Meet Toora's Board

Governance

Toora Women Inc. is a not-for-profit governed by a Board and a Constitution.

Our Board

The Board is responsible for the governance of Toora. The Board sets the strategic direction and is responsible for ensuring the continued financial and legal stability of the organisation.

The independent board includes professionals with skills and expertise in financial management, law, marketing, policy development, community services, and works to support the organisation to achieve its vision and mission. The Board is committed to strong governance, community engagement, advocacy and empowerment for those in our community who require support.

Suzanne Muir

Chair

Suzanne Muir was elected to the Toora Board in November 2018. She works in the Australian Public Service and brings skills and experience, including understanding of government process, strategy, risk management and best governance practices, to the Toora Board.

Suzanne is passionate about supporting women to lead safe and meaningful lives and is impressed by Toora’s range of services.
Prior to moving to Canberra, she was member of the inaugural Management Committee and the Volunteer Coordinator for the Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support (TRAMS) centre.

Suzanne is an advocate for diversity and acceptance. She values community service and is particularly interested in supporting non-profit community organisations. She strongly supports the ethos of gender specific services that support and empower women to thrive in their communities.


Kate Yuille

Secretary

Kate works in the Australian Public Service in social policy and has particular experience in policy and legislation development and implementation. Kate is a committed feminist with a keen interest in social justice issues. She is a strong advocate for the importance of the community sector and the role that Toora in particular plays in providing gender-specific services to support women in the ACT. Kate joined the Toora Board in November 2019. This is the first time she has been involved in community sector governance and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to Toora in this way and to learn from the other passionate and dedicated women on the Board.


Gail Freeman

Treasurer

Gail has been a chartered accountant for more than 36 years. She is a registered tax agent, qualified financial planner and SMSF Specialist Advisor. Gail is an experienced board member for government and not-for-profits and Rotary International. She has a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Canberra.

Gail has been Treasurer of Toora Women Inc. since November 2011 and says she is proud to be a Toora Board member.
In 2013, Gail was awarded one of the 100 most influential women in Canberra over the last 100 years and named a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Canberra the same year.


Flor Sermeno

Community Member

Flor has worked in the ACT Public Service for 26 years in different roles that included front line service and operational policy. Most of her working experience is with women affected by domestic violence, mental health issues, alchohol and other drugs (AOD) and homelessness.

Flor has a qualification in social work and most recently has worked with children and their families in the areas of early intervention, supporting families to achieve their parental capacity and ensure children reach their potential. Flor brings much valued knowledge and insights to the Toora Board.


Naomi Cole

Community Member

Naomi brings 18 years of experience in the Australian and UK public service to her role on the board with a particular focus on policy development and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the public service, Naomi was a registered nurse in both hospital and community settings giving her an understanding of the challenges faced in times of crisis. She has a strong community service ethos and has volunteered for several years including with Safe Shelter, on Parish council, and working to encourage voter engagement and democracy. Naomi is committed to supporting women's empowerment as Acting Chair of the gender equality and inclusion network at her workplace. She is proud to bring her commitment and skills to the board of Toora to strengthen and grow support for women across Canberra to achieve their goals for themselves, their families and communities.


Kellie Friend

Chief Executive Officer

Kellie is a passionate leader dedicated to influencing system level social change.

With over 20 years experience spanning across public, commercial and not for profit sector environments, Kellie has expertise in leadership and organisational transformation and growth.

A recipient of an Australia Day commendation for innovation and improvement, Kellie has lead enterprise wide initiatives resulting in sustained business viability and evidenced based services and programs supporting people health and wellbeing.

A for purpose leader with the objective of listening to and elevating the voices of those with lived experiences to inform better social outcomes and alleviate disadvantage.


Elgita Dajsmaili*

Staff Advisory Forum representative (non-voting)

Elgita has settled in Canberra with her family since 2012. Having previously worked in Kuala Lumpur and Adelaide, Elgita brings a wealth of experience into her workplace.

Elgita has an Accounting degree from the University of South Australia, Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources and Diploma in Community and Welfare as well as Leadership and Management.

Elgita is very passionate about women rights and their place in today's society. She has been working with Toora for the past 4 years and was voted to the Board as an the Staff Advisory representative in November 2019.


* The Advisory Forum provides a communication/participation mechanism between the staff and the Board of Toora Women Inc. It meets monthly, the week prior to the Board meeting. It is attended by representatives from each service. All workers at Toora Women Inc. are members of the Advisory Forum.

Governance

Toora Women Inc. is a not-for-profit governed by a Board and a Constitution.

Our Board

The Board is responsible for the governance of Toora. The Board sets the strategic direction and is responsible for ensuring the continued financial and legal stability of the organisation.

The independent board includes professionals with skills and expertise in financial management, law, marketing, policy development, community services, and works to support the organisation to achieve its vision and mission. The Board is committed to strong governance, community engagement, advocacy and empowerment for those in our community who require support.

Suzanne Muir

Chair

Suzanne Muir was elected to the Toora Board in November 2018. She works in the Australian Public Service and brings skills and experience, including understanding of government process, strategy, risk management and best governance practices, to the Toora Board.

Suzanne is passionate about supporting women to lead safe and meaningful lives and is impressed by Toora’s range of services.
Prior to moving to Canberra, she was member of the inaugural Management Committee and the Volunteer Coordinator for the Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support (TRAMS) centre.

Suzanne is an advocate for diversity and acceptance. She values community service and is particularly interested in supporting non-profit community organisations. She strongly supports the ethos of gender specific services that support and empower women to thrive in their communities.


Kate Yuille

Secretary

Kate works in the Australian Public Service in social policy and has particular experience in policy and legislation development and implementation. Kate is a committed feminist with a keen interest in social justice issues. She is a strong advocate for the importance of the community sector and the role that Toora in particular plays in providing gender-specific services to support women in the ACT. Kate joined the Toora Board in November 2019. This is the first time she has been involved in community sector governance and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to Toora in this way and to learn from the other passionate and dedicated women on the Board.


Gail Freeman

Treasurer

Gail has been a chartered accountant for more than 36 years. She is a registered tax agent, qualified financial planner and SMSF Specialist Advisor. Gail is an experienced board member for government and not-for-profits and Rotary International. She has a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Canberra.

Gail has been Treasurer of Toora Women Inc. since November 2011 and says she is proud to be a Toora Board member.
In 2013, Gail was awarded one of the 100 most influential women in Canberra over the last 100 years and named a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Canberra the same year.


Flor Sermeno

Community Member

Flor has worked in the ACT Public Service for 26 years in different roles that included front line service and operational policy. Most of her working experience is with women affected by domestic violence, mental health issues, alchohol and other drugs (AOD) and homelessness.

Flor has a qualification in social work and most recently has worked with children and their families in the areas of early intervention, supporting families to achieve their parental capacity and ensure children reach their potential. Flor brings much valued knowledge and insights to the Toora Board.


Naomi Cole

Community Member

Naomi brings 18 years of experience in the Australian and UK public service to her role on the board with a particular focus on policy development and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the public service, Naomi was a registered nurse in both hospital and community settings giving her an understanding of the challenges faced in times of crisis. She has a strong community service ethos and has volunteered for several years including with Safe Shelter, on Parish council, and working to encourage voter engagement and democracy. Naomi is committed to supporting women's empowerment as Acting Chair of the gender equality and inclusion network at her workplace. She is proud to bring her commitment and skills to the board of Toora to strengthen and grow support for women across Canberra to achieve their goals for themselves, their families and communities.


Kellie Friend

Chief Executive Officer

Kellie is a passionate leader dedicated to influencing system level social change.

With over 20 years experience spanning across public, commercial and not for profit sector environments, Kellie has expertise in leadership and organisational transformation and growth.

A recipient of an Australia Day commendation for innovation and improvement, Kellie has lead enterprise wide initiatives resulting in sustained business viability and evidenced based services and programs supporting people health and wellbeing.

A for purpose leader with the objective of listening to and elevating the voices of those with lived experiences to inform better social outcomes and alleviate disadvantage.


Elgita Dajsmaili*

Staff Advisory Forum representative (non-voting)

Elgita has settled in Canberra with her family since 2012. Having previously worked in Kuala Lumpur and Adelaide, Elgita brings a wealth of experience into her workplace.

Elgita has an Accounting degree from the University of South Australia, Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources and Diploma in Community and Welfare as well as Leadership and Management.

Elgita is very passionate about women rights and their place in today's society. She has been working with Toora for the past 4 years and was voted to the Board as an the Staff Advisory representative in November 2019.


* The Advisory Forum provides a communication/participation mechanism between the staff and the Board of Toora Women Inc. It meets monthly, the week prior to the Board meeting. It is attended by representatives from each service. All workers at Toora Women Inc. are members of the Advisory Forum.