The Board is responsible for setting the organisation’s strategic direction. The Board sets policies, priorities and strategies for the Commission in performing its functions.
The Board members provide important links to the broader Victorian community, ensuring the Commission’s work remains relevant and responsive to the human rights issues that touch people every day.
Moana Weir (Chairperson)
Moana Weir is an experienced lawyer and Board member, with 15 years’ experience as company secretary and general counsel of ASX listed entities such as REA (realestate.com.au) and SEEK, as well as serving on the board for V/Line Corporation (2010 to 2013) and Melbourne Montessori School Ltd. Moana is currently the Head of Legal for Regulatory and Consumer at Bupa ANZ.
Moana has senior management experience in leading legal, regulatory and risk management, corporate governance, sustainability management, corporate communications and external reporting.
She has a passion for driving real change and better outcomes in equal opportunity and human rights, including the areas of gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Jennifer Huppert is a lawyer with nearly 30 years’ experience, practising largely in the area of commercial property, and is currently a special counsel at KHQ Lawyers.
Jennifer has a long involvement with the community and not-for- profit sector. She is currently president of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, and has previously served on the Boards of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Youth Connect and the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia.
From February 2009 until November 2010 Jennifer was a member of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Victoria, and prior to that served as a director of the Emergency Services and StateSuperannuation Board.
Laurinda Gardner has more than 20 years’ experience working for not-for-profit, state and local government boards, and as a senior government executive leading large policy and operational teams.
Ms Gardner is one of three Administrators appointed in April 2016 by the Victorian Government to manage the responsibilities of the City of Greater Geelong Council. She has also consulted for a wide variety of government bodies including the Victorian Ombudsman, Victoria Police and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority.
Ms Gardner served as Deputy Secretary for Organisational Reform, Corporate Strategy and Services, and Strategic Management within the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance between 1998 and 2013.
She is a current board member and former chair of Berry Street, a not-for-profit association which helps young people and families recover from the effects of violence, abuse and neglect.
Faddy Zouky OAM
Faddy Zouky is an Australian lawyer and the President and Chairperson of the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
He is the Principal with Trust of Zouki Lawyers, the Executive Director of the Zouki Group of companies and is an active member of the Australian Lebanese community.
Faddy served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program contributing to the improvement of infrastructure, environmental issues and youth in Lebanon.
He has also worked as a registered Migration Agent in helping refugees migrate and settle into Australia and has contributed significantly to SBS as a community advisor.
Faddy was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012 and was appointed by the Lebanese Government as the honorary Consul General in Tasmania for Lebanon.
Matt Finnis was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the St Kilda Football Club in 2014.
Prior to joining St Kilda, Matt was CEO of the AFL Players’ Association, representing the interests of current, future and former AFL players in a range of industrial, commercial and development matters.
Before his roles in the AFL Matt worked as a commercial lawyer advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government. Matt also has extensive experience on boards supporting community causes and organisations including; Ladder, AFL SportsReady, Surfing Australia, Surf Life Saving Victoria and HeartKids Australia.
Matt has been a founding member of the Sport Male Champions of Change Group since 2015, working with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality. In 2016 he was awarded the Straight Ally of the Year at the GLOBE Community Awards.
Rebecca is a Partner at Ernst & Young in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team, working on sustainability and health, safety and environment engagements.
Prior to becoming a partner in 2016, Rebecca worked as a Sustainability consultant and a Chartered Accountant for Ernst & Young since 2004. She also worked as a Chartered Accountant for BNP Paribas in London.
Rebecca was a board member of Cambodian Kids Can, a volunteer-staffed charity that supports children’s welfare, education and community projects in Cambodia, from 2014–17. She was a board member and the finance committee chair of the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, an environmental foundation, from 2011–14.