroline has worked closely with both the Australian and Victorian Governments, advocated for systemic and local change, new services and represented organisations and communities on the development of new policy at the Law Reform and Productivity Commissions and at Senate Enquiries for example changes to legislation, aged care reforms and the NDIS.  She has held several Victorian Ministerial appointments and Board positions and is currently a Director at Dragon Boating Victoria and Dragons Abreast Melbourne. In her spare time, Caroline is a proud pink (breast cancer survivor) dragon boat paddler.  

Holley Skene

CEO, Shine SA

Holley is the CEO of SHINE SA. Holley has more than 12 years of experience working in the sexual health sector in government and non-government roles in South Australia and has positive and long-term relationships with key stakeholders in the sector locally and nationally. 

Along with a Bachelor of Social Science and Psychology, Masters in Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Community and Not-for-Profit Management, Holley is skilled and qualified in not-for-profit governance as a graduate of the Company Director’s Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and having served for eight years on not-for-profit Boards, including the South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance and Adelaide’s LGBTIQA+ Feast Festival.  An adaptive leader and 2022 graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, Holley also has a deep personal and professional commitment to diversity, access and inclusion.

Sharon Stokell

General Manager Operations, True Relationships and Reproductive Health

Sharon is the General Manager-Operations at True Relationships and Reproductive Health Queensland. Sharon has over 30 years management and leadership experience having worked in a a diverse range of work environments including hospitals, general practice, allied health roles, centring on a background of economics, business and practice management, child protection, health, psychology and mental health.

Sharon thrives on a challenge and combines her work at True with a successful private psychology and mental health practice in Toowoomba.  This work feeds her passion for helping others across the lifespan and provides a close synergy with her work at True and FPAA in the reproductive and sexual health space.  

Robyn Wardle

CEO, Family Planning Welfare Northern Territory

Robyn is the CEO at Family Planning Welfare Northern Territory. Robyn is a registered nurse and midwife with qualifications in reproductive and sexual health, human resources, teaching and assessment in the workplace. Robyn has a long-standing interest in reproductive sexual health having worked within the family planning and sexual and reproductive health sector for more than 25 years.

Robyn first arrived in the Northern Territory in 1980 and fell in love with the culture and environment. Facing the NT's unique challenge of its high burden of diseases and a constant moving workforce, Robyn has maintained commitment and enthusiasm in the sector. 

Mikayla Wolfe

Mikayla is a dedicated and passionate advocate for sexual and reproductive health, inclusion, diversity, and culturally safe practice. She is specifically interested in equitable accessibility to safe and quality health services, and the upkeep of human rights and social justice. Mikayla is a current student at the University of Melbourne. She is in her final year of a Master of Public Health degree, specialising in sexual and reproductive health. She completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholars) at Monash University in 2020, during which she gained research, academic, and clinical experience in Melbourne and the Philippines.

Throughout the end of 2020, beginning of 2021, Mikayla volunteered and worked for a registered charity called Halad to Health (HTH). During this time, she learnt from and created health-based materials with academics and health professionals from a rural town in the Philippines. These materials were developed to be used in high schools and hospitals. The materials informed patients of vaccines, diet, and local infectious diseases amongst other topics. Mikayla co-hosted seminars on teenage pregnancy to both an Australian and Filipino audience, and created revision materials and ran revision sessions for biomedical students in Australia. These sessions were used to fund medical donations to hospitals in Australia and the Philippines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, during her time with HTH, the charity opened a shared safe space in a rural town in the Philippines to ensure youth the opportunity to engage with health professionals free of charge. Mikayla continues her work in advocating for improving equitable access to health services/programs and gender equality through her research at the University of Melbourne. Her acceptance into the Women Deliver 2023 Virtual Scholarship Program is a testament to Mikayla’s dedication to gender equality and the health and rights of everyone across the gender spectrum.