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Our Watch Board announces contract extension for CEO Patty Kinnersly

July 8, 2021 / Our Watch media team

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The Our Watch Board is proud to announce the contract extension for CEO Patty Kinnersly for another three years.

Outgoing Our Watch Chair Natasha Stott Despoja said the Board was pleased to have secured Patty and her leadership, vision and expertise in primary prevention for another term.

“Patty has provided astute judgement, guidance and management, especially during the past eighteen months – a period of great uncertainty and stress for many people and organisations,” Ms Stott Despoja said.

“Her high-level knowledge and ability to connect the organisation to leaders across the country makes her an ideal fit for our organisation.

“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Patty over the past three years.”

Deputy Chair Phil Lambert praised Patty’s management style.

“Patty is an inclusive and considerate leader; she ensured staff maintained their jobs and security during a tough time as a consequence of the COVID pandemic,” Dr Lambert said.

Ms Kinnersly said violence against women was not inevitable; it was preventable with the right strategies in place to address the underlying drivers of this violence.

“Importantly, we’ve started to see progress during a decade of increasing momentum and focus on a primary prevention approach to reduce and end violence against women,” Ms Kinnersly said.

“It’s an honour to lead skilled and passionate staff committed to working with governments, workplaces and the community in our shared effort to attain this goal.”

Ms Stott Despoja concluded: “We are thrilled to retain her expert services for the next three years and look forward to the next exciting phase of our wonderful organisation.”

A leading health, welfare and education professional, Patty was Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health Grampians for nine years before joining Our Watch in 2015 as Director, Practice Leadership. She was appointed to the chief executive role in June 2018.

Patty has extensive governance experience, serving on the boards of Ballarat Health Services, the Australian Women’s Health Network, Rural Northwest Health, and Child and Family Services Ballarat.

She is currently a member of the Carlton Football Club Board of Directors, the first to oversee its women’s football programs.



Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the practices, norms and structures that lead to violence against women and children.

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