Trust

The Trust was established under the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust Act 1994 to govern the Centre, which acts as a statutory authority consistent with the meaning of ‘public body’ in section 3 of the Financial Management Act 1994.

The Trust comprises up to 12 members, appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Women’s Affairs, to fulfil the following obligations as prescribed by the establishing Act:

  • Manage the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust land and use it for the purposes of a facility known as the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
  • Provide on the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust land, services and facilities for women including health information services, rest and meeting rooms, and other services and facilities
  • Provide information in relation to the services and facilities provided by the QVWC
  • Provide for the management, operation, use and promotion of the Centre
  • Provide for the efficient financial management of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust land and Centre and seek funding for the Centre; and
  • Undertake any other functions that are conferred on the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust by the Act

The Trust is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. Members of the Trust meet on a monthly basis to fulfil the Centre’s strategic directions, policies and philosophy.

The Trust Members are:

Van Badham - Chair

Van Badham - Chair

Van Badham is a Melbourne-based writer, critic, trade unionist, feminist, activist and occasional broadcaster, an internationally award-winning theatremaker and one of Australia’s most controversial social commentators. She is currently employed as a weekly columnist for Guardian Australia and is Vice-President of MEAA Victoria, with her work published by the UK Guardian, UK Telegraph, Vice Magazine, Australian Cosmopolitan, Fairfax, Daily Life, the Hoopla, Southerly, Hardie Grant and PanMacmillan, amongst many others, and featuring in regular guest appearances with  Radio National and Q and A. She is a proud alumnus of the University of Wollongong and has a Masters from Melbourne. She tweets via @vanbadham.

Jenna Davey - Burns

Jenna Davey - Burns

Jenna Davey-Burns is a gender and human rights policy specialist with extensive experience across both Not-for-Profit and Government sectors. Jenna has worked closely with Christine Nixon to assist women affected by the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires, undertaken inter-governmental policy work with the United Nations Inter-Agency project on anti-human trafficking in Bangkok and most recently, advising on implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence with Djirra. Other career highlights include management of the Victorian Multicultural Commission grants program, a United States Congressional internship and travelling to Japan as the Department of Premier and Cabinet representative for the 35th sister state anniversary between Victoria and Aichi. Jenna values wisdom in leadership and has completed the Cranlana Colloquium and holds a Masters in International Politics and a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Gender Studies) from the University of Melbourne. A passion for creating change has led Jenna to mentor through Leadership Victoria, teach English at AMES and the Sudanese-Australian Integrated Learning School in Dandenong, volunteer in a remote Aboriginal community and provide respite to children with disabilities. Jenna has also been a Director on the board of Cambodian Kids Can since 2014, dedicated to improving educational opportunities for young women in Cambodia.

Ms Marion Lau OAM JP

Ms Marion Lau OAM JP

Miss Lau, OAM JP is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.

She is passionate about pursuing the principles of equal access and inclusion, and social justice for the whole community. Miss Lau has professional experience working for government in the areas of health, aging, and small business, and is currently a member of the Victorian Multicultural Business Ministerial Council and the Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Committee. Miss Lau is a long-time leader of the Chinese community and advocates on diversity issues, and is Past President of the Chinese Health Foundation of Australia and Chinese Community Society of Victoria. Her other roles include: Member of the Small Business Mentoring Service and the Chinese Professional and Business Association, Director of Doutta Gala Aged Services, and inductee into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Ms Constantina Dertimanis

Ms Constantina Dertimanis

Ms Constantina Dertimanis is a public policy professional who has extensive experience  as a senior advisor to State and Federal Ministers.  She is a passionate advocate for cultural diversity, human rights and dignity for the disabled.  She has worked on high profile United Nations projects advocating in partnership with global NGO’s.  Ms Dertimanis’s wide-ranging experience in community engagement ensures that she gives voice to culturally diverse communities at the Board table. Over a career spanning more than 20 years across the corporate, Government and non-Government sectors she has a strong track record of driving change to assist marginalised communities.  She has a Diploma in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts – Majoring in Government, Philosophy and Economics.

Merrin Mason

Merrin Mason

Merrin is the CEO of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and has many years of experience in legal policy and research with government agencies including both the Commonwealth and Victorian Parliaments.

Before moving into policy and research work, Merrin practiced law in positions with community legal centres in NSW and Victoria.  She also worked for the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia in Port Hedland, undertaking court circuit work in small towns throughout the Pilbara region.  She spent two years working with the Vanuatu Women’s Centre, a family violence crisis centre.

She has served on the management committees of two Sydney youth refuges and the Darebin Community Legal Centre.

Merrin has a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in sociology and women’s studies) and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University, and is admitted to practice law in a number of Australian states, and the Republic of Vanuatu.

Traci Williams

Traci Williams

Traci Williams has over 20 years professional experience in government, corporate and not for profit workplaces in federal government policy, communications and media roles. She spent 6 years with ABC TV News as a journalist in Melbourne and Sydney before joining the Australian Foreign Service (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) as a diplomat where she undertook a posting to London for three years lobbying and undertaking international negotiations on Australia foreign policy and reporting on political developments in the UK on human rights, environment and non-proliferation issues.  Later, in the Corporate Affairs team at Qantas, over three years she led the company to become recognised as a corporate leader in the field of reconciliation and Indigenous affairs in particular, when she managed the company’s community investment function. 

Traci now runs her own consultancy advising corporates, government and not for profits in the areas of fundraising and grantmaking, social investment and policy, Indigenous affairs and engagement, and communications strategy. 

Traci is a former Churchill Fellow to the USA and Canada, Chevening Scholar and Wolfson College Press Fellow at Cambridge University in the UK. She has an MA (International Relations) from Deakin University, an Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School and an MA (Social Investment and Philanthropy from Swinburne University. Tracy is currently researching a PhD through the Centre for Social Impact a Swinburne University in the field of Social Investment.

Traci currently volunteers with the Red Cross Community Visitor’s Program and in the past has volunteered with Story Dogs, Byron Bay Indigenous Surfing School, Prahran Mission Winter Breakfast Program and the Red Cross’ Somali Community Project.

Meghan Hopper

Meghan Hopper

Meghan Hopper joined the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust in May 2018.  Meghan is a policy, media and campaigns professional who has worked primarily in the fields of women’s representation, equity and safety, and social change.  She is completing a PhD in Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism, researching the mainstream print media’s reporting of female candidates during Australian federal election campaigns.  An experienced board director, Meghan has previously served on the Council of Monash University and the board of CERES Environment Park, and for four years was an elected Councillor in the City of Moreland, including one year as the City’s youngest-ever female Mayor.  She is currently part of the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Partnerships, the Executive of the Essendon Football Club Women’s Network, and is a participant in the Victorian Women’s Board Leadership Program.  She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Judy Maddigan

Judy Maddigan

Judy has had a long and  successful political career.  She was a librarian before entering politics.  She is the former member for the seat of Essendon in the period 1996—2006 representing the Labor Party.  She was the First Woman Deputy Speaker in the House in the period 1999-2002.  She was  the First Woman Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 2002-2006.

She is currently Chair of the Public Records Advisory Council, a Board Member for the Emerald Railway Tourist Board and a Board Member for the Beaufort Bendigo Community Bank.

Judy holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma of Librarianship, and a Masters of Librarianship and Information Sciences (Archives and Conservation).

 

 

 

Florence Mauwa

Florence Mauwa

Florence is a human resources and finance leader with extensive professional and board experience. Her experience has been gained in Australia and several emerging markets in a variety of sectors including professional and financial services and communications. Florence is passionate about community diversity and empowering marginalised groups and as result, actively participates on various community boards. She currently serves as Treasurer on the boards of African Music and Cultural Festival (AMCF) and Safe Futures Foundation. She is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and has served as a panel member representing Victoria and Tasmania on the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)  Australia and New Zealand member panel. She is also a member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and has a Masters of Business Administration from Murdoch University, Western Australia.

 

Sharmini Subramaniam

Sharmini Subramaniam

Sharmini is a Principal Lawyer with Aitken Partners and the head of the Family Law department. She is an Accredited Family Law Specialist. Due to her extensive experience in the area of family law, Sharmini is passionate about women’s rights, gender equality in the workplace and issues related to family violence. Currently, Sharmini is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. Throughout her professional career, Sharmini has been involved with other organisations including the Tamil Ladies Club of Western Australia, the Women’s Migrants’ Legal Information Committee and the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors; all aimed at providing women and migrants with care and support.