Our Board

We are governed by our Board. Read the Board Charter. The current members of the Board are (click to see a brief biography):

Bruce McBain (Chair of the Board)
Bruce McBain (Chair of the Board)Bruce is highly experienced with, and has a wealth of knowledge of, corporate governance, business strategy, finance, insurance and risk management. For nearly 10 years, Bruce has been the CEO of the Corporate Superannuation Association. Previously, he was the Group Company Secretary of The Age Company Limited for 14 years and the Company Secretary of Bain Clarkson Pacific Group Limited for 19 years. He has a range of university qualifications including a Master of Accountancy from the University of New England, a Diploma of Law, a Graduate Diploma of Business Law from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. He is also an Australian legal practitioner.
Andrew Conley (Secretary)
Andrew Conley (Secretary)Andrew is a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He has a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Laws with honours from Monash University. He was admitted to the legal profession in 2009 and signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 2011. Prior to being called to the Bar, Andrew was the associate to the Honourable Justice BD Bongiorno AO. He has also worked in Cambodia as a legal advisor to the Community Legal Education Centre in Phnom Penh, an NGO that is fighting to bring about the rule of law in that country. Andrew has volunteered for our free legal advice service since 2009 and has been on the Board since 2012.
Sandra McKay
Sandra McKaySandra was a Walkley award-winning journalist with The Age and is now director of The Word Assembly (a strategic communications consultancy that provides media and communications support to government and not-for-profit businesses). After working as a journalist for 17 years (at The Age, Australian Associated Press and London Evening Standard), Sandra shifted her skills to the realm of state politics. Her roles included Senior Communications Advisor to the Premier of Victoria, Chief of Staff to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Aged Care, Ministerial Advisor on Sustainability and Victorian Communities, speechwriter to the Premier and media advisor to the Deputy Premier. Sandra studied Arts, English, Politics, History and Communications at Monash University.
Vera Boston
Vera BostonVera is an experienced leader in primary health and local government. For over 18 years, she was the CEO of North Yarra Community Health, a primary health organisation recognised for its work with marginalised and high-needs individuals and groups. Vera has been a Director of Yarra Community Housing and numerous other organisations including Breastscreen. Educated at the universities of Melbourne, Monash and RMIT, Vera has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Monash University.
Joanne Butterworth-Gray
Joanne Butterworth-GrayJoanne is highly skilled in strategic planning and stakeholder management, and has extensive experience in these areas at both local and state government levels. She currently works for the State of Victoria in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources as the Senior Manager in Regional Development Australia. Her qualifications include a Diploma in Company Governance from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a dual Diploma in Business Administration and Management. In 2002 she was a runner-up in the Victorian Rural Women’s Award presented by the Commonwealth Government’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation; the award identifies emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.
Fiona Rothville
Fiona RothvilleFiona is a solicitor at Slater & Gordon Lawyers in their industrial and employment law department. Previously, she worked at the Fair Work Commission as associate to Deputy President Gostencnik.
Ben Walkenhorst
Ben WalkenhorstBen is a recognised marketing communications leader. He has worked in leadership and senior roles across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in consumer protection, adult education, employment, health, finance, retail and the arts for 18 years, with organisations including Consumer Affairs Victoria, AMES, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Plan Australia, Budget, Yarra Trams, and BRW Fastest Growing (psychology) Franchise (#8, 2012) Life Resolutions Australia. He was a Stonnington Symphony Board Member (2000–2003) and Musica Viva Australia Victorian Committee Member (2013–2015). Ben brings brand, marketing, events and governance expertise and is passionate about consumer protection, education and the arts. Ben completed a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, RMIT and Certificate IV in Small Business Management, Swinburne.
Frances Jacka
Frances JackaFran completed her law degree with La Trobe University in 2012, and was admitted in 2014. She has volunteered with our free legal advice service since 2014 and has also contributed to CPD training for volunteers in family violence risk assessment. Fran is currently employed in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Royal Commission into Family Violence reform branch, and is responsible for the whole-of-system family violence risk assessment and management reform and supporting legislation.

Committees of the Board

The Board has established a number of committees to assist it in its work. The current members of each committee are listed below.

  • Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (Charter): Vera Boston (Chair), Gerry Schembri, Naomi Munga, Roslyn Aikman.
  • Fundraising Committee (Charter): Sandra McKay.
  • Publications Committee (Charter): Sandra McKay (Chair), Brian Wright, Rob McGuirk, Samantha Amjadali, Tracy O'Shaughnessy.
  • Strategy and Risk Review Committee (Charter): Joanne Butterworth-Gray (Chair), Bruce McBain, Jon Laseravic.
  • Employment Committee (Charter): Fiona Rothville (Chair), Troy Davis.