Board Members

Women’s Health and Equality Queensland is a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee. The Board of Directors supports WHEQ to be a purposeful, dynamic and sustainable organisation. Staff and the Board work in partnership to strategically lead improvements in women’s health and gender equity in Queensland.


  • Karyn Walsh

    Karyn is currently the CEO of Micah Projects, a not-for-profit providing services across the Brisbane Metropolitan Area. Karyn Walsh has over 40 years of experience in NGO sector and has been working in the community service sector since completing her training as a Registered Nurse in the late 70’s. She has worked in direct service delivery, management, governance, collective and collaborative work and has been on many Boards such as QCOSS.

    For 25 years, Karyn has led Micah Projects growth as an organisation as well as participating in State and National Peak bodies, advocacy organisations, ministerial, government and non-governmental committees and processes.

    Karyn is dedicated to creating systemic change to support the equality of women in access to healthcare, housing and economic patriation and for the end to violence against women in relationships, at home, the workplace and community.

  • Cathie Schintzerling

    Cathie Schnitzerling is an Executive Producer at the ABC and has a long and distinguished career in Australian media as television and radio reporter, presenter and award-winning writer and producer, and has been recognised for her mentoring and leadership skills.

    She’s worked as a senior director in Integrated Communications at Queensland Health and is the Queensland Convenor for Women in Media and co-ordinates the national mentoring committee.

  • Vicki Clifton

    Professor Vicki Clifton PhD, GAICD, FRSM is a National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow who is currently a Professorial Research Fellow with Mater Research Institute and The University of Queensland. She is internationally recognised for her research on the impact of maternal asthma and other health complications during pregnancy on maternal and fetal well-being.

    Vicki was employed at the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide from January 2008 to April 2015 after many years at the Mother’s and Babies Research Centre in Newcastle, Australia (1990-2007). Prof Clifton is passionate about women’s health especially in relation to pregnancy where she believes empowering mum results in the best possible outcome for mum and baby.

  • Shelly Sorrenson

    Shelley is an experienced general counsel, company secretary and governance practitioner having spent more than 12 years’ within both ASX-listed and unlisted companies and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. She holds tertiary qualifications in law, justice, fitness and not-for-profit leadership.

  • Hannah Wallis

    Hannah Wallis is the Queensland General Manager of residential care for a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in child protection and disability support. Having worked for many years in education both in Australia as well as overseas, Hannah’s teaching background led her to the NGO sector where she has worked for over ten years. Hannah’s passion lies in working with children, families and communities, and she advocates for systems that support the safety and wellbeing of those she serves.

    Hannah holds qualifications in arts, education, social work and healthcare leadership. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Kirsten MacGregor

    Kirsten MacGregor is a marketing communications executive with more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, broadcasting, corporate affairs, integrated marketing, and industry, stakeholder and community engagement. She has held senior positions across media, government, justice, health, medical research and tertiary sectors. Her experience ranges from working across Australia and the UK as an ABC and BBC as a journalist, newsreader, and executive producer; working as a university CMO; and leading Queensland Health’s strategic communications, marketing, and digital teams through the COVID peak. She holds a Master of Business and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science).