Board

ECLC’s Board oversees the governance, strategic, risk and financial responsibilities of the organisation.

ECLC’s Board comprises:

Janet Matton AM
Chairperson
Chairperson
Janet Matton AM
Janet is a Director of Epworth Healthcare and has been the Chairperson of ECLC since 2014.

She has 20 years of senior corporate management experience. In her 30 years at IBM, Janet was the head of operations in Australia and New Zealand where she oversaw the extensive and robust management systems of the entire IBM company. Janet also chaired the IBM Diversity Committee, the IBM Great Place to Work Initiative, the Skills Council and was the sponsor of the IT Architect Profession.

In 2020, Janet was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia AM in the General Division for her significant service to the information technology and health sectors.

In 2012, Janet was a finalist in the Westpac/AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards, and was awarded Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2010.
Christine Cowin
Deputy Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson
Christine Cowin
Christine Cowin has worked as a family lawyer since 1986 and is the Deputy Chairperson of ECLC.

Chris practises in all aspects of Family Law including property settlements, children's issues, defacto issues and same sex relationships.
Luong Ta
Treasurer
Treasurer
Luong Ta
Luong Ta has a Bachelor of Accounting, a Masters in Business Administration and joined the ECLC Board in 2018.

Luong has a background in the energy and fuel industry across Asia Pacific, holding senior management roles in commercial, strategy and finance.

Luong is experienced in leading through change, strategy, business development supply chain optimisation, B2B sales and marketing in Australasia, Europe and Asia.
Dr Guy Masters
Secretary
Secretary
Dr Guy Masters
Dr Guy Masters is Manager, Family and Community Support Services at Yarra Ranges Council. Guy has been a member of the ECLC Board since 2015.
Katherine Dowson
Board Member
Board Member
Katherine Dowson
Katherine Dowson’s career history speaks to a deep and enduring commitment to social justice and human rights. A Social Worker by profession with Master of Public Health, Katherine is an experienced organisational leader focusing on improving outcomes for individuals experiencing intersectional disadvantage, through innovative approaches and trusted partnerships.

Katherine was formerly the leader of Eastern Health's response to family violence in which she gained sector wide recognition in 2018 when Eastern Health was shortlisted in the Public Health Care Awards for leadership in Family Violence strategy and implementation.

Whilst Director of SECASA (South East Centre Against Sexual Assault) she led a consortium operationalising the Victorian Governments participation in the National Redress Scheme, whilst also collaborating with key stakeholders and advocates to establish the Victorian peak body for Sexual Assault Services & Harmful Sexual Behaviours (SASVic). In 2020, she was nominated as Vice Chair of SASVic and supported the delivery of key submissions to the ‘Victorian Law Reform Commission: Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences’ and in 2021 the ‘National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children’.

In recent years she has driven significant innovation and cultural change in the context of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health Service (RCVMHS). Holding key responsibilities within the Eastern Health Mental Health & Wellbeing Program transformation.

Katherine has been a member of the ECLC Board since early 2018.
Elke Smirl
Board Member
Board Member
Elke Smirl
Elke Smirl is the CEO of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place. While Elke was born and raised in Victoria, her family came from South Australia. She is a descendant of both the Kaurna and Nurrungga peoples of the Adelaide Plains and Yorke Peninsula. As an Aboriginal woman, Elke has extensive networks in the Victorian Aboriginal community and for three years managed an Aboriginal family violence service and was also Chair of EMR Indigenous family violence regional action group.

Elke has worked in the government public sector for more than 30 years, and her last role with the Victorian Public Service was as an Assistant Director with Aboriginal Victoria. About 20 years of her public sector career has been in Indigenous affairs, with most of her experience in governance and community development for Victorian Aboriginal communities. Elke has co-facilitated governance, community development and accredited and non-accredited cultural heritage training for the Victorian and Australian governments, working with communities across Australia.
Ali Besiroglu
Board Member
Board Member
Ali Besiroglu
Ali Besiroglu is a Principal Lawyer at Robinson Gill and specialises in Criminal Law & Police Misconduct. He joined the ECLC Board in July 2022.

After finishing high school, Ali studied a Legal and Dispute Studies degree at RMIT. His academic achievements resulted in his lecturers encouraging him to study law. Ali then completed a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in 2012.

Ali was heavily involved with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS). He commenced at VALS as a policy officer while studying law and then was gradually promoted to a senior solicitor role over the next six years.

Ali has significant court advocacy experience and has appeared in every Magistrates' Court across metropolitan and regional Victoria, as well as the County Court. He has instructed in criminal and civil trials in the Victorian County and Supreme Courts, including in the Court of Appeal.


Donna Hayes
Board Member
Board Member
Donna Hayes
Donna Hayes has served in the Government public sector for over 38 years and is currently the Manager Community Partnerships in Outer Eastern Melbourne Area DFFH.

Donna is passionate about working together to improve equity, access and inclusion for the most disadvantaged within our communities.

Donna spent 30 years working in Disability Services, in direct service delivery, contract management and reform implementation. In recent years her career has taken her into project management, community services and community partnerships.

Donna has a certificate in Disability Nursing, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership
Lucy Duncan
Board Member
Board Member
Lucy Duncan
Lucy Duncan is currently a Director within the global company Kenvue (formerly Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health), which is the world’s largest pure play Consumer health manufacturer. Her current role is focused on capability development for the manufacturing sector (Supply Chain) in Asia Pacific.

She has more than 12 years of human resources experience (including recruitment, talent management and capability development), in addition to four years of legal experience (practice focused primarily on corporate litigation) at Allens Arthur Robinson.

She has also lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East and USA.

Lucy holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Laws.
Michael Smith
CEO – ex-officio
CEO – ex-officio
Michael Smith
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