Board

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

ECLC’s Board comprises:

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

Janet Matton 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.

Janet was a finalist in the 2012 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.

Christine has been an Associate at Robinson Gill in since 1989 and is the head of the family law team. Chris practises in all aspects of Family Law including property settlements, children's issues, defacto issues and same sex relationships.
Tony Monley
Treasurer
Treasurer
Tony Monley
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Tony Monley is a retired finance executive from the energy industry and the Treasurer of ECLC.

Tony spent over 30 years with the BP Group around Australia and South East Asia working across all segments of the oil and gas business. He then spent 8 years with Origin Energy, primarily on building risk and internal control processes for the finance function.

Tony has held a range of governance roles, serving on: subsidiary boards for BP; on two Victorian state boards via ministerial appointment; and on several finance, audit & risk committees. Tony is President of Doncare Community Services, Treasurer of Onemda and serves on a number of Rotary committees and boards.

Tony was recognised as Manningham’s Citizen of the Year in 2015 and was awarded an OAM in 2016 for service to the community.
Jose Abalo
Secretary
Secretary
Jose Abalo
Jose Abalo is a social worker in the Commonwealth government and the Secretary of ECLC.

Jose has had significant experience in human services at both State and federal government levels. He is currently the Program Manager for Social Work and Community Engagement for the Department of Human Services for the Northern Victoria Zone which includes a significant part of metropolitan Melbourne. Jose has also held the position of Ethnic Affairs Commissioner in the Victorian government, providing high level policy advice to the Victorian Premier.

Jose is also involved in the Board of Governance of local agencies Gateway LLEN and FAN.
Malcolm Cumming
Board Member
Board Member
Malcolm Cumming
Malcolm Cumming is a litigation lawyer and was appointed to Principal at Maurice Blackburn Ringwood in 2010. In addition to his law degree, Malcolm is a Law Institute of Victoria Personal Injury accredited specialist. Malcolm works exclusively in TAC matters, obtaining compensation for clients injured in transport accidents. He runs Maurice Blackburn's Commonwealth Compensation practice and provides advice in the area of superannuation and disability insurance.

Malcolm also works for Maurice Blackburn's social justice practice, supporting the rights of protesters opposed to the development of a McDonalds in Tecoma.
Jeanette McRae
Board Member
Board Member
Jeanette McRae
Jeanette McRae is currently employed in the community sector and has been a member of the ECLC Board since 2013.

Jeanette is a long-term resident of Yarra Ranges and is passionate about social justice issues and empowerment of individuals. Jeanette represented her community for 7 years as a Yarra Ranges Councillor (retiring in 2012) and has been a strong advocate for a community legal service presence in Healesville.

Jeanette has previously served on the Board of Victorian Local Governance Association. She is also an inaugural member of the Healesville Community Enterprise Ltd (Bendigo Bank) Board.
Dr Guy Masters
Board Member
Board Member
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.
Michael Smith
CEO – ex-officio
CEO – ex-officio
Michael Smith
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