Our People

Our Patron

Howard Nathan, Supreme Court Justice (ret.), Adjunct Professor La Trobe University Law School

Our Board

Our Board provides oversight and governance to ensure that our programs work towards an inclusive community built on a foundation of human rights and equality before the law. The Board meets monthly to evaluate the organisation’s operations and to ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are in place to minimise risks. The Board’s key areas of focus are:

  • strategic vision
  • financial accountability
  • occupational health and safety
  • risk management
  • policies and procedure

Our Board members are Niall Hensey (Chair), Sally Smith, Trevor Kuhle, Celia Adams, Tim Adam, Baydon Widdicombe and Patrick Jennings.

Our Staff

Hayley Mansfield  – Executive Officer
Hayley joined us after working at the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative where she was the General Manager, Family and Community Services. She has previously worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Baptcare and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She is a proud Tanganikeld and Ramindjeri woman and looks forward to implementing ARC Justice’s first Reconciliation Action Plan and working alongside local Aboriginal communities to ensure ARC delivers a culturally safe environment and increases its impact with aboriginal communities.

Chris Sedgman – Operations Manager
Chris has a Master of Business Administration and has worked as an Accountant and Business Manager in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, including previous experience in the community legal sector. Although originally from Melbourne, Chris has lived in regional Victoria for over 22 years and has been actively involved in her community.

Dawn Jackson – Senior Bookkeeper
Dawn worked at PT Tomkinson for almost 10 years where she was the Finance & HR Administrator. Dawn has a Graduate Diploma in Management and Diploma of Local Government Administration (Supervision) as well as an Associate Diploma of Business (Accounting).

Natasha Gray – Assistant Accountant
Prior to joining us Natasha worked at Bendigo TAFE as an Assistant Accountant. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, an Advanced Diploma of Business (Accounting) and is a qualified CPA.

Steve Womersley – Communications Officer
Steve manages communications for ARC’s three programs. He has a background in publishing and has worked in the community legal sector on and off since 1990. He has an Associate Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing (RMIT) and a Diploma of Community Development.

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