Bringing expertise from across the private and public sectors, our board sets policies, priorities and strategies for the Commission in performing its functions. The seven members of our board provide important links to the broader Victorian community and ensure our work remains relevant and responsive to the human rights issues that touch people every day.
Meet our Chairperson
Moana is an experienced lawyer and board member, with over 15 years’ experience as a company secretary and general counsel of ASX-listed entities, including SEEK and REA (realestate.com.au). She has also previously served on the board for V/Line Corporation (2010 to 2013) and Melbourne Montessori School Ltd. She has a passion for driving real change and better outcomes in equal opportunity and human rights.
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Meet our board
Jennifer is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience, practising mostly in commercial property. She is currently a Special Counsel at Maddocks Lawyer. Jennifer has been involved with the community and not-for-profit sector over a number of years, including her role as president of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria. She previously served on the boards of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Youth Connect and National Council of Jewish Women of Australia.
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Laurinda Gardner is a board director, organisational reform and change management consultant and career coach. Laurinda has over 25 years' senior executive experience and was formerly a Deputy Secretary with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and a Director at the City of Melbourne. She has led large operational teams in diverse areas including strategic and business planning, HR, IT, communications, town planning, stakeholder engagement, finance and risk. Laurinda has performed the role of trusted adviser to several CEOs, undertaken a number of reviews for the Victorian Government, is currently on the board of the Victorian Planning Authority and a member of several remuneration, and audit and risk committees. Laurinda is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration (Victoria) and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Faddy Zouky OAM
Faddy is an Australian lawyer and the President and Chairperson of the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is an active member of the Australian Lebanese community and has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program contributing to the improvement of infrastructure, environmental issues and youth in Lebanon. Faddy was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012 and was appointed by the Lebanese Government as the honorary Consul General in Tasmania for Lebanon.
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Matt has been the Chief Executive Officer of the St Kilda Football Club since 2014. Prior to joining St Kilda, he was CEO of the AFL Players’ Association. Matt has also worked as a commercial lawyer, advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government. Matt is also an experienced board member, supporting community organisations such as Ladder, Surfing Australia, Surf Life Saving Victoria and HeartKids Australia. Matt has been a founding member of the Sport Male Champions of Change Group.
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Rebecca is currently the Oceania Leader for Climate Change and Sustainability Services at Ernst & Young, working on sustainability and health, safety and environment engagements. Previously, she worked as a sustainability consultant and a Chartered Accountant for Ernst & Young, and as a Charted Accountant for BNP Paribas in London. Rebecca has been a board member for Cambodian Kids Can, supporting children’s welfare, education and community projects, and the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, an environmental foundation.
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Taryn is a proud Yawuru woman from Broome who has lived in Melbourne for the past 20 years. Taryn has recently joined PwC's Indigenous Consulting from the Victorian Government, where she has held executive roles in the design, development and delivery of policy frameworks that have been central to positioning Aboriginal self-determination as the centrepiece to improve outcomes for Aboriginal communities. In 2018 Taryn was acknowledged in the Top 50 Women in the Public Sector by Davidson. Taryn completed her first MA in Human Rights Law (University of London).
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