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Louise Gartland

Chair

Louise Gartland joined the Northern Community Legal Centre in January 2021. A People and Business executive with 20 years’ experience across the public and private sector. Louise has a significant record of achievement in driving organisational change to improve strategic alignment and organisational capability to improve outcomes and the customer experience. She is currently employed as the Executive Director, People and Culture at Fire Rescue Victoria, prior to that Louise held the position of Executive Director Services and Strategy at Master Builders Victoria and spent 4 years as Executive Director People Culture and Strategy at VicRoads. Louise has extensive private and public sector experience and functional over sight across Organisational Transformation, Cultural Change, Organisational Strategy and Business Planning, HR Systems and Services, Media and Communications, Workplace Relations and Ethical Standards.

Tony Macafee

Treasurer

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 $120 billion 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.

Malek Kazimi

Secretary

Malek currently works as a Migration Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid. Prior to this, he was a lawyer with DLA Piper Australia for over two years. As part of their Responsible Business team, Malek led the firm's pro bono support of forcibly displaced people in Australia, providing legal assistance and representation for refugees and asylum seekers. Before that, he was a Lawyer with Refugee Legal, practising migration law. In 2015, Malek did a legal internship with Edmund Rice International in Geneva, where he observed the 29th Meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, conducted in-depth research on human rights violations in Tanzania and drafted submissions for ERI to submit to the UN. Malek has lived experience as a refugee, speaks multiple languages, and has a history of community leadership (he was a Youth Ambassador for the City of Casey in 2012). In 2014, he co-founded the Noor Foundation Australia with a group of other university students from Afghanistan to provide assistance to newly arrived refugees in Victoria. He is one of the co-founders of the Angori Library, a public library in Ghazni, Afghanistan providing free access to books for the local people, and was the director of the library between 2018 and 2022. Malek holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian Catholic University, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies.

Nicole King 

Board Member

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.

 

John Rutherford

Board Member

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.

Angela Bell

Board Member

Angela has more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles in corporate and not-for-profit sectors. In 2021, she founded Business, Work and Ethics, a consultancy service for not-for-profits and businesses wanting to do the right thing by their workers, stakeholders and the public. She has held the CEO role at Ethical Clothing Australia, overseeing the operational and strategic objectives of the labour-rights national accreditation program. In the private sector Angela oversaw corporate social responsibility, internal communications, social and free media activities across Australia and the United Kingdom for Slater and Gordon Group, and Chaired the Environmental Consultation Committee in Australia. While living in London she worked for the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, an authority set up to oversee the sustainability elements of the London Olympic Games. Prior to that she worked as a Ministerial Advisor within the Queensland Government. Angela holds a Bachelor of Media and Communications and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at Melbourne Business School.

Jan Dundon

Board Member

Jan Dundon is an accomplished executive leader and manager with a track record of building and managing high-performing public sector and non-government organisations focused on delivering public value. Jan has been CEO of the Mental Health Tribunal since 2016, and has over 25 years of experience in Victoria's justice and health systems. She’s held senior roles in the Children's and County Courts and the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, and managed the Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre. She has three years of international aid and development experience in Papua New Guinea. In 2015 she was a Victorian state winner of the Australian Institute of Project Management Awards for her work on the Mental Health Tribunal Project. She has an Executive Master of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, and a Post-graduate certificate in Public Administration. Jan is motivated by opportunities to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

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