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Paula Piccinini
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed as CEO in 2019.
Paula Piccinini
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.
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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