The Alliance is a member based body with a Board of Directors. The Board consists of a diverse range of organisations representing major national players in the law and human service fields. The Board is responsible for governing the affairs of the Alliance and for determining and monitoring the direction of the Alliance as an organisation.

 The Board includes:

Chairperson - Professor Kate Auty

Professor-Kate-AutyAppointed Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in June 2009. Kate has worked in agriculture and academia, as a solicitor in her own law firm, as a barrister and as a multi-jurisdictional magistrate in both Victoria and Western Australia. She was a senior lawyer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. In 2008 and 2009, she held the Chair of the Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation and was a member of the Premier’s Reference Committee on Climate Change. Kate recently accepted an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the LaTrobe Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability Centre and is a member of other academic and research boards. 

Secretary - Cora Trevarthen


Cora Trevarthen’s career has demonstrated her capacity to work at the highest level in both managerial and strategic roles in the public and private sectors. Her high-level, applied policy instincts are complimented by effective communications skills.

A self-starter, she works just as well within small teams or leading large groups. Cora’s finely tuned financial instincts include executive responsibility for margin building, revenue growth and strategic restructuring initiatives.

She has also been involved with Federal and State governments in developing major social, regional and cultural policy statements together with consequential financial packages.

Whilst advising the Hon Justice Duncan Kerr QC during the Keating Government and more recently, the Hon Simon Crean, Cora contributed to major legal and cultural policy statements and funding packages and was involved in legislation in the areas of copyright, bankruptcy, access to justice, human rights and native title.  During the Rundle administration in Tasmania, Cora developed the strategic marketing and communications framework for the Premier’s information technology strategy including the development of a single service channel for Tasmanian Government services, Service Tasmania, Tasmania Online, Online Access Centres and the implementation of the whole-of-government telecommunications contract and state brand.

Cora currently works as Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University.


Treasurer - Gordon Stacey


Established his successful health consultancy business in 2011.  He currently consults to a wide range of clients including government and the private sector, and is a partner in Greenmonts Health Consulting, an Australian company that is currently developing technology solutions for patient electronic health records.

Previously, he held senior health executive positions with the Western Australian Department of Health including Principal Consultant to the Commissioner of Health, Director Country Services and Director Rural Strategic Planning where he provided support and policy advice to the Minister for Health and the Commissioner of Health on rural health matters.  He managed the Multi-purpose Service Program in this Western Australia and represented the State on the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Committee on rural health policy matters. He also assisted University of Western Australia with the set up of rural clinical schools in Western Australia.

Subsequently, he was General Manager of General Health where he led the health needs planning in specific areas for particular population groups and the population as a whole and developed strategic purchasing plans and health strategies targeting issues that offer significant health gains across Western Australia.

Gordon has also held a number of senior workforce development and human resource management positions within the Western Australian jurisdiction. He led the unit responsible for workforce planning for the health workforce in Western Australia.


Paul Boylan

Paul-BoylanIs a lawyer and has operated his own Legal Practice in Port Pirie for 34 years. He was admitted to the Bar in 1978, commissioned as a Notary Public in 1979 and a registered conveyance in 1987. Paul has been an outstanding contributor to the law, particularly in South Australia.

He has been a member of the South Australian Law Society for the past 23 years, and Chairman of the Country Lawyers Committee for the past 12 years.

Paul has been a representative on numerous Boards including the Port Pirie Regional Development Board, the Port Pirie Regional Hospital Board and the Westside Community Lawyers Board. He has also been involved in the Law Council of Australia Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers working group, and the Woomera Lawyers Group which received a National Award for ‘Excellent and outstanding representation of Children and young People’ from the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre. Paul was the recipient of the Law Society of South Australia Justice Award in 2007 and was made Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory by Pope Benedict XI in 2010.

David Templeman

David-TemplemanCompleted six years (2000/2006) as Director General of Emergency Management Australia (DGEMA), the Federal Government’s agency with responsibility for reducing the impact of natural, technological and human-caused disasters on the Australian community and the region. Before his appointment as DGEMA, David held several senior executive positions in the Australian Department of Defence.

David played a central role in the whole of government response to many major emergencies in Australia and the region, including bushfires, severe storms, cyclones, earthquakes and floods, including critical infrastructure failures. He also coordinated the Australian Government’s emergency management response to international crises such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States; Bali, Madrid and Jakarta embassy bombing; Australia’s response to the 2004 tsunami in South East Asia and the London bombings in 2005. David contributed to national health emergency planning issues such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic in 2003, and Avian Flu pandemic arrangements.

David has been the Chief Executive of a national peak not-for-profit organisation NGO in preventative health, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia since 2007. He is a senior volunteer member of St John Ambulance Australia, the Chair of the ACT Alcohol and Drug Foundation (Karralika) combined with other advisory roles in security and emergency management. In addition to these activities, David holds appointments on the Boards of the International Federation of Non-Government Organisations and the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions. He is also a member of the National Leadership Group for the White Ribbon Foundation.

Caroline Hart

Caroline-HartA lecturer in the Law School, University of Southern Queensland.  Prior to joining USQ in 2005, she worked for State Government for 15 years, working in a number of roles including development of policy and legislation, and on a number of commissions of inquiry.

Caroline is currently working on doctoral studies on the topic of Sustainable Regional Rural and Remote Legal Practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Master of Law from Queensland University of Technology.  She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and has worked as a solicitor in a consultancy role for a regional legal practice.

Caroline is a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and has provided consultancy training and development services to the public sector through that affiliation.

Kim Eldridge

Kim-EldridgeStudied at Flinders University in South Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and Bachelor of International Studies in 2001.  She has worked in various roles since graduation, including as an Associate to the Honourable Justice Nyland of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Kim is presently working as an adviser to the Honourable John Rau MP, Deputy Premier, Attorney-General, Minister for Planning and Minister for Business Services and Consumers, and is undertaking a Masters in Politics and Public Policy at Macquarie University.

Kim is the Deputy-Chair of the Australian Young Lawyers Committee and is a member of the Council of the Law Society of South Australia.