About 9 Board

Our board members

We are governed by a Board of Management who are formally elected in accordance with our Constitution. The Board oversees and monitors:

    • Governance
    • Risk Management
    • Finance
    • Performance against plans and budgets
    • The organisation’s values, vision and purpose
    Robyn Fortesque, B Miles Women's Foundation Chairperson

    Robyn Fortescue


    Robyn has held executive positions on B Miles Women’s Foundation’s Board of Management for many years including the positions of Secretary and Chairperson.

    Robyn has a background in industrial relations and is the Assistant State Secretary for the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union.

    Brendan Dunne, B Miles Women's Foundation Treasurer

    Brendan Dunne


    Brendan has a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. 

    He has held senior roles within Australia and internationally with a background in Finance, Risk, Strategy and Transformation and is employed by Allianz Australia as Chief Customer and Operations Officer.

    Renee Bianchi, B Miles Women's Foundation Secretary

    Renee Bianchi


    Renee is a barrister with a diverse practice in common law, commercial and equity matters, including the areas of professional negligence, product liability, insurance, general commercial and succession law.

    Renée has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) from the University of Newcastle. Renée was the President of NSW Young Lawyers in 2016 and is currently the Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Young Lawyers Committee. Renée is also an active volunteer with Girl Guides Australia and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, having been involved for over 20 years.

    Simon Chapple, B Miles Women's Foundation Ordinary Member

    Simon Chapple

    Ordinary Member

    Simon is a barrister with a practice in succession law, elder law, property law, general commercial law, corporations’ law, consumer protection law and administrative law.

    Simon graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Law. In 2010 Simon was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales. He is an adjunct Fellow in the law faculty at University of Western Sydney.

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    Sarah Michael

    Ordinary Member

    Sarah is an integrated adult psychiatrist with interests in severe mental illness, ensuring equity in physical health outcomes for those with mental illness, and clinician wellbeing.

    Sarah holds a Masters of Public Health from UNSW and an Executive MBA from the University of Sydney, and has previously worked with the World Health Organisation, as well as in medical education and administration roles. She currently holds a clinical position at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney as well as the position of Director of Psychological Wellbeing at Sydney Local Health District.

    Kate Dennis, B Miles Women's Foundation Ordinary Member

    Kate Dennis

    Ordinary Member

    Kate is a corporate communications and public relations practitioner with 20 years’ experience in the corporate, government and education sectors.

    Kate holds a Master’s in Business (Marketing) from UTS, a Graduate Certificate of Change Management from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Communications from Charles Sturt University.

    George Quinn, B Miles Women's Foundation Ordinary Member

    George Quinn

    Ordinary Member

    George is a registered nurse and has a Masters Degree in Public Health from University of Sydney and an Arts Degree (Hons) with a Philosophy major from the University of NSW.

    He is the former Secretary for Bushwalking New South Wales. He is the former President of the Coast and Mountain Bushwalking Club. Through his former clinical, senior and team management positions with St Vincents Mental Health Service he had an association with B Miles Women’s Foundation spanning twenty years.

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    Our support of the Voice to Parliament


    We're supporting the “Yes” campaign on the Voice to Parliament referendum. We made this decision based on the support of national Aboriginal leaders, including Megan Davis and Tom Calma, as well as local support from the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.


    We support a change to the Constitution, in line with the Uluru Statement from the Heart, to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples recognition, representation and a say about the policies that affect them. The Voice to Parliament is a step towards improving quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by fostering more effective, informed, and just policies.


    As a women’s homelessness service, our mission is to improve housing and health outcomes and we are especially hopeful about the Voice’s potential for closing the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing homelessness on the lands on which we live and work.


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