St Kilda Gatehouse is a charity registered with the ACNC, operating in Victoria. Its main activity is in the economic, social and community development sector, working with women involved in street based sex work or young women and girls affected by sexual exploitation. St Kilda Gatehouse provides women with access to the space, support and connections they need to respond to challenges and to cultivate personal strengths aiding recovery and empowerment. Service categories include:

  • Mental health and crisis intervention
  • Other health service delivery
  • Social services
  • Emergency and relief
  • Income support and maintenance
  • Advocacy and civic activities

Our Board

Mark Watt AM


Mark is the co-founder, former CEO and development director at Whitelion, an organisation providing support, employment and mentoring services to ‘at risk’ young people. He brings experience in providing creative solutions and programs that improve the social and economic capabilities of those at risk.

Ruth Baker

Vice Chair

Ruth was a social worker across a variety of social service programs before becoming a lawyer in 2005. She has specialized in working for individuals who have experienced institutional child abuse, and worked for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dianne Azoor Hughes


Dianne is a consultant in governance, risk and audit. She brings experience in financial reporting, regulatory compliance, risk management, policy development and business processes.

Amanda Bartley


Amanda brings experience in social impact, responsible business and cross sector partnerships. Previous roles include Director Social Impact Consulting and Corporate Responsibility at PWC and Senior Advisor to the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner. She continues to work independently in these areas. 

Desiree Smit

Board Member

Desiree brings experience in community services in Youth Homelessness, Women’s Justice Services (including Family Violence Programs delivered at the women’s prison) and Out of Home Care. She is currently the Care and Support Services Manager for Baptcare and previously worked with Melbourne City Mission in the homelessness and justice area.

Pauline Richards MP

Board Member

Pauline is an MP in the Victorian State Government. She is an advocate against family violence against women, inequality, addiction, suicide and mental ill-health.



St Kilda Gatehouse adheres to the ACNC Governance Standards. The St Kilda Gatehouse website provides information in support of the ACNC Governance Standards about our mission and purpose, processes, activities, relationships, financial reports and responsible persons.

All responsible persons of St Kilda Gatehouse act in accordance with the duties of responsible persons as required by the ACNC and set out below:

  1. Act with reasonable care and diligence
  2. Act honestly in the best interests of St Kilda Gatehouse and for its purposes
  3. Not misuse the position of responsible person
  4. Not to misuse information obtained in performing duties
  5. Disclose any actual or perceived conflict of interest


We recognise the importance of privacy protection. Our policy for dealing with any personal information that you might disclose to us while visiting this website is explained below.

The type of personal information that we collect from you will depend on how you use our website. You can be certain that the information we receive about you will be treated as strictly confidential.

The personal information that we collect on you when you use our public site
We do not collect or use any personal information on visitors to our website, through the use of “cookies” or other software or hardware techniques.

We look at the number of hits the site receives and keep track of the domains from which this site is accessed.

The names of persons who request information from or St Kilda Gatehouse by emailing us are added to our database. On request this information can be removed from our database. Only those persons who request information and newsletters are sent information.