Board Members


Elouise Van Genderen

Elouise has a number of years of experience as a board member of the YWCA in both Darwin and Adelaide and has served for the past 12 months on the Darwin board’s Finance Subcommittee and the Banyan View Lodge Steering Committee.  She brings 15 years of experience working in commercial banking and finance and has a strong interest and association with the Not for Profit Sector.  Additionally Elouise brings experience in international development and managing and mentoring small NGO’s.  Her professional and board experience brings strong financial management, governance and risk management skills to the YWCA of Darwin board.

Vice-President and National Representative

Larnie Batten

Larnie has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Management) and is currently the A/Senior Project Officer with StudyNT in the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation. Larnie has been a director of the YWCA Australia since 2013. Larnie is passionate about gender equality, regional representation and the engagement of Territory women and girls. She was Vice-Chair of the Chief Minister's Round Table of Young Territorians in 2009, NT National Youth Week Ambassador in 2010 and 2011 and a current youth mentor. Larnie has received media training, has experience in marketing and promotions and strong project management skills. 


Lidia Di Lembo

Lidia has over 30 years of public service experience working in executive leadership positions across both the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Government. Lidia has been on various boards, committees, working groups and non-government community organisations, including appointment to the first Australian Council on Multicultural Affairs.  Lidia was born in Darwin, has lived overseas, in Queensland and South Australia, where she attended university and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree. Lidia is committed and passionate about building capacity in the community generally and is particularly keen to advance the development of young women into leadership and successful positions in society.  


Luchie Santer

Luchi Santer has many years of community ethnic broadcasting experience in the Northern Territory as well as over three decades of working in the public service in various departmental positions. She has served in a variety of community groups in Darwin and has strong community leadership, governance with financial management skills. Her involvement with a number of local and national committees has exposed her to a series of both natural disasters and international events occurring in the South East Asian region, i.e. East Timor, the Philippines, the Bali bombings and the Asian Tsunami. All these were happening on Darwin’s doorstep. With a legal background in the Philippines, Luchi arrived in Darwin in the early 80’s completing an accountancy degree in Charles Darwin University and a graduate diploma in International Financial Investments in Australia. She is very passionate about engaging and empowering women in diverse settings. 


Frieda Evans

Frieda joined YWCA Darwin over 10 years ago as a member and in October 2015 decided to join the board in the role of treasurer.  Frieda is the Library Manager of the Courts Library which provides reference and other services to the NT judiciary and NT legal profession. In the NT Frieda has been on committees of various NFP organisations. Frieda is committed to empowering young women to fulfil their potential.


Taliska Arentsen

A born and bred Territorian, Taliska feels blessed to have grown up on Yolngu land in Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land. Taliska is a legislative drafter with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel for the Northern Territory Government. She has an Arts/Law Degree and holds a Practising Certificate as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. Taliska is proud to be a part of an organisation that fundamentally upholds principles of social justice and gender equality at its core! 


Caitlin Weatherby-Fell

Caitlin is a Solicitor with the Top End Women's Legal Service, where her work includes coordinating outreach clinics to the Darwin Correctional Precinct and Darwin town communities. She holds a Bachelor of Global Studies, Juris Doctor (Hons), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Distinction) and is admitted as a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory. Caitlin is a passionate advocate for access to justice and gender equality, as well as the provision of opportunities to young women. 


Jessica Leeson

Jessica has gone from a Board Intern to a Board Director. Jessica is a born and bred Territorian who is a Project Officer for the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL). She works as a Civil Construction Designer/Drafter in the Engineering and Environment Services Branch - Civil Design Team. Jessica has been working for the government for just short of 6 years and started her career on a traineeship program. During her time with DIPL she has had the chance of undertaking career opportunities with both the Hydraulics Design team and the Construction Supervision team located within the agency. Jessica enjoys helping my community out in anyway and has recently joined the Northern Territory Emergency Services (NTES) as a Volunteer.


Aditi Srinivas

Aditi grew up in the NT and is eager to give back to the community that has given her so much. She returns to the board as a young director after a two year hiatus, during which time she served on the advocacy subcommittee and volunteered with a number of other organisations with a focus on gender equality and social justice. She is a practising barrister and solicitor and holds a Masters of Justice. In 2017 she was a recipient of an NT Young Achiever of the Year Award. She considers the work of the YWCA invaluable and hopes to encourage others to get involved, support their sisters and be part of the change. 


Carla Mazibuko

Carla was a Board Intern now she is a Director. Carla is an Associate in the commercial team of Squire Patton Boggs Darwin office. Admitted to practice in 2014, she has experience in both the public and private legal sectors. Carla became involved with the YWCA through her participation on the Banyan View Lodge Advisory Board and was drawn to YWCA Darwin’s social justice agenda and commitments, in particular, the promotion of women and girls’ full and equal participation at all levels of society. 

Public Officer/Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Watkinson

15 years experience in the community sector and public service in the Northern Territory in areas including housing, nutrition, youth and family programs and capacity development.  Jessica has participated on many boards in both a volunteer and professional capacity, and has a strong commitment to building the YWCA Darwin and providing opportunities for young women.

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