Nancy Bassett is a passionate advocate for social justice. Experienced and skilled in Nonprofit Organisations, governance, stakeholder management, business development and project management for the past 30 years. Skilled in Public Speaking, Policy Development, Event Management and Volunteer Management in the Nonprofit sector. Professional, strong entrepreneurship and tireless in her efforts to give children a voice going through the Family Court as a result of family violence, separation or divorce. Nancy is an Elder of Ngaruahine, South Taranaki, New Zealand and is currently researching “Exploring Parallel Culture Based Restorative Programs in Preventing Family Violence in Aboriginal and Maori Families and Communities”.
Darren Mort has been a Barrister in Family Law for nearly 30 years. He is the Chairman of Patterson’s Barrister List. Prior to being admitted to the Bar he was a County Court Judge’s Associate to Judge Hassett. During that time he also performed research work with other County Court Judges for the Sentencing Manual. Darren practices in the areas of Family Law and DeFacto Property Law. He is an accredited Arbitrator on the List of Arbitrators kept by the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.
Darren was a Steering Committee Member on the Family Violence Taskforce headed by Chief Magistrate, Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. Darren is a current Committee Member of the AFCC (Australian Chapter). He is a Student Mentor for Melbourne University’s Law School, The University of Melbourne.
Darren is also a professional actor and producer who has appeared in many stage, film and television productions. He is the Executive Producer of 3 Big Men Productions. Recently, his film ‘Degree of Separation’ on family violence, opened the Beverly Hills Film Festival and won best short film in Canada in 2016.
Anne Schuster has a life long passion supporting the most marginalised in our communities. A strong advocate and conviction for social service in particular, helping people who continue to be living on the ‘fringe’ and stigmatised from today’s society.
Anne is a Registered Nurse graduating with a Bachelor of Education in Midwifery majoring in Health Promotion. She has worked at both St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital, Victoria. Anne commenced working with Bolton Clarke in 1988, formerly known as the Royal District Nursing Service, specialising in aged-care. She has extensive experience and expertise as a health professional at Community Health Centres and educational institutions, in particular, secondary schools. Anne is currently working with patients who have HIV/AIDS.
Janine Mahoney is a thought leader with an unquestionable commitment to human rights and social justice. Having held governance and leadership roles in the government, corporate and community sectors, she has over three decades of experience in the design and delivery of innovative solutions. With a focus on inclusion, safety and wellbeing, Janine is committed to strengthening people’s connection to family, community and culture.
After many years managing family violence services, Janine founded and was CEO of the Safe Futures Foundation. The service has grown to become one of Victoria’s largest and most innovative family violence services. She also served for six years as the Board Chair of Domestic Violence Victoria.
Janine provided oversight of an international research project in Timor Leste that investigated the community perceptions of violence. She was also selected as the Australian Family Violence Rotary Exchange representative to work with Police, District Attorneys and family violence services in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Janine has presented at the United Nations, national and international conferences and was an expert witness at the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. She was announced as an Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2018 and was also a finalist in the 2015 Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards and 2016 Telstra Business Awards.
Janine is currently the CEO of Difference by Design, a consulting firm specialising in organisational resilience and brokering innovative partnerships.
Helen Reizer is a highly regarded energetic and proactive Marketing, PR and Events Manager with extensive local and international experience. Helen’s networks are second to none, along with a proven track record of results driven negotiating and management experience within not only the fashion industry, but business, sports, media, film, education, beauty and lifestyle industries.
Helen’s company HRPR & Event Management includes communications, PR, marketing, events, promotions and charities within fashion, beauty and lifestyle markets. Helen is also one of the cast members of The Breakfast Stable Radio Show.
Representing clients from a broad range of sectors; corporate, automotive, media identities, entertainment, hospitality, various sporting codes, the arts, various charities and book launches including TOMMY & TIGER TERRY by Darren Mort.
Charities include Fight Cancer Red Ball, Make A Wish, Polished Man, RCH Celebration of Life Neo Natal Unit Balls, The Warwick Foundation, JewelChic for House in aid of Tererai Trent Foundation, Cupids Undie Run, Glaucoma Foundation, Tiger Mist Warriors, Blue September, Save Our Sons, Hummingbirds, Antaeus Charity, Fashion Aid, Beyond Blue, Variety, Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre, One Girl, Pink Ribbon, Breast Cancer network, Just BU, The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury, Susan Alberti Signature Ball, The Leukaemia Foundation, TLC For Kids, National Breast Cancer Foundation and Make Up Free Me.
Debbie Wiener has been a Barrister for over 30 years and has practised mainly in the Criminal and Family Law areas, with the last 15 -20 years being almost exclusively Family Law.
She appeared successfully in Victoria’s first stalking case and has written widely about stalking and family violence and presented at many conferences in these areas.
She was long-time Chair of “The Jewish Taskforce against Family Violence” and made submissions to the government, including the Royal Commissions, in relation to family violence and CALD communities.
She was part of the Law Institute’s referral group on Family Violence and is currently a Board Member of ‘Unchain my Heart’ which advocates for women who are refused a religious bill of divorce by their husbands.
Debbie appears frequently for Independent Children’s Lawyers and thus is able to see how family conflict impacts upon children and how the parties are often blind to the damage they cause.
Debbie is excited to join the Board of the To Be Loved Network and looks forward to promoting their work.
Greg Valles acquired a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and worked at the Australian Taxation Office for more than 15 years.
Since then he has grown his experience and has great networks in all facets of business, government in Federal, State & Local, and institutional at Corporate and Banking levels. Greg provides high-level consultancy for large projects ranging from $150-211 million in the Agricultural, Oil & Gas and Coal spaces. He creates proposals for investors, banks and other external bodies, whilst ensuring all legal frameworks are addressed, and applies his accounting, entrepreneurial and practical skills to ensure the project is de-risked and palatable.
Actively involved in the accounting and business community, Greg is currently a member of the Australian Taxation Office High Wealth Australian Client Working Group; Institute of Public Accountants; Australian Institute of Company Directors; National Tax and Accountants’ Association and Small Business Medium Enterprise; Australian Taxation Office Professional Forum; Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants; Fellow of the National Tax & Accountants Association; former member of the Small Business Medium Enterprise and Australian Taxation Office Professional forum; and former 6-year member of ATO High Wealth.
On a personal note, Greg is an advocate of Starlight Children’s Foundation and Liberty Victoria. Greg is also a member of Australian National Academy of Music; Melbourne Cricket Club; Melbourne Theatre Company; National Gallery of Victoria; Victorian Racing Club; RACV City Club and 35-year-plus Member of the St Kilda Football Club.