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Board Member Biographies

Board Members

Ministerial Appointed Directors

Jim Pasinis

Jim Pasinis has been instrumental in implementing government-funded community health services and has assisted marginalised young people in developing social and employment skills.

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Bill Forrest

Bill Forrest has over 20 years’ experience as a Director in areas of City Development, Advocacy and Community Services and as a CEO in local Victorian Governments

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Helen Clarke

Ms Clarke has worked in policy and operational roles including curriculum development, school governance and stakeholder relations.

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Tali Bernard

Ms Bernard has had many years experience as a board member in the Community Legal Service sector, including being a board member of Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) for over 11 years.

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Daniel Stubbs

Daniel Stubbs has a wealth of legal, policy and economics experience and is the Chief Executive Officer of Inner Melbourne Community Legal, he is also a director of the National Association of...

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Fiona Smith

Fiona Smith has held a range of leadership positions including ten years as Chairperson of Victoria’s Business Licensing Authority.

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Board Appointed Directors

Joe Dicks

Joe Dicks has over 31 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and was one of the founding partners of the forensic accounting division of PPB Advisory.

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Lee Astheimer

Lee Astheimer has BSc (Biology, Hons) from Lakehead University and a PhD in Ecology from the University of California. She has been a member of numerous boards and holds qualifications from the...

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Ian Munro

Ian Bruce Munro has extensive experience in economic development across a broad range of industry sectors, and in regulatory and land supply matters. Mr Munro was the inaugural Chief Executive...

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Richard Tait

Dr Richard Tait holds qualifications in science and information technology from Monash University and a PhD from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (now Sorbonne University).

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Chief Executive

Frances Coppolillo

Frances Coppolillo has an extensive history with Melbourne Polytechnic, most recently as Deputy CEO where she has led the College, Schools and a range of student focussed departments since...

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Staff Elected Director

Fiona Wahr

Fiona is an active researcher and regularly publishes in the field of higher education transformation. Her doctoral research combined her twin passions of sustainability education and...

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