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Hilary Russell

President of AAPEC

In July 2020, Hilary Russell accepted the role of President of Australian Action on Preeclampsia.

Her leadership of AAPEC draws on her skills in senior management as well as her commitment to advancing health services and medical research that is responsive to the needs of women.

Hilary is a practicing lawyer based in Geelong.

She holds a Juris Doctor with Honours from the Australian National University, a Master in Business Administration and Bachelor Degrees in Arts and Social Work.

Her commitment to redressing the inequalities faced by Indigenous people in accessing justice led her to work for several years with the Aboriginal Legal Service in NSW, ACT and in Victoria.

In April 2020 Hilary was appointed as an Independent Decision Maker with the National Redress Scheme. The Scheme was established in the wake of the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Prior to her admission as a lawyer Hilary was based in Canberra where she worked as a First Assistant Secretary in the Commonwealth Public Service. Her appointments included Deputy Head of the National Health and Medical Research Council and General Manager of the Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department.

For over 15 years she held a range of Executive roles in Victoria’s tertiary hospitals and Community Health Services. She was instrumental in establishing Victoria’s first Women’s Health Centre located in Footscray.

In the health sector, Hilary has led a number of multi disciplinary teams in research settings and managed a range of expert teams with skills in science, law, radiology and nursing. While at the Royal Women’s Hospital she worked alongside Professor Shaun Brennecke in managing the Pregnancy Research Centre and the Division of Research and Education.

As a leader of small and large teams working across different geographical sites, Hilary is committed to providing the resources, encouragement and career opportunities to each team member to achieve their best as well as creating a high performing team.

Hilary has held a range of Board Appointments with highlights including being appointed by the Chief Minister to Chair the Australian Capital Territory Australia Day Awards Committee and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women. Hilary has also Chaired the Royal Women Hospital Ethics Committee and held the position of President, Board of Management, & Chair Governance Committee, Tweddle Child and Family Health Service.