The Hon. Geoff Giudice AO was President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission from 1997 until 2009 and the inaugural President of Fair Work Australia (now the Fair Work Commission) from 2009 until February 2012. Prior to 1997 he practised widely in the State and Federal jurisdictions specialising in industrial and employment law.
Geoff has degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School (Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law) and a consultant in the employment law practice of Ashurst Australia.
Geoff is currently a consultant with Ashurst Australia and Chair of the Independent Review Panel, Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic).
Patricia Faulkner AO is a former Secretary of the Department of Human Services in Victoria. In this role, Patricia led portfolios including child protection, youth justice, public hospitals, public housing, disability accommodation and community health services.
In 2015-16, Patricia was Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
For 25 years Patricia has led large complex organisations and held a variety of chairman and director roles with government entities and not for profit boards across a range of sectors.
Patricia is currently Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd, Chair of Jesuit Social Services, Chair of the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation and Deputy Chair of St Vincent’s Health Australia Ltd.
Professor Lavarch AO has had extensive involvement in Australian public life, serving in Local Government before being elected to Federal Parliament in 1987, serving as Attorney General in the Keating Government from 1993-1996.
Since leaving Parliament in 1996, Michael has been the Secretary General of the Law Council of Australia, Dean of Law at QUT and, since 2012, Deputy Chief Commissioner and Commissioner, Risk, Intelligence & Regulatory Support at the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
Michael has worked with organisations supporting child welfare programs including the Forde Foundation which was established by the Queensland Government in response to the findings into the abuse of children in Queensland Institutions.
Michael is currently Chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd and Chief Adjudicator with the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code Adjudication Panel.
Dr Robyn Miller brings over 30 years’ experience in community services, Local Government and child protection sectors, and has practised in both the public and private sectors as a therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant and lecturer.
From 2006-15 Robyn provided professional leadership as the Chief Practitioner within the Department of Human Services in Victoria, was a member of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee for 10 years, and worked as a consultant with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Since 2016, Robyn has been the CEO of MacKillop Family Services, provider of specialist services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.
After sixteen years as a teacher in Catholic schools, The Hon. John Watkins AO served as a member of the NSW Parliament from 1995 until 2008 spending ten years as a Minister in eight portfolios including Education, Police and Transport.
In the three years prior to retiring from Parliament, John served as Deputy Premier of NSW.
After leaving political life, John was the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW until retiring from that position in October 2017.
John served as Chancellor of the University of New England, stepping down in 2014, in 2013 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Macquarie University and in 2015 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
John currently serves on a number of Boards including as Chair of Calvary Health Care, Chair of Mary MacKillop International and Chair of the McKell Institute.
Sheree Limbrick commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd on 17 July 2017.
Sheree has more than 12 years’ experience in executive leadership roles in social services and has a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement and management, strategic planning and policy development.
Sheree has most recently worked with CatholicCare Melbourne for more than 6 years, as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and prior to that as Director of Operations. Prior to moving to CatholicCare, Sheree worked for 16 years with Berry Street, a service provider for vulnerable children and families across Victoria, in a range of roles including Director of Statewide Programs during which time she established support services for Forgotten Australians.
Over the last 25 years Kate Eversteyn has been committed to improving the lives of children by creating safer environments where they can thrive and grow up free from abuse. Until 2011, Kate was the Director of the Child Protection Compliance Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly AusAID). For the last 5 years, Kate has been a consultant supporting many organisations, with weak or no child safeguarding systems in place, to become compliant and resilient organisations that embed child safeguarding into organisational culture. Kate has developed child safeguarding education and capacity building initiatives for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Immigration and Border Control, Nauru Child Protection Division, Australian Sports Commission, Samoan Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture and numerous non-government organisations in Australia.
In 2012, Kate was awarded an AusAID Australia Day Award in recognition for her leadership and work in child safeguarding.
Kate’s academic accomplishments include a Masters in Children and Youth Studies, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Youth Work).