Brave Foundation Announces the Appointment of Three New Board Members

May 5, 2023

Brave Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the Brave Foundation Board. Dr Niki Vincent, Dr Rachel Howard and James Crosby join the existing six Board members.

“The directors and I are privileged to welcome these three remarkable leaders as new members of the Brave Foundation Board,” said Chair Professor Maria Harries AM. “They will add tremendous value to the organisation with their experience in government and community service.” 

“We look forward to their invaluable insights and unique perspectives to help Brave grow in capability and capacity – extending its reach to support new young parents and their children.” 

Dr Niki Vincent is Victoria’s inaugural Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner. She has diverse expertise in business, academia, government and the community sector in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and internationally, with a focus on gender equality, equal opportunity and diversity and inclusion.  

Dr Rachel Howard is a government relations professional, with policy and political experience spanning government, not-for-profit, multinational, and academic settings in Australia and internationally. Following nearly a decade with the Federal Government, Rachel is now a Senior Adviser at 89 Degrees East and is co-Founder of Equal Workplaces.

James Crosby, CEO of Families Australia, has more than 20 years’ experience in the non-government for purpose sector and 10 years as a federal public servant. He has previously chaired the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, was the inaugural Chair of the Australia Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and have been a Board member for several Canberra based community organisations.

CEO Jill Roche said each new Board member brings unique accomplishments and expertise but shares a desire to see future generations thrive. 

“It is always a wonderful experience to expand the Brave Village and the addition of new Board members are no different. Everyone at Brave, including Board, is focused on building a village of support and acceptance around expecting and parenting teens.”

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