Our board

Victoria Law Foundation is governed by a board of eight.

Picture: Victoria Law Foundation's Board, September 2018

The board of the Foundation is appointed under the Victoria Law Foundation Act 2009 (Vic).

The Honourable Hartley Hansen QC, Chair

The Honourable Hartley Hansen QC is a retired Victorian Court of Appeal judge.

Following a successful career at the Victorian Bar, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984. Ten years later, in 1994, he was appointed to the Supreme Court and subsequently to the Court of Appeal in 2010. He sat in all jurisdictions during his 18 years on the Supreme Court. He retired as a Judge in 2012 and currently sits as a Reserve Judge.

Hartley has also made significant contributions outside the court, as Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee of Melbourne Health and as a former Chair of the Syllabus Advisory Committee of the Judicial College of Victoria.

Belinda Wilson

Nominee of the Law Institute of Victoria (2015)

Belinda Wilson is the Vice President of the Law Institute of Victoria and is the Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Counsel of Port Phillip Bay Scallops.

In her role as CEO of Port Phillip Bay Scallops, Belinda is responsible for the establishment and development of the only wild-catch, hand-dive scallop industry in Victoria.

Belinda has an extensive legal background as a commercial lawyer in regional Victoria, and was awarded the Victorian Young Property Lawyer of the Year Award 2012, presented by the Law Council of Australia in conjunction with Land Victoria. In 2011, she was named the Regional Lawyer of the Year, a Law Institute of Victoria President’s Award.

Belinda has experience in the education sector, having been a university lecturer and tertiary education director.

Claudia Fatone

Nominee of the Federation of Community Legal Centres Vic Inc. (2015)

Claudia Fatone is the Executive Officer of the Fitzroy Legal Service, one of the oldest community legal centres in Australia. Prior to joining Fitzroy Legal Service, Claudia was the Sector Development Manager with the Federation of Community Legal Centres. In this role, she supported community legal centres with organisational development, funding, human resource management, professional development and training, and accreditation. Claudia’s work experience prior to the Federation of Community Legal Centres role included recruitment, HR and sports management.

Claudia was elected to the Board of Cricket Victoria in 2011 and re-elected in 2014. A Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, for the past 10 years Claudia has volunteered with the YWCA's Asista Program, a mentoring program for young women.

Stephen Roche

Appointed by the Attorney-General of Victoria, The Hon. Martin Pakula MP (2015)

Stephen is a Partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in its Assurance and Advisory division. Stephen provides assurance, financial due diligence and accounting advisory services to a wide range of organisations including listed companies, major multinational corporations, not-for-profit entities and government bodies.

Formerly a Partner at Ernst & Young, he has over 22 years experience in the accounting profession. Stephen is also an accredited audit service provider to the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office, an Inspector of Municipal Administration and an accredited Solicitors Trust Auditor. In addition to his client-facing roles, he is the People Leader for the Victorian Assurance division at Deloitte, responsible for staff development, recruitment and performance.

Stephen was previously a co-opted member of the foundation's Audit, Finance and Investments Subgroup for three years prior to joining the board.

Melissa Castan

Appointed by the Attorney-General of Victoria, The Hon. Martin Pakula (2015)

Dr Melissa Castan is an Associate Professor at Monash University, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the law faculty for more than 25 years. She is a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, and she teaches and writes on Australian constitutional law, public law, human rights law, Indigenous legal issues and legal education and research. She is the national editorial convenor for the Alternative Law Journal.

Melissa is co-author of The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: cases, commentary and materials (2013), and, Federal Constitutional Law: a contemporary view (2014), both with Professor Sarah Joseph. She most recently co-authored 'Public Law and Statutory Interpretation; Principles and Practice' with Federation Press in 2017.

Peter Noble

Nominee of the Board of Victoria Legal Aid (2018)

Peter is the Executive Director of Services and Innovation at Victoria Legal Aid. Peter’s work focusses on effective regional service delivery, legal needs analysis, coordinating legal assistance sector services and managing the Community Legal Centre funding and development program.

Peter’s legal practice experience has been grounded in the legal assistance sector, initially as a private practitioner in Queensland conducting legally aided matters and later with the Community Legal Centre (CLC) sector. He led the establishment of Bendigo’s Loddon Campaspe CLC and Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley CLC, becoming Executive Officer of their parent organisation ARC Justice in 2013.

Peter’s work has focused on innovative service design, including Health Justice Partnerships, and meeting the justice needs of rural and regional communities.

His Honour Magistrate Brian Wright

Nominee of the Courts Council (2018)

Brian Wright is a Victorian magistrate and Victims of Crimes Assistance Tribunal member specialising in the Workcover jurisdiction. He is also a member of the Municipal Electoral Tribunal.

Brian has extensive legal experience as a practising solicitor, as a barrister and later as a member of the judiciary. He began his career as a solicitor with Slater and Gordon and served at the Victorian Bar from 1978 to 2004. Throughout Brian has demonstrated a commitment to community legal services. From 1988-2004 he co-authored “Accident Compensation - Victoria” for the LexisNexis loose leaf service. And he has convened and been a member of the publications committee of Fitzroy Legal Service since 2005. He is also a contributor to The Law Handbook.

A former lecturer in employment law at Victoria University, Brian is Chair of Magistrates' Court WorkCover Users Group and a member of Magistrates' Court Civil Practice Committee.

This page was last updated on April 30, 2019