Gold Assessment Panel

When you apply for Gold recognition, your submission will be assessed by our experts in workplace health promotion:


Anna Lewis

Associate Professor Anna Lewis is the Heart Health Manager (Queensland) for the Heart Foundation. She manages a team of health professionals to advocate and work towards improving heart health outcomes in Queensland.

With undergraduate and post-graduate education in health, safety and workplace health and wellbeing, Anna has been working in the area of cardiovascular and chronic disease management for the past 20 years for not-for-profit and government organisations, as well as academic institutions. For her work, she has received awards from the Australian Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Association (best presentation award, 2005), Queensland Government (nominated Queenslander of the Year, 2006; Smart Women Smart State, Women in the Community/Public Sector award, 2008), and Women in Technology (Infotech Research Award, 2013).

Anna is extremely passionate about improving health experiences for all Queenslanders, including those disadvantaged by circumstance or location.


Emma Leyden

Emma Leyden is an acting principal advisor for the Healthy Workers Initiative team in Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. She has been with the team for over 4 years working intensively with organisations to effectively implement a systems based approach to work health and wellbeing. Recent projects include designing models for small business to adapt work health and wellbeing into their safety systems and review of the gold application process for the Recognition Scheme.

Emma’s has a bachelor of health science and bachelor of creative industries majoring in communications and has more than 8 years’ experience working in health promotion for both community and workplace settings.


Heather Perina

Heather Perina is a senior health promotion officer with the Queensland Department of Health in the Preventive Health Branch. She trained as a Registered Nurse and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Heather has worked in health promotion for the past 9 years and currently manages the Healthier. Happier. Workplaces Initiative. She has been involved with this program since 2011 and has a keen interest in promoting culture change and sustainability of workplace health and wellbeing based on evaluation and evidence.


Kristi Heesch

Kristi Heesch, DrPH, MPH, is a senior lecturer in health promotion in the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology. She teaches in health promotion theory, program planning and evaluation.

Kristi has over 10 years’ experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of physical activity promotion programs, understanding and measuring physical activity and its determinants, and understanding the association between physical activity and health outcomes.

Recent and ongoing projects include evaluation of the Queensland Police Service HealthStart program, a systematic review of wellness programs at police and firefighter work sites and a cross-sectional study that examined transport and recreational cycling behaviour and experiences in Queensland.

Kristi is on the Executive Committee of the Australian Health Promotion Association, Queensland branch, and a member of the International Society of Physical Activity and Health.


See Gold recognition guide

Please note: this initiative was previously known as Workplaces for Wellness. For a short period, many resources will still refer to Workplaces for Wellness.