The Board Documents can be accessed here.
The directors have been appointed for a three year period from 11 October 2017, with the exception of Helga Svendsen who was appointed on 12 August 2019.
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 private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Meriel has a Masters of Dispute Resolution and has tutored in Alternative Dispute Resolution at LaTrobe University.
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), is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has more than 13 years experience as a Board member in the Community Legal Service sector. Tali is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and a professional member of the Resolution Institute.
Iain Findlay has more than 25 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 40 years and is a Board member for several charities, sports leagues and training organisations. Iain is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kelly Humphreys is an experienced non-executive director and accomplished financial services professional with current non-executive board roles with Raiz Invest Limited (ASX:RZI), NSX Limited (ASX:NXS), Latrobe Health Services and the Victorian Building Authority. She also Chairs the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee.
Kelly has extensive senior executive experience in financial services and a depth of technical expertise in operations, risk management and governance. Kelly holds a Masters of Management, a Diploma of Financial Services and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Karen Cusack was appointed as Victoria’s inaugural Health Complaints Commissioner in February 2017. The office is established under the Health Complaints Act 2016 (Vic.). Prior to leading the Office of the Health Complaints Commissioner, Karen was Corporate Counsel at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience as a senior lawyer and is passionate about the role she plays within the Victorian health sector. As well as completing her undergraduate degrees at Monash University, Karen has undertaken various post-graduate study, including a Master of Laws at Monash. She also a Board member of the Disability Services Board.
Helga is an experienced consultant, coach and facilitator specialising in leadership, strategy and planning, governance and stakeholder engagement, and the host of the Take on Board podcast. She is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws from Monash University. Helga has extensive experience in leadership and Board roles in government, not-for-profit and membership organisations, and also currently sits on the Board of the Royal Women's Hospital. She is a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).
Director Professor John Howe
Professor John Howe is Director of the Melbourne School of Government and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne. John's research interests include labour market policy and regulation, regulatory design, and social procurement. He has written extensively on the role of the state in regulating employment and labour markets, and on the intersection between state-based regulation and corporate governance. John is presently engaged in research concerning regulatory enforcement of minimum employment standards and labour dispute resolution in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to commencing an academic career, John worked in private legal practice, and also as a researcher for public policy and advocacy organisations in Washington DC. John was Secretary of the Australian Labour Law Association between 2005 and 2009, and Chair of the Labour Law Research Network from 2015-2019. He was Deputy Dean of the Melbourne Law School from 2013-2016.