ACCS Board

Board Documents

The Board Documents can be accessed here.

Board Members

The directors have been appointed for a three year period from 11 October 2017.

Julie Ligeti
Julie Ligeti 

Julie is currently the Global Manager Public Advocacy for Cochlear Ltd. She is Chair of the Board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and Chairs its Executive Remuneration Committee and Research, Policy and Advocacy Committee. Julie has serviced on a number of community sector boards and
has 30 years of work experience in legal practice and policy, management, government affairs, communications, public policy and advocacy. Julie has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and certificates in Mediation Skills and Governance and Risk Management. She has been admitted
as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Deputy Chair
Meriel O'Sullivan

Meriel O'Sullivan 

Meriel O'Sullivan is the Director of Redd Consultancy, a firm that specialises in employee relations and the resolution of workplace conflict. She has over 25 years experience in industrial relations and human resource management, working across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Meriel
has postgraduate qualifications in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Employment Law, is undertaking a Masters of Conflict Resolution and tutors in ADR at La Trobe University Law School.

Tali Bernard

Tali Bernard has over 18 years of experience in family law and personal injury litigation, including within the Commonwealth's workers compensation scheme. She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High
Court of Australia. Tali is a legal practitioner within the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has had over 13 years experience as a Board member in the Community Legal Service sector.

Iain Findlay

Mr Findlay has a diverse background. He has 20 years of experience with the Victoria Police and 15 years in senior management roles in the construction, travel and conference event management industries. He has also been a players' advocate with the AFL/VFL Tribunal for 36 years and is a Board member
for several charities, sports leagues and training organisations. Mr Findlay is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kelly Humphreys

Kelly Humphreys 

Kelly Humphreys has extensive experience as a senior executive in financial services in both the public and private sectors. She is an experienced non-executive director and is currently a Commissioner with the Victorian Building Authority and a Director of Latrobe Health Services. Kelly has a Masters
of Management, Diploma of Financial Services and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Mitchell

Michael Mitchell has significant experience in mediation and conciliation of civil matters. Michael has further extensive experience in a range of Civil Litigation having appeared and instructed in the Personal Injury jurisdiction since 1986, with expertise in Personal Injury and Employment Law. Michael
has particular interest in - WorkPlace Disputation, tailoring and assessing Appropriate Dispute Resolution methodologies to the dispute, and the parties at hand, with sensitivity as Director of 'Mitchell Mediation'.

Michael held an appointment as a Victorian Government Ministerial appointment as a Conciliation Officer at the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service (ACCS) from April 2007 until March 2017 before accepting a Governor-in-Council appointment as a Director to the newly established ACCS Board. Michael
also holds a Masters Degree in 'Mediation and Conflict Resolution'.

More recently, Michael was appointed by the Commonwealth Ombudsman Office as a Facilitator to the Defence Force Ombudsman Restorative Engagement Program (DFOREP) and holds additional appointments as: 

  • External Adviser/Conciliator to Colleges University of Melbourne, Fair Treatment Policy and Procedures and,
  • Single List of External Mediators (SLEM) – Magistrates' Court of Victoria.

Michael is also a long serving voluntary Committee Member with the Victorian Association of Restorative Justice (VARJ).
Michael has developed courses and lectured at University Post-Graduate level in 'Conciliation: Theory & Practice'. Additionally, Michael runs training for Professional Conciliators across several Australasian jurisdictions.