The YWCA Australia Board governs our organisation in a strong and ethical way.

What does our Board do?

The YWCA Australia Board establishes the strategic directions and policies that guide our work.

The Board also ensures that YWCA Australia is soundly governed and managed for the benefit of all.

YWCA Australia's Executive Officer, supported by our staff team, manages the day to day operations of the organisation on the delegated authority of the Board.

Our Board members

Nicole Swaine

Interim President 

Nicole Swaine is the Interim President of YWCA Australia.  Nicole has extensive not for profit experience, is passionate about social justice and inclusion, and is driven to make a positive difference in the community.  She is qualified with a Bachelor of Employee Relations and a MBA.

Nicole 2013

Yvonne Barnikel

Yvonne Barnikel is the Treasurer of YWCA Australia, she is a Chartered Account and is currently a Director at Ernst & Young. 

Yvonne specialises in external audit of corporate and not-for-profit entities with over 14 years experience.



Tristan Landers

 Vice President 

NSW Nominee Director

Tristan is a Management Consultant with a background in banking, organisational change, sustainability, organisation culture and diversity, community investment, Indigenous community development and process reengineering.

Tristan has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws and is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Landers 2013

Kate Fazio 

Vice President 

Victoria Nominee Director

Kate Fazio is the Nominee Director for YWCA Victoria. Kate is the Manager of Education and a lawyer for Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law service. She is focussed on capacity building for the charities and not-for-profit sector across Australia, supporting the sector to be vibrant, effective and well-governed. Kate has worked as a corporate lawyer with King and Wood Mallesons, and also as a program coordinator with not-for-profits including the Australian Business and Community Network.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. 

Melissa Burford

Small Association Representative


Melissa is a medical student and university tutor in anatomy and physiology.  Melissa has worked for the Federal Public Service in policy and communications and also as a Program Administrator for a not-for-profit in mental health and youth programs. 

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health and Microbiology), Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Marketing) and has studied with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kirsty Rourke
Queensland Nominee Director

Kirsty Rourke is the Nominee Director for YWCA Queensland. She is a real estate professional with 10 years’ experience in the property and construction industries in Brisbane. Currently, Kirsty is involved in the development and delivery of real estate projects around Brisbane. Previously, Kirsty was a lawyer with extensive experience in all property related matters, including commercial, industrial and rural property transactions, disputes and planning and environment law. Kirsty brings to the YWCA Queensland her experience in the property sector, risk management and previous involvement with other NFP organisations.

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor of Law (Hons), Bachelor of Commerce

Larnie Batten

Darwin Nominee Director


Larnie Batten is the Nominee Director for YWCA Darwin. Larnie coordinates National Youth Week across the Northern Territory each year. She is passionate about ensuring young people voices and opinions are represented, as well ensuring there are leadership and development opportunities for all young people and women across the Territory.

Larnie holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Management.

Larnie Batten

Jane Alver
Canberra Nominee Director

Jane Alver is the Nominee Director from YWCA Canberra.

Jane is a lawyer with extensive experience in the private and public sectors.  Jane has served on many not-for-profit boards and is passionate about promoting the leadership of women.  She is a Life Member of YWCA Canberra and YWCA Australia.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons)(Syd) and a Masters of Studies (Women’s Studies) (Oxon). She is currently studying for her PhD with a focus on the international advocacy for women’s rights by civil society.


Amanda Taylor 
Adelaide Nominee Director

Amanda is the interim Nominee Director for YWCA Adelaide.

She is a Fellow of CPA Australia and 2016 Deputy President of the CPA Australia South Australian Divisional Council. Amanda is Campus Manager for Kaplan Business School, Adelaide. She brings broad experience in the education and public sectors to the Board, with particular experience in the areas of operations, finance and governance. Amanda is also the Treasurer for YWCA Adelaide.

 Along with her professional designation, Amanda holds a Bachelor of Business (Business Management), a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting. 






More information about our Board

The Board represents the interests of local YWCA associations and groups at a national level.

The YWCA Australia Board has representatives from YWCA Australia's large member associations (YWCA of Adelaide, YWCA of Canberra, YWCA of Darwin, YWCA NSW, YWCA Queensland and YWCA Victoria).

The Board has two board members representing the interests of all the smaller YWCA associations (Albury-Wodonga, Broken Hill, Hunter Region, Perth, as well as local groups in Cairns, Port Pirie and Rockhampton).

The Board also has a President and Treasurer, elected by our members atour three-yearly Convention (which was last held in November 2012). Currently, we have two Co-Presidents.

As part of our commitment to young women's leadership, 30 percent of YWCA Australia's Board members must be 30 and under.

Past Presidents of YWCA Australia

Our immediate Past President is Yvette Park, who served as President from 2009 - 2012.

» See a list of our other past Presidents