Committees

Liberty Victoria has dedicated, experienced and passionate people serving in management and policy roles on committees.

Management Committee

Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: President
Jessie Taylor BA(Hons) | LLB(Hons) | MSc(HA) is a lawyer working in the community sector, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. She currently sits on the Board of the Asylum... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Senior Vice President, YLLR supervisor
Michael Stanton is a barrister with a focus on appellate criminal and administrative law. Prior to becoming a barrister Michael was a youth and disability worker, researcher and associate at the... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Immediate Past President
George Georgiou SC is a member of the Victorian Bar practising mainly in the field of criminal law. He regularly appears in criminal trials, appeals, inquests and other quasi criminal proceedings.... View profile
Committee, Policy Committee
Title: Secretary
Paul Smallwood is a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He practises in administrative law and criminal law. Paul contributes to the Lawyers Practice Manual Victoria and was formerly a member of the... View profile
Committee
Title: Treasurer
Neale Meagher was appointed treasurer of Liberty Victoria in 2013. He entered the business world after completing a Bachelor of Business at RMIT and has been involved in a number of industries over... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Vice President
Jamie Gardiner is a vice-president of Liberty Victoria and a former member (2000–2009) of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. He was a community member of the Mental Health... View profile
Committee
Title: Vice President
Thomas Kane is a Melbourne businessman and photographer who joined the Management Committee of Liberty Victoria in 2010.  He sits on the Advisory Board of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Rights Advocacy Project
Title: Vice President
Katharine is the current Chair of Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project.
Committee, Policy Committee
Title: Public Relations/Media
Kevin Childs is the author of eight books, an editor, university lecturer, journalist, screenwriter and media consultant. His long-term project is No Surrender, looking at Aboriginal leaders who, for... View profile
Committee
Title: Communications and events
Reece Lamshed is the CEO of the user experience design enterprise, Binary Blue. Reece was previously a manager of community radio stations 3RRR-FM and 3ZZZ-FM. He managed a national organisation that... View profile
Committee
Title: Management Committee
Aggy Kapitaniak is a barrister, a prevoius secretary of Liberty Victoria and an elected member of the Criminal Bar Association. Her practice includes a wide range of criminal and quasi-criminal... View profile
Committee
Title: Management Committee
Trained and admitted as a lawyer in New Zealand, Diane has a strong background in social and criminal justice. In New Zealand, she worked in the Ministry of Justice and was co-founder of JustSpeak, a... View profile
Committee
Title: Management Committee
Sam Norton (LL.B., B.A) is partner in Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers having joined the firm in the latter part of 2006. Sam previously worked for Radford Legal in Stawell and St Arnaud, Lucas and... View profile

Policy Committee

Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Management Committee
Title: President
Jessie Taylor BA(Hons) | LLB(Hons) | MSc(HA) is a lawyer working in the community sector, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. She currently sits on the Board of the Asylum... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Senior Vice President, YLLR supervisor
Michael Stanton is a barrister with a focus on appellate criminal and administrative law. Prior to becoming a barrister Michael was a youth and disability worker, researcher and associate at the... View profile
Policy Committee
Julian Burnside is a barrister, human rights advocate, author and past president of Liberty Victoria. He is well known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and has... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Immediate Past President
George Georgiou SC is a member of the Victorian Bar practising mainly in the field of criminal law. He regularly appears in criminal trials, appeals, inquests and other quasi criminal proceedings.... View profile
Committee, Policy Committee
Title: Secretary
Paul Smallwood is a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He practises in administrative law and criminal law. Paul contributes to the Lawyers Practice Manual Victoria and was formerly a member of the... View profile
Policy Committee
Title: YLLR Supervisor
Daniel Webb has worked with the Human Rights Law Centre since 2012 and leads much of its work on refugee rights and the rights of people in all forms of detention. Prior to joining the HRLC Daniel... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Vice President
Jamie Gardiner is a vice-president of Liberty Victoria and a former member (2000–2009) of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. He was a community member of the Mental Health... View profile
Committee, Spokesperson, Policy Committee, Media Contact, Rights Advocacy Project
Title: Vice President
Katharine is the current Chair of Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project.
Committee, Policy Committee
Title: Public Relations/Media
Kevin Childs is the author of eight books, an editor, university lecturer, journalist, screenwriter and media consultant. His long-term project is No Surrender, looking at Aboriginal leaders who, for... View profile
Policy Committee
Policy Committee
Title: YLLR Supervisor
YLLR, Policy Committee
Policy Committee
Tim Warner has been working on Privacy and e-Health issues at Liberty since 2008. A former Treasurer of Liberty, he is normally engaged in the boating industry at Anchor Marine of Sandringham. He... View profile
Policy Committee
Title: Policy Committee
Leah van Poppel is the Chief Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia
Policy Committee
Adam McBeth is an Associate Professor in the faculty of law at Monash University and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Adam teaches international human rights law,... View profile
Policy Committee
Title: Policy Committee
John Maloney is a barrister, having been called to the Bar in October 2016. Prior to this, he worked on the Royal Commission into Family Violence, investigating the Victorian legal system’s responses... View profile
Policy Committee
Policy Committee
Title: Policy Committee
Angie joined the Victorian Bar in October 2013. She has broad experience as an advocate in a variety of courts and tribunals, with a focus on criminal and administrative law matters. Angie's advice... View profile
Policy Committee, Media Contact
Title: Policy Committee
Spencer Zifcak was President of Liberty Victoria during 2011 and 2012. He is Allan Myers Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Legal Studies at Australian Catholic University. He obtained... View profile
Policy Committee
Policy Committee
Andrew Vincent is a lawyer. He is currently employed by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service where he works in family law. His previous professional experience includes working in international aid... View profile
Policy Committee
Hugo is a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He practises in commercial litigation, administrative law and human rights. He is committed to the protection of human rights and the promotion of social... View profile