Our Board

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We are a membership organisation,
governed by a Board of Directors.

Maria Dimopoulos AM

Board Chair

Maria is a lauded human rights advocate and champion of diversity and gender equality. She holds extensive experience and expertise, particularly around the rights and meaningful inclusion of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds in policy and system reform.

Margaret Augerinos

Deputy Chair

Margaret is a qualified Social Worker who has been working in the not-for-profit community services sector for the last 35 years, across many different settings including family counselling, community health, community legal services, and advocacy and rights organisations.

Tania Rose

Board Treasurer

In her professional career of over 20 years, Tania has led finance, IT and business service functions across the education and health sectors. She is currently Corporate Services Director at Family Planning Victoria.

Libby Jewson

Board Director

Elizabeth (Libby) has had over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of professional settings in education, community rehabilitation, community health, primary health and service system reform through the primary care partnership sector.

Janet Jukes

Board Member

Janet has held key leadership roles in effective organisations for over 30 years. Janet’s experience in the human services sector includes work in child, youth and family services, relationship and counselling services, homelessness, family violence, community legal sectors, AIDS Councils and universities. Janet’s current role is CEO of Refuge Victoria.

Joe Ball

Board Member

Joe Ball is a longstanding LGBTIQA+ advocate and CEO of Switchboard Victoria. Joe believes in grassroots solutions to systemic issues and draws upon LGBTIQA+ history and the work of LGBTIQA+ activists who have paved the way to guide his work.

Chris Mathieson

Board Member

Chris is passionate about addressing structural and systemic inequities that discriminate against women and currently leads a feminist family violence organisation to achieve this necessary change.


Safe and Equal is the peak body for Victorian organisations that specialise in family and gender-based violence across the continuum, including primary prevention, early intervention, response and recovery.

As a statewide voice for change, we advocate on behalf of and support the development of high-quality services and programs across the continuum.