Chaired by Amanda Hede, our Board of Directors represents a contingent of committed and experienced personnel who have been instrumental in the foundations and ongoing work of GADAus (formerly The GAD Pod).

Amanda Hede


Amanda is the Program Director, Champions of Change Coalition, working closely with Board Chairs and CEOs from some of Australia’s leading organisations committed to achieving gender equality. Before joining the Champions of Change Coalition, Amanda advised on diversity and inclusion strategy across the Australian Public Service (APS) at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has also held senior roles in a number of APS communication functions.

Frank Archer OAM

Board Director

Frank Archer is an Emeritus Professor within the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI), an academic unit located in the Monash University Accident Research Centre which hosts the World Health Organisation’s Collaborating Centre for Violence and Injury Prevention. Frank supervises Doctoral students, has taught in the Monash Master of International Development Practice, and is research active in the general field of community resilience in the disaster setting. He is engaged with both the professional and general community in this domain, with a special interest in gender in the disaster setting, Frank has postgraduate specialist clinical fellowships in general practice, immediate medical care, and public health medicine.

Candy Broad

Board Director

Candy Broad is a Ministerial-appointed Director and Board Chair of Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE. Previously the Chair and Board Director of Women’s Health Victoria, Candy has also served on the board of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors; as an Independent Trustee Director of First Super, as the Chair and Board Director of PrimeSafe, a Victorian Statutory Authority; a Board Director of housing and homelessness service Haven, Home Safe; Chair and Board Director of safe steps Family Violence Response Centre; and Board Director of Hepburn Community Wind Farm.

As a Victorian Government Minister for seven years, with a total of 15 years parliamentary experience as the Member for Northern Victoria and the Member for Melbourne North, her ministerial portfolios included: Housing, Local Government, Energy and Resources and Ports. Candy was Assistant National Secretary of the ALP prior to her election to the Victorian Parliament in 1999 and she has previous experience as an Adviser to the Victorian Government and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Victoria. A Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, Candy is a member of Women in Super and a founding member of EMILY’s List Australia.

Tarang Chawla

Board Director

Tarang Chawla is a recovering lawyer and activist, who co-founded Not One More Niki, dedicated to ending violence against women and children in memory of his sister Nikita. He serves as a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commissioner and is a sessional academic at Monash University. Tarang produced and hosted the award-winning podcast ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ on domestic abuse. He is a former Young Australian of the Year Finalist and his work has featured in all major Australian media outlets.

Alyssa Duncan

Board Director

Alyssa Duncan is a Senior Legislative Services Adviser with WorkSafe Victoria, and has previously held positions as a legal policy adviser for the Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Alyssa has also worked as a researcher in the field of women’s health, studying the gendered effects of disasters and assisting in the development of the national gender and disaster guidelines. Alyssa has completed a Masters of Law and Juris Doctor at Monash University and holds an undergraduate degree in geography from the University of Melbourne.

Piotr Klank

Board Director

Piotr Klank is a Barrister, with experience as an advocate and advisor on a broad range of matters, including corporate, regulatory and tax. He has been involved in policy consultation and development, as well as legislative drafting on tax issues. Prior to joining the Bar, he spent a decade working in top tier law firms, a big four accounting firm and for an ASX listed multinational company. Piotr holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He has presented on legal issues in Australia and overseas, been published in peer-reviewed journals, and teaches in the Melbourne Law Masters Program at the University of Melbourne.

Helen Riseborough

Board Director

Helen is the Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health In the North (WHIN), the northern metropolitan regional women’s health service in Melbourne. In her role, Helen oversees diverse portfolio areas and WHIN’s leading work on gender equity, prevention of violence against women, the family violence services integration, gender and disaster, sexual and reproductive health, and women’s economic equality. Prior to working at WHIN, Helen has extensive experience in the areas of homelessness and housing services, community health, local government, and a short stint in state government. She has a Master of Social Policy and a Social Work Degree, and is deeply committed to progressing a feminist approach to women’s health, safety and wellbeing and to addressing inequities that impact on those most marginalised in our society.