Board of Directors

John Cain, Chair

John is a senior Melbourne solicitor and son of the former Premier. He has worked as a lawyer for in excess of 33 years. John was managing partner of Maurice Blackburn and has served as CEO of the Law Institute Victoria and as Victorian Government Solicitor. In November John is currently the Victorian Solicitor for Public Prosecution.

Brian Howe, Deputy Chair

Brian is a prominent public intellectual whose career includes a number of years as a member of the Australian Parliament. He was Deputy Prime Minister in the Hawke Government of the 1980s.  Currently he is a Professorial Associate at the Centre for Public Policy at Melbourne University. He is interested in a range of social policy issues including employment, vocational education, ageing and social housing.

Faith FitzGerald, Secretary

Faith is an independent management consultant. She had a long career in senior management in the public and private sectors. Currently she sits on several boards.

John Howie

John is a lawyer running his own legal practice.  He has chaired a number of public bodies including Victorian Legal Aid, Film Victoria,and the Sports Federation Victoria (VicSport). He has also been active on the Boards of many community groups including the Montsalvat Board, Vision 2020, The Avoca Project,  The Law Foundation of Victoria, the Advisory Board of La Trobe University Law School, the National Tennis Centre Board of Trustees, Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust and Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth).

Maxine McKew

Maxine is an Hon Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the author of Class Act and Tales from the Political Trenches. She has a thirty year background as a broadcast journalist with the ABC. In 2007 she made the switch to politics and defeated John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. She served as a Federal MP from 2007 to 2010 and was Parliamentary Secretary for early childhood, and later for infrastructure and local government.

Chris Gallagher

Chris is a strategy consultant and has held senior public sector management positions with Major Projects Victoria and the City of Melbourne. She was a Ministerial Adviser to two Planning Ministers in John Cain’s government. She has been Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria and served on several State Government advisory bodies and the Boards of various community groups.

Daniel Nicholson

Daniel is a researcher at the University of Melbourne. He has previously worked as a youth worker in the area of youth homelessness and as a trade union organiser. He holds qualifications in political science, social policy and social work.

Adam Fletcher

Adam is an experienced accountant and joined the Board as Treasurer in 2016.  He has worked in financial analysis roles in several organizations, including for the Trade Union movement.  He is currently a manager at National Bank of Australia.

Sarah Bright

Sarah is a founding member of the Young Workers Centre, where she works on research and projects that advocate for young people at work. She has previously worked in trade unions, higher education and ethical clothing and footwear. Her studies include communications, economics and data analytics.

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