our board

Board members

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​

Bio coming soon

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Geoff Southwell – Treasurer

Bio coming soon

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Vicky Keller

Vicky’s extensive litigation and dispute resolution experience has seen her act for ASX listed companies, large corporations, medium and small businesses. Her depth of knowledge is complimented by being admitted in both the UK and Australia.Vicky has expertise in negligence claims (including professional negligence), issues arising under the Corporations Act and Australia Consumer Law (with a focus on financial services breaches), breach of contract, and insolvency. She also has extensive experience in media law providing pre-publication advice to high profile media organisations such as News Limited, Fairfax Radio and Channel 9. View Vicky on LinkedIn.

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Talisa Juracich

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 Kyrios

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 Max

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.

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