Announcing our new CEO

16 January 2018
Justice Connect is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Povey as its new CEO, effective 19 February.
Chris returns to Justice Connect from the Victorian Human Rights Commission where he led the Commission's ground-breaking policy development and research work as Head of Policy and Research, including overseeing an independent review into Fire Services and ongoing work with Victoria Police.
 
He also worked with Victoria Legal Aid as Manager of Mental Health and Disability. Prior to his time with Victoria Legal Aid, Chris led our pioneering Homeless Law team.
 
Announcing Chris’ appointment, Justice Connect’s Chair, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs said “We’re delighted that Chris is coming on board as Justice Connect’s new CEO. His record at the Victorian Human Rights Commission and Victoria Legal Aid was exemplary, and to bring someone of his energy and calibre who shares our vision of a fairer and more just world is a marvellous opportunity.”
 
“Chris stood out among an impressive group of candidates for the role. His skills and experience, and his deep understanding of, and affinity with Justice Connect’s values and impact will prove invaluable as we continue to reach more and more people who are locked out of the justice system and give them a fair chance at a better life,” said Prof Triggs.
 
Reflecting on his appointment, Mr Povey said: “I’m truly honoured and excited to have been chosen to lead this wonderful organisation.
 
“Justice Connect is known for its ability to make an impact in the lives of people in times of vulnerability. It understands the power of the law to be a force for good. Connecting people with legal help can have a life-changing impact on people who are doing it tough, and build stronger, healthier communities.
 
“I’m also looking forward to working with the committed, talented and passionate team at Justice Connect - the incredible people I worked with years ago were the reason we could make an impact and I am sure the current crew are just as good.
 
“I’m determined to ensure that Justice Connect continues to have a greater impact for the people and organisations we exist to help. It has already established itself as a leader in developing new and exciting ways of connecting people with the help they need.”
 
 

Comment and inquiries:                    Ed Butler, Communications Manager, Justice Connect, 
03 8636 4476, 0429 850 653, ed.butler@justiceconnect.org.au