Our Board

Mary Anne Ryan 


Mary Anne is a barrister at Derwent & Tamar Chambers, practicing in the areas of family law, relationships law, child protection and guardianship law. Mary Anne also undertakes work as an Independent Children’s Lawyer. She came into law having spent many years as a registered nurse. Mary Anne has been a member of the Board since 2009 and Chairperson since 2014. She is married with two adult children and a chocolate labradoodle.

Wendy Joy Quinn

Deputy Chair 

Wendy has been on the board since 2012 and since 2014 has been serving as the Deputy Chair.  Following her career as an Occupational Therapist and senior executive in the Departments of Health in NSW and Tasmania Wendy is now very happily pursuing an ‘encore career’. This includes  working part time at the University of Tasmania as a lecturer in  the Faculty of Health Sciences and coordinating a post graduate course focused on management and leadership in health and human services . Wendy also finds time to pursue her strong interest in supporting the growth and development of others through individual coaching and group work via her Company WJQuinn Consulting.

Wendy’s commitment to supporting others (particularly women and children),  to achieve their full potential is  reflected in her voluntary contribution on a number of boards as well as the Hobart Women’s Shelter including the Tasmanian/Victorian Uniting AgeWell Board, also as Deputy Chair,  and the Hobart Derwent Zonta International Club where she chairs a young women in business scholarship committee. Wendy is the Managing Director of WJQuinn Consulting where she offers services in the area of leadership and change management for individuals and organizations.

Wendy has a long standing love of  music and art stemming back to her work as an Occupational Therapist having seen its power to assist with recovery, healing and hope for a new life. Singing with the Cantiamo Ladies Choir is one of the highlights of her week.

Wendy’s qualifications include a Master of Health Science in Developmental Disability from Sydney University.  Wendy is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

Vicky Zhang


Vicky joined the Board in 2014 and is a Certified Practice Accountant, with a 10-year experience in assurance and business advisory service. She has experience with internal and external auditing, specialising in the not-for-profit sector. She also has a strong interest in corporate governance and compliance.

Elizabeth Avery

Public Officer / Secretary 

Elizabeth was appointed to the Board of Management in 2011.  Having obtained a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Tasmania, Elizabeth was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court in 2005.  For the past ten years she have been employed by Tasmania Police, specialising in Safe at Home prosecutions.

As an advocate for those affected by family violence Elizabeth joined the Board to promote the advancement of the rights of women and children in this area.

Miriam Moreton

Board Member 

Miriam is the Director for Moreton Group Solution. In this role Miriam has the privilege of working closely with a number of Tasmanian and National organisations to deliver innovative solutions to address barriers and issues inhibiting the organisations growth. Miriam holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Commerce from Deakin University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Miriam cherishes the opportunity to advocate for the advancement of women through her proud association with the Hobart Women’s Shelter.

Rebecca Ryan

Board Member 

Rebecca is currently a Service Support Officer in International Services area in Department of Human Services, interacting daily with people from culturally and socially diverse backgrounds. She has lived with a significant hearing impairment since a young age, and offers insight into the challenges faced by those with a disability. She is studying psychology at the University of New England.   Rebecca is passionate about social justice and equality, especially for women and girls, and being a member of the board allows her to contribute meaningfully to these issues.

Alayne Baker       

Board Member 

Alayne has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resource Management across a variety of sectors. Her current role is as a Executive Group HR Manager with DJs. Alayne is active in the community and is committed to supporting and empowering women. She works with variety of community organisations including the inaugural Chair and member of the Hobart Women’s Shelter Board from 2009-2014, Current President of AHRI Tas Council, and previous Board member of SHE.

Kerry Nettle      

Board Member 

Kerry Nettle is a Registered Nurse and works for the Department of Health and Human Services in the Communicable Diseases Prevention Unit. In her position she assists with the coordination of the National Immunisation Program for Tasmania in collaboration with the Commonwealth Department of Health and provides advice to a range of health care professionals and the public on immunisation issues. She also works as an immunisation nurse for the Hobart City Council providing both their childhood and school based immunisation services.

Kerry has a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing from the University of Tasmania specialising in Family and Child Health and has completed certificates in Neonatal Intensive Care and Midwifery.

She worked for many years at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Midwifery and Neonatal Intensive Care before moving into a community role as a Family and Child Health Nurse in the Brighton/Bridgewater area where she worked very closely with young families and mothers until 2007.

Kerry joined us in March 2015 and brings her extensive health and nursing experience to the Board of the Hobart Women’s Shelter.

Liz Gillam     

Board Member 

Liz is currently Chair of Tasmanian Electoral Commission and a Board Member of the Integrity Commission, the Public Trustee and the Local Government Board.

Most of her working life has been in the public sector. During her time in the Tasmanian State Service, she held the positions of Deputy Director of the Local Government Office and the Office of Status of Women. The latter part of her career was with local government, working in policy development at the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

Dr Nicolá Goc

Board Member 

Dr Nicolá Goc is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania. Nicolá has published widely on journalism, media and gender and is a well-known social historian. Her book, Women, Infanticide and the Press, 1822–1922: News Narratives in England and Australia (Ashgate 2013) has been widely reviewed in international journals.  She is co-author (with Jason Bainbridge and Liz Tynan) of the standard media and journalism tertiary textbook: Media and Journalism: New Approaches to Theory and Practice 3nd edition (OUP 2015). In 2014 she was awarded a National Sound and Film Archive Fellowship to study migrant media and in 2016, as a recipient of a Tasmanian Community Grant, she curated a major exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Snapshot Photography and Migrant Women – A Tasmanian Experience. She is a member of the Tasmanian Women’s Council which advises the Minister for Women and the State Government on women’s issues. She is currently chief investigator on a University of Tasmania Institutional Grant: Students as Agents of Change: Reducing the Gender Pay Gap. She is the Founding President of Convict Women’s Press Inc. a not-for-profit publishing company that publishes research on convict women transported to Australia in the nineteenth century. Nicolá joined the board of the Hobart Women’s Shelter in August 2015.

Lydia Nicholson

Board Member 

Lydia Nicholson joined the board in 2015 from the museum and heritage sector, with experience developing and delivering programs for family, school, adult and community audiences at The Powerhouse Museum, The British Museum and The Australian Museum. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours from Flinders University, a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Sydney and moved to Hobart in 2014 to commence a PhD in History at the University of Tasmania. Lydia has also worked extensively as a theatre performer and playwright and recently toured her solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe. She brings to the board a passion for community engagement and social justice and an ongoing commitment to valuing and giving voice to Australian women’s stories and experiences.

Reshma Dutta

Board Member 

Reshma’s portfolio on the Board is as their cultural diversity member. Reshma has a keen interest in people from different cultural backgrounds. She has great empathy for women and children who have suffered hardship.

Reshma holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Tasmania and Master of Taxation from University of NSW. Additionally Reshma graduated from Postgraduate course in Education specialising in Teaching English as a Second Language. 

Reshma was an Adjunct Principal Lecturer for Fiji National University in the area of Taxation.  Reshma has also lectured at University of Fiji in the area of Law (Contract, Torts and Company) and in the area of Taxation to second and final year students.

In the past Reshma has served as Director for Connect Financial, Board Member for Hobart College Council, Deputy Chair for Fiji Australia Association, Committee member for the  Association of Non-English Speaking Background Women of Australia, Woodfield Lodge Incorporated and the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia.

Her interest in assisting women emerged through her work with recently arrived migrant women who needed assistance with finding their way into the community and accessing relevant Government bodies and services. Reshma remains passionate about assisting women and children who are vulnerable for any reason.

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