Jerril Rechter CEO of VicHealth

Jerril Rechter is the CEO of VicHealth in Victoria, Australia, as well as a World Health Organization Advisor and Chair of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations.

She has extensive leadership experience across government and not-for-profit sectors. Jerril is a past and current member of numerous boards and committees in government and not-for-profit sectors, including several Victorian Government ministerial committees. She regularly presents at state, national and international conferences and events to share her experiences in health promotion, leadership, and the potential of innovations to improve health and wellbeing for everyone.

Jerril has championed the use of Behavioural Insights techniques throughout the work of VicHealth and its partners in order to accelerate wins across a range of complex health promotion issues including obesity and alcohol consumption.  She created VicHealth’s Leading Thinkers Initiative, which features a series of multi-year collaborations with eminent global Behavioural Insights practitioners to mentor VicHealth staff to help design and deliver research trials to push the boundaries of health promotion. The inaugural residency involved Dr David Halpern and the Behavioural Insights Team.  The current residency involves Professor Iris Bohnet and Dr Jeni Klugman who are working with VicHealth to trial ways in which Victorian sporting organisations, media outlets and workplaces can boost gender equality.

In 2015, Jerril was named Victorian winner of the Government and Academia category at the prestigious Telstra Victoria Business Woman of the Year Awards. She was named in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence in the Public Policy category for 2016.  In 2018 she became a Board Director of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.