Board and governance

Board of Management

BreastScreen Victoria is governed by a ministerial-appointed Board of Management (BoM).

Dr Elisabet Wreme (Chair)
MSc, Prof Doctor in Bus Admin, GAICD

Elisabet is an experienced executive with a passion for service and technology businesses in need of change, enabling them to successfully navigate through the ‘growing pains’ that result from expansions and market disruptions. A highly professional leader with a genuine understanding of digital and cyber, Elisabet loves creating great customer experiences and strong business outcomes at the same time. She is an innovator with a patent to her name and is also a published author. Elisabet has broad experience across a range of strategic and operational roles, including senior roles with NAB and Telstra. Elisabet is currently also serving on the board of HAMBS and is the Deputy Chair of YMCA Victoria.

Jorden Lam (Deputy Chair)
LLM, BCom, LLB, GradDipLP, GAICD  

Jorden is the General Manager of Member Services and Operations at HESTA Super Fund with previously held senior roles at the fund as General Counsel and Company Secretary. Prior to joining HESTA, Jorden practised as a commercial lawyer with several global firms, advising corporations on a range of complex matters. She is experienced in the development and implementation of corporate governance frameworks and is passionate about achieving high standards of governance in organisations. Jorden has received numerous accolades and was recognised as an influential leader across the financial services and legal sectors. Jordan is also serving on the Board of Youth Support + Advocacy Service, and formerly served on the board of Monash Health as a non-executive director. 

Sue Madden (Treasurer)

Sue is an experienced finance professional with expertise in driving change and process improvement. She is currently the Head of Finance at the Amy Gillet Foundation.  Sue’s previous roles have contributed to her breadth of financial acumen and include: CFO at the Bionics Institute, Finance Director of an international medical device company for the Australia and New Zealand region; Commercial Manager at South East Water and CFO of its subsidiary, iota Pty Ltd; CFO and Company Secretary of a listed biotechnology company; and Finance Manager of a large not-for-profit organisation. Sue also has several years’ financial experience within a multinational resources firm.


Rita Butera (CEO)
AssDWelf, GradDip (Org Dev); GAICD

Rita has over 30 years’ experience in the human services sector, working across government and non-government organisations. Positions have included health promotion at VicHealth, Director Research and Planning at BeyondBlue, and eight years as CEO at Women’s Health Victoria, leading initiatives in health promotion, sexual and reproductive health, peer support for women with cancer and gender equity. Prior to joining BreastScreen Victoria, she was CEO of Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre, overseeing Victoria’s only 24/7 crisis response service and specialist trauma counselling through 1800RESPECT.

Debra Cerasa
FACN; RN;  RM;  ICU Cert; M of Edn, Mngt & Ldrship;  B of H Sci Nsg; Grad Dip Ad Ed & Trg; Dip Bus Mngt; Cert HR Mngt;  Cert Fin Mngt; GAICD 

Debra Cerasa is an Executive and Non-Executive Director with experience across a range of health, community and peak organisations in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Her leadership roles include metropolitan, rural and international appointments where she has demonstrated an innovative, transformational approach to implementing purposeful change. Debra’s roles have progressed a social justice agenda that focuses on enhancing community resilience and well-being among vulnerable groups. Over the last 20 years, Debra has been appointed to several board roles and participated in numerous committees including clinical governance, and risk, investment, and audit.  Debra is currently CEO of Jobs Australia. 

Dr Vanda Fortunato

Vanda Fortunato has spent the last 20 years in executive and strategic leadership roles in Australia and overseas, with significant experience in public health, primary care, not-for-profits, medical training, academia, pharmaceuticals, health insurance and consulting. Vanda started her career as an academic, and went on to become CEO of two not-for-profits. She has held senior executive roles with Medibank, a clinical research organisation, and a private equity firm. She has also worked for the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Vanda is currently Board Chair of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, and on the board of Vasey RSL Care, Integrated Living and Early Childhood Management Services. She previously served on the Queen Victoria Market Trust Board and was Board Chair of New Aged Care.

Liz Kelly
BBus, GradDip(OrgPsych), Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment, Accredited mediator, MAICD

Liz has over 20 years’ experience as a human resources and finance executive across a broad range of industries, leading departments with 200 staff and $250 million operating budget. She is currently the CEO of the Victorian Anaesthetic Group. Prior to this she was Executive Finance Manager at the Australian Services Union Victorian and Tasmanian Service Branch and Co-Director and Principal Consultant of a management consultancy firm specialising in human resource and financial change management. In 2022, she stepped down after 10 years as member of the Victorian Disability Services Board and Deputy Chair of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council. She has also served as President of the Association for Children with Disability, Director of Children with Disabilities Australia and as a member of the Disability Reference Group of VEOHRC. 

Dr Wayne Lemish

Wayne is a radiologist with subspecialty interest in breast imaging including mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. He was the Director of Breast Imaging at Freemasons Day Centre in East Melbourne for 13 years, and is currently Director of Breast Imaging at East Melbourne Radiology. Wayne has more than 20 years’ experience in breast screening for the early detection of breast cancer. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). He was an examiner for RANZCR and represented the college at Standards Australia.

Tim Staker
DipEng(Biomed), MBA, GradDip(TechMgt), GAICD 

Tim has over 35 years’ experience in the medical device and information technology sectors, having held senior management roles within government and the private sector. For the past 20 years he has held the role of Chief of Cabrini Technology, a group of not-for-profit business that collectively have 600 staff operating throughout Australia and is a Director of a New Zealand subsidiary company, wholly owned by Cabrini Health. Tim has also consulted on many new hospital projects as a technology adviser to state health departments in Australia and to the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. For 12 consecutive years he served on the Queen Elizabeth Centre Board in various roles including Vice President and Chair of the Quality and Risk Committee. 


The Finance and Audit Standing Committee (FASC) serves to assure the Board of the financial position of the entity - that BreastScreen Victoria is solvent and financial risk is properly treated and monitored.

The members of the FASC are:

  • Sue Madden (Chair)
  • Rita Butera
  • Liz Kelly
  • Luke Neill
  • Tim Staker
  • Dr Elisabet Wreme

The Technology Advisory Group (TAG) is an advisory group to the Finance and Audit Standing Committee (FASC).  Upon request of the Board or a Board Committee, undertakes research or investigation into technology related matters that impact operations, marketing, communications, client experience, clinical outcomes and efficiency. The deliverable of TAG will be advice and information that enables better decision making by the Board or Board Committee. 

The members of the TAG are:

  • Tim Staker (Chair)
  • Debra Cerasa
  • Georgina Marr
  • Dr Elisabet Wreme

The Governance Standing Committee (GSC) advises the Chair and Board on how to ensure Board effectiveness and CEO performance, and provides recommendations and treatments for risks referred to the Committee by the Board.

The members of the GSC:

  • Jorden Lam (Chair)
  • Rita Butera
  • Dr Vanda Fortunato
  • Liz Kelly
  • Dr Elisabet Wreme

The Partnership Committee (PSHIP) provides a mechanism for key representatives of BreastScreen Victoria (BSV) and the Department of Health (DH) to discuss matters relevant to the efficient, effective and sustainable operation and management of the BreastScreen Program in Victoria.

The members of the PSHIP are:

  • Maria Bubnic (DH) (Chair)
  • Rachael Andersen (DH)
  • Rita Butera (BSV)
  • Zoe Wainer (DH)
  • Dr Elisabet Wreme (BSV)

This Committee does not report into BreastScreen Victoria Board of Management but is critical to the operations and governance of BreastScreen Victoria.

The Quality & Clinical Governance Standing Committee (QCGSC) oversees and provides advice to the Board regarding the effective strategic direction of BreastScreen Victoria's quality and clinical governance, and makes recommendations on controls and treatments for identified quality and clinical governance risks including those associated with Workforce.

The members of the QCGSC are:

  • Dr Vanda Fortunato (Chair)
  • Rita Butera
  • Debra Cerasa
  • Julie Foat
  • Dr Wayne Lemish
  • Dr Elisabet Wreme