Our Vision

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

 

Liz Billings

INTERIM CEO

Liz is an experienced change leader with an extensive career in general management and CEO roles. With a Masters in Public Health and driven by a passion for social justice, Liz has worked in the local, national and international not-for-profit sector for over 18 years primarily in gender equality, social housing and family violence prevention. Liz has vast experience across company administration, programs and service delivery, policy, advocacy and membership engagement areas and is committed to sound development, implementation and evaluation processes.

Sandie de Wolf AM

BOARD CHAIR

BA(hons),Dip Soc Stud, Master in Human Service Management and FAICD
Sandie has spent her professional life working with, and advocating for, vulnerable children young people, women and families, initially in the Department and since 1989, the community sector.
Sandie was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009, received the Robin Clark Inspirational Award (2008), the Vida Goldstein Award(2001), a La Trobe University Distinguishes Alumni Award(2017) and is a life member of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare(2001) and VCOSS(2017).

She left Berry Street in December 2017 after 26 years as CEO having significantly grown its reach, impact and reputation.

Since leaving Berry Street, Sandie has continued her contribution through the Interim CEO role at DVVIc (Dec 2018-June2019), the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Children’s Council (since 2007), the Chair of the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, as a member of the boards of Family Planning Victoria and Kilfinan, and the Suitability and DET Safety and Well-being Panels.
She feels honoured to be able to help EDVOS continue its critical work.

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.

Tony

Tony has over 35 years of experience overseeing external audits in various industries and not for profit organisations.

Tony is currently a senior partner with Grant Thornton where he is responsible for the provision of statutory audit, due diligence and advisory services.

Tony is a Fellow, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Commerce. Tony is committed to the reduction of incidence of family violence and promoting a happy family environment.

Sonia Sharp

Sonia has over 30 years of public service experience including 17 years as a senior executive in regional and state government. Sonia’s background in teaching, child psychology and research informed her contribution to significant reform to integrate services for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Sonia has been recognised international for her pioneering work on prevention practices in the UK which saw the introduction of joint screening teams for family violence reports between police and child protection.

Sonia currently works as a consultant with Ernest and Young and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Honorary Senior Fellow, Department of Education, University of Melbourne; Doctor of Philosophy (Educational Psychology), University of Sheffield UK; Master of Science (Education Psychology), University of Sheffield UK; Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Aston Birmingham UK and Bachelor of Science (Honours), Human Communication and Linguistics, University of Aston Birmingham UK.

Denise McLaughlin

Denise is a highly experienced executive manager and leader who is well regarded for her analytical thinking and commitment to driving continuous improvement. Denise held senior roles with the Department of Education and Training for 21 years, was Manager of Citizens Services in Wangaratta for 3 years and more recently has held leadership roles with the Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of disability; child, youth and families; housing and child protection.

Denise is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; has completed the Executive Fellows program; holds Primary Teacher and Trained Special Education Teachers certificates and has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in politics and sociology.

Fay Daniel

EDVOS DIRECTOR  
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.

Lilia Szarski

BOARD CHAIR

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.

Sue Campion

Sue developed the National Standards for Family Violence and managed a number of Family Violence Services including Aboriginal Family Violence Programs.

Sue has an enduring commitment to working towards a society free from family violence. Prior to being a Director on the EDVOS Board, sue held various governance positions including the Women’s Legal Service Board. Sue believes that EDVOS provides best practice across all of its programs and is responsive to the needs of families facing family violence and is committed to seeing this continue. Sue is a Lawyer, specializing in Criminal, Family and Family Violence Law.

Click here to read the EDVOS Constitution

 

Click here to read the EDVOS Strategic Priorities 2018-2020

 

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.

FIND US AT
  • PO BOX 698 Ringwood VIC 3134
  • 03 9259 4200
  • EDVOS Operating Hours
    M-F:9am-8pm & Sat:9am-5pm

  • edvos@edvos.org.au
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