Brenda Appleton

Brenda Appleton OAM

Champion of the LGBTIQ+ Community

Brenda retired in 2009 after 35 years working in the corporate sector and was heavily involved volunteering with a wide range of community groups, including the LGBTIQ+ communities in Melbourne (for more than 20 years).

She was the long-term chair of Transgender Victoria and served for two terms as the co-chair of the LGBTIQ Taskforce set up by the Victorian Government. Brenda was also a member of the Victoria Mental Health Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Victorian LGBTI Taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group, the NWMPHN Suicide Prevention Taskforce and the Victorian Elder Abuse Roundtable.

Brenda remains passionate about using her lived experience to improve the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse people across Victoria. She was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017 and received a COTA Senior Achiever Award as part of the 2018 Victoria Seniors of the Year Awards.

Brenda is a retired chartered accountant. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master of Sustainable Practice and GAICD, and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in January 2019.

“The opportunities provided by The Pinnacle Foundation can be significant for the future success of many young disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ people, and I welcome being involved in this important work.”