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Our Board

Founder Jessica Brown is proud to have Board of Directors with extremely impressive resumes, diverse skill sets, and equally as important a long term demonstrated history of serving the Australian community in both their paid and volunteering roles. They have big hearts and are outstanding assets to The Warrior Woman “tribe”.

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Jessica Brown-Founder and CEO

Jessica is a social entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of the Warrior Woman Foundation. As a former high school teacher working in South Western Sydney for over a decade, Jessica’s passion has always been assisting the students at risk of falling through the cracks of the education and welfare systems. For over 28 years Jessica has been an advocate for the protection of children and is driven to do all she can to advance young Australian women in all areas of their lives. This is Jessica’s second social empire after founding the Life Changing Experiences Foundation in 2003, which she led as CEO for 17 years. Through its multi-award winning SISTER2sister program, Jessica has helped change the lives of hundreds of teenage girls in NSW and VIC.

Jessica’s newest venture, the Warrior Woman Foundation is a national holistic support model assisting under-represented vulnerable young Australian women to become resilient, independent, and capable of taking their place in the world. Her goal is for every Australian woman to achieve independence through financial wellbeing, and to increase the financial literacy rates of young women in Australia so that they have the confidence to take charge of earning and managing their own money, plan for future economic security, and protect themselves from financial abuse.

Since 2003, she has been recognised for multiple awards for her outstanding work in the community including the Pride of Australia Awards, The Australian of the Year Awards and the NSW Woman of the Year Awards.

Jessica is regularly profiled in the media and is asked to comment on a wide range of topics including youth issues, mentoring and philanthropy, as well as advocating for the rights and protection of children and the advancement of women.

For more information about Jessica visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-brown-chief-executive-warrior/

Dr Paulette Maroun (MBBS FRANZCOG)-Director 

Paulette Maroun has over 20 years’ experience and is one of Sydney’s highly regarded gynaecologists and minimally invasive endoscopic surgeons. This reputation stems from her medical acumen, and from a genuine interest in her patients and an empathetic bedside manner. Paulette’s goal is to provide patients with up to date conventional gynaecological investigations and treatment. She is passionate about her patients getting assistance from experienced complimentary practitioners wherever suitable for optimum results.

Paulette was a presenter at the RACGP: Integrative approaches to Women’s Health, which was a workshop created to help and educate GPs on how to provide women with the best available evidence-based therapy for patients and to make informed decisions regarding their treatment. She was also a fellow in research and published a paper on the relationship between irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis. She then presented the results of the research both nationally and internationally and won an award for her presentations. She is passionate about the research into the role of complementary treatment of early cervical dysplasia and HPV.

In private practice, Paulette became aware of the gap between conventional and complimentary paradigms which alienated some women from conventional management. This led to self-made diagnoses, unsafe practices and delayed or missed serious diagnoses. Paulette’s s mission to bridge this gap inspired her to create the Paradigm & Co. in 2017. This specialist medical collective is a multidisciplinary specialised women’s health practice, that utilises a wide range of therapeutic approaches in a supportive, individualised, and evidence-based way.

Paulette has completed a diverse range of personal development programs including Positive Psychology at the Whole Being Institute, Mindful Wisdom and Sustainable Happiness at the School of Practical Philosophy.

Passionate about empowering and advancing young, marginalised women, Paulette has a long history of giving back to the Australian community in various charity volunteer roles. Since 2005-current, Paulette has been actively involved in Life Changing Experiences Foundation’s SISTER2sister mentoring program as a long-time mentor and regular sexual health educator.

In 2020, Paulette was appointed Director of the Warrior Woman Foundation. Her extensive knowledge in health and wellbeing, and business leadership bring an incredible skillset to The Warrior Woman Foundation board. Paulette joins a strong network of passionate like-minded women, who are working together to identify and create ways to support and advance the young women of Australia who are our future.

For more information about Paulette visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulette-maroun-a8766665/



Barbara Clarke-Director

Barbara is a highly successful and well regarded secondary high school teacher. She worked for the NSW Department of Education and Training for 32 years, teaching Economics, Legal Studies and Business Studies. Highlights of her career include roles such as Senior Marking Coordinator for the Higher School Certificate, Writer for the High School Certificate Economics exam, as well as 14 years of student welfare support as Year Advisor.

Barbara has a long-standing history of volunteering in multiple community driven organisations outside of the teaching realm including Scouts, Venturers, and mentor roles with girls’ charities.

In 2017, Barbara took on her most challenging role yet as a crisis support telephone operator with Lifeline, a role she still holds today which has given her greater insight into the diverse needs of young vulnerable women.

Barbara’s proudest achievement to date is raising three extremely caring and compassionate sons, who she calls “good men,” who have forged healthy, strong, and balanced relationships with their wives/partners and are doting fathers/uncles.

In 2020, Barbara was appointed Director of the Warrior Woman Foundation. Her extensive experience in delivering education and training programs, and her experience in welfare support and crisis management, brings an incredible skillset to The Warrior Woman Foundation board. Barbara joins a strong network of passionate like-minded women, who are working together to identify and create ways to support and advance the young women of Australia who are our future.

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Our Advisory Board

As a foundation we strive for best practice in everything we do. We are honoured to have a committee of incredible talent and expertise who are each trailblazer in their own fields. Our advisory board meet regularly to advise us on strategy and to assist us with achieving our goals. 


Sharon Zeev Poole- Advisor in PR and Communications

Having worked all over the world on high profile brands such as Warner Bros. Pictures and Starbucks Coffee for over 15 years, Sharon Zeev Poole founded Agent99 Public Relations in January 2007.

An agency built on strong strategic and creative credentials, Agent99 is in constant pursuit of the unconventional, routinely implementing bold brand campaigns that capture national attention in unexpected ways. Committed to achieving unbeatable results, Sharon is always innovating to keep the agency one step ahead of the competition. Today, Agent99 represents an enviable list of lifestyle, consumer and business-to-business clients across the food and wine, travel, health, beauty, online and non-for-profit spaces. 

Some of these include; Winning Moves (the makers of licensed Monopoly) Hunter Valley Gardens, Click Frenzy, Tribe Breweries, Westward Whiskey and many more! 

The Agency, which is unstoppable in its efforts, was recognised for the creativity and quality of its work, awarded the state and national winner of the 2019 PRIA Golden Target Awards, for Best Small Agency of the Year.  

Sharon and her team’s efforts do not end here. Over the past four years, the agency director has provided multiple lectures to Marketing (Masters) and MBA students at the University of New South Wales as means of informing and encouraging students who are hoping to break into the industry some day.  


Kerry Stubbs

Kerry has extensive human resources, research and teaching expertise in the areas of anti-discrimination, equal employment opportunity and social justice.  She has been appointed to a number of government and not for profit Boards and has worked as an academic at both Sydney University and the University of Technology.  Kerry has been appointed to the College of Adjuncts at Western Sydney University, and to the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University and was appointed Deputy Chancellor early in 2018. She has undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees in Government and Public Administration. She is particularly interested in using design thinking to foster innovation and better co-design of services and systems for the people who use them, and in particular disadvantaged and minority communities. In 2015 Kerry was voted among the top 25 Australians in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact List and in 2007 she was chosen as the NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the year in the Community and Government sector.

Kerry’s working life has moved through a range of industries and roles, largely with organisations that are focussed on service to the community.  She worked as a junior lecturer at Sydney University, and then in the NSW Parliament as a researcher.  She moved from there to take up roles in Equal Employment Opportunity and Human Resources for Sydney Water, and then into operational management in Sydney Water and Australian Water Technology P/L.  From there she moved to St Vincents and Mater Health Australia, first as Group Human Resources Manager, and then as Executive Director of St Vincent’s Hospital and Sacred Heart.  Her most recent Executive role, which she held from 2008 to September 2020, was as Managing Director and CEO of The Northcott Society, which she led through a period of enormous change and growth.

In this year of Covid-19, she has been appointed to the Advisory Council to the AHPPC on disability pandemic planning. She has also been appointed to the NSW Government Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council, and is a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the Australian Digital Health Authority.

Kerry has also served as an independent Director on a number of Boards and currently she is the Chair of Northcott Innovation, and a Director on the Board of  Healthy North Coast Ltd,  the board of Trustees of  Western Sydney University, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, and the Water Sensitive Cities Institute.  She Chairs the Finance and Investment Committee for Western Sydney University and the Audit and Risk Committee for the CRC.

Our Team



Gopalan Nair-Finance Manager

Gopalan has a sound knowledge of financial management and operation of small to large size for-profit and not-for-profit businesses.

His corporate experience has been well developed over 30 years in a career which has spanned over a broad range of companies and industries. He has gained this experience whilst working for commercial, research and not-for-profit organisations. These organisations include Resorts, Airlines and Government funded organisations.

Gopalan Nair possesses a Bachelor of Business degree, specialising in Accounting and is a member of two professional bodies: Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and Taxation Institute of Australia.

 

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It is a Public Company Limited by Guarantee and Public Benevolent Institution.
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