The Board of Directors manages the overall business of the Nurses Memorial Centre and meets four times annually. Board members serve on a voluntary basis. In order to carry out business effectively, various committees support the Board by offering advice in specific areas.
Dr Elizabeth Lavender-President
Board Member since 2014
Liz undertook her initial nursing education at the Addington Hospital and the University of Kwa/Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. After graduation she worked as a registered nurse in South Africa, London and Queensland. She joined La Trobe University when the Lincoln Institute of HealthSciences became part of the University in 1988 and worked in nurse education at the Melbourne, Albury/Wodonga and Bendigo Campuses before taking the senior roles of Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and latterly Director of the Shepparton Campuses. Her professional interests are in international and rural and regional education particularly providing educational opportunities for students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to higher education.
Ms Arlene Bennett-Vice President
Board Member since 2013
Arlene trained as a nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She holds certificates in Coronary Care and Midwifery nursing. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training at the University of Melbourne. She has held positions as a Charge Nurse and Nurse Educator at the RMH. She is the President of The RMH Graduate Nurses’ Association. She is a member of the RMH Heritage & Art Advisory Committee, Friends of RMH Committee. She chairs the History & Heritage Committee at the Nurses Memorial Centre. She is also the mother of 2 teenage boys.
Mrs Rochna Banerjee-Treasurer
Board Member since 2015
Rochna is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 20+ years experience in commercial and not for profit organisations with multi country exposure in India, South East Asia and Australia. She spent 10+years as a consultant, entrepreneur and finance professional in the private sector and later transitioned into the not for profit sector to contribute to the community at large. She has engaged passionately with communities to develop financially sound practices during her tenure with World Vision and currently with International Women’s Development Agency, as the Management Accountant where she has oversight on financial management, risk, governance and statutory compliance.
Ms Angela Doherty
Board Member since 2014
Angela trained as a nurse in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a Degree in Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Health Administration and certificates in Midwifery, Infection Control and Prevention. She is a member of the Surgical Committee for Interplast, a not-for-profit organisation which delivers reconstructive plastic surgery in developing countries across the Asia Pacific. Angela has been a volunteer in programmes in Fiji, Laos, the Philippians and recently Mongolia. Angela is also a volunteer at the Sacred Heart Mission on St Kilda Road. Angela brings to the board her wide range of nursing experience both in Australia and overseas as well as a diverse range of managerial experience in health care.
Air Commodore Rowan D Story AM, RFD
Board Member since 2017
Rowan is a graduate in science, dentistry and law. He did his post-graduate surgical training in Melbourne and the United Kingdom. He is in private practice as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Melbourne. He founded the Maxillofacial Surgery Unit at Monash Medical Centre in 1987. He has served as President of the Dental Board of Victoria and is a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Rowan is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne where he teaches law and ethics. He is a volunteer solicitor at the Fitzroy Community Legal Centre. Rowan has led an annual surgical mission to Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam since 1998, treating cleft and jaw deformity patients and teaching surgical skills and has been a Defence Force Reservist since 1979. Rowan was promoted Air Commodore in 2011 and served 4 years as Director General Health Reserves – Air Force.
Dr Beverley Wood
Board Member since 2018
Beverley holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Advanced Nursing (Education) from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, and a Master of Educational Studies and Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University. After completing the General Certificate of Nursing at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia, Beverly worked as a registered nurse in Perth and Melbourne, and as a charge nurse and nurse educator at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before joining the staff of the School of Nursing, La Trobe University. She has extensive experience in nursing education in university, health care and international settings and the strategic development, administration and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the context of local and international health care issues and professional regulation. Beverley is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and has been a life member of the Nurses Memorial Centre since 2008.
Ms Barbara Green
Board Member since 2018
Barbara has spent the majority of her professional life working in higher education in Victoria, she holds a Graduate Diploma in Administrative Management and a Graduate Diploma in Computing. She recently retired following 10 years as an administrator in a university library and 32 years in nursing education (Deakin University, La Trobe University and Victoria University). Her focus during her latter time in nursing was international students, international experiences for domestic students, international relationships, partnerships and staff and student cultural competency. Barbara worked closely with the transfer of nursing education into the higher education sector, has worked internationally, Thailand and London, and is the Chair of the Melbourne Chapter of the Australia Bhutan Friendship Association.
Ms Cynthea Wellings
Board Member since 2018
Cynthea is the CEO of Ausmed Education, a company that focuses on the production and distribution of continual professional development for nurses and other health professionals. Cynthea was a founding member of The Continence Foundation of Australia. In 2014, she was recognised as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ awarded by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Bank. In 2017, Cynthea completed a Master of Nursing Leadership. As well, she has undertaken short courses in publishing at Yale School of Management and more recently a course at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Australian College of Nursing and the Association for Nursing Professional Development.
A number of committees offer advice to the Board and management in specific areas. Below is a list of the current committees and the Chair of each.
Chair: Mrs Rochna Banerjee
The Finance Committee reviews all expenditures, incoming scholarship funding and revenue items associated with the Nurses Memorial Centre.
Fundraising & Marketing Committee
Chair: Mrs Barbara Green
The Fundraising & Marketing Committee formulates and executes on the long term marketing strategy of Nurses Memorial Centre.
Chair: Dr Beverley Wood
The Scholarship Committee reviews and interviews all Nurses Memorial Centre scholarship applications as well as reviewing the ongoing status and applicability of scholarship recipients.
History & Heritage Committee
Chair: Ms Arlene Bennett
The History & Heritage Committee archives, curates and maintains all major historical and heritage items associated with Nurses Memorial Centre.