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, Director of People and Corporate Services
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 human resources 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.
Amy Frew, Director of Client Services (Acting)
Amy Frew came to Tenants Victoria from the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), where she held key legal roles in Darwin and Alice Springs. In Melbourne, she has previously worked as a solicitor at the intersection of law, policy and advocacy at the Human Rights Legal Centre. Amy brings to her role practical experience in the field, strong values and commitment to helping people uphold their rights. As Director of Client Services she supports our team of talented lawyers and other frontline workers who apply their professional skills to make a difference for renters in our community
Carman Parsons, Director of Innovation
Carman Parsons is an experienced manager and leader who has worked in the Victorian legal-assistance sector for over 10 years on reforms to intake and referral, improving client experience, disaster legal services, online legal information and advice programs and diversity and inclusion action plans. Carman takes a curious and creative approach to finding innovative solutions, changing organisational mindsets and supporting her colleagues in complex and high-demand environments. Carman has qualifications in law, social policy and humanities and before joining the legal sector worked in sexual assault education and support, disability policy and diversity programs.
Agata Wierzbowski, Director of Client Services (Leave)
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.