Our Board

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Emma Benson (B.Com, GAICD)

Chair

Emma Terry has over 20 years’ experience in developing organisation and business growth strategies for local and international markets. Emma’s experience ranges across a wide range of industries from marketing consulting, transport, exporting, energy, engineering, FMCG, tourism and hospitality.

Emma is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Tourism Tasmania and is responsible for leading the Tasmanian destination brand and demand generation for Tasmania as a holiday destination.

Emma is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held a number of Board and Mentor roles for not-for-profit organisations. Emma is a Board Director and member of the Risk, Audit and Finance committee for the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse and is currently the Chair of Engender Equality.

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Carol Bergman-Wells (MBA)

Secretary

Carol has extensive experience in a variety of management roles within the Local Government, Medical and Higher Education industries. Carol completed her Masters Degree in Business Management as a mature age student and has volunteered as a tutor for adult literacy programs. She completed her governance training for Volunteer members of boards and is also a Justice of the Peace.

Carol was introduced to Engender Equality through her own lived experience of family violence and participated in the Advocates for Change training. Carol has been an active member of the Advocates group speaking and presenting at a number of events and organisations on the impacts of family violence.

Carol is an affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a University of Tasmania Alumni, a member of the Association of Justices of the Peace and a member of the University student mentor program.

Carol has worked in a number of roles during her career at the University and is currently a Business Partner for College Services.

As both a survivor of family violence and a management professional, Carol brings to the board a deep understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, her extensive knowledge and insight about the experience and impact of domestic violence and her previous board experience.

In telling her story as a survivor Carol has found a powerful way to reclaim her voice, educate others about the realities of domestic violence, a mission to empower others to speak out and building solidarity with other survivors.

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Karen Hind, (CA, BComm, FAICD )

Treasurer

Karen is a Chartered Accountant with extensive local and international executive finance experience. She has worked in both corporate and not-for-profit environments including Southern Cross Austereo (Aust), EMI Music Publishing (UK), Marie Stopes International (UK) and Scotch Oakburn College (Aus).

Karen was first introduced to Engender Equality as a counselling client during her own lived experiences of family and domestic violence. Karen knows firsthand how essential this exceptional organisation is for supporting survivors to manage complex, dangerous relationships and advocating the end of violence in Australian families.

Outside of Engender Equality, Karen is Founder of Evidently App. She is managing the development of Evidently App’s forefront technology that equips family violence survivors with evidence collection tools to assist in escaping dangerous and toxic relationships.

Driven by her desire to see entrenched toxic cultural attitudes about violence towards women wiped out, Karen aspires to see today’s young girls experience equal and safe relationships when they reach adulthood.

As both a survivor of family violence and a finance professional, Karen brings to the boardroom table a dynamic combination of executive expertise, empathy and a strong passion to realise Engender Equality’s mission.

  • Awarded a Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Governance Scholarship in 2018 and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Featured by Smart Company as “a fearless female founder to watch in 2018"
  • Awarded scholarships from Tech Ready Women in 2018 and ING Dreamstarters in 2019 to support the critical social initiative, Evidently App
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Hon Ruth Forrest MLC Independent Member for Murchison

General Member

Ruth was born and educated in North Western Tasmania. Ruth worked as a Registered Nurse and Midwife, childbirth and sex educator from 1982 - 2005. She is a member and past president of Australian College of Midwives (ACM) (Tas Branch) and awarded ACM Fellowship in 2001.

May 2005, Ruth was elected to Tasmanian Legislative Council (Independent Member for Murchison) and re-elected in 2011 and 2017, elected Deputy President and Chair of Committees (2018) and member and Chair of a number of Parliamentary committees.

Ruth completed a Master of Midwifery Degree (2010), Tasmanian Leaders Program (2011), Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (2012), Graduate Certificate in Business (2013) and Australian Futures Project Parliamentary Leaders Program (2017). In 2019, named as one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence.

Ruth supports a number of community organisations including being Patron of Huntington’s Tasmania and also serves on the Board of Unconformity, an arts organization supporting Tasmania’s West Coast.

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Kathryn Lenton (BSW and MCouns)

General Member

Kathryn Lenton is the Program Manager for the Australian Childhood Foundation in lutruwita / Tasmania. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Counselling and has been working in the area of grief, loss, and trauma for over 20 years. Kathryn has also worked in implementing mental health policy into education curriculum, suicide postvention, generalist counselling, disaster recovery and older people’s care. She has practiced in Australia, Scotland and India. Kathryn has a particular interest in responding to the impacts of family violence, and practices from a strong anti-oppressive feminist framework.

Kathryn moved to Tasmania 4 years ago and now proudly calls herself a Tasmanian. Outside of work, Kathryn loves hiking with her partner and dog, reading, travelling, and spending time with friends.


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Alina Thomas (BSSc Comm Serv, GDip WomenSt)

Chief Executive Officer

Alina Thomas has an established career in the Community Sector with over 20 years of experience across a range of health and community projects, with a focus on women and wellbeing.

Alina leads the team at Engender Equality with vision, passion and expertise that combines consultation with clear strategic management.

Alina’s skills include enabling marginalised communities, community development, project management, financial management, community education and evaluation, and has a reputation as a progressive change agent committed to developing community-driven solutions to inequality, marginalisation and dis-engagement.

As the CEO of Engender Equality, Alina has increased the capacity and standing of the organisation to become a known thought leader and advocacy body against domestic and family violence. Alina has a sound standing as a spokesperson on domestic violence and gender inequality in Tasmania. In her representation of victim-survivors, Alina considers the diversity of the community and strives for inclusion and equal access of all people regardless of their lived experience, identity or socio-economic background.