Our Board

Our Board

Our Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring Victoria Legal Aid meets its statutory objectives and carries out its functions and duties in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1978.

These include:

  • using best endeavours to make legal aid available throughout the state
  • determining priorities for the provision of legal aid
  • controlling and administering the Legal Aid Fund
  • providing funding for community legal centres
  • liaising with professional bodies to facilitate the appropriate use of services provided by private practitioners
  • carrying out legal education programs for the public and sections of the public who have special needs for legal education
  • undertaking research into all aspects of legal aid and making recommendations to the Attorney-General about desirable law reform based on practice experience
  • informing the public of legal aid services provided and the conditions on which those services are provided
  • working with other legal aid commissions.

Board meeting public proceedings

To read the Board meeting minutes, see Public record of our Board meetings.

Board members

Our Board is made up of a chairperson and six directors nominated by the Victorian Attorney-General and appointed by the Governor-in-Council. At least one member must have experience in financial management, at least one must have experience in public management, at least one must have experience with criminal proceedings (either as a legal practitioner or a judicial officer) and at least one must have experience in other areas of legal practice engaged in by Victoria Legal Aid or its officers.  

Bill Jaboor, Non-Executive Director and Chairperson

Bill Jaboor, Non-Executive Director and Chairperson

Bill was appointed as Chairperson of the Victoria Legal Aid Board on 1 October 2017. Bill has a distinguished public sector career as CEO of several local governments and has helped drive education, employment and development projects across the state for more than four decades. Bill holds a Masters in Business Administration from Deakin University and has also completed a course in the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s State and Local Government Program at Harvard University. ​

Robbie Campo, Non-Executive Director

Robbie Campo, Non-Executive Director

Robbie Campo has extensive experience in governance, strategy, financial oversight, legal and regulatory policy, brand and communications, people and culture, public affairs, risk and operations. She has held senior executive roles in the superannuation industry for over two decades. Robbie has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and was appointed in October 2016.

George Habib, Non-Executive Director profile

George Habib, Non-Executive Director

George Habib is a clinical psychologist and employed as the Associate Director Wellbeing Services at the University of Melbourne. George was previously the deputy director of Psychology at Monash Health, and was part of the Psychology and Specialist Services’ Design team that has won innovation awards for developing new programs. George has previously worked in sexual assault and mental health services and held clinical leadership roles within government and non-government organisations. He sits on the academic board of the Cairnmillar Institute and  maintains a clinical psychology private practice. George was appointed in July 2018.

Joh Kirby​, Non-Executive Director

Joh Kirby​, Non-Executive Director

Joh Kirby has over 25 years’ experience working in leadership roles across government and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently the Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Prior to this she was executive director of the Victoria Law Foundation and has also consulted on governance to a range of statutory bodies and not-for-profits. Joh is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Victorian Inspectorate and a member of the board of Cancer Therapeutics CRC an organisation that researchers cancer treatments. Joh received a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University (Hons), a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Canberra and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John O'Donoghue, Non-Executive Director

John O’Donoghue​, Non-Executive Director

John O’Donoghue has extensive experience in the finance sector, having been a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2005. He has significant experience working with, and auditing, large Australian and international listed and private companies. John is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, an ASIC Registered Company Auditor, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. John is also the Chair of Step Back Think, a Victorian not-for-profit entity dedicated to driving cultural change against social (one-punch) violence. John was appointed in May 2018.

Andrew Saunders​, Non-Executive Director

Andrew Saunders​, Non-Executive Director

Andrew Saunders is an experienced transformation leader for complex business, organisation and digital change, with broad experience in the health, government, finance and insurance sectors. He is currently a Board Director for Eastern Health and Dental Health Services Victoria, and Chair of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HiMSS) Asia Pacific. Andrew’s previous roles have included health chief information officer for Victoria, board director of Alfred Health, and chief executive for WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Commission’s Information and Technology Shared Solutions. Andrew was appointed July 2019.

Board member Clare Morton

Clare Morton, Non-Executive Director

Clare Morton has extensive and broad-ranging experience as a legal and policy professional, as well as an executive officer within both the legal and government sectors. Clare holds a law degree and a social work degree from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Recent roles include executive officer at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and acting CEO of the Coroners Court of Victoria. Clare has contributed to significant reform for victims in the criminal justice system and has been instrumental in staff health and wellbeing projects. Clare is currently Chair of the Coronial Council of Victoria and has a long involvement in the community through the community legal centre sector. Clare was appointed in October 2020. 

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