A safe Victoria, for everyone.

It all starts with respect


A safe Victoria,
for everyone.

It all starts with respect.

Who we are

Respect Victoria is led by a CEO and Board of eight directors.

As their profiles show, they bring strong leadership experience, diversity and a wealth of knowledge about behaviour and cultural change across our communities.

Pleas visit our FAQ section to learn more about their appointments or this page to understand Respect Victoria’s role and where we fit in.

Our Board

Melanie Eagle


Melanie Eagle is the inaugural Board Chair for Respect Victoria - Victoria's first agency dedicated to the prevention of family violence. Her past roles have included working with the Department of Justice, in women’s advocacy, victim’s services and social policy including law reform in relation to family violence. She spent her early career as a lawyer specialising in discrimination and sexual assault in private practices, before working at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Ms Eagle is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Hepatitis Victoria, with associated roles as a Board Director of Hepatitis Australia, the Centre for Research and Excellence into Injecting Drugs Use (Burnet Institute) and the Victorian Government’s Hepatitis Working Group. Her Board experience includes Director, Alfred Health; Director, Star Health Service; Member, Victorian Disability Advisory Committee; Management Committee Member, Chronic Illness Alliance; Patron, Epilepsy Foundation and Mayor and Councillor of the then City of St Kilda. She has qualifications in Law, Arts, Social Work and International Development and is a Graduate of the AICD.

Andi Diamond

Board Director

Andi has a range of experience across local government, including through her current role as Chief Executive Officer at the City of Monash. She recently served as President of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board, and has served on the boards of Regional Development Australia, Breast Screen Victoria, the Queen Elizabeth Centre, and the Monash Gallery of Art, and continues to serve on the board of St John Ambulance Victoria.

Kate Fitz-Gibbon

Board Director

Kate brings extensive experience from her research and publications on legal and service responses to family violence, law reform and youth justice. Kate is a member of the Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions, and the Monash Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention Research Program.

Rod Jackson

Board Director

Rod brings over 14 years’ experience leading national and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations. Rod is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative, and member of the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board and Barwon Regional Partnership Committee. Rod is also an advisory panel member of the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University.

Emily Maguire

Board Director

Current Chief Executive Officer at the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, Emily brings over 14 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and Victorian Government sectors. Emily is a Board Director at the Queen Elizabeth Centre; member of the Family Violence Steering Committee; and previous Manager, Policy and Projects, Children and Young People at Our Watch.

Julia Mason

Board Director

Julia Mason is the Executive Officer at the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia, and a non-executive director with Respect Victoria and the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC). She has a background in strategy, finance, and operations within the energy, advertising, real estate, and biotechnology industries.

Ms Mason has a more than 20 year career focused on creating growth and value in both Australia and Asia. Having held senior commerce and finance positions at Sensis and BP, Ms Mason has deep business knowledge developed in key business functions. She was previously Chair of the Victorian State Emergency Services (VICSES) and One in Five, and a non-executive director with VicUrban. Ms Mason lectured in Corporate Financial Management in the Masters program with FinSia, the former Securities Institute of Australia and was a Director with Same Business Different Outcome (SBDO), a Melbourne-based private equity business.

Liana Papoutsis

Board Director

Liana brings her own lived experience of surviving and starting life again after family violence to inform foundational key family violence reforms such as Support and Safety Hubs and is committed and determined to improving safety and support for women who are leaving violent or abusive relationships. She is a highly experienced human rights, international relations and law academic, family violence and social change advocate.

Steve Walsh

Board Director

Steve has extensive experience in law, including around family violence in migrant and refugee communities through his role as a member of the Health Justice Partnership Advisory Committee at the InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence. Steve has recently retired from his role as Chair, Director and Principal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. He maintains his practicing certificate and remains a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Tracey Gaudry


Tracey brings more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles across community, sport, government, education and professional services sectors. She brings an ability to realise positive social and community change through long-term, strategic advocacy and stakeholder engagement, and with a focus on inclusion, diversity and gender equality. Tracey's recent executive roles include CEO of Hawthorn Football Club, the first woman to serve in the role, and CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation. Tracey is a Board Director of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and President of the UCI Women’s Commission. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Sports Environmental Alliance and the Deakin University Sport Network Advisory Board.

Our vision is for a Victoria free from violence, where all Victorians are equal, empowered and respected, at home and everywhere.