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No To Violence Board

James McCarthy, Chair

James first joined the Men’s Referral Service in 2009, starting as a telephone counsellor and has been a Management Committee/Board of Governance member with No to Violence since 2012. James is a social worker who operates a private practice and works in both palliative care and as a men’s behaviour change facilitator. He was previously a Family Violence Case Investigator with the Coroners Court of Victoria. James has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, disadvantaged young people and in the homelessness sector. He has held a number leadership roles with organisations including Anglicare Victoria and Melbourne Citymission. James provides governance support to a number of other community organisations/groups and is a director for of CommUnity Plus and C-Collective – an organisation he founded – and previously the President of Interchange Victoria.

James has a strong commitment to social justice, community development and accountable governance in community organisations. He enjoys working with the talented people who work hard to ensure No to Violence meets its vision and values, stating, “It has been a pleasure to work with people, both staff and volunteers, who put the community and the organisation first and have shown so much commitment to our work.”

Janet Jukes, Deputy Chair

Janet is the Deputy Chair of No to Violence and CEO of LifeWorks Relationship Counselling and Education Services. Janet has extensive experience in the community human services sector in both management, service delivery and policy in several fields including youth and family services, homelessness, family violence, community legal sector, and research, and undertaken various leadership and senior management roles at The Salvation Army, Youth Affairs Council of Vic, Youth Development Australia, Fitzroy Legal Service, and the AIDS Council of NSW.

Janet has worked as an academic at RMIT in the Master of Policy and Human Services Program and Lectured in Youth work at RMIT, the ACU and VU.

A Centenary Medal recipient for outstanding service to young people, Janet is also a highly respected community activist with extensive networks in the gay, lesbian, and transgender communities.

Chris Storm, Secretary

Chris has been involved in the community services sector, from children and youth through to housing and education, for over 30 years.She has worked in government, the community sector and as a volunteer. Chris managed a youth agency for several years and teaches at the Gordon TAFE in Geelong.

An Arts Therapist (AThR) at Storm Insight, her private practice, Chris currently works with men, women and children utilising art therapy to support change processes, trauma healing, and the development of healthy relationships.  She has co-facilitated more than 30 men’s behaviour change programs and is active in the delivery of No to Violence’s Graduate Certificate (Male Family Violence). Chris’ passion around addressing the complexities of family violence informs her commitment to the Board, her teaching and private practice.

Sonila Rudi, Treasurer

Sonila joined the No to Violence Board in 2017. She believes that the family unit is the one environment where women, men and children can be safe and be themselves and that can only happen in an environment which is free of violence, both physical and mental. Sonila hopes that through her contribution she can support No to Violence to reach its vision.

In her business career, Sonila leads the finance and commercial function and her purpose is to help businesses connect with their numbers by translating commercial decisions into financial outcomes.

Sonila has a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tim Laurie, Board member

Tim Laurie, is a director of multiple information technology companies.

He is married and has four children. Tim is a senior consultant at TGL Consulting (TGL) which has provided Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) services to Melbourne business and startups for over 25 years. He is also the founder of the online off-site data backup service, Back-Up Guarantee(BUG), that utilises world leading technology in cloud backup services.

Tim has a Bachelor of Applied Science(Computing) and a Post Graduate in Marketing. Tim is committed to women and children being safe and feels the current high rates of death and domestic violence against women and children as abhorrent. Tim’s commitment to the Board is to assist the organisation – with strategy and marketing skills – fulfil its intention of ending family violence by working with men.

Tim has previously worked as a volunteer MRS telephone counsellor working directly with male perpetrators of family violence.

Tim was also a program leader for a world leading training and development group where he led courses in performance and integrity.

Leanne Sinclair, Board member

Leanne Sinclair is the Associate Director Family Violence Response at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and is responsible for leading VLA’s whole of organisation efforts to implement reform and innovation in family violence service delivery for the benefit of clients affected by family violence and of the community as a whole. Leanne is leading VLA’s response to the recommendations for the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and provides advice in relation to strategy, policy, legal issues and priorities relating to the provision of legal services as well as designing and implementing projects to improve services.

Previously, as Program Manager Family Violence at VLA, Leanne was responsible for managing VLA’s family violence services, coordinating and advising on law reform directions and strategic advocacy priorities as well as managing family violence projects throughout the state. Leanne contributes to and sits on state wide law reform committees and stakeholder reference groups with the Department of Justice. Leanne undertakes legal file work, provides family violence and family law duty lawyer services and acts as an Independent Children’s Lawyer in commonwealth parenting disputes, representing the best interests of children.

Leanne’s strong background in family law and family violence was gained by working across government, the community sector and private practice. For five years Leanne was the Principal Lawyer at Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV), a state-wide Community Legal Centre that specialises in legal matters arising from relationship breakdown and violence against women. Additionally, Leanne worked in a busy private family law practice for three years.

In July 2017, Leanne was appointed to the board of No to Violence. Previously, she was a past chair and board member of the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (WDVCS), a state wide service that coordinates a crisis response to victims of family violence.

Geoff Avard, Board member

Geoff is an experienced executive team member with strong strategic, financial and operational acumen, developed over many years as a C-level executive across multiple markets.  Highly experienced in leading the marketing, strategic planning and execution, organisation transformation, mergers/acquisitions, and business support services functions, Geoff’s role is to use his skills and experience to help NTV achieve its vision.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), and a Master of Business Administration.

Andrew Palacios, Board member

Andy is a financial services professional with close to 20 years’ experience.

As an Executive Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Andy leads teams that provide financial market insights and risk management solutions to a diverse group of corporate and institutional organisations.

Andy is passionate about family and wellbeing. Married with three daughters, Andy is concerned about the prevalence and gendered nature of family violence and is committed to creating a safer future for them and others. He believes NTV’s ongoing work is essential to tackling this societal issue. As a board member, Andy is enthusiastic about the opportunity to help NTV execute its strategy.

Andy is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute), holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance & Investments (FINSIA) and a Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University).

In addition, he is a member of the Finance and Treasurer’s Association (FTA), the FTA Technical Committee and the CFA Society of Melbourne.

Sarah Rainbird, Board member

Sarah is a lawyer and senior management professional with over 22 years’ experience, including philanthropy, program delivery, teaching, research, and corporate law. Sarah’s social services experience was gained at Save the Children Australia. As the National Manager for Individual and Family Philanthropy, Sarah’s was responsible for connecting donors to programs focussed on providing children with a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm in Australia and internationally.

Married with three children, Sarah is committed to purpose-driven organisations and feels privileged to have the opportunity to have an impact on things that are important for the broader community and society, in particular, the gendered nature of family violence. Currently the Head of Philanthropy & Fundraising at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, Sarah is responsible for connecting individuals and their families, corporate partners and trusts and foundations to research projects aimed at eliminating the major eye diseases that cause vision loss and blindness and reducing their impact in the community.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from Birkbeck College, University of London and a Graduate Certificate in Public Art from RMIT University.