Our Board

Her Heart has an outstanding board of directors with diverse skills, experience and drive, to make heart disease in women a thing of the past.

Angela Wheelton, OAM DSJ

Director & Chair

Angela Wheelton OAM DSJ is a former CEO of an Australian based Swiss company is Chair of the Board at Her Heart. Angela is also a Director at Wheelton Social Impact which focuses on Women and girls in the Health and the Education space and Director of the Bali Children Foundation Ltd, based in Kerobokan, Bali which has a very strong focus on the education of young girls. Former NFP Board positions held include Life Education Victoria, Guide Dogs Victoria, and Evident Foundation.

Dr. Linda Worrall-Carter

Founder and CEO

Dr. Linda Worrall-Carter is a recognised world leader in the field of women’s heart health. Prior to establishing Her Heart she held academic positions and was the Inuagural Director of 3 research centres. During that time she was successful with over 8 million dollars in government funding and authored more than 100 publications. However, Linda felt strongly that research alone would not save women’s lives, reduce the economic and societal burden on the Australian healthcare system, nor drive changes in attitude and behaviour. Linda instead, recognised that a different approach was needed. She established Her Heart in order to drive change through creating awareness of heart disease, with a view to empowering women with knowledge so they can learn more about how to initiate change. There has been enormous progress in a relatively short period of time as Her Heart collaborates with key stakeholders and works with Government in order to make change.

Assoc. Prof. Deanne Riddington

Director

A/Professor (Clinical) Deanne Riddington has extensive experience as a senior manager and education specialist creating and leading high-performing teams and projects in the healthcare sector including General Manager of Education & Learning at St Vincent’s Hospital. Deanne is a passionate advocate for health workforce education and for public health, with a career spanning 30 years as a Registered Nurse in Victoria. Her career has transitioned from clinical practice to education and leadership. She is an honorary Clinical Associate Professor with the Australian Catholic University. Deanne led the development of Victoria’s first Aboriginal Graduate Nurse Program and was awarded a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2015 for her work in this field. Deanne is currently the President Elect of the Churchill Fellows Association of Victoria.

Claire Ristovski

General Manager (Operations)

Claire Ristovski brings her extensive health care management and leadership experience to the General Manager (Operations) role at Her Heart.In her previous role as a General Manager at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Claire established  herself as an engaging, results driven senior manager with significant experience creating and leading  high performing teams and projects in the healthcare sector. She has postgraduate qualifications in Critical Care Nursing and has recently completed a Masters of Business Administration. In her senior leadership role at St Vincent’s she led a clinical specialty services program of >400 staff  and >$60M operating budget. As part of this, Claire has led and collaborated with teams in a number of cardiac related strategic developments, including various Health Department initiatives relating to improving cardiac services to Victorians. Claire’s early nursing experience has always fuelled her passion for cardiac care and wellbeing. She  also has a personal interest in improving heart health for women; as she has a family history of heart disease.

Sally Brooks

Company Secretary

Sally Brooks has 30 years’ experience in the tertiary educations sector including leading and managing teams involved in graduate career development & employment, student volunteering & leadership, large scale event and online service delivery.

As Vice-President of her Professional Association, NAGCAS, Sally also brings to Her Heart experience in the Governance of a Not-for-Profit organisation. In addition to her Corporate Secretary role, Sally is also our Patient Advocate on the Board.

Our Advisors

Our advisors bring distinct areas of expertise and provide crucial strategic advice for Her Heart.

Cardiology Advisers

Dr Noel-Bairey Merz MD

Appointed 2015

Dr. Bairey-Merz is Professor of Medicine and holds the Women’s Guild Chair in Women’s Health. She is also the director of both the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center and the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai’s Heart Institute in Los Angeles. She is a pioneer in the study of women’s heart health and preventive cardiology, and a global authority on women’s heart health.

Prof John Beltrame

John Beltrame is a Senior Consultant Cardiologist with clinical, 

research and teaching roles as the Michell Professor in Medicine and the Discipline of Medicine Lead at the University of Adelaide, as well as the Director of Research for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

He has strong clinical and research interests in coronary heart disease, particularly in relation to coronary artery spasm and coronary microvascular dysfunction, which especially afflicts women. His interest in these coronary vasomotor disorders disorders has evolved from his postgraduate studies in Rome, Kyoto and Boston. His patient-centred approach has incited the clinical characterisation of several coronary vasomotor disorders. He also co-founded and co-chairs COVADIS (Coronary Vasomotion Disorders International Study group), which endeavours to increase awareness and research into these puzzling disorders.

Dr Monique Watts (MBBS BMedSci)

Dr. Monique Watts is a Melbourne based cardiologist who trained in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at the Alfred Hospital. Dr. Watts completed her basic and advanced physicians training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital after graduating from the University of Melbourne. Dr Watts maintains her connection to the university through teaching medical students and continues to partake actively in research. In addition to her work in heart failure and general cardiology, Dr. Watts developed an interest in Women’s Cardiology after collaborating with international colleagues about complex cases involving conditions which disproportionately effect women. She has worked with the Alfred Cardiology Department to establish Victoria’s first Women’s Heart Clinic at the Alfred and is a passionate champion of Women’s Heart Health.

Business & other Advisers

Dr. Susan Alberti, AC

Appointed 2017

Dr. Alberti is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career. She is a role model and mentor to many young women and recognised for her long and outstanding contribution to medical research institutions. In 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia, Melbournian of the Year in 2017 and Victorian of the Year in 2018 in recognition of her eminent service.

 

Cassandra Kelly, AM

Advisor and former Chair & Director

Cassandra Kelly AM is a global thought leader, speaker and coach to corporate and political leaders and Chair of the Treasury Corporation of Victoria.

She previously co-founded The Glass Elevator, an initiative that connects, engages and inspires women in industry and government. Cassandra was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Cassandra has previously held the position as Chair of the Her Heart Board (2019-20), was a Director and Board member (2017-2020) and an Advisor since 2016.

James Hutton

Advisor and former Director and Deputy Chair

James Hutton is a partner with MinterEllison and has practiced for over 25 years in corporate and commercial law. MinterEllison provides Her Heart with pro bono legal advice and assistance under its partnerships program and as part of its purpose to create lasting impacts with its clients, people and communities. James was an Inaugural Board member & Director from 2015-2020 and held the position as Deputy Chair from 2019-2020.