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 - Vacant

Deputy Chairperson - David Templeman


Completed 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.

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 - Caroline Hart


A 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.


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.

Jo McCubbin

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Dr Jo McCubbin is a regional paediatrician based in Sale, Victoria.
She grew up in. Melbourne but lived in Geelong, Wollongong and Sydney during postgraduate training, before settling in Gippsland in 1992.
She has a keen interest in the social and environmental determinants of child health and has been active in community campaigns across Gippsland against toxic waste, poor air quality and on-shore gas development.
Jo has represented the Australian Paediatric Society on the National Rural Health Alliance since 2006. She has also been involved with Gippsland Women’s network since  the late 90’s and teaches medical students through the Sale Monash Campus. She is also back up support for a university student son, and octogenarian mother.
In her spare time she’s been known to train for and run a half marathon, knits colourfully, gardens a bit and cares for an elderly dog!

James McDougall

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James McDougall is a consultant and a child rights advocate. He has worked for the Youth Legal Service WA; the National Association of Legal Centres; the National Children’s & Youth Law Centre and Save the Children Australia. His consultancy has taken him throughout Australia and to China and the Asia Pacific. He has been interested in the challenge of delivering justice to regional Australians throughout his professional career. In 2013 he conducted an evaluation of a regional youth legal service project which has reinforced to him the importance of multidisciplinary partnerships, innovation and technology as key to the delivery of justice to ordinary Australians.

He is also a Steering Committee member of the Australian Child Rights Taskforce.

Peter Long

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Peter is a lawyer based in Gunnedah, NSW and has over 30 years’ experience in servicing the legal needs of members of the rural community throughout regional and remote Australia. Peter fervently believes in the rights of those living in regional, rural and remote areas of this country to access both appropriate legal advice and dispute resolution mechanisms that are affordable and usable and has embraced the use of technology to enable his clients to achieve those goals where possible. Peter is a regular contributor to journals and conferences on legal issues that affect the delivery of justice to those outside our larger urban areas and on managing a legal practice in such an environment.

In 2007, Peter was awarded the National Civil Justice Award by the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association (now ALA) for an outstanding contribution to the delivery of civil justice.

Peter also runs an organic cattle breeding operation with his wife, Sarah and has his fully environmentally sustainable law office on their farm with no power, phone, water or sewer lines connecting them to the outside world.