Our People

Our People

Victoria Police Legacy is governed by a board of directors, which is responsible for directing, influencing, and monitoring the organization’s business.

  • Patrons


    The Honourable Linda Dessau AC





    The Chief Commissioner of Police, Graham Ashton AM APM

  • Board Executive

     Chair – Commander Lauren Callaway APM


     Vice Chair –  Detective Superintendent Steve White APM



  • Board Members

    Senior Sergeant Darren Kenos

    Senior Sergeant Diane Wilson
    Superintendent Mark Galliott - Chief Commissioner's Representative

      Inspector James Dalton

    Detective Senior Sergeant John Laird - President: The Police Association 
    Senior Sergeant Kate O’Neill


     Inspector Kerrie Hicks

      Anthony DeFazio - Bank Vic

     Rev Jim Jung, Senior Police Chaplain, Victoria Police 



  • Chief Executive Officer

    Our Chief Executive Officer, Lex de Man AFSM, started at VPL in June 2016. Lex has a strong background and experience within the emergency management sector, having come to VPL following 20 years’ service in executive roles at the Country Fire Authority (CFA). His service at the CFA was preceded by 18 years’ policing experience as a sworn member of Victoria Police. His experience in the area of governance extends to previous roles in local government, having been a Mayor and local councillor for 5 years. Lex’s qualifications include being awarded a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from La Trobe University. Lex has been recognised at the national level having been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2011 Australia Day Honours for the leadership he displayed and support he provided to CFA Members during the devastating 2009 Victorian Black Saturday fires.


  • Office Manager

    Our office manager, Erica McMahon, started with VPL in mid March 2011. Erica has been working at the Victoria Police Academy in Glen Waverley at the Promotions Programs Unit which conducts training for all newly promoted sergeants, senior sergeants and inspectors. Erica has extensive experience in the office management role and is a very efficient event organiser taking on responsibility for the Annual Trip and the Christmas lunch.

  • Field Officer

    Originally from Warrnambool Eileen Keily has experience working in psychiatric nursing, general nursing and social work. Eileen has worked as a community and liaison nurse making her the “link” for patients and clients between various internal services, community services and agencies. This included resourcing government, council and private providers of services for clients e.g. dept. of housing, social security, various service clubs, accommodation services, legal and advocacy services. Eileen has also been employed in Aged Care where she worked in administration and as a Family Liaison Officer, Veterans Liaison Officer and Complaints Officer for the Department of Human Services. Eileen utilises all this experience when working with our legatees and travels many kilometers around the state to visit them.

  • Administration Support Officer

    Carol Jenkinson – Carol started with Victoria Police legacy in May 2017. Carol has an extensive background as a travel agent and has also worked for Telstra in their administration area. She spent many years at home raising her three children and during this time she was a professional volunteer offering administration, secretarial and organisational skills to many local community groups. She has been involved in and run Football Clubs, Scout Groups, Church Groups, Playgroups and Festivals - both large and small. Much of her involvement was with a local tourism association where she provided administration and operational support. Carol comes with a wealth of varied knowledge and experience particularly in the field of administration and website management.

  • Ambassadors

  • Consultant

    Lindsay Cummins

  • Finance Manager

    Our Finance Manager, Judy Thompson CPA, started with VPL in January 2018. Judy has over 20 years’ experience in the areas of financial and management accounting and reporting, compliance and risk management, audit and corporate services. Judy has a strong commitment to the Not for Profit sector, more recently working in senior management roles at Windana Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Volunteering Australia. Judy also works as the Executive Officer for Diamond Valley Community Support which provides emergency relief services to the people of Greensborough and surrounding areas.

  • Youth Event Coordinator

    Andrea Lyons is our Youth Events Coordinator. She brings to VPL 25 years as a serving police officer (she retired in 2012) experience working with youth and the experience of being a legatee. She is now a Friend of Police Legacy. Her work as a police officer including time in the mounted branch and for the last 12 years Andrea worked in the Police Schools Involvement Program and as a Police Youth Resource Officer. In that time she initiated and implemented a youth diversions program called "Right Step". Andrea organises our young adult group events and family camps and works with our families.