New Board CEO and Commissioner named for Victoria - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

New Board CEO and Commissioner named for Victoria

September 19, 2017

The Victorian Government has announced today the appointment of Fiona McLeay as the new Victorian Legal Services Board CEO and Victorian Legal Services Commissioner.

Fiona is currently the CEO of Justice Connect, Australia’s largest provider of pro bono legal assistance to people experiencing disadvantage who seek access to justice. She began her legal career at Phillips Fox, then worked at Clayton Utz before becoming General Counsel at World Vision and moving to the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) Victoria in 2010.

Fiona has served on the boards of a range of organisations and is currently Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission, chair of Health Justice Australia and a Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

She holds degrees in psychology, criminology and law, including a Masters of International Law and a Masters of Public Service Law and has been awarded international scholarships at Harvard, Stanford and NYU.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula said ‘I congratulate Ms McLeay on her appointment as Victoria’s next Legal Services Commissioner. Her skills, experience and passion for social justice make her uniquely suited to fill this important role’.

Board Chairperson, Fiona Bennett, said the Board was delighted to have someone of Ms McLeay’s calibre as CEO and Commissioner. ‘Fiona will bring an innovative approach to the work of the Board and will continue her predecessor’s drive towards more effective, proactive, risk-based regulatory activity. I congratulate Fiona on her appointment and welcome her to the Board.’

Ms Bennett also thanked outgoing Board CEO and Commissioner, Michael McGarvie, for his dedication to, and enthusiasm for, legal regulation over the past eight years.

‘Michael has achieved great success in modernising and streamlining legal regulation in Victoria since commencing in 2009. The innovative projects which Michael introduced over this time have reduced red tape for both lawyers and consumers of legal services,’ Ms Bennett said.

Mr McGarvie announced in August he would step down from his dual role on 26 September.

Executive Director of Complaints and Intervention, Mr Russell Daily, will act as CEO and Commissioner from 27 September until Ms McLeay officially commences her term on 8th January 2018.