Meet the team – Liz Orkney

July 28, 2021

Liz Orkney is Executive Assistant to the VHA’s CEO, Tom Symondson. As if that doesn’t keep her busy enough, Liz is the Secretariat to the VHA Board, provides assistance and support to the Executive Team and is the mother of two girls. Liz has been with the VHA since 2015 and loves the variety and evolving nature of our work.



Where has your career taken you and what brought you to the VHA?

Without giving away my age (!) I have been fortunate to have worked in different industries (or organisations) as an Executive Assistant: from reconstructive plastic surgery, banking in London, the Victorian State Government, and public health. I applied to work at the VHA at a time when I was re-entering the workforce after having my two daughters and the VHA offered interesting and challenging work with flexible work arrangements. The fact that my future manager was smart, kind and considerate was a bonus.

Importantly, I wanted to work somewhere where my contribution makes a difference.



What kind of work do you do at the VHA?

I am the Executive Assistant to our CEO, Tom Symondson and our Director, Strategy and Engagement, Micaela Drieberg, and the Secretariat to the VHA Board. I am responsible for providing high-level executive, secretarial, administrative support and assistance to the Executive Team and support the activities of the VHA and the Board and sub-committees.

I enjoy my role as I get to have many and varied interactions with staff, members and stakeholders and it is fulfilling to be able to support their needs. Plus, I do like a chat!

Please feel free to reach out to me with any meeting, presentation or visit requests for Tom or Micaela.



What do you love about working in the public health space and for the VHA?

I love that the advocacy work we do in the health space provides tangible outcomes for the community. I also love our members’ passion and dedication while striving to achieve effective and high-quality health services to the community.

Work at the VHA is constantly evolving, we work flexibly and have a great team around us who work hard and support each other.



Can you share any memorable moments from your time at the VHA?

I joined the VHA in 2015 and still remember the joy in the office when the VHA successfully advocated for additional funding for members to cover the costs associated with the newly introduced Grand Final public holiday! And, every advocacy win since then is acknowledged and celebrated by the team.