Joined the Board in 2020
Wendy is passionate about social justice, equity and human rights. Her career has spanned law, music and strategic fundraising. Wendy was born and grew up in Geelong, before moving to Melbourne for tertiary studies and then lived in Zimbabwe for 5 years with her Veterinarian husband Rod (also Geelong born and bred). Wendy, Rod and four children moved back to Geelong and Wendy was heavily involved in community music and education in the 1990s. From 2000, the family relocated to Melbourne. Over the past few years Wendy, Rod and most of the family have returned to live in Geelong and district and the family is increasingly involved in community work through volunteering and philanthropy.
As well as serving as a Director of the Geelong Community Foundation, Wendy’s other leadership positions include: Co-Chair, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Australia; Board Chair of InLife Independent Living Ltd; Board Director of Summer Housing Ltd and Management Committee member of Friends of Eastern Otways. Wendy serves on the HRW International Disability Rights Advisory Council and the Scope University of Melbourne Research Advisory Council and is an active member of ANGAIR.
Through Wendy Brooks & Partners, Wendy provides strategic fundraising, governance and capacity building services to the community sector.