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.
Committees of the Board
The Board has established a number of committees to assist it in its work. Read the Committee Common Charter. The current members of each committee are listed below.
Finance, Audit and Risk Committee: Vera Boston (Chair), Gerry Schembri, Naomi Munga, Roslyn Aikman, Joanne Butterworth-Gray, Peter Loukas.
Publications Committee: Sandra McKay (Chair), Ben Walkenhorst, Brian Wright, Rob McGuirk, Tracy O'Shaughnessy.
Human Resources Committee: Fiona Delahunt (Chair), Vera Boston, Frances Jacka.