A shared commitment to equality for all Victorians drives the Commission’s team. Our leadership group brings together expertise in the law, education, policy, dispute resolution, communication and effective delivery of public services.
Our team brings together experienced staff across policy, the law, dispute resolution, education and communications. Our Board of Governance comprises up to seven members appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.
Ro commenced their role as Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner on 1 June 2021. Ro brings more than 25 years of experience in community services, governance and social justice. Responsible for setting a high-impact policy agenda, Ro leads the Commission and works with the board and leadership team to define and progress the organisation’s strategic objectives.
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Nathan Hall – Director, Operations and Services
Nathan has a strong background in the public sector in a range of finance and corporate services roles. He leads the Corporate Services Branch in providing organisational support for our finance, people and culture, information management and technology, and office administration functions.
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Lauren Matthews – Director, Programs
Lauren leads the Education and Engagement Branch, focused on providing clear, accessible legal information and helping individuals and organisations to understand their rights and responsibilities, via training sessions, consultancy and our Enquiry Line.
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Kylie Smith – Head of Education and Engagement
Kylie manages the education function at the Commission, encompassing the development of innovative education products designed to promote the protection of human rights and facilitate access to justice for people experiencing discrimination and a breach of their rights. She has qualifications in law, social work and adult learning.
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Bedi Othow – Head of Corporate Services
Bedi is a passionate human resource professional with over 10 years of experience within banking, law, and the Victorian Public Sector. Her areas of expertise include human resource management, diversity & inclusion and project management. Bedi Leads our Corporate Services branch in providing organisational support for finance, people and culture, information management, technology and office administration functions.
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Peter Davies – Head of Strategic Communications
Peter has broad experience in strategic communications, media, editorial and stakeholder engagement roles focused on equality, integrity and cultural reform in the public sector. He leads the Strategic Communications branch which manages communications, campaigns and media engagement to support the Commission’s strong public voice on human rights and equal opportunity issues.
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Aimee Cooper – Head of Legal
Aimee leads the Legal Team, which promotes equality and human rights through advocacy in the courts, investigations into serious and systemic conduct, and broader law reform initiatives. The Legal Team also supports the work of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission through in house advice on our operations and our four foundational laws. Aimee brings a deep understanding of equality and human rights gained through over a decade of assisting the community to understand and enforce their rights prior to joining the Commission.
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Michelle Mead – Head of Dispute Resolution
Michelle leads the Dispute Resolution Team in delivering a flexible and restorative dispute resolution service. She has extensive knowledge and experience in designing and adapting the service to ensure it is accessible to the Victorian community. Michelle was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for her work in equal opportunity.
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Emily Yates – Head of Policy
Emily has a strong background in equality law and human rights law, having worked for many years in civil law policy development within the Department of Justice and Community Safety. Since joining the Commission in 2020, Emily has led the Policy team’s work in relation to portfolios relevant to the Commission’s strategic priorities and human rights mandate, driven the Commission’s law reform agenda and overseen the development of statutory practice guidelines to help organisations comply with the law.
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Bonnie Halsall – Strategic Advisor
Bonnie brings to the Commission broad experience in legal and policy roles in both the public and private sectors. As Strategic Advisor, she provides expert advice and support to the Executive Branch on the implementation of the Commission's strategic objectives.
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Ramon Martinez-Mendoza – Manager, Consultancy and Engagement
Ramon leads the Consultancy and Engagement work group, developing tailored programs and projects for community, private and public sector organisations. He has over 16 years of experience developing and implementing social impact policies, strategies, and programs to improve the quality of life and inclusion of vulnerable groups. His has previously worked in online safety regulation, higher education policy reform and consultancy.
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