OUR BOARD

Tina Lavranos, Chair

Tina is a human resources professional with over 15 years corporate, legal and general management experience. She has held positions as an industrial relations lawyer, executive educator and coach and HR executive in Australia and Asia in professional and financial services, as well as provided HR consulting services to tech and creative start ups. Tina has also worked extensively with not for profits throughout her consulting career and is passionate about the goals and values embodied by WLSV, having worked with the organisation on a pro bono basis since 2014. Tina is legally qualified in Australia and is currently pursuing a Masters in Management (Organisational Dynamics).

 

Tina joined the WLSV Board in December 2015.

Trish Low, Deputy Chair and Secretary

Trish is a senior employment lawyer and workplace consultant, with specialist expertise in equal opportunity law. She has more than 20 years experience in legal and leadership roles in private practice, assisting clients in the private, public and not for profit sectors to manage workplace diversity and employee relations issues. Trish is passionate about social justice, diversity, inclusion and equality. She has worked for the Australian Human Rights Commission and in community legal centre outreach and health-justice partnership programs and been actively involved in pro bono work throughout her career. Trish is an IECL certified organisational coach, holds bachelor degrees in law and accountancy and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Victoria in 2001.

 

Trish joined the WLSV Board in April 2019.

Kathryn Brown, Treasurer

Kathryn is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has extensive knowledge of accounting, funds management and banking sectors. Her work experience includes auditing, regulatory compliance and risk management roles with international experience in the UK and New Zealand. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also RG146 qualified and has a Diploma in Superannuation through the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).

 

Kathryn sits on a number of boards and audit and risk committees in the not for profit sector. She also sits on the Disciplinary Tribunal for Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

 

Kathryn joined the WLSV Board in August 2020

Monique Adofaci, Member

Monique Adofaci brings over 15 years’ experience as a Senior Executive and senior lawyer across Commonwealth and State public sector justice and regulatory agencies to her role with the WLSV Board.  She is currently in the role of National Director of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and has also held the role of General Counsel with the Department of Premier & Cabinet and Executive Director of Integrity & Accountability with the Department. Other significant roles held by Monique include Director of KPMG’s Justice & Security practice; Chief Counsel of the Australian Federal Police; Assistant Ombudsman NSW and National Manager of an enforcement practice with the national corporate regulator ASIC. Monique holds a Bachelor of Law & Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA (Honours) from the AGSM at UNSW. Monique is a Board member on a number of not-for-profit Boards and a Mentor with the Smith Family Foundation; Melbourne University Law School and ANZSOG.

 

Monique joined the WLSV Board in October 2018. 

Jane Welsh, Member

Jane has over 30 years’ experience serving the community as a Victorian Police Officer and is currently Detective Superintendent in charge of the Finance and Cyber Crime Division, Crime Command. Jane’s policing career includes operational policing, prosecuting, and she has worked as a detective in metropolitan Crime Investigation Units, the Homicide Squad, and Professional Standards Command. Jane’s interests include applied ethics and moral philosophy, most particularly their role in decision-making and critical thinking. With a career spanning 3 decades in policing Jane has experienced significant changes for women in the workplace and continues to pursue sustainable change within a respectful, inclusive and safe working environment. Jane is a passionate lifelong learner. She holds a Master of Leadership and Management (Policing) and a Doctor of Policing and Security. Jane is currently completing a Master of Ethics and Legal Studies. 

 

Jane joined the WLSV Board in April 2019.

Leonie Mayson, Member

Leonie is a communications professional with over ten years’ experience working across FMCG, sport, media and construction. She is attracted to organisations with a clear committment to Corporate and Social Responsibility and driving change towards important social causes. Leonie believes in empowering women and is passionate about supporting the WLSV to achieve its goals. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Criminology from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Master of Communication from RMIT.

 

Leonie joined the WLSV Board in April 2019.

Mia Lloyd, Member

Mia is a sales and marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in the liquor industry across the UK, European, US and Australian markets. Mia has an extensive background in sales and marketing, leadership and team development, brand building, sponsorships and partnerships, commerical planning and operations. Mia has an Undergraduate in International Business from the University of Greenwich and a MA from University College London. Having grown up in the North of Ireland and experiencing conflict within the community, Mia is passionate about political, social and economic rights.

 

Mia joined the WLSV Board in July 2020.

Adrianne Walters, Member

Adrianne brings over ten years experience working as a senior lawyer and law reform specialist, working predominantly in the community legal sector and with a focus on the rights of women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She is currently Associate Legal Director at the Human Rights Law Centre, where she uses strategic legal action, media advocacy and political engagement to change and prevent unjust laws. Adrianne understands the opportunities and challenges for women’s legal services, having worked at the Top End Women’s Legal Service in Darwin, represented the NT on the Women’s Legal Services Australia Committee and volunteered for WLSV.

 

Adrianne joined the WLSV Board in October 2020.

Serina McDuff, CEO

Serina McDuff is CEO of Women’s Legal Service Victoria, where her extensive experience in the law, human rights advocacy and campaigning is instrumental in leading the organisation’s work addressing violence against women and advancing gender equity.

 

Serina’s previous roles have involved advocating for the rights of women and children and access to justice for those who need it most. As a human rights lawyer she has represented newly arrived women and children escaping violence, young women experiencing sexual harassment and women subject to involuntary mental health orders. Serina was formerly CEO of the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria, CEO of the YWCA in Qld, Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the ASRC, and Director of a national youth organisation in the UK. Serina has held a number of board and committee positions, including Vice-Chair Rights of Women Legal Service UK, ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women, and the Victorian Women’s Correctional Services Advisory Committee. At the heart of her work is a commitment to systemic and social change.

 

Serina led a major project to improve advocacy and communications across the refugee movement in Australia, which informed the #LetThemStay and #BringThemHere campaigns. She has strongly advocated for the integration of legal assistance with broader social services to address people’s multiple needs together, and has increased funding and access to these services across Victoria.