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Refuge Victoria is an independent not-for-profit incorporated association governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our Directors govern and guide Refuge Victoria and are committed to the organisation’s vision for people escaping family violence to live safe and free.

Emily Ryder

Emily Ryder

Chair

Director since 2019.
Appointed Chair July 2021.
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Raymond Burnett

Raymond Burnett

Deputy Chair

Director since 2018.
Appointed Deputy Chair July 2021.
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Kerrie McMahon

Kerrie McMahon

Treasurer

Director since 2018.
Appointed Treasurer 2021.
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Professor Karen Smith

Professor Karen Smith

Secretary

Director since 2020.
Appointed Secretary 2021.
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Bernadette Dobeli

Bernadette Dobeli

Board Director

Bernadette joined the wider collective of Brenda House in 1990.
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Kerryn McLean

Kerryn McLean

Board Director

Director since 2020.
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Bridget Thakrar

Bridget Thakrar

Board Director

Director since 2021.
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Lino Sinni

Lino Sinni

Board Director

Director since 2021.
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Paula Piccinini

Paula Piccinini

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed as CEO in 2019.
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