The DVSM Board are a strong and dynamic team with varying backgrounds and experience who bring a range of skills and expertise in addition to a commitment to the DVSM vision.

Anna Ross

Anna Ross
Non-Executive Director and Chair

Anna Ross is a partner of National law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. 

Specialising in commercial dispute resolution, inquiries and investigations, Anna has consulted to many of Australia’s largest companies, in addition to the Commonwealth and NSW governments. 

Active in community work, Anna has provided pro-bono services on behalf of Corrs for over 10 years.


Vicki Hartley
Non-Executive Director and Treasurer

Vicki is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to becoming a Non-Executive Director, she held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Lendi. Lendi is Australia’s first home loan platform using advanced tech to simplify home loans. Prior to joining Lendi, Vicki held senior finance roles at Challenger Limited, QBE, Deutsche Bank and UBS.

Outside her executive life, Vicki is a Director and Treasurer of the charity Dress for Success Sydney. She is also involved with Barnardos which has given her a personal insight into how domestic violence can impact families.


Suzanne Evans
Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary

Suzanne has extensive experience in the financial services, property and listed company sector, spanning a number of areas including Capital Markets, Treasury, Strategy, Investor Relations and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Suzanne currently works for Colonial First State Global Asset Management with responsibility for Treasury, Strategy and Investor Relations. She has previously worked for Cover-More, Lendlease, Challenger Limited and Westpac Banking Corporation.

Suzanne holds a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Suzanne now lives in Sydney and is an enthusiastic sailor.

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Dr Leigh Gassner
Non-Executive Director

For over 16 years Dr Leigh Gassner has been working in the area of social system reform and in particular violence against women and their children. Leigh led the original family violence government and non-government reforms in Victoria from 2002 to 2008; worked nationally on Commonwealth Government projects relating to perpetrator intervention; was member of the Commonwealth Government’s Violence against Women Advisory Group; worked internationally with the Human Rights Commission and the Supreme People’s Court of China in system and judicial reform responding to family violence and also in South Africa on system change relating to violence against women. Leigh also chaired the Victorian Coroners Family Violence Systemic Review into Family Violence Deaths. He has worked with Indigenous communities around Australia and most recently with these communities and police to build common and mutual understanding for improved police response in Victoria.

Leigh’s other systems work has included working with NSW Government on the NSW Aboriginal Health 10 Year Plan and with medical research institutes in Melbourne on the advancement of women in science.

Leigh is a Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) and holds a Doctor of Business Administration and Masters, Public Policy and Administration. He is a Director of Reos Partners, a global organisation that designs and facilitates systemic change projects; an executive coach and also presently working with a government department in Canberra on leadership development. He is also an Adjunct Professor, Australian Graduate School of Leadership, supervising candidates in the Doctorate of Business Leadership.


Lizette Twisleton
Non-Executive Director

Lizette Twisleton is NSW Sector Manager for No to Violence, the peak body for men’s behaviour change work. She has worked in the human and community services sector for nearly 30 years for NGO’s and local government.

Lizette has experience in domestic and family violence, youth work, health promotion and community development. She has specialised in men’s behaviour change work with twelve years as a men’s behaviour change program facilitator and three years delivering partner contact. Lizette has also provided training and supervision focusing on men’s behaviour change work.

Lizette is passionate about working collectively and collaboratively to create lasting safety for families.

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Joanne Yates
Non-Executive Director and Member

Joanne is the chief executive officer, Domestic Violence NSW, responsible for leading policy, advocacy and research initiatives to improve outcomes for women and their dependents who are survivors of domestic and family violence.

Joanne has extensive experience in public policy development in a range of portfolios including women’s leadership, social justice and law enforcement and across government, industry and the NGO sector. In 2014, as the C20 Sherpa, she led the Civil Society dialogue to the Australian G20 forum on international economic cooperation. This confirmed for her, the importance of cross sectoral cooperation and collaboration to impact social change.

Joanne holds a Master of Public Policy and Social Research from Macquarie University and is a graduate members of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Moo Baulch
Non-Executive Director (leave of absence)

Moo Baulch is an independent consultant working in social justice, anti-violence and as a peace advocate. Moo is the former CEO of Domestic Violence NSW, and has worked in domestic and family violence policy and the NGO sector in Australia, Europe and South East Asia for two decades.

Moo is passionate about working in partnership to develop a deeper, more nuanced way of understanding the causes of domestic and family violence in NSW communities.

She sits on a number of committees and advisory groups and works with government and NGOs to promote gender and cultural safety through good practice in policy and service delivery.

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