Chair: John Wills
John has extensive experience as a CEO and board member in both the not for profit and commercial sectors including education, retail, manufacturing, disability services, health, zoos and property development. During his career John has had a number of pivotal senior roles across a range of industries including CEO of the Centre for Adult Education (CAE), CEO of Zoos Victoria, General Manager of strategy and research for Lend Lease, Director of Susan Corporation, General Manager of Palmer Corporation and General Manager of Myer.
John has also contributed to various medical and school boards including Victorian TAFE Association, Australian Pracising Nurses Association (APNA) and Victorian Relief.
John holds Masters degrees in education, counselling and business and a graduate diploma in organisational behaviour. He is passionate about conservation, nutrition, health and wellbeing and education and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Market and Social Research Society.
Deputy chair: Pauline James
Pauline brings a keen interest in nutrition and over 15 years’ experience in the commercial and NFP sectors as a practitioner of market research, human centred design, and digital analytics. She has deep expertise leading the development and go to market of customer-centric products, services, and digital experiences.
Pauline has completed the AICD Governance Foundations for Not for Profit Directors Program, holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition.
Board member: Andrew Jaworski
Andrew is a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law with a focus on the health and technology sector. Admitted in Australia and England and Wales, Andrew has worked in top tier private practice, consulting firms and in senior in-house roles in the UK, Singapore and Australia.
Andrew is currently the General Counsel of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and consults for a number of organisations in the digital health and tech space. Andrew has a keen interest in public health and is passionate about supporting NFP entities in health and aged care.
Board member: Sarah McNaughton
Professor McNaughton is a nutritional epidemiologist in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University, Deputy Director of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) and leads the Dietary Patterns and Eating Behaviours Research group. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Fellow of Dietitians Australia and a Registered Public Health Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2003, and was subsequently appointed a Research Scientist in the MRC Centre for Human Nutrition Research (Cambridge, UK) and joined Deakin University in 2005. Professor McNaughton leads a program of research that focuses on the role of foods, eating patterns and dietary patterns in health and wellbeing and the translation of dietary patterns research into nutrition strategies, practice and policy. She has received funding from NHMRC, ARC, Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia Research Trust and World Cancer Research Fund, has previously held nationally competitive fellowships from the ARC, Heart Foundation and NHMRC and has published over 195 peer-reviewed papers. She has served on a range of national and international committees and advisory groups for the WHO, Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, and Heart Foundation and in September 2021, she was appointed Chair of the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines Expert Committee.
Board member: Shaun Jarvis
Shaun is an experienced B2B sales leader having spent over 15 years developing and executing sales strategies to achieve revenue and profit growth across Australian and New Zealand sales teams.
He is now the Managing Director of an Australian manufacturing business that supplies products to the aged care and health industries. Running a business of a similar size to Nutrition Australia Vic Division allows Shaun to share his expertise and insights to the NA Vic team and board.
Shaun has a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business degree and is passionate about aligning sales teams and organisations towards a common purpose.
Chief Executive Officer: Lucinda Hancock
Lucinda is an Accredited Nutritionist (Dietitians Association of Australia) and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrition Australia Vic Division. She is responsible for the implementation of all business strategies and operations across the division including the development of sustainable statewide and national nutrition education programs.
Lucinda’s experience in health promotion spans over 20 years from working on specific projects in the area of public health and community nutrition to managing a non-government, non-profit national community nutrition education organisation.
She is a public health nutritionist and has completed a Masters in Human Nutrition Degree, Bachelor of Science Degree and is currently completing her Masters in Business (Philanthropy and Social Investment). She is passionate about food, enjoys frequenting the farmers’ markets, is a devoted member to slow food and is married to a chef whose culinary talents lie in French cuisine.