The Board is comprised of a highly professional and committed group of 12 members,
each of whom volunteer their time to govern Court Network and provide strategic leadership for the organisation.
The Board is comprised of a highly professional and committed group of 12 members, each of whom volunteer their time to govern Court Network and provide strategic leadership for the organisation.
The primary role of the Board is to also determine, monitor, and strengthen the organisation's impact on the people we aim to serve in courts across Victoria and Queensland.
Board members must also act in accordance with Court Network's Statement of Purposes and Rules, which includes all relevant legal obligations and responsibilities, particularly with respect to offering proper financial oversight.
Our Rules prescribe the participation of Networker members on the Board to ensure that operational and front-line practice wisdom can be represented as part of the Board's strategic work. This also provides an opportunity for Networkers to connect with the governance side of running the organisation; and allows for greater accountability to the wider Networker community to know that Networker members are contributing to decisions that impact on the future of the organisation.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Board President | The Honourable Marcia Neave AO
Appointed AGM 2016
Marcia Neave was a Judge of the Court of Appeal Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 2006 to 2015, until her appointment as Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Prior to those roles, she was a legal academic for many years, holding chairs at several Australian universities and was the Foundation Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission
Vice President | Deputy Chief Magistrate Felicity Broughton
Appointed AGM 2013, re-elected AGM 2016
Felicity was appointed as a Victorian Magistrate in January 2000 and has been a Deputy Chief Magistrate since 2007. Felicity is currently a Supervising Magistrate for the Family Violence and Family Law Portfolio having been appointed in August 2011. She was Supervising Magistrate for the court’s sexual assault portfolio from 2006 to 2012 and for the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal from 2001 to 2004. She is a member of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine’s Council and Ethics Committee. She was a board member of CASA House from 1989 to 2000 and of the Children’s Protection Society (CPS) from 1993 to 2000 serving as their President from 1996 to 1999.
Treasurer | Don Tidbury
Appointed AGM 2015
Don Tidbury is an experienced health care executive who has worked across the public health and not-for-profit sectors. As a qualified CPA and GAICD with extensive experience across hospitals, community health and residential aged care, Don has a strong record in leading major improvements in culture, clinical governance, financial performance and stakeholder engagement. Don is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Macedon Ranges Health, an award winning provider of primary care, disability services, welfare, home care and residential aged care to the Macedon Ranges. Don enjoys contributing to the health, aged and community sectors via other voluntary board appointments including the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership.
Secretary | Rudy Monteleone
Appointed AGM 2012
Rudy is currently Project Director, Whole of Government Infrastructure Policy, in the Department of Health and Human Services. Rudy has held various management roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts; the Victorian Multicultural Commission, and was appointed as Victoria’s inaugural Juries Commissioner for Victoria in 2002.
Inspector Anne Rudd
Member | Appointed AGM 2013, re-elected AGM 2016
Anne is a serving member of Victoria Police and over the past 16 years she has performed duties within the bayside area, Prosecutions Division, Family Violence Command and more recently, the North West Metro Region. Anne is a lawyer and an experienced prosecutor within the Magistrates' Court and Children's Court where she specialised in prosecuting sexual offences and family violence matters. Anne was a board member of the Therapeutic Treatment Board from 2010-2015.
The Honourable David Harper AM
Member | Appointed AGM 2015
David Harper was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 1992 - 2013, becoming a member of the Appeal Division of that Court in 2009. He was President of the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO) between 1995 and 2012, and is now its patron. He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to law reform, the judiciary, international humanitarian law and the community.
Member & Networker | Appointed AGM 2016
Nicky is a current Court Networker, working in the Sunshine Magistrate’s Court and the Family Court. Nicky is a trained Social Worker with a degree in Social Work and Criminology and has volunteered as a telephone counsellor at the Post Natal and Ante Natal Depression Association (PANDA) for a period of 18 months. Prior to social work, Nicky had a 25-year career in the publishing and communications industry, including working for ten years at Text Media as Publishing Director and Hardie Grant Magazines as Director of the business as well as serving on the Board. Nicky has extensive experience in the areas of staff and stakeholder management and in all facets of the publishing of printed and online content.
Member & Networker | Appointed AGM 2016
Joanna is a current Court Networker, based at Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. She has previously worked as a lawyer and as adviser to a Federal Health Minister with responsibility for policy development and strategic negotiation with stakeholders in both public and private sectors. Joanna holds a PhD in Medical Research and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Director on the National Asthma Council, a Member of the Radiation Advisory Committee, and has recently been appointed Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for “Fitted For Work”, a community organisation that aims to increase workforce participation rates for women experiencing disadvantage. She has just completed a five-year term as Director and Deputy Chair of UnitingCare ReGen, an alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency that provides outpatient, residential and prison services.
Member | Appointed AGM 2017
Brigita is currently the Acting Executive Director of the Magistrates Courts Service in Queensland. She has extensive experience in the justice portfolio working in various legal, policy and management roles. She was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2000 and practiced in native title law including at Crown Law. She has been employed in various roles in Queensland Courts since 2006 including as Director of the Office of the State Coroner and Director of Courts Innovation Program.
Networker & Member | Appointed AGM 2017
Ian is a current Networker at the Supreme and District Court in Queensland. He has had extensive experience in governance roles with other community based not for profit organisations, including sitting on the board of the Mount Gravatt Community Centre for twelve years, with seven of those years as president. Ian is a current member of the steering committee at the Mount Gravatt Police Citizen's Youth Club. Such positions have given Ian strong experience in governance, financial oversight and strategic planning as well compliance with legislation and service agreements. Prior to retirement Ian has worked as a project manager with the Queensland Government and as a Senior Policy Advisor to a Queensland Government Minister.
Member | Appointed AGM 2017
Until recently, Charlene Micallef worked for the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions as the Manager of their Victims Strategy and Services. This Unit, which forms part of the Office of Public Prosecutions’ (OPP) Legal Practice, and includes the Witness Assistance Service (WAS), is primarily focused on assisting victims, witnesses and family of deceased involved in matters prosecuted by the OPP through the criminal justice system, particularly the prosecution process. Charlene worked closely with Networkers during this time, both at court in assisting court users and providing in professional development to Court Networkers. Charlene is a qualified social worker and is driven by a strong commitment to social justice and empowering people who are disadvantaged or marginalised or who feel powerless or overwhelmed to access, navigate and participate in complex systems such as the criminal justice system. Charlene now works for Eastern Palliative Care as a Family Support Consultant.
Networker & Member | Appointed AGM 2017
Neil is a current Court Network volunteer at the Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court where he has been providing services to court users for the past seven years. Neil spent his working life in the service industry in Melbourne. Since retirement he has volunteered as a Community Visitor and a Panel Secretary for the Office of the Public Advocate (Disability Stream), a position he has held for nine years. He has also been the Coordinator of his local Neighbourhood Watch for seven years. Neil’s aim is to represent Metropolitan and Regional Networkers, in Victoria and Queensland, as he was born in Queensland, and give them a voice on the Court Network Board and achieve the best possible outcomes for everyone. Since retirement, Neil has devoted his spare time to volunteering and to giving back to the community by assisting vulnerable people who find themselves in difficult circumstances.
We enjoy the support of the judiciary, court administrators and community agencies, and have the patronage of the
Governor of Victoria Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland.
We enjoy the support of the judiciary, court administrators and community agencies, and have the patronage of the Governor of Victoria Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM
Governor of Victoria
On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM was sworn in as Victoria's 29th Governor, the first female in that role. In June 1995, the Governor was appointed a Judge of the Family Court of Australia, where she served for 18 years until July 2013. In 2010 the Governor was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to family law and the community.
The Honourable Catherine Holmes
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland
Chief Justice Holmes was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland on the 11th September 2015. She is the19th Chief Justice. Her Honour was a founding member of the Women's Legal Service, served as a part-time member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (1994-2000), was a presiding judge of the Queensland Mental Health Court (2005-06) and conducted the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry into the 2010-11 floods.