Our Vision

A community free from family violence, where everyone feels safe.

 

Jenny Jackson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jenny Jackson was appointed as Executive Director (ED) of EDVOS in November 2015 and commenced the role in January 2016. Jenny has held numerous executive and non-executive roles in the women’s, health and community sector for more than 20 years. Throughout her career, Jenny has worked in both the private and public sectors.

In addition to her work experience, Jenny holds formal qualifications in health, education, business and governance and has a proven track record as a leader with vision, passion, resilience and creativity. Her interpersonal communications skills and relationship management experience, coupled with a strong commitment to equity and social justice enable Jenny to continually strive for strategic outcomes which demonstrate quality, efficiency and excellence.

Jenny has held three non-executive roles with the most recent role being Founder and Chair – One Family At A Time Ltd.

Jenny’s key strengths lie in strategic leadership, change management, relationship management and in the development of high performance teams.

Fay Daniel

Fay was a police officer for over thirty four years and developed professional relationships with family violence support services in the eastern region through her involvement with the Eastern Family Violence Network and as the police Family Violence Advisor. In 2007 Fay was appointed as the Manager of the Victoria Police Family Violence Unit where she was involved in the development of Victoria Police responses to victims and perpetrators of family violence. She represented Victoria Police on intergovernmental and community committees, implemented the Family Violence Protection Act across the Department and developed training programs for operational police.

Kimberly Batsas-Hill

CHAIR – QUALITY AND RISK COMMITTEE

Kimberly is a qualified social worker and has a background in youth work and health promotion, primarily focusing on preventing violence against women and sexual and reproductive health. Kimberly has held a range of direct service and senior project management positions within the community and not for profit sector and advocates the need for an intersectional and gender equity approach to domestic and family violence prevention. Kimberly holds a Master of Social Work, a Bachelor of Health Science and also a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Margaret Hodge

DEPUTY CHAIR

Margaret’s professional relationship with EDVOS stemmed from her work with an NGO in the outer east where for the past 18 years, Margaret has worked in Family Services. Many of Margaret’s past clients have had involvement with EDVOS and it was through them that Margaret became interested in making a contribution to the organisation. Margaret’s professional role focuses on working with families to ensure safe outcomes for women and children, and addressing issues by which these goals are compromised.

Lilia Szarski

BOARD CHAIR, CHAIR BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Lilia is a professional child and family psychologist, with extensive experience in family dispute resolution, counselling and preparation of family reports in many family law cases in which she has been an expert witness. She managed and clinically supervised practitioners in Victoria and South Australia, trained many professionals in mediation, court reports, client management, and suicide assessment, and has lectured in forensic psychology and behavioural sciences in Australian universities. Her expertise has assisted parliamentary inquiries into family law, and she has contributed to numerous conferences in Australia and overseas. Lilia has held several senior managerial roles in family court counselling and mediation services, serving six years as a member of the Board of Management at the Canterbury Family Centre. She is also on the Board of Management of the International Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Australian chapter.

Diana Brown

Diana is a Strategic Program Manager and currently leads product development for Ask Izzy, an innovative website that enables connection by people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged with services across Australia. Diana brings strategic, IT, change management and commercial acumen to the Board. This is underpinned by a personal commitment to contributing to better lives for people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Christine Bell

CHAIR FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE

Christine is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and has qualifications in Accounting and Business Administration. She currently works at the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner in which she has held various roles spanning more than 20 years.

Christine also has a strong interest in risk and compliance and is currently completing an Advanced Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance.

Christine has previously been Chair of the Audit Committee at Alexandra District Health and is currently the bookkeeper for the Parents and Friends Association at Aquinas College in Ringwood.

Leanne Turner

Leanne holds qualifications in nursing and has an MBA and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Administration. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She currently works as the Executive Director at The Royal Dental Hospital in Melbourne. Previously Leanne held senior management roles at Austin Health. Leanne has extensive experience in clinical governance and risk management, service planning and financial management. Leanne has previously been a Director with Manningham Community Health Services Ltd and also at Nillumbik Community Health Service.

ABOUT EDVOS

EDVOS is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne's Eastern Region.

We provide a broad range of integrated services to support women and children who are responding to family violence.

We prioritise the safety of women and children as a fundamental human right whilst working to ensure perpetrators are held accountable for using violence.

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