Public sector leaders named in women’s leadership awards


Prominent women at VicHealth, the World Health Organization and Airservices Australia have been recognised as emerging public sector leaders in national leadership awards.

Three public sector leaders have been named among the finalists in this year’s Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

Those named in the running for “emerging leader in the public sector” include VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter, Anneke Schmider of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics section at the World Health Organization and Linda Spurr, general manager at Airservices Australia’s Learning Academy.

The awards, run by Mandarin sister site Women’s Agenda, aim to celebrate the best and most inspiring female talent in business and the community, as well as the men and women who help women achieve. Winners will be announced on February 25.

Jerril Rechter

Jerril Rechter recently led VicHealth through a major restructure to help deliver its first ever 10-year plan, the Action Agenda for Health Promotion, and to continue to drive leadership in health promotion. The agenda aims to achieve long-term population health gains by encouraging regular physical activity, preventing tobacco use, preventing harm from alcohol and improving mental wellbeing — underpinned by the premise that health is more than being free from disease.

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