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 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 is a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He has a Bachelor of Music, Master of Laws and Master of Public Policy and Management 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 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 volunteered for our free legal advice service from 2009 to 2017, was the Secretary of the Association from 2013 to 2017, and has been on the Board since 2012.
Sandra 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 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.
Ben 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.
Fran 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.
Catherine is a public policy professional with a passion for social policy. Catherine has extensive experience in the federal public service in Canberra, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the federal Health Department. Catherine has also been a social policy adviser to a Prime Minister, and senior adviser to a Shadow Cabinet Minister. Catherine has a Bachelor of Psychology and Management/Marketing and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology from Monash University. Catherine is currently on maternity leave from her role as a manager at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, where she helped establish the Victorian Centre for Data Insights.
Fiona is a senior public sector leader and manager with extensive experience in public policy, strategy and governance and program management across a range of portfolios including housing, economic regulation, planning and environment. Fiona is currently an Executive Director Planning in the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning. She has previously been a Board member of FLS.
Claire has 15 years’ experience in strategy, policy and operations. She works to drive change on a range of social issues, including access to high-quality early learning for children experiencing disadvantage, the treatment of young people in justice systems, and school engagement for students facing barriers to participation. Claire has worked with Save the Children since 2014 and is currently the State Manager for Victoria and South Australia. Claire leads a team of 130 staff across eight program sites, delivering programs and advocacy aimed at reaching the children and young people facing the greatest risk factors and barriers to their learning and development. Claire holds a Diploma of Photography and Bachelor in Communications from RMIT University, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Melbourne. Claire is a Fellow of the inaugural Pathway to Politics Program and Asialink Leaders Program, and is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Masters of Communications at RMIT University.