Board

Anne Edwards AO

Anne R. Edwards AO

CHAIR - Appointed Chair February 2013

Anne Edwards is a sociologist who has spent her professional career in universities in England, Victoria and South Australia.  Her last appointment was Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University, from 2001-2007. 

Bernadette Mitcherson

DIRECTOR - Appointed Director ACT February 2017

Bernadette's current role is Deputy Director-General, Community Services Directorate, ACT Government.

Ian Ward-Ambler

Ian Ward-Ambler

DIRECTOR - Appointed Independent Director August 2013

Ian joined the Board as a Director in August 2013. Ian is also Vice Chair for Voyager Indigenous Tourism and Chairs the Indigenous Land Corporation’s Board Finance Legal and Investment Sub-Committee. He serves on the Board of Trinity College at Melbourne University, and is an Executive Coach.

Dr Melanie Heenan

Melanie Heenan

DIRECTOR - Appointed Independent Director August 2013

Dr Melanie Heenan is the Executive Director of Court Network, a not for profit organisation that provides support to people going through the court system.

Pino Migliorino

Pino Migliorino

DIRECTOR - Appointed Independent Director March 2016

Pino is the founder and Managing Director of the Cultural Perspectives Group: Cultural Perspectives, DiverseWerks and CIRCA Research, sector leaders in consulting to, researching and communicating with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

Roslyn Baxter

Roslyn Baxter

DIRECTOR - Appointed Director Commonwealth December 2015

Ros Baxter is Group Manager of Families Group in the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services.  Her group leads the Government’s work on the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, and the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

Shirley Slann

Shirley Slann

DIRECTOR - Appointed Independent Director May 2013

Shirley Slann is an Aboriginal woman from Mount Isa, North West Queensland and has worked in the area of Domestic & Family Violence for over 20 years.  

Tania Farha

DIRECTOR - Appointed Director Victoria February 2017

Tania is currently the Chief Executive Officer, Office of Prevention and Women's Equality, Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

Victoria Hovane

Victoria Hovane

DIRECTOR - Appointed Independent Director May 2013

Victoria Hovane is an Aboriginal woman from Broome in the Kimberley region of WA. Vickie has a PhD in Psychology aimed at informing a cultural dimension in psychological theories of sexual offending against children and also holds First Class Honours Degree in Psychology.

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Wendy Spencer

DIRECTOR - Appointed Director Tasmania February 2017

Wendy Spencer is the Director, Education Act Implementation and Organisational Change within Tasmania’s Department of Education.