The Board of ARC Justice, encompassing Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre, and Housing Justice programs, is delighted to advise the appointment of Damian Stock as our new CEO.

Damian is the former CEO of Inner Melbourne Community Legal (IMCL) and will commence his new tenure with ARC Justice at the end of August, replacing Hayley Mansfield who returned as interim CEO while the search for permanent leadership was undertaken.

Damian’s experience and values will provide an outstanding opportunity for our organisation as we continue to deliver legal and tenancy services for Central and Northern Victorian communities. His vast experience integrating legal services with partner organisations, particularly in health, education, housing and homelessness, and to deliver early intervention services, will enable our organisation to have a greater impact on those who need it most.

Damian has also previously practised as a lawyer, with accredited specialisation in administrative law and experience in housing rights, and was a Principal Lawyer at Tenants Victoria and Managing Lawyer of the Economic and Social Rights Program with Victoria Legal Aid. 

He has considerable experience in policy development and law reform as the former Chief of Staff at homelessness and housing organisation Launch Housing, and throughout his career as a lawyer and legal community leader has consistently demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving access to justice and human rights; becoming a highly respected figure in the Victorian community legal sector.

The ARC Justice Board would like to thank and acknowledge interim CEO Hayley Mansfield and Annika Kearton as former Acting CEO for their work guiding the organisation through the pandemic which saw need for community legal services increase dramatically.

ARC Justice has continued to provided safe, responsive services to communities in regional Victoria, and is looking forward to building on this solid framework with new leadership.

Andrew Chittenden

Chair, Arc Justice Board of Directors.