Nicole King graduated from Monash University in 2000 with a combined Bachelor of Arts/Law including comparative studies at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She soon after qualified as a legal practitioner in Victoria. Since then Nicole has worked in a wide range of government roles as a public policy specialist, in both regulatory and policy agencies, and has acquired a Masters of Public Practice and Administration from the University of Melbourne. She has experience in many aspects of public policy, focusing on consumer policy, law reform and advocacy, strategic research, business regulation and funded programs. Nicole is currently a Director with the ACCC in its Consumer, Small Business and Product Safety Division, with strategic direction, planning, risk, budget and policy responsibilities.
Daphne Hiew is currently the Information Security and Privacy Officer at Nous Group. Before joining Nous, Daphne was the Senior Privacy Lead at Telstra, leading the enterprise privacy team within Compliance and Regulatory Affairs. As well as providing privacy advice to technology projects within Telstra, Daphne was also responsible for developing the Privacy team’s engagement strategy to promote privacy awareness and to help stimulate discussion on key privacy issues. Prior to this, Daphne worked as a Cyber Influence Manager at Telstra and as an information security communications adviser for the Australian Government Department of Defence. Daphne holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration from Monash University.
Tony Macafee was a member of the Moreland Community Legal Centre Committee of Management (from 2014) prior to the amalgamation. Tony is a qualified solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Tony is currently Senior Legal Counsel specialising in investments at UniSuper, a $70billion not-for-profit (industry) superannuation fund. Prior to joining UniSuper Tony was Head of Legal at Equipsuper and has previously been a Partner at Hall & Wilcox and DLA Piper. Tony has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics Major) from Monash University.
Brooke McKail joined the Moreland Community Legal Centre Committee of Management in December 2014. Brooke has a Bachelor Arts/Law from the Australian National University. She is currently employed as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Victorian Council of Social Service, with responsibility for policy areas including health, justice and Aboriginal affairs. Prior to working at VCOSS, Brooke has worked as Executive Officer of a peak body for community managed mental health services and as a policy adviser for a network of Aboriginal family violence legal services. She has qualifications in community sector leadership and has delivered training on governance responsibilities to board members of community organisations in the ACT. Brooke has previously been on the board of a refugee health service and a women’s family violence crisis service and is currently Chair of the committee of the Early Learning Centre attended by her children.
John Rutherford is a registered Plumber and Gasfitter with the Plumbing Industry Commission. John was involved with the Building and Construction Industry for over 55 years until his retirement in 2009. He was an elected full time official of the Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union of Australia (PGEU) and served in this position for 28 years.
John was the PEGU representative on the Board of Directors of the Building Union Superannuation Fund, C+ BUS. Following the amalgamations of unions and the establishment of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU), John was elected Assistant National Secretary of this Union. John was a director of Building and Construction Training Australia, ACTU representative on the Construction Industry Forecasting Committee and the Indicative Planning Council for the Housing Industry. Since 1971, John has been the Honorary Secretary of the Broadmeadows Progress Association.
Ajit Singh grew up in Punjab and came to Australia in 2006. During his settlement, Ajit faced many challenges including learning a new language, experiences of racism and cultural shock. Ajit started his career in the welfare sector at the Youth Hub in the western suburbs of Melbourne from 2006—2008. He worked as Youth Settlement Worker at Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre from 2010 – 2017, supporting young people from refugee/migrant backgrounds in their settlement needs. Ajit is former Secretary of Executive Committee of Hume Interfaith Network, where he worked to raise issues relevant to diverse faith communities at government level. He is Cofounder of Oorja Foundation Inc., a community led initiative to support Indian community best settle in Australia. He is the Managing Director of Bhangra Australia and has been involved in running poetry workshops for young people from diverse faiths with Multicultural Arts Victoria. He has received Award of Excellence in Meritorious Services from Governor on behalf of his work with Spectrum. He has been nominated for an award as Victoria’s Multicultural Champion by the Hon. Minister of Multicultural Affairs. In his spare time, Ajit enjoys local music, attending poetry events, meditation, travelling, bush walking and cooking fine Indian cuisines.
Steve Gartland has worked with the Victorian Government in policy, communication and government relations roles. He worked as a journalist before moving to media and policy roles with State and Federal Governments. This included Chief of Staff roles with Ministers for Agriculture, Small Business and Aboriginal Affairs. He has managed corporate affairs teams, particularly as the Corporate Communications Manager for Parks Victoria. He is currently a senior policy adviser with Agriculture Victoria, after working with the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development. Steve has two sons and lives in the Northern Suburbs.