Board of Directors
Margaret Grove, President
B.A. (Hons), Dip Ed, M.A., Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Margaret Grove has been a breastfeeding counsellor since 1983. She has held a variety of roles in ABA including Group Leader, trainer and assessor. Margaret was a director on the ABA board from 2001 for 7 years, 3 of these as National President.
Margaret was the community representative on the Advisory Panel for the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula (APMAIF) for 5 years from 2009. In her paid work, Margaret is the author of HSC maths textbooks and is a retired maths teacher.
Margaret lives in Sydney with her husband Geoff. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Karin Collinson, Honorary Treasurer
BCom, MAdvTax, CTA
Karin has been a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor since 1992, and has held many group, branch and national volunteer roles in the Association, including Group Leader. Karin is also a Trainer and an Assessor with ABA, focusing predominantly on training new volunteers.
Before retiring, Karin's paid work positions in the last 15 years were various senior leadership positions within the Australian Taxation Office, with responsibility for strategic litigation, law design and implementation, strategic decision making and responsibility for large teams and budgets.
Karin holds a Bach of Commerce from UWA, a Masters of Advanced Taxation from UNSW and is a Chartered Tax Adviser with the Tax Institute.
Karin is a passionate advocate of breastfeeding and of the need to provide support to parents and workplaces to encourage and increase breastfeeding rates.
As an ABA member for more than 30 years, Karin is proud to now serve as a Director to ensure breastfeeding is recognised as important and culturally normal in Australia.
BA Public Relations/ Advertising, Cert IV Breastfeeding Education, Diploma Childbirth Education
Mary’s background is in public relations with experience across a range of industries including politics, international tourism, secondary and early childhood education.
She is a skilled event coordinator, having delivered a national writer’s workshop, University fundraisers, a health professional seminar, awards nights, a triathlon fundraiser and several events at her local community garden.
Mary currently works as an editorial officer, carefully crafting correspondence, proofreading legislation and producing resources for preschools and other early childhood education and care settings. She has also used her research and writing skills as a member of the Core Group for World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative - Australia, which recently completed an assessment of the policies and programs in place in Australia to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
She has been involved with ABA since 2014, qualifying as a Breastfeeding Counsellor and is currently serving as Group Leader for Darwin/Palmerston/Rural and the SA/NT Branch President.
BSc (Hons), Grad Dip SciEd, Dip Ed
Now retired, Keith has previously taught in Western Australian government schools and most recently as Deputy Principal at a major Perth private girls’ school. He has always been passionate about individualised education for the benefit of the students. He has been involved with curriculum changes, reporting, timetable, and implementation of major programmes. He has always had a passion for the benefits of using computers in education and was selected to be an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2004. During his teaching career he has presented many papers at international and national conferences in many parts of the world. He has also been involved with several not-for-profit groups in a voluntary capacity, including president, editor and committee member.
Keith started his involvement in breastfeeding in 1975 when teaching reproduction topics to senior students. This stressed the importance of breastfeeding and he willingly encouraged and supported his wife Joy to breastfeed their two children. He has been involved for over 30 years helping Joy (ABA former director and life member) in her ABA roles. This included initiating and hosting the first email discussion group (bcnet), giving talks at ABA branch conferences, and helping Joy with design, layout and formatting of ABA publications (booklet series, The Newsletter [now Essence], Breastfeeding … Naturally and Breastfeeding Management in Australia).
Now being retired, he is delighted to be able to help ABA in a more formal way, and support all the great work carried out by the volunteers.
BA, Grad Cert Public Sector Administration, Certificate IV Breastfeeding Community Education
Sally has been a community educator and advocate with the Australian Breastfeeding Association since 2003 and a member for twenty years. With a passion for supporting women to combine breastfeeding and employment, Sally was the National Manager for Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces program from 2003 to 2007. In this role she oversaw re-branding and growth of BFW, and contributed to ABA's advocacy to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Breastfeeding in Australia, and the campaign for paid parental leave. More recently, Sally has been a member of ABA's Advocacy Working Group.
Sally had a career of over thirty years in the Commonwealth Public Service and held positions in policy, program and case management in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, along with several overseas postings. Now retired, Sally is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Board, supporting the association and its volunteers. She believes that with strong support and evidence-based information, more women can breastfeed and breastfeed for longer, empowering them as parents.
Sally lives in Canberra with her partner and two adult children.
Bsc (Hons), Grad. Dip Ed, Dip Business Management, Dip Breastfeeding Management, Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Cert IV in Management (Frontline and Human Resources), Cert IV in Breastfeeding Education.
Cate has been involved as an ABA volunteer over the past 29 years across all levels of the Association; local, regional, branch and national level and lived in a number of different states, as well as continuing to work as an ABA volunteer while living overseas. Nationally, she has been involved in the breastfeeding information area and more recently her ABA work has been in the training and education area. She was on the ABA Board previously before moving to live overseas.
Cate has very strong communication and project management skills and an extensive background in human resources and volunteer management through her work in the community sector as a manager. In addition she has many years of experience in training, coaching and mentoring.
She is passionate about the work ABA does to support women and their families as well as the role ABA has in education across the wider community. As a mother of three and grandmother of one she understands the importance of ABA’s inclusive, non-judgemental approach and the strength of the grassroots network in providing the peer support.
In her professional life, Daile manages a not-for-profit focusing on women’s health in Queensland.
Daile has experience as an executive in non-profit organisations, including those that are member and volunteer led and driven.
Her governance and industry experience include as a current Management Committee member of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland representing the women’s health sector, member of the ANROWS (Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety) Practitioner Engagement Group, and as a member of the Women’s Health Services Alliance of Queensland.
Daile has a happy and healthy breastfed baby who attends board meetings with her and while it can create a distraction for board members at times, also reminds us of why we do what we do! She lives in Brisbane with her husband, 2 stepchildren, baby and a very grumpy cat.
B.Com, Grad Dip Prof Acc, eMBA, CA
Erin is an Accounting Professional with over 10 years’ experience supporting businesses. She likes to ensure fit for purpose resources are in place for her clients.
A New Zealand citizen by birth, Erin now lives in Melbourne whilst regularly visiting Christchurch. She is a Peer Support in Christchurch's Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support Initiative and is passionate about women receiving support for their infant feeding circumstances.
MSc International Mgt, BA Hons Modern Languages, Grad Dip in Human Resource Mgt
Fiona is an HR transformation consultant with almost 10 years’ experience working with senior executives to provide support and strategic advice during a wide range of HR and business transformations.
Fiona has broad sector experience across Retail, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Financial Services, Higher Education and Public Sector, and has worked internationally in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
Raised in the UK, Fiona has lived and worked in Melbourne since 2016 and recently started her breastfeeding journey with the birth of her son in late 2019.
BA Hons, MSc, Grad Dip Community Education, Prof Cert Not-For-Profit Management, Grad Dip Childbirth Education, Dip AMI Montessori Early Childhood Education 0-3, 3-6.
Victoria is a passionate and strategic not-for-profit leader with over 10 years’ senior management experience in the areas of volunteering, education and health, both in Australia and internationally.
Since becoming a mother in 2001, Victoria has supported pregnant women and their partners through the transition into parenting, as a qualified independent childbirth educator, doula and early childhood educator.
Victoria lives in Melbourne with her husband and two teenage children.