Who we are

Ambassador:
Prof Jill White AM, University of Sydney

Directors:
Alice Oppen OAM, Chairman
Carolyn Blanden
Dr Joanne Epp
Don Hunton
Anya Poukchanski
Dr. Lina Safro
Helen Sheffer

Development:
Pauline Markwell

Events Committee:
Ros Espie, Jenny Hall, Jeanette Kalek, Anni Macdougall,  Pauline Markwell, Margaret Milne, Alice Oppen OAM, Trish Procter and Helen Sheffer.

 

Ambassador

Prof Jill White AM

Jill WhiteJill White AM, RN, RM, BEd, Med, PhD, Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney.  In 2011, she was awarded Member of the Order of Australia Medal (AM) in the Australia Day Honours list for services to nursing and midwifery. “Nurses have extraordinary responsibilities working with vulnerable people”, says Professor White, “when I studied nursing, the quality of education was poor and we weren’t necessarily equipped to make life-changing decisions. This experience made me an advocate for better education in nursing.” Professor White helped develop one of the first tertiary nursing programs in Australia, leading to NSW Government recognition of the benefits of formal education in nursing and resultant policy change making tertiary education the only method of obtaining nursing registration, a move that was followed across Australia. As a further shift in the education model saw Nursing become a university degree, “this was a critical juncture for the introduction of research into the curriculum” she notes. Her current focus remains in the area of international policy. 

Directors

Alice Arnott Oppen OAM

Former teacher of literature, past PresidentAlice Hunter’s Hill Trust, Fellow Australian Company Directors, served on Boards of Arnotts Ltd., ChildFund Australia, FP NSW, SH&FPA, Ethics Committee Cancer Council, currently on External Advisory Committee Dept. Government & International Relations, University of Sydney and editor, Anglican Parish of Hunter’s Hill.  Alice is a feminist, environmentalist and activist. Alice founded Women’s Plans in 2002, which was formalised into WPF in 2004.

Carolyn Blanden

people-carolMrs Blanden is the Principal of Warakirri College, a school for disadvantaged young people who are reconnecting with education.  In addition to her 30 years experience in public and private sector education, Mrs Blanden has worked in the construction and finance industries, in resource development technology and in international education at tertiary level.  Mrs Blanden is a committee member of the National Council of Women.

Joanne Epp, PhD

people-joanneJoanne is a health economist with extensive international experience in health policy and finance. International experience includes work at the World Bank (USA), UNFPA (USA), the Ontario Treasury (Canada), NSW Treasury (Australia), AMP Capital Investors (Australia) and the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (Australia). Joanne has extensive analytical experience on health finance in developed and developing countries. Her professional experience is augmented by a PhD in economics with strong skills in applied econometric methods for policy evaluation.

Don Hunton

Don HuntonDon Hunton is a media and communications specialist based in Sydney. Currently CEO of Ortega Publishing, Don’s career includes leadership positions for Viacom (Paramount, MTV, Nickeloden) as head of  the Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa regions. Prior to that he successfully launched MGM in Australia and NZ and worked for Disney Studios and GlaxoSmithkline in the UK. Don is a member of the AICD and will focus on the media and communications strategy for Women’s Plans Foundation.

Anya Poukchanski

anyaAnya Poukchanski is a lawyer with the Commonwealth Government. She holds a Masters of Law from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Laws/Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney.

Dr. Lina Safro

linaLina Safro is a Women’s Health Doctor and Medical Education Coordinator at Family Planning NSW, as well as Visiting Medical Officer on-call work in Sexual Assault at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.

Helen Sheffer

people-helenHelen qualified as a lawyer and teacher. She taught in country and city high schools in Australia and after in London, UK. She has been keenly involved in community issues particularly regarding social, environmental and heritage matters. She was an inaugural supporter of Women’s Plans Foundation.

 

Development

Pauline Markwell

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Pauline was Director of The Foundation Sydney and previously had been Director of Communications and Marketing at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Pauline’s career has embraced marketing, executive search, importing and wholesaling. She is a mentor and has served on many community and not for profit boards and committees. In 2003, Pauline was awarded a Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian society in the area of Business Leadership.