Ms Brenda Appleton retired in 2009 after 35 years working in the corporate sector and is now heavily involved volunteering with a wide range of community groups, including the LGBTI communities in Melbourne (for nearly 20 years).

She is the co-chair of LGBTI Taskforce set up by the Victorian Government, Chair of Transgender Victoria, a member of the Victorian Mental Health Expert Taskforce and a member of Victorian Government’s Elders Abuse Roundtable. She was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017.

Ms Appleton is passionate about using her lived experience in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse people across Victoria and undertakes a lot of LGBTI and trans and gender diverse training and education for Government, Corporates and NGOs.