Published: October 2020
Last updated: January 2022

Our people

Find out more about the members of our senior leadership team and our board, who are committed to making a real difference in the lives of renters.

Our Senior Leadership Team

Jennifer Beveridge, CEO

Jennifer has been CEO of Tenants Victoria since June 2019. A collaborative not-for-profit leader, her experience spanning management and service delivery roles in housing, health, youth and community development over 25 years has been centred on the needs and aspirations of people in the community receiving those services. Driven by social justice values, Jennifer’s operational skills are complemented by a grasp of public policy detail and what’s required for stakeholder engagement and successful advocacy. Many of her most satisfying work outcomes, Jennifer says, have been achieved at times when public policy and funding constraints required bold decision-making

Before she joined Tenants Victoria, Jennifer was CEO for seven years at Eating Disorders Victoria. She has also worked at Jesuit Social Services and Merri Health and lectured at La Trobe University. Jennifer’s initial training was as a clinical speech pathologist. She also has two Master’s degrees – a Master of Strategic Foresight and an MBA, both from Swinburne University. In 2016, Jennifer was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and undertook a study program at Harvard University on how innovation and collaboration can improve service outcomes.

 

Kylie Betts, People and Culture Manager

A human resources leader who has worked in Australia and overseas, Kylie’s professional  experience spans the corporate, disability and broader not-for-profit sectors  She has worked in HR for the Energy Savings Trust in the UK, and in Melbourne for Kraft and the welfare agency Good Shepherd. Kylie places a high priority on a partnership approach within Tenants Victoria to develop staff and internal culture and shape organisational capability.

 

Farah Farouque, Director of Community Engagement

Farah leads the Community Engagement Team and her portfolio spans advocacy, policy and research, media and communications and training. Farah was previously Principal Advisor, Public Affairs and Policy, at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Before joining the community sector she was an Age journalist with roles including Law and Justice Editor, Social Affairs Editor and reporter from Federal Parliament’s Press Gallery and the Victorian Parliament Press Gallery. Farah is also the Board Chair of The Social Studio, a social enterprise working with young people from refugee backgrounds. Her professional awards include selection for the International Visitor Leadership Program in the United States and has been a recipient of the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence.

 

Agata Wierzbowski, Director of Client Services 

Agata leads our interdisciplinary Client Services Team comprised of lawyers, outreach workers and intake workers. Her passion for building high-performing legal service teams has been shaped by over 10 years’ practice experience in the community legal sector and beyond. She has worked in roles including as a solicitor at the Consumer Action Law Centre, policy manager at the Women’s Legal Service Victoria, and most recently as Executive Officer and Principal Lawyer at the St Kilda Legal Service. Agata has served on community boards including at Social Security Rights Victoria.  In 2015, she was awarded the Victorian Law Foundation Community Legal Centre Fellowship.

 

Phil Connell, Corporate Services Manager

Phil’s responsibilities at Tenants Victoria include technology, business contracts and technical and management services. Following 10 years as a comedy TV producer for HBO, and 20 years as a business manager at Citigroup in New York and London, Phil moved to Melbourne and has spent the last 8 years in management roles in the not-for-profit space. Before joining Tenants Victoria, he was general manager of the Australian American Education Leadership Foundation, and corporate services manager at Crime Stoppers Victoria. He is active on the school council at Glen Iris Primary School, and treasurer of the Aberfeldie Cricket Club.

Our Board

Judith Dickson, Chair 

Appointed: 23 January 2017
Judith practised as a litigation lawyer in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States before moving into legal education as a clinical academic at La Trobe Law School and then as Director of Practical Training at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. She now consults in legal education and training. Judith began her involvement with community legal centres as a law student volunteer and continued as a volunteer lawyer and as a member of management committees and boards. She was an early member of the Legal Aid Committee (Victoria) and a member of the board of PILCH (Victoria) (now Justice Connect), chairing its staffing sub-committee. She was on the international steering committee of GAJE (Global Alliance for Justice Education), chairing its first nominations committee and later its conference scholarship committee. She has also been a member of the executive committee of APLEC (Australasian Professional Legal Education Council). Judith’s professional life is guided by the principle that the law should support, not obstruct, practical social justice. She sees Tenants Victoria’s work as also driven by that principle and is a determined supporter through her role as Chairperson of the board. Judith has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and Master of Adult Education (Global).
Special responsibilities: Chairperson, from 24 September 2018

 

Jiayue Li 

Appointed: 19 August 2019
Jiayue is a senior legal executive with extensive experience as a trusted advisor to senior stakeholders and company boards across a range of sectors, including financial services, commercial property and healthcare. Throughout her career, Jiayue has taken an interest in pro bono work with a focus on making legal services accessible to those who only infrequently interact with the legal and justice system.
Special responsibilities: Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

 

Clinton Licht

Appointed: 1 December 2021
Clinton is a digital transformation executive who has led large organisational changes across the globe. He first understands a business’s aims then leads the strategy and plan to achieve future goals for operational growth and consolidation. Clinton has significant experience in the understanding of financial management, audit practices, corporate governance skills and the willingness and ability to think and act strategically. He is focused on transforming the experience that an organisation delivers to their customers through investment in technology and digitisation of their business.

Having been born in South Africa, and having travelled and lived extensively in different locations, Clinton brings diversity, experience and a perspective crossing different backgrounds and cultures to a broad range of challenges. He is passionate about giving back to the community.

Clinton is a full member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undergraduate and master’s degrees in finance and technology.

 

Kristie Looney

Appointed: 1 December 2021
Kristie is an experienced leader from the not-for-profit, social enterprise and social service sectors. She is a senior executive with Uniting Vic Tas where she heads up the Housing and Property division, responsible for the delivery of the social housing growth strategy.

Kristie was the co-founder of a social-enterprise real estate business that generates profit to build homes for women and children at risk of homelessness.

She is passionate about cross-sector collaboration to develop innovative solutions to end homelessness. Her belief is that every person should have access to a safe, secure and affordable home, and that this has a direct impact on shaping just and healthy communities.

Kristie has a Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research) and a Master of Urban Planning and is a licensed real estate agent.

 

Andrew Ogbourne 

Appointed: 5 March 2018
Andrew is a respected information technology management consultant with extensive experience leading ICT and digital renewal initiatives across Australia and a passion for helping people and organisations to recognise and respond to the complex challenges and opportunities that contemporary technologies present. Andrew’s expertise in IT strategy, governance, program delivery and operational management of IT functions in public, private and non-profit organisations, combined with his experience in risk management and organisational change, allow him to provide a unique and valuable perspective to Tenants Victoria’s strategic direction, governance and organisational performance. Andrew 30 founded Pentridge Community Garden as a hub for urban residents in Melbourne’s north. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (Physics and Statistics). He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special responsibilities: Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

 

Colin Prasad 

Appointed: 20 April 2020
Colin is a finance professional with nearly 30 years’ experience in audit, industry and corporate finance roles in Australia and abroad. His ‘day job’ is a Director of Moore Australia (Melbourne) where he has provided important advice to not-for-profit boards. Having lived in eastern Europe for 5 years and travelled extensively for work and fun he has seen how people and societies live and work in many developed and developing nations. Colin cares about a cohesive society and proudly contributes to this with his work at Tenants Victoria. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne) and Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance. He is a Member, Chartered Accountant, of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Special responsibilities: Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

 

Sarah Young 

Appointed: 19 August 2019
Sarah is an experienced public sector manager having worked for 20 years in the local and state government and higher education sectors in Victoria and New Zealand. Sarah has expertise in marketing communications, community and stakeholder engagement and policy development. Sarah is passionate about public service. Her professional and voluntary work is focused on ensuring that the voices of Victoria’s diverse community are heard on issues that affect them and advocating for policy change to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable members in our society. Sarah is currently taking a break from her career to raise a family and focus on her voluntary work.
Special responsibilities: Chair of the Governance Committee

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