Board and governance


Board of Management

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

Elisabet Wreme

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 technology, 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 YMCA Victoria.

Jorden Lam

Jorden Lam (Deputy Chair)
Jorden is the Company Secretary and General Counsel at HESTA Super Fund and serves on the board of Monash Health as a non-executive director. Prior to joining HESTA, Jorden practised as a commercial lawyer with several leading firms, advising corporations across 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 was named a finalist in the Women in Financial Services Rising Star Award 2017, was a finalist in the Women in Finance Young Leader Award 2017 and was a recipient of the Australian Financial Review’s Young Executive of the Year
Award in 2015.

Sue Madden

Sue Madden (Treasurer)
Sue is an experienced finance professional with expertise in driving change and process improvement. She is currently the Finance Director of a medical device company and recently the Commercial Manager at South East Water and CFO of its subsidiary, iota Pty Ltd. Previously Sue was CFO and Company Secretary of a listed biotechnology company and prior to that, the Finance Manager of a large not-for-profit organisation. Sue also has several years’ financial experience
within a multinational resources firm.

Elleni Bereded Samuel

Elleni Bereded-Samuel AM
MED, GradDip(Couns), GradCert (Mgt), BA
Elleni is African Australian from an Ethiopian background who has focused her life’s work on strengthening education, training and employment for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. She worked for 17 years in the higher education sector and is employed as Executive Manager, Diversity and Capability Development with Australian Unity. Elleni was on the board of the Royal Women’s Hospital for six years, a VMC Commissioner for six years, on the SBS Board for five years and the board of Western Health for eight years. In 2008  Elleni was appointed to the Australian Social Inclusion Board. Elleni was named by Westpac AFR as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in 2014.

Debra Cerasa

Debra Cerasa
Debra Cerasa is a highly qualified senior executive with a wealth of leadership experience across a range of health, community and peak organisations in both the public and not for profit sectors. Her leadership roles encompass metropolitan, rural and international scope where she has demonstrated a highly innovative, transformational approach to implementing purposeful change. Debra’s leadership roles have progressed a social justice agenda enhancing community resilience and well-being among many vulnerable cohorts allowing people to be the best they can be. Debra is currently CEO of Jobs Australia.

Vanda Fortunato

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 has been a CEO of two not-for-profits, and has held senior executive roles with Medibank, a clinical research organisation and Accenture. She has also worked for the World Bank and the Asian
Development Bank. 

Liz Kelly

Liz Kelly
BBus, GradDip(OrgPsych), Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment, Accredited mediator, MAICD
Liz is a Co-Director and Principal Consultant of a management consultancy firm that specialises in human resource, project and financial management in the following areas: dispute assessment, investigation and resolution; stakeholder engagement and cross-sector change management; training, coaching and team development; corporate  communication and community education; and policy analysis and lobbying. In a career spanning 30 years, she headed a
department with 200 staff and a $250 million operating budget, occupied board positions on non-government organisation, statutory authorities and community associations. Liz has been the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council and a member of the Victorian Disability Services Board and the  Disability Reference Group of VHREOC.

Wayne Lemish

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 for a number of years.

Terri Smith, BreastScreen Victoria CEO.

Terri Smith, CEO

Terri Smith is committed to ensuring the provision of high quality effective breast screening services which are actively informed by client experience. She is also committed to ensuring the community is aware of the importance of breast screening to reduce the impact of breast cancer.

Terri has a substantial history of managing health promotion and clinical health services including her role as CEO at PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia, Deputy CEO of Breast Cancer Network Australia and Director Client Services in a community health service. Terri’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma Community Development and Master of Social Sciences. Terri is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tim Staker

Tim Staker
DipEng(Biomed), MBA, GradDip(TechMgt), GAICD
Tim has over 30 years’ experience working with health devices and information technology, having held senior  management roles within government and the private sector. For the past 14 years he has held the role of National General Manager for Cabrini Technology Group, a not-for-profit business that has 400 staff operating from offices throughout Australia and New Zealand, wholly owned by Cabrini Health. Tim has also consulted on many of the recent
new hospital projects as technical 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 of Management in various roles
including Vice President and Chair of the Quality and Risk Committee.


The Board of Management is advised by a number of subcommittees, which assist the Board in its decision-making and provide expert advice on various issues.

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)
  • Liz Kelly
  • Luke Neill
  • Terri Smith
  • Tim Staker
  • 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
  • Terri Smith
  • 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)
  • Vanda Fortunato
  • Liz Kelly
  • Terri Smith
  • 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:

  • Rachael Andersen (DH)
  • Maria Bubnic (C) (DH)
  • Terri Smith (BSV)
  • 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)
  • Elleni Bereded-Samuel
  • Debra Cerasa
  • Dr Wayne Lemish
  • Terri Smith
  • Doris Whitmore
  • Elisabet Wreme