Peter Allen

Peter Allen spent more than 20 years in the Victorian Public service in which time he served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Community Services, Victoria’s Chief Drug Strategy Officer, Director of Schools, Secretary of the Department of Education and Training, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, Sport and the Commonwealth Games and the Victorian Public Sector Standards Commissioner.

In the mid 1990s he headed the Secretariat of the initial Victorian drug enquiry chaired by Prof David Pennington.

Before joining the Victorian Public Service he was Director of Social Policy and Research at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

He is currently based at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSoG) where he worked as Deputy Dean from 2009-2016.

Laura Turner

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Laura Turner is a senior reporter for Channel Nine and returned in early 2017 from a two year stint as the US Correspondent. She has covered some of the biggest news stories in the world including the mass shooting deaths of fifty people in Orlando Florida, the election campaign of Donald Trump, and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flights MH370 and MH17. Laura is particularly interested in issues of social justice and it was the tragic death of her own sister from a heroin overdose which has propelled Laura to further her interest in the area of harm minimisation and drug law reform. Laura is a strong supporter of the campaign for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in North Richmond Victoria and often participates in marches and forums attempting to educate the public on issues surrounding addiction. Laura believes stigma plays a huge role in an addict’s ability to break free from addiction and she is working toward making every person who suffers from addiction feel valued and empowered.

Clare Flintoff Phillips

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Over the last twenty years, Clare has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands to help them put customer centric thinking at the centre of their organisations and strategies.

As a research and insights specialist both client and agency side, Clare has led global brand transformation projects in the insurance, banking, consumer goods and automotive sectors across the UK, Europe , US and Asia Pacific.

Most recently, Clare has been leading brand and content strategy at the City of Melbourne, and is currently consulting in Education and Not for Profi

David Broadbent

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David Broadbent is former newspaper and television journalist with more than 35 years experience covering Federal and State Politics. A former Director of News for Channel Seven Melbourne and Sydney, he has worked in Canberra, Bangkok, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2007 he joined the Victorian State Government, leading the Communications Divisions in Arts Victoria, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Business and Innovation. He currently runs his own Media and Government Relations consultancy and is a committee member of the Melbourne Press Club.

Prof Margarita Frederico

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Proffesor Margarita Frederico BA, Dip Social Stud, MSW, MBA

A board member since December 1994, Professor Frederico is Graduate Research Coordinator – Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Bundoora, with a particular interest in Not-For-Profit Governance and quality practice. She has long experience in practice research and education in relation to social and emotional wellbeing of children and families. Margarita’s experience includes work in this area in the USA, Indonesia, United Kingdom and the Philippines . She is an elected Life Member of the Australian Association of Social Work and of Berry Street.

Michael Strong

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Michael is a former solicitor, barrister, Prosecutor for the Queen, judge of the County Court of Victoria, Vice President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Director of the Office of Police Integrity (Victoria) and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Examiner. He has a current appointment as Victoria’s Principal Public Interest Monitor. He is a long-serving former director and President of Berry Street, Victoria’s largest independent child and family welfare agency and the immediate past Chairman of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. He has served on boards and committees of numerous other organisations.

Edgar Doble

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Ed has over 35 years’ experience as a general management, branding, marketing and communications consultant in Australia/Asia Pacific region. He has a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Monash University (Australia). Born in the UK, Ed started his Australian career as a Brand Manager with Unilever before starting his own ad agency, Burrows Doble Lawrence. Other Melbourne-based roles held by Ed are Marketing & Sales Director of Canada Packers Australia, Managing Director of WCRS/Ball Partnership, Managing Director of Y&R Mattingly, and Chairman/ CEO of McCann-Erickson. Ed worked for J Walter Thompson in 1992 as Managing Director JWT Melbourne and then COO JWT Australasia ultimately becoming International Vice President of JWT, and appointed Regional President of JWT Ventures Asia Pacific. By 2000, Ed was Executive Vice President JWT Asia Pacific, and a Member of the Regional Board. Leaving full-time employment in 2004, Ed remains in consulting and is the Principal of Doble and Company Pty Ltd based in Melbourne.

Hilary Chandler

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Hilary Chandler BBSc (Hons) MA (Clin Psych) MAPS

Hilary has practised as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist since 1987. Over the years, as well as working in private practice, she has worked in various Public Mental Health settings as a senior psychologist offering psychological services, specialist secondary consultation, training and supervision to clinicians and organisations working with clients with complex presentations.

Rowena Allsop OAM

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A board member since 1996, Ms Allsop has previous experience as an honorary juvenile probation and community corrections officer, Independent Third Person (ITP) with the Office of the Public Advocate and over 22 years as a bail justice. She has participated in honorary community work with the Moonee Valley City Council as a member of the various community committees (Festival, Recreation and Arts Advisory Committees) and still is an active member of the Moonee Valley Athletics Track committee. In 1994, she received the Victorian of the Year Award for ‘Outstanding contributions to the Victorian Community’, in 1995 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and in 2001 received an ‘Australia Day Medallion’ for community service from the City of Moonee Valley. Rowena is a former teacher and for the past 20years has worked in the Department of Education and Training, Communications Division, as Coordinator of the Information and Referral Service. Rowena is a keen Master athlete – rowing in the single scull.