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 - Managing Director Telstra Health; Adjunct Professor Western Sydney University

Lindall West, Vice President YWCA NSW

Lindall West

Vice President YWCA NSW. Head of Human Resources, Colonial First State Global Asset Management.

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.

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 Freeman

YWCA NSW Board Director. Associate, Landerer and Company

Vanessa Beggs

CEO YWCA NSW - Company Secretary

Anne Crooks, Head of Finance & ICT YWCA NSW

Anne Crooks

Head of Finance & ICT

Jon Ackary, General Manager Song Hotels & Song Kitchen Sydney

Jon Ackary

General Manager Song Hotels & Song Kitchen Sydney

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

Sophie Trower

Head of Advocacy and Development


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 
  • 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 around three themes:  Professional Networks, Professional Development and Philanthropy. The member organisations are:

    • ANZ
    • Assistant Sydney
    • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    • HSBC
    • Herbert Smith Freehills
    • EY
    • Westpac
    • Zurich Financial Services
    • CBRE
    • Mirvac
    • Colonial First State Global Asset Management
    • National Rugby League
    • Minter Ellison
    • Savills
    • Directioneering
    • Fox & Hare Wealth
    • Mercer

    For more information please contact .