We are governed by our Board. Read the Board Charter. The current members of the Board are (click to see a brief biography):
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. Vera was appointed Deputy Chair of the Board on 7 February 2019.
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.
Tim is a litigation lawyer with a broad range of legal and policy experience in government, not-for-profits and the private sector. Tim grew up Melbourne’s inner north and is passionate about addressing the needs and challenges faced by those most in need in the Darebin and Yarra communities. Tim has been involved in the community legal sector for over twelve years. He was previously a lawyer with the Darebin Community Legal Centre, Victoria Legal Aid, and the Victoria Aboriginal Legal Service, promoting human rights and access to justice in the civil law space. Tim has also run his own consultancy focused on legal tech. He is currently a legal counsel for VicRoads.
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 is an experienced leader with a commitment to inclusion and social justice. Claire has worked in public policy, strategy and the delivery of community services, with organisations including Save the Children Australia, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and strategic communications firm SenateSHJ. Claire is currently a Director with the Department of Jobs, Regions and Precincts with the Victorian Government. 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. Claire was appointed to the FLS Board in June 2018 and has provided advice and support on fundraising strategy to FLS since 2016.
Dylan was appointed Chair of the Board on 7 February 2019. Dylan is a campaign organiser and lawyer at the Young Workers Centre, a CLC that aims to empower young working people and end exploitation at work. Dylan is passionate about union rights and activism, and has a history of LGBTQIA+ campaign work. Dylan has been a volunteer at Darebin CLC for the last five years, and currently lives in the City of Yarra.
Bonnie has experience across a number of CLCs as one of the Federation of Community Legal Centres law graduates, including the Prisoner’s Legal Service at Brimbank Melton CLC, Environment Justice Australia, Eastern CLC, Loddon Campaspe CLC (Bendigo) and currently Women’s Legal Service Victoria. Prior to the law Bonnie was a welfare worker assisting those transitioning out of prison, and worked as an investigator in Louisiana via Reprieve Australia in their anti-death penalty work. Bonnie was a member of the Darebin Community Legal Centre Committee of Management since March 2017, becoming its Chairperson in November 2017.