The QVWC staff is a small group that together strives to ensure the Centre is a safe and engaging place for resident organisations, their staffs and all our visitors. To contact individual staff members please use the email addresses listed below, or call us on 03 8668 8100 between 8:30am and 5:30pm.

Click here for general contact details.

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Natalie Forde

Communications Coordinator

Natalie has worked in creative industries across visual merchandising, production management, design and communications. She is passionate about gender equality and since becoming a mum her determination to help make change for her daughter’s future has grown even stronger! Natalie loves working at QVWC, she gets to apply her creative experience within an organisation that advocates for the women of Victoria. When not juggling her day to day, Natalie loves to travel or plan her next travel adventure!


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Mazeena Mahroof

Finance and Property Operations Coordinator

Mazeena is our longest-serving staff member and our "go to" when things need fixing or sorting out. She is passionate about the Centre’s heritage; both its rich history and the building itself. She is very happy working with the new team to implement our strategic plan and recently oversaw the successful renovation of the building and the lift. She loves working to bring women from all walks of life together in our space to share knowledge and stories. In her spare time, Mazeena loves organising community events and spending time with her daughters.



Peggy Maxwell

Venues Coordinator

Peggy has had a broad career spanning the radio, entertainment and not-for-profit sectors. She is passionate about helping people from all walks of life and is inspired by the brave women she has encountered over the years, particularly during her time in the QVWC office and at Fitted for Work. One of the (young) women who most inspires her is her granddaughter – they share lots of laughs! Peggy also admits to being a petrol head, and says that watching a car in the pits is a lesson in absolute teamwork.


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Naomi Podbury

Venues Manager

Naomi is inspired to honour the women in the Centre’s history and to build and innovate for the women (their friends and families) of the present and future. As well as enjoying her work with our amazing clients her love of art inspires her coordination of the Exhibition Space and enthusiastic support of new and emerging artists. Naomi priotises bringing beauty into our Centre as well as challenging and meaningful ideas and experiences.


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Jo Porter

Chief Executive Officer

Jo is in her happy place as the CEO of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre after a career in theatre in New York, London, Sydney, Melbourne and regional Victoria. The through-line has been working with incredibly interesting people who work together to develop life-affirming experiences that support wellbeing, social connection and adventure.


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Fiona Wilson

Finance Manager

Fiona is a CPA with a background in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She loves that her work is part of the QVWC fabric of support for the women of Victoria. Fiona is also a mum to 3 young children and when she’s not balancing the books, she enjoys running and yoga (with or without her tiny entourage).