safe steps Family Violence Response Centre is an Incorporated Association governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for ensuring strategic direction, implementation of governance policies, adherence to regulatory obligations and oversight of performance and management activities undertaken by the CEO.
The Board of Directors bring extensive experience and diverse skills to support the CEO including specialisations in finance, marketing, communications, legal, government and community services, HR and IT.
Mary Barry – Interim Chair
Mary is an experienced executive across a number of diverse sectors. She is a dynamic, visionary, innovative goal oriented CEO with a unique record of accomplishment initiating organisational improvement, transformation and cultural change. Most recently she was the CEO of Our Watch and prior to that the National CEO of the Heart Foundation of Australia. Her experience also encompasses that of CEO of the Victorian State Emergency Service (8 years) and the Victorian Association of Health and Extended Care (7 years). She has also volunteered at the Rotary club of Melbourne for more than 13 years and took up the role of President for a period of 12 months until July this year. We believe she brings valuable experience and will be a strong addition to the safe steps Board.
Nicole Lee – Director
Nicole is a family violence survivor. Through her appointment to Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council, she is able to speak for those who have suffered family violence and specifically for those who have a disability and suffered at the hands of a perpetrator.
Jen Allen – Director
Jen has provided workplace coaching for over 13 years and is the Executive Director of Victorian Institute of Counselling and Coaching. She developed a workplace training tool ‘Working Against Violence Education’ and is a published author on the construct of resilience and capacity building for children. Jen was one of the first safe steps media advocates and has worked with McAuley Community Services for Women, Vic Health, Victoria police, the AFL, Federal and State Governments.
Pam Newton – Director
Pam is the Manager Family Youth and Children at the City of Port Phillip. She is a practising psychologist and has been a member of the Australian Psychological Society for three years. Pam brings extensive experience in managing human services within Local Government and not-for-profits.
Belinda Bales – Director
Belinda is a lawyer within Victoria Police and works within the Legal Services Dept. She has worked in several areas of Victoria Police including the Prosecutions Division, incorporating several metropolitan courts and in the Coronial jurisdiction. She managed the the Specialist Summary Sex Offences Prosecutions Team and holds a position on the Therapeutic Treatment Board of Victoria and the Child Witnesses Services Advisory Committee of Victoria. Belinda has also worked in other Federal Govt legal Departments including most recently at Australian health practitioners Regulation Agency.
Penelope Cottrill – Director
Penelope is a Principal at Nous Group, a leading management consultancy. She consults on strategy, organisation, workforce and leadership. Penelope has also held voluntary advisory roles in health and education.
Cristina Wolters – Treasurer
Cristina has over 20 years experience in Corporate Taxation and currently leads the Transurban team responsible for global tax matters incl risk and governance. Prior to this she was a corporate tax advisor with PwC (Aust. and Brazil) and was a Board Member and Treasurer for Women’s Health Victoria.