Who are we?

Parents’ Voice is an online movement of parents who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children. Formerly known as The Parents’ Jury, Parents’ Voice was formed in 2004 and now represents thousands of Australian parents.

Parents’ Voice is supported by The Victorian State Government and VicHealth.

Stay up-to-date with Parent’ Voice’s latest news, campaigns and events by subscribing to our eNewsletter and by joining us over on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn

Eleisha Mullane


Eleisha mum of two, Liv (12) Molly (9) brings a background in campaigning and community organising and has previously been active in a volunteer capacity, building parent lead campaigns. Having previously worked as the manager of organising and campaigning team for the Australian Education Union (Victorian Branch), driving their work campaigning for better funding for public schools in Victoria. With a passion for building people powered movements and enabling the leadership of others to make real change and Eleisha is excited to bring this experience to Parents’ Voice.

Evie Dartnell

Communications Officer

Evie is a communications graduate from Deakin University. She is driven by a passion for promoting kids health and was a volunteer at Parents’ Voice before transitioning into the Communications Officer role.

Parents’ Voice Steering Committee

Our work is guided by a Steering Committee, with representation from our partners and parent members. The Steering Committee is responsible for strategic & policy direction, with the day to day operation managed by a small team.

Adjunct Professor Craig Bennett

Chair - Parents' Voice | Chief Executive Officer, Diabetes Victoria

Craig is a health economist by training and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. He has held senior management positions in both the private and public health care sectors in Australia and overseas. He has also worked for an international consulting firm and as an academic economist. His research interests include cost-effectiveness studies and the evidence-base for clinical practice.

Rebecca Zosel

Parent Member

Rebecca is a busy mum of three who is determined to leave her children a world that is a little bit better than the one we live in today. She has worked in health promotion for 20 years, has a Masters of Public Health, and runs her own consultancy business from home while juggling family life.

Nicole French

Parent Member

Nicole is a passionate health advocate, spokesperson, business owner, Exercise Physiologist and mother of two small boys. She works closely with a number of non-profit organisations such as Parents' Voice, Diabetes Victoria and the Girls Uniform Agenda in an effort to increase levels of physical activity in kids and adults alike.

Alethea Jerebine

Parent Member

Alethea is a Cotutelle PhD student at Deakin University and Coventry University (UK). Her research is investigating how risk and safety shape children’s opportunities for physical activity and play outdoors. Alethea has worked in Health Promotion for 8 years and holds degrees in Social and Health Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Health Promotion. Alethea is also a mum of two lively young daughters.

Jenna Smith

Parent Member

Jenna is an active mother of two young boys and she understands the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle for her family. She is excited to promote children’s health and increase support for families to make the healthiest choice. She holds degrees in education and human movement and is passionate about teaching health to high school students.

Kristy Schirmer

Parent Member

Kristy brings a background in health promotion and public health, both at a community level and policy level. Kristy founded Zockmelon (www.zockmelon.com.au), a health promotion and social media consulting business to help public health organisations use social media effectively. Kristy is a proud mum of two funny and clever boys.

Rachel Clemons

Parent Member

Growing up with food allergies, Rachel has long been interested in food and nutrition. A Masters in Nutrition led to her current role as a food/nutrition journalist for CHOICE. As a mother of three young children she feels it's more complex than ever navigating the labels, claims and marketing for food, and believes Parents' Voice plays a vital role in informing and empowering parents to make healthier choices.

Cat Walker

Parent Member

Cat is a busy working mum of three. She has worked as a nutritionist advocating for healthy choices in mining, education and hospitals, as well delivering various health and wellness programs helping people to make positive behaviour changes. She is just as passionate about fighting for healthy choices for children and families. She has a degree in Human Movement and holds a post grad in Human Nutrition.

Jane Martin

Executive Manager | Obesity Policy Coalition

A long term advocate for effective policy approaches for prevention of risk factors in alcohol and obesity prevention, Jane currently leads the Obesity Policy Coalition which provides high level policy and regulatory advice around food policy issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at University of Western Australia and a Masters in Public Health at Monash University. She is a mother of two now grown up children.

Wendy Watson

Senior Nutrition Project Officer - Cancer Prevention and Advocacy Division | Cancer Council NSW

Wendy has qualifications in Chemistry and Nutrition and enjoys volunteering to utilise her advocacy skills. Her work uses research and advocacy to improve the food environment, including protecting children from food marketing and better food labelling. She is currently the Nutrition Program Manager at Cancer Council NSW.

Jill Hnatiuk

Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health | Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University

Jill is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health. She brings over 9 years’ experience in research that aims to understand how home and community environments can optimise physical activity and sedentary behaviours during childhood. She has a background in exercise science and epidemiology, and is also a mum to two young boys.