We are experienced in stewarding, designing and enabling transformative policy, practice and social change processes.

Headed by public and population health leaders Dr Shelley Bowen and Professor Rob Moodie AM, the Health Futures team is leading the thinking in reimagining investment in prevention and redesigning systems for wellbeing.

Our small agile team brings vast experience and knowledge gained globally in public and population health policy, law, finance, strategy, innovation, collaboration, communication and systems design thinking. We bring deep understanding from working within the system to pursuing our big vision to lead transformational system change and our passion for creating the future we want to see. We can and need to make it happen. Our wellbeing future depends on us.

Dr Shelley Bowen.

Managing Director
Shelley is a population health system and community changemaker, transformer and disruptor. She designs and enables big thinking, practice and social change processes and transformative policy for better health and wellbeing outcomes. Her expertise is in population and preventative health, collaboration, innovation, scale, strategy and communication, and system design thinking. Shelley is Managing Director of Health Futures Australia and a Westpac Social Change Fellow.

Prof Rob Moodie AM.

Board Chair

Rob is a public health thought leader, changemaker, activist, life guru and Victorian Father of the Year. Rob’s passion is for urgent community-driven through to global action to build a very different future for our population, doing his part to drive a different future market for prevention in Australia with a focus on leaders for the future. Rob is Chair of Health Futures Australia and Professor of Public Health at The University of Melbourne.

Rebecca Johanson.

Board Director

Former Executive at Telstra Consumer and Small Business, Rebecca is passionate about creating long-term, sustainable change underpinned by a commercial model that transcends the traditional model for prevention. Her focus is on commercialising prevention to enable us to break free from our ‘stuck’ funding models and enter a new world of market possibilities.

Michael Wheelahan.

Board Secretary

Michael brings deep experience in navigating government, as well as shaping and working within institutional and regulatory frameworks. He has significant expertise in institutional governance and focuses on governance as an enabler to empower organisations.

Michael has over 20 years’ experience in public policy design and delivery. He has held senior roles in the Victorian State Government in water and climate change, including as Director Climate Change Policy and Director Water Sector Governance in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Alisha King.

Westpac Board Observer

Alisha works in Westpac’s financial markets business. Her role involves liaising with Australian and multinational large corporates to provide specialist advice in managing their market risk to foreign exchange prices, commodity prices and interest rates. Alisha is passionate about the health and wellbeing of Australian kids, having recently chaired an event that raised $1.7m for grants into children’s health research.

 

Hayden Salau.

Westpac Board Observer

Hayden works in Westpac’s financial markets business across Australia & Asia. His experience spans across Interest Rate, FX and Commodity derivatives. In his current role, Hayden has been privileged to play a role in financing Australia’s transition to clean energy through Westpac’s support of renewable energy projects. Hayden is passionate about working with social enterprise and leveraging his experiences for improvement in community and social wellbeing.

Louise Baldwin.

Advisor, Population Health Innovation

Louise is an innovative health promotion specialist with a passion for sustainable change to build healthy communities. She is an award winning practitioner, active researcher and author with extensive experience across nonprofit, government and tertiary  sectors. Louise is an academic and the founder and director of Health and Social Change Australia whilst being an avid mentor for the next generation of health promoters. She is leading the charge to highlight links between entrepreneurship and health as part of broad approaches to wellbeing and thriving communities.

Jon Anstey.

Social and Financial Markets Principal

Jon loves creating value in complex systems, by bringing creativity and agility to his governance and professional practice, with a focus on financing investments in social innovation. Jon has 20+ years global professional experience in law, finance, strategy, innovation and culture from over 20+ countries, including with Shell and United Nations.

Kate Weadon.

Social Innovator

Kate is a designer, artist, digital storyteller, and problem solver. Kate is passionate about the power of human stories to inspire great design and bring about social change

Leading and collaborating with empathetic disruption and applying design thinking to complex systems is where she excels. Kate’s driven by an relentless curiosity to design impactful, scalable and sustainable health and wellbeing solutions. 

Andrew Dennis.

SHIFT Hepburn Engagement Officer

Andrew brings a wealth of experience from across the hospitality sector, as a chef, restauranteur, educator, community leader, and super volunteer.

Andrew is a linchpin to the Hepburn Shire Community. Not only has he achieved incredible notoriety for his chef skills including working in 2 restaurants awarded chef’s hat in the Age Good Food Guide, but has been actively involved in many community projects too.

Andrew will be engaging with the community, especially young people, families, and producers in the dynamics and connections of the healthy food system.

Lynda Poke.

Senior Business Consultant and Virtual CFO

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Lynda is an independent critical thinker and business management professional with a depth and breadth of experience across the private, public and profit for purpose industries. Dedicated to bold and diverse leadership and management, she values nurturing and resourcing teams and individuals to identify and maximise their potential.

As a postgraduate student of management, finance, commercial law, environmental sustainability, and governance, she models and enables the pursuit of excellence in business service delivery, innovation and problem solving.

Lynda has successfully owned, led and managed numerous businesses and organisations across the health and medical, higher education and research, business consulting and accounting, and women’s human rights sectors.   

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