Justice Connect CEO, Fiona McLeay appointed to new role

19 September 2017

The Board and staff of Justice Connect congratulate its CEO, Fiona McLeay on her appointment as the new Legal Services Commissioner and Legal Services Board CEO which was announced by the Victorian government today.

After nearly eight years at the helm of Justice Connect, Fiona McLeay is moving to this important new role, where we feel sure she will make a difference.

“Fiona will leave a huge legacy. She began as CEO of the Public Interest Clearing House (PILCH Victoria) in February of 2010,” says Mitzi Gilligan, Chair. “Fiona has overseen huge growth in Justice Connect, including bringing together PILCH VIC and PILCH NSW to create Justice Connect in 2013.”

“In the time Fiona has been CEO, we have increased our impact and most importantly been able to provide outcomes for more clients. We’ve more than doubled the staff group, new services have been developed, existing services have grown and evolved. We have been fortunate to have someone at the helm with such a strong, coherent vision, who has managed to keep us focused on achieving the goals that we have collectively set.”

Gilligan noted that “While we’re sorry to see Fiona go, she will leave the organisation stronger than it has ever been. The Board has already commenced the process to recruit a permanent CEO to bring new energy and new ideas, building on Fiona’s legacy and the strategic thinking that the organisation’s been doing in the past year.”

The acting CEO of the Justice Connect is Sue Woodward (returning from annual leave on 9 October). Sue has been the Director, National Projects for Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit service and prior to that was the Director, Policy & Education at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.


Contact: Ed Butler ed.butler@justiceconnect.org.au +613 8636 4476