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

    Patron-in-Chief 

    The Honourable Linda Dessau AC

     

     

     

    Patron 

    The Chief Commissioner of Police, Graham Ashton AM APM

  • Board Executive

     Chair – Commander Lauren Callaway APM

    Lauren has been a member of the Police Legacy Board since 2010 and has been in the chair role since 2016. Lauren is the first female chair of VPL and has worked to raise our gender balance on the board to 50% of elected positions.

    Lauren has been with Victoria Police for 26 years and is the Commander at the People Development Command. Lauren’s focus in her Police Legacy role has been to ensure our organisation becomes more inclusive, embraces values-based decision making and creates a culture of compassion.

    This approach has seen some fundamental changes in the way the organisation delivers its services and as a result our legatee community has grown to over 1500 men, women and children. Our support has become more personalised, sustainable and centered around the concepts of engaging, connecting and supporting legatees to feel permanently part of the policing family.

    Vice Chair –

  • Board Members

    Senior Sergeant Darren Kenos

    Appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in 2015, he served for a number of years as the organizations ‘Treasurer’ until the role was dissolved following a re-write of the VPL Constitution which saw the Board become more strategic in its governance approach. Darren is Chair of the organisations Finance & Audit Committee.

    Senior Sergeant Diane Wilson

    Dianne was appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in 2015 and is currently working at the Victoria Police Academy.

    Superintendent Mark Galliott - Chief Commissioner's Representative

    Mark is the Chief Commissioner’s delegate on the Victoria Police Legacy Board and has been so since 2013. Mark’s current role is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government Liaison Officer in the Office of the Chief Commissioner.

      Inspector James Dalton 

    Appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in 2017, he has also served one term as Vice Chair.

     Detective Senior Sergeant John Laird - President: The Police Association

    John was elected to Board of The Police Association in 2005. Served as Junior Vice President and Senior Vice president over 8 years.

    Senior Sergeant Kate O’Neill

    In 2017 Kate was promoted to Senior Sergeant at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Engagement Team where she worked to drive culture change within the organisation that was in line with the findings of the VEOHRC’s Independent review Kate has been working with Police Legacy as a volunteer for 10 years. This is Kate’s fourth year as a Board Member.

     Inspector Kerrie Hicks

    Kerrie returned to Melbourne in May 2019 to take up her current role of Staff Officer to the Assistant Commissioner, Counter Terrorism Command. In May 2019 Kerrie was also appointed as a Board member of Victoria Police Legacy.

      Anthony DeFazio - Bank Vic

    Anthony is the Chief Executive Officer of BankVic, one of Australia’s largest mutual banks. Founded 45 years ago as the Police Association Credit Co-op for Police members BankVic now provides banking services to over 110,000 of Victoria’s police, health, emergency and public service employees and holds $2B in assets. Appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in April 2019, Anthony is one of two Non-Member Directors of the Board.

     Rev Jim Jung, Senior Police Chaplain, Victoria Police  

    Jim is one of three full time Senior Police Chaplains with Victoria Police. Appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in July 2019. Jim is one of two Non-Member Directors of the Board.

     

  • Chief Executive Officer


    Our Chief Executive Officer, Lex de Man AFSM, started at VPL in June 2016.

    Lex’s career is wide and varied. Born and educated in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Lex first became interested in the emergency management sector when he joined the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria, as a Volunteer Fire-fighter at the Yarrambat Fire Brigade, aged 17 in 1977. He has maintained this volunteer role throughout his work career and currently holds the most senior volunteer rank of Group Officer for the Whittlesea Diamond Valley Group of Fire Brigades’. He served from 1978 to 1995 as a sworn member of the Victoria Police Force serving in both uniform and as a Detective. From 1995 to 2015 he was an Executive on staff with the CFA, firstly being responsible for fire service delivery within three regional areas of Victoria, with the last 5 years of his paid CFA career prior to retirement, serving as the Executive Director of Training & Volunteerism. Since June 2016 Lex has been the CEO of Victoria Police Legacy. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, whilst employed full time with the CFA, Lex also served as an elected Councillor at the Shire of Nillumbik, serving 2 of his 5-years as Mayor.

     

    Lex has been recognised for his service and achievements both within Victoria Police and the CFA, receiving the following awards:

     

    • 2011 Australia Day Honours - Awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal – for his leadership during and post the Black Saturday Bushfire’s of February 2009.
    • The National Emergency Medal – Vic Fires 09
    • The National Police Service Medal
    • The National Medal with 2nd Clasp
    • The Victoria Police Ethical and Good Conduct Medal
    • Chief Commissioner’s Highly Commended Certificate in recognition for his arrest of an armed offender for in excess of 30-armed robbery’s following an exchange of gun fire.
    • Chief Commissioner’s Highly Commended Certificate in recognition for his leadership and investigative skills and professionalism which led to the extradition from the USA and subsequent conviction of Anne and William Hamilton-Byrne.
    • The CFA Outstanding Service Medal
    • The CFA Life Membership Medal

     

    Lex’s tertiary qualifications include an MBA from La Trobe University.

     

    During his policing career, Lex dedicated nearly 5 years of his police career into a ‘religious cult’ known as the ‘The Family’, which took him from Melbourne to New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA. This episode in Lex’s police career was turned into a film and book, both known by the title of ‘The Family’. The film premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival, winning the 2016 Best Documentary at the Australian Film Critics’ Awards. A 3-part series ‘Cult of the Family’ screened on the ABC over 3 weeks in March 2019.

     

  • 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 and Operations Manager, Judy Thompson CPA, started with VPL in January 2018. Judy has over 25 years’ experience in the areas of financial and management accounting and reporting, compliance and risk management, audit, corporate services and welfare support.

    Judy has a strong commitment to the Not for Profit sector, having worked in senior management roles at Windana Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Volunteering Australia, and until recently worked as the Executive Officer for Diamond Valley Community Support, a leading provider of emergency relief services in North East Melbourne.


     


     

  • 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 police legatee.  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.