Our Board

Tina Lavranos, Chair 

Tina is a human resources professional with over 15 years corporate, legal and general management experience. Tina is currently the Director of People & Culture at MONA and provides HR services to its related creative endeavours. 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. 

Ruth Barson, Deputy Chair

Ruth Barson has worked over the past eight years in the areas of criminal law, policy and human rights. She is currently a senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre where she focusses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' rights and strategic litigation. She previously worked as a senior policy lawyer at the Centre for Innovative Justice, where she researched and reported on innovative ways of improving the criminal justice system’s response to sexual assault. Ruth has also worked as a criminal lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid, and spent four years working with the Aboriginal Legal Services in the Northern Territory. She is currently completing a Masters of International Human Rights Law. 

Ruth joined the WLSV Board in September 2014. 

Kim Mays, Treasurer

Kim is a Certified Practicing Accountant with experience in taxation law, audit and assurance. She has worked with individuals, small business, private groups and the not for profit sector on a range of taxation and internal governance issues. Having previously worked as a secondary school teacher, Kim is passionate about the role that education and advocacy can play in preventing family violence, identifying individuals at risk and effecting significant change. Kim holds a Masters in Professional Accounting, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics).

Kim joined the WLSV board in November 2017.

Shirley Southgate, Member

Shirley is the Director - Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. She has had a variety of public sector and not-for-profit roles including Director - Legal at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and Principal Solicitor, Kingsford Legal Centre. Shirley has held voluntary Board positions with a range of not-for-profit organisations since 1995. Shirley is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an Executive Master of Public Administration. She was admitted to legal practice in early 1996 and has worked as a solicitor at legal aid, community legal centres and in private practice in Western Australia and New South Wales.

Shirley joined the WLSV Board in November 2014, serving as Chair for three years from November 2015 - November 2018.

Trish Low, Member

Trish is a senior employment lawyer and workplace consultant, with specialist expertise in equal opportunity law. She has more than 17 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 in community legal centre outreach and health-justice partnership programs and been actively involved in pro bono work throughout her career. Trish 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.

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 General Counsel with the Department of Premier & Cabinet and has also held the role of 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.

May Lim, Member

May brings over 13 years' experience in Financial Services. Her experience spans a range of leadership, client-facing and delivery roles which include Wealth management, Sales, Operations and Strategy/Governance within the financial services sector. May is passionate about addressing inequality - particularly amongst vulnerable groups within our community. May has a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Information Systems from the University of Melbourne, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School. 

May 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 the Inspector in charge of the Discipline Advisory Unit, Legal Services Department. 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 Communciation from RMIT.

Leonie joined the WLSV Board in April 2019.

Joanna Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer

Joanna has been working on issues arising from relationship breakdown and violence against women for nearly 18 years. Prior to commencing as CEO of Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV), Joanna managed WLSV’s policy and advocacy work. She was also the national spokesperson for Women’s Legal Services Australia. Joanna is a member of the Victorian Family Violence Steering Committee and has been a significant contributor to family violence and family law policy reform.

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What's News

Family law inquiry submission

2 March 2020

Our submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System is available for viewing. See here.

2019 Impact Report

7 January 2020

As we wrap up for the year we would like to share our annual Impact Report, which outlines our key achievements over 2018/2019. 

Starts With Us report released

30 April 2019

Today we released our Starts With Us report, looking at sexism and gender discrimination in Victoria's legal and justice sector. Click here to find out more.