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This page talks about the many people who make up the Eating Disorders Victoria community, including our Board, volunteers, donors and partners.

Our board

Russ Wood
Chair

Russ is a consultant who works with both for-profit and for-purpose organisations on strategy, governance, funding and increasing impact. Russ’s experience has been gained in a range of sectors and roles including, most recently, as Senior Adviser to Mary Wooldridge, immediate past Minister for Mental Health, Community Services, Disability Services and Reform in Victoria.

Along with his Board role at EDV, Russ is also a founding Director of SIMNA Ltd (formerly the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia). Russ has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, a Graduate Certificate in Not-For-Profit Governance from the Governance Institute and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Russ joined the Board in April 2015.

Dr Leanne Beagley
Vice Chair

Leanne is the CEO of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network.

Leanne has more than 30 years experience working in, around and with health, mental health and community services in Victoria from a range of perspectives including direct care, operational and executive management, Board and government policy roles.

Leanne’s qualifications include Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy, a Master of Business Leadership and a PhD (Psychology). She has complementary post-graduate academic training in organisational systems, governance, culture, leadership and management. She has an appointment with Deakin University as an Adj. Associate Professor.

She joined the Board in December 2016 and is also on the Board of Tweddle Child and Family Health Service, Active Geelong and the Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre.

Martin Newnham
Treasurer

Martin is the Chief Executive Officer of AgCAP and has experience in several financial and commercial roles across the entire food and fibre commodity supply chain, including meat processing, grain marketing and logistics, and varying productions systems in grain, cotton, beef and dairy. Martin brings and a strong understanding of the risks and underlying fundamentals that drive performance in the sector.

A CPA and Williamson Fellow with Leadership Victoria, Martin started his career in professional services before moving in to the agricultural sector and working in a variety of positions in private family and corporate environments.

Martin joined the Board in September 2017.

Nick Gurner
Board member

Nick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ANZ), a registered tax agent and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nick is a director of Le Cordon Bleu Australia Pty Ltd, Le Cordon Bleu Dusit (Thailand) and Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Management Ltd. and acts as Chair of all these companies, as well as advisor to the owner and President of Le Cordon Bleu International.

Prior to this, Nick was an audit manager with Ernst and Young and a principal of Hayes Knight (S.A.) Pty. Ltd., a second tier professional services firm, a director and founder of Prophecy Wealth Management Pty Ltd a licensee of Hillross Financial services, and in public practice for 17 years. He has also been a director and treasurer of Guide Dogs (S.A. and N.T.) and a board member of the Torrens Valley TAFE for several years and retains directorships of several private companies.

Nick joined the Board in March 2017.

Phil Jones
Board member

Phil has a broad and extensive skill set that he brings to the EDV Board. As an owner of an advertising agency/marketing company, he has a long history of developing campaigns for major public and privately owned businesses. He sits on a number of boards, acts as advisor to academics to commercialise medical inventions, and has been involved with fundraising for the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation for more than 12 years. He has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Hons.

Phil joined the Board in January 2016.

Kim Wenn
Board member

Kim is a seasoned executive in technology management. Most recently, Kim was Group CIO for Tabcorp since 2005. Kim has over 30 years’ experience in the software/IT industry, starting as a software developer, moving into project management and, for the last 20 years, has held various executive positions. She holds a Bachelor of Computer Science, Masters of Management and Technology, and in 2015, she completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Kim joined the Board in May 2018.

Jen Riley
Board member

Jen has 20 years of social sector experience, having worked for the Federal Government and international and domestic not for profits Oxfam, Plan International, United Way and Murdoch Children’s Research institute. Jen is currently the Founder and Director of Navigating Outcomes Pty Ltd, a medium-sized measurement and evaluation consultancy in Melbourne. Throughout her career, she has worked in international aid, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, in the issues of mental health, early years, school to work transitions, alcohol and other drugs, homelessness, family violence, community health and place-based initiatives. She is on the Victorian Committee of Social Impact Measurement Network Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Geography) and a Masters in Development Studies.

Jen joined the Board in May 2018.

Jennifer Beveridge (CEO/ex officio board member)

Jennifer commenced as Chief Executive Officer at EDV in February 2012. Since then she has contributed to policy development, advocacy, service development and community awareness to improve responses to eating disorders in Victoria. She works with a broad range of stakeholders, including government, community services, and service providers.

For the past 15 years Jennifer has held senior management roles overseeing early years, community development, settlement, mental health and drug & alcohol services.

Jennifer’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech pathology), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management (Strategic Foresight).

Our volunteers

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) has more than 50 dedicated volunteers who provide people with information and support through the EDV Hub, share their lived experience at support groups and through our Stories of Recovery program, advocate for improvements in the sector, and perform administrative activities. EDV relies heavily on this wonderful contribution and without it, could not possibly deliver the myriad of services to those affected by an eating disorder and their family and friends.

Please note: EDV recruits volunteers on a needs basis. For more information on volunteering activities and opportunities at EDV, including how to become a volunteer with EDV, please see our volunteering page.

“Eating disorders is an issue that has strongly affected my life both personally and through the lives of people I love. Volunteering at EDV allows me the opportunity to connect with individuals who are still struggling. We listen when you feel lonely, offer hope when there is doubt, and connect professionals with those who need it most. I am very privileged to be part of this organisation and the skills, knowledge and experiences that I have acquired during my short time in my role are invaluable. ”
– Kate, EDV Hub Volunteer

“I enjoy volunteering at EDV because it allows me to talk to people outside of my uni bubble. Volunteering at the EDV Hub has been incredibly fulfilling and the experience has supplemented my coursework at uni. Speaking with individuals with EDs and their loved ones has given me the chance to gain valuable skills, and it has given me motivation to keep raising awareness about EDs and mental health. The EDV team is also incredibly supportive.”
– Cheryl, EDV Hub Volunteer

15 years of service

Michelle and Yvonne are EDV’s longest serving volunteers. In 2019 they mark 15 years volunteering at EDV, a remarkable achievement. Thank you Michelle and Yvonne for your continued dedication to EDV.

Funders and partners

EDV chooses to work with a range of partners to have a greater impact in raising awareness and support for our work. There are many reasons for us to work with others, including leveraging our existing organisational capacity, wanting to share information and raise awareness in the community, and generating funds to support what we do.

Major grants

  • Victorian State Government
Other supporters and funders
  • Commonwealth Government – Patient Pathways Program
  • Collingwood Football Club Foundation
  • Headspace
  • City of Boroondara
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Deakin University
  • St Vincent’s Hopsital
  • Austin Health
  • The Melbourne Clinic
  • CEED
  • Body Project Collaborative
  • RACGP
  • Barwon Health
  • Quality Innovation Performance
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