Theresa Swanborough OAM – Chairperson
Theresa has been with the RDNS Homeless Persons Program, now renamed Bolton Clarke, for more than 25 years. In her role as Manager, Theresa has overseen the growth of the program from a small team of dedicated nurses working in the inner city to a team of more than 30 working across the greater Melbourne metropolitan area.
In 2002, Theresa received an Order of Australia Medal for her work both as a nurse and as a homeless advocate. Theresa also had a longstanding relationship with the Council to Homeless Persons where she has been an employee, Board member (multiple times), Board Chair and a member of the Finance Committee. View Theresa on LinkedIn.
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Sophie Brown – Vice Chairperson
Sophie’s involvement with the Mental Health Legal Centre began in 2013 when she joined its campaign against funding cuts. Sophie is a Senior Associate in the Workplace Relations & Safety Practice at Lander & Rogers and, as part of the firm’s pro bono program, Sophie represents MHLC clients at Mental Health Tribunal hearings. Sophie joined the Board in 2017.
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Geoff Southwell – Treasurer
Bio coming soon
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Talisa is a former MHLC student volunteer and a lawyer at Russell Kennedy Lawyers. She works predominantly on personal injury matters and her work involves analysing serious injury applications, as well as defending both common law claims and disputes regarding statutory scheme entitlements. Having previously worked for a number of law firms and community legal centres, Talisa has experience in building Pro Bono partnerships, working with student volunteers and mentoring junior staff. In particular, she has worked as a volunteer at the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria, the Sparke Helmore Lawyers Pro Bono committee, State Trustees and UN Women Australia. In addition, she has written for the Australian Health Law Bulletin and takes a keen interest in psychology and the law.Talisa is also a committee member of the Russell Kennedy Women’s Network, which was launched in 2011 with the purpose of connecting, developing and empowering women in professional services, government, the not-for-profit, corporate and legal sectors. View Talisa on LinkedIn.
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James is a former volunteer and employee of the MHLC. During his time at the MHLC he coordinated the Night Service telephone legal advice line, arranged representation for clients before the Mental Health Tribunal and supported various MHLC services in a number of capacities. James currently works in tort litigation across all Australian jurisdictions, specifically in personal injury claims resulting from historical abuse.
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Daniel has been engaged in financial and corporate advisory for over 20 years, working with global investment banks, boutique investment advisers and international consulting firms. With a particular focus on developing financial strategies and managing risks for organisations going through transitions, Daniel brings his diverse experience and skillset to his roles on both the Board and the Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-committee. Daniel holds a degree in Finance from New York University (honors) and has been a CFA Charterholder since 2002.