Serge joined the Board in 2008 and has more than 25 years of service to Victoria Legal Aid under his belt. Previously with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) and holding the position of acting Principal Solicitor at Fitzroy legal Service (FLS), Serge once again finds himself working with Legal Aid 3 days a week.
BRIANNA DAVIDSONVice Chairperson
Brianna is a senior communications and advocacy manager, currently working with the Department of Education and Training Vic. She has 10 years experience developing strategies for domestic and international for-purpose organisations including: International Women’s Development Agency, Foundation for Young Australians and Anglicare Victoria.
Shorna is the Director of Policy and Engagement at the Federation of Community Legal Centres. With a passion for social justice, shorna is the chair of Smart Just for Women and sits on several other reference and advisory groups. Shorna is also involved in a number of local community projects addressing youth homelessness and housing. Shorna joined the board in 2014.
John is the Investment Manager for Spotlight Group Holdings with a focus on equity investments. John has over 14 years of financial services experience across domestic and international banks working predominantly with ultra-high net worth clients including charities, not-for-profit organisations and private ancillary funds. He joined the board in October 2018.
SASCHA SURGEYBoard Member
Sascha has many strings to her bow. She has worked for the Department of Health and Human Services focusing on disability and other areas. She has more than 20 years of experience in the human services and education sectors. As well as her extensive experience in community housing, Sascha is also a secondary school mathematics teacher. We are grateful that she also manages to dedicate her time to the Wombat Board.
MARK BALDWINBoard Member
Joining the Board in 1998, Mark is Wombat’s longest serving Board Member. He is a local resident and respected architect, with projects focused heavily on environmental sustainability. Mark pioneered ‘earth sheltering’, which is the most ecologically sustainable approach to domestic and small-scale architecture. Mark brings a unique perspective to the ever-changing housing landscape.
Ilana Jaffe Board Member
Ilana has over 15 years experience working in homeless, family violence and health services. Ilana received the Melbourne Award for services to the community and was an expert witness on two panels in the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Ilana now works for Family Safety Victoria.