Byron Groves

Board Chair

Byron has a background in Banking and Finance having worked for the Commonwealth Bank for 20 plus years. He then commenced work in NGO’s firstly as an independent School Business Manager, then as the CEO of a Church based Nursing Home/Retirement Village and Welfare Agency.  He is currently the Director of Operations at New Peninsula Baptist Church.  In his spare time he likes to travel, gardening and just resting with a good book or movie.

 "I have a passion for East Africa, firstly because my youngest son has worked in Tanzania plus is now working for an aid organization in South Sudan and secondly as my Church has a Mission Partnership with Bethel Baptist Church in Mbale, Uganda, so being involved allows me to help in an area where I and WCFL have a passion."


Dr Janice Kreltszheim

Vice Chair

Janice, also known as Dr Kreltszheim, has been in General Practice for 25 years, and she is particularly interested in Women's Health including Family Planning, Antenatal Care and Menopause management.  She believes that better sexual and reproductive health is essential for communities to thrive all over the world, from modern Melbourne to deepest, darkest Africa!

Official qualifications are MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, DRANZCOG.  Also certificates in Family Planning, Skin Cancer Medicine and Skin Cancer Therapeutics.



Vanessa Lister

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa as the youngest of 9 surviving siblings during the apartheid regime, Vanessa is passionate about addressing social injustice and its long-term impact.

With more than 15 years’ experience in executive leadership roles, developing and implementing strategic plans in the NFP sector, Vanessa is committed to serving marginalised and vulnerable communities.

Vanessa has intentionally sought and found appropriate ways to transfer her extensive governance, strategic planning and operational experience to the nonprofit sector.

A Member of IML (Institute of Managers and Leaders), Vanessa’s qualifications include a post-graduate qualification in Business, Diploma in Management, Certificate IV in TAE (Training & Assessment) and Public Relations.


Vanessa Lister

Marg Docking

Executive Director

Marg is a Midwife & Vocational Educator with a Certificate in Vocational Training and Comprehensive Family Planning and Sexual Health.

"My passion is to prevent the pregnancy/poverty cycle that seems to never end. As a midwife my first love is to see healthy mothers receive healthy babies, but in Uganda the poor midwifery training combined with the numbers actually giving birth make it impossible to impact - even if I worked the remainder of my life in training 24/7.
The answer is in a shift of thinking amongst men and women from 'Many babies makes us look strong' to 'Children by choice not chance.'
This is slow work, but urgent as this generation begins their reproductive years. We address gender balance, values, pregnancy, abortion, contraception, decision making skills, healthy relationships, assertiveness and anger management amongst many other issues facing vulnerable youth from deep fractured and hurting backgrounds."

Marg Docking Director


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