Chief Executive Officer
Appointed as CEO in 2019.
Paula is a lawyer with extensive experience in the practice of family law, governance and the family violence sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Laws from the Australian National University as well as a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution. Paula is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Paula practised as a barrister in family law for many years and she served as a Non-Executive Director of the RACV for nine years. She has worked in a managerial capacity at both InTouch, the Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and EDVOS before joining Safe Futures Foundation – now Refuge Victoria – as the CEO in November 2019.
Paula was an elected councillor of the City of Manningham from 2016 until 2020 and served as Mayor of Manningham in 2018/19.