Bachelor of Laws, Monash University, Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, Melbourne

Certificate in Mediation Skills, Oxford University external studies, United Kingdom

Facilitation Skills, Kinharvie Institute of Facilitation, Glasgow, UK

Workplace-based staff management training:

  • sickness and absence management

  • disciplinary processes and procedures

  • workplace leadership skills.




January 2019 - present

Director Lambeth Law Centre, London, United Kingdom

I’m managing a local law centre with a Board of 12, 24 staff, 40 volunteers, ten funders and an annual turnover of more than 1 million pounds. We provide free legal advice, support and assistance to disadvantaged citizens of the London Borough of Lambeth in the areas of housing law, immigration rights, debt, employment law, welfare rights and public interest strategic litigation.

September 2013 - June 2018

Manager Community Legal Services Program, Victoria Legal Aid, Melbourne

This role built on my previous role as Program Development Officer (see below). I managed the Community Legal Services Program and its team. Key to this was practical planning for this $27 million pa funding program. I also contributed to strategic planning for Victoria’s Community Legal Centres sector and VLA.


July 2009 - September 2013

Program Development Officer Community Legal Services Program, Victoria Legal Aid, Melbourne

This role involved supporting 52 Community Legal Centres to develop their capacity for improved strategic planning, community engagement and reporting. My approach to this role was to treat each of the 52 CLCs as individual clients, with individual needs and issues. I also worked on sector-wide projects and issues, in collaboration with a range of stakeholders with interests in CLCs.


September 2008 - May 2009

Executive Officer Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

In this role, I managed staff, volunteers, strategic relationships (especially with funders), the organisation’s finances and administrative functions and the development of projects, including through securing funding for major projects.


February 2007 - September 2008

Operations Manager (Locality) Glasgow Community & Safety Services, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

I managed staff and resources to address anti-social behavior in one area of the city (the South East), and strategic operational relationships and partnership plans for co-ordinated delivery of services by a range of partner agencies (government, community-based and volunteer-based) to respond to community concerns over anti-social behavior.


December 2005 - November 2006

Community Engagement Facilitator Warrnambool City Council, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

This 12 month project focused on organisational cultural change within the Council. It involved community liaison, development of community projects, development and delivery of training for Council staff in community engagement.


August 2004 - November 2005

Manager Glasgow's Mediation Service, Glasgow

I was employed by Glasgow City Council to establish the city's first community mediation service. Managing a staff of 6 and a volunteer pool of 40 mediators, I developed mediation services for neighbours in dispute within a catchment of 1 million people, in a city with a notoriously violent reputation and multiple layers of deprivation and social problems.


January 2004 - July 2004

Contract consultancy work

Please refer to details listed below.


September 2002 - November 2003

Executive Officer South West Local Learning and Employment Network, Warrnambool

As the inaugural EO of the South West LLEN - an organisation that aims to develop enhanced education and employment pathways and options for young people - I was responsible for developing the organisation’s practices, policies, administrative systems and strategic direction. I managed and served a membership of 70, a Committee of 19 and a staff of 3.


Dec 2000 - Sept 2002

Information and Facilitation Officer, Dairy RAP Program, Greater Green Triangle Area Consultative Committee, Ararat

The Dairy RAP program focussed on communities affected by de-regulation of the dairy industry. My role was to work with applicant groups and businesses, assisting them to develop their proposals for funding.


Nov 1999 - Dec 2000

Project Worker, Regional Telecommunications Project, Greater Green Triangle Region Association, Hamilton

I worked with eleven rural communities across Western Victoria and South East South Australia to establish community computer learning facilities. I supported applicant groups to develop their projects, secure premises, select and purchase equipment, employ staff and establish policies, protocols and strategic plans.


Jan 1993 - Nov 1999

Manager and Principal Lawyer, The Legal Centre, Community Connections (Vic) Ltd., Warrnambool


Dec 1988 - Dec 1992

Practice Manager, Springvale Legal Service, Melbourne


Dec 1986 - Dec 1988

Articled Clerk and Solicitor, McCulloch and Peters, Solicitors, Warrnambool



In Scotland

June and July 2004

Fullarton Community Health House, Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland - Tackling Drugs Misuse Project (full time; short term contract)

My contribution to this project involved designing a community consultation framework, client focused consultation processes (for specific target groups of injecting drug users, their families and prisoners), community awareness programs and evaluation methods and materials regarding the issue of the use and impact of injecting drugs & non-prescribed drugs within the community.


May 2004

North Ayrshire Council, Community Learning and Development - Workshop on Partnership Formation and Planning

North Ayrshire Council, Adult Literacies Team - Workshops on Partnerships Evaluation Techniques


January 2004 to June 2004

Ayrshire Electronic Community - Community access to ICT program


In Australia

Upstream Projects - a community/social development and training consultancy run in partnership with Deb Nicholson.


1998 - 2003

Lismore/Derrinallum communities - officer bearer training - rights and responsibilities.

Central Goldfields Shire Council - community consultations to initiate the design of the Shire’s community-building program.

Pyrenees Shire Council - community consultations on community building, including whole-of-community public meetings.

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative - strategic planning advice and assistance; policy writing - grievance procedures, complaints & conflict resolution.

Western Rural Services Consortium - research into links between domestic violence and farming women’s inheritance outcomes.



2015 - Independent Parliamentary Candidate for South West Coast By-election

2002, 2006 and 2014 - Australian Labor Party State Parliamentary Candidate for South West Coast

1999 - Australian Labor Party State Parliamentary Candidate for Warrnambool


Australian Labor Party (Warrnambool Branch)

  • Branch President - 2003 and 2006

  • Branch Secretary - 1999-2002


Tarerer-Gunditj Project Association Inc - Co-founder and inaugural Public Officer.

Community Radio Endeavour Warrnambool Inc. (CREW FM/3WAYFM) - Co-founder, committee member (including one term as President).

Warrnambool Community Garden Inc.  - Provided extensive organizational development assistance leading up to incorporation in 2006 and again in 2014 and 2015.