Our Board

Our Board

YWCA NSW's Board of Directors is comprised of women from diverse backgrounds and skills who share a passion for achieving lasting change and a better lives for women, children young people and their families in our community. These women are dedicated to YWCA NSW and our programs, and collectively have a wide ranging skills covering banking and finance, accountancy, law, government, marketing, human resources, non-executive directorships and business.

Vanessa Beggs

CEO YWCA NSW - Company Secretary

Mary Foley, AM, President YWCA NSW

Mary Foley, AM

President YWCA NSW - Adjunct Professor Western Sydney University

Jane Reilly, Treasurer YWCA NSW

Jane Reilly

Treasurer YWCA NSW. Partner PwC.

Nicole Kuepper-Russell, Board Director YWCA NSW

Nicole Kuepper-Russell

YWCA NSW Board Director. Bain & Company – Consultant.

Lindall West, Board Director YWCA NSW

Lindall West

YWCA NSW Board Director. Head of Human Resources, Colonial First State Global Asset Management.

Lina Tchung, YWCA NSW Board Director

Lina Tchung

YWCA NSW Board Director. Director Financial Services, Ernst & Young

Tania Kullmann

YWCA NSW Board Director. CEO, Kantar Australia

Suzie Ridell, Board Director YWCA NSW

Suzie Ridell

YWCA NSW Board Director. Executive Director, Strategy & Business Development, Social Ventures Australia

Tristan Landers, Board Director YWCA NSW

Tristan Landers

YWCA NSW Board Director. Principal, IN21.

Juliana Nkrumah, AM

YWCA NSW Board Director. Senior Policy Officer, Cultural Diversity NSW Police Force

Nicole Landerer

YWCA NSW Board Director. Corporate Lawyer M&A, Clayton Utz

Executive Management Team

YWCA NSW believes in a strong Executive Management team who are highly experienced specialists in their relative disciplines. This ensures that the business is run with robust and sustainable best practices, delivering strong and accountable outcomes and quality service for clients and customers.

Vanessa Beggs

CEO YWCA NSW - Company Secretary

Anne Crooks, Head of Corporate Services YWCA NSW

Anne Crooks

Head of Corporate Services

Jon Ackary, Hotel General Manager YHotels Sydney

Jon Ackary

Hotel General Manager YHotels Sydney

Teri Haid, Head of Human Resources YWCA NSW

Teri Haid

Head of Human Resources

Kate Hurley, Head of Fundraising and Marketing YWCA NSW

Kate Hurley

Head of Fundraising & Marketing

Shannon Wright

Head of Programs NSW South


YWCA NSW benefits from the contribution of a number of specialist Committees. The members of these various Committees donate their time and their not insignificant talents to YWCA NSW and assist us in a number of areas including events, investment, property and governance.


Finance Committee

The volunteer Finance Committee is an important component of YWCA NSW’s overall governance and risk process as well as making an invaluable contribution to our overall financial strategy and day to day operational efficiencies. The Committee includes two Board members as well as a small group of dedicated supporters who have a strong background in finance. Our thanks go to:

Chair - Jane Reilly


  • Maureen Ahern
  • Melanie Van Cuylenburg  
  • Lina Tchung
  • Anne Crooks


Property Advisory Group

The Property Advisory Group is an extremely active part of YWCA NSW, given the organisation’s history of property investment. This group of talented experts is currently looking at a number of strategic options in relation to our property assets.

Chair - Jane Reilly


  • Peter Valanidas
  • Rob Harper
  • Drenka Andjelic
  • Ray Abraham
  • Andrew Murray 
  • Nicole Kuepper-Russell
  • Jon Ackary
  • Anne Crooks


    Y Connect Advisory Committee


    A key area of our focus is engaging young professional women in our work.  One of the ways we do this is through Y Connect which encourages young women 25-35 years of age around three themes:  Professional Networks, Professional Development and Philanthropy. The member organisations are:

    • HSBC
    • Herbert Smith Freehills
    • EY
    • Westpac
    • ANZ 
    • Zurich Financial Services
    • CBRE
    • IKEA
    • Mirvac
    • Qantas 
    • Colonial First State
    • National Rugby League
    • State Street
    • Commonwealth Bank 
    • Savills
    • Transport for NSW
    • Bank of America Merril Lynch

    For more information please contact .


    Mother Of All Nights Committee

    The Mother Of All Nights Committee is a group people responsible for our primary fundraising event. 
    Each year the Committee Chair has the task of organising, managing, enticing and cajoling friends, families and business acquaintances to ensure the Gala’s success.  

    Our Committee for our Mother Of All Nights 2017 comprises:


    • The Hon. Anna Bligh, AC
    • Jane Clifford
    • Vanessa Beggs
    • Nicole Scurrah
    • Rachel Bessis
    • Sarah Potts
    • Olivia Walsh
    • Tina Prior
    • Rebel Barty 
    • Kate Hurley 
    • Leila Aron
    • Martina Patti

    For more information please contact leilaa@ywcansw.com.au