The Board


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.

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