Our Board

NTV/MRS Board

James McCarthy, ChairPortrait of James McCarthy

James has volunteered with MRS since 2009 and has been a Management Committee/Board of Governance member with NTV/MRS for four years. He is a Family Violence Case Investigator with the Coroners Court of Victoria and has previously worked as a Men’s Behaviour Change Facilitator in Melbourne’s North and South Eastern suburbs. James has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, disadvantaged young people and in the homelessness sector. He is currently also the Chairperson of commUnity Plus and C-Collective – an organisation he founded – and has previously been a President of Interchange Victoria.

James has a strong commitment to social justice, community development and accountable governance in community organisations. He enjoys working with the talented people who work hard to ensure NTV/MRS meets its vision and values, stating, “It has been a pleasure to work with people, both staff and volunteers, who put the community and the organisation first and have shown so much commitment to our work.”

Janet Jukes, Deputy Chair

Janet is the Deputy Chair of NTV and CEO of LifeWorks Relationship Counselling and Education Services. Janet has extensive experience in the community human services sector in both management, service delivery and policy in several fields including youth and family services, homelessness, family violence, community legal sector, and research, and undertaken various leadership and senior management roles at The Salvation Army, Youth Affairs Council of Vic, Youth Development Australia, Fitzroy Legal Service, and the AIDS Council of NSW.

Janet has worked as an academic at RMIT in the Master of Policy and Human Services Program and Lectured in Youth work at RMIT, the ACU and VU.

A Centenary Medal recipient for outstanding service to young people, Janet is also a highly respected community activist with extensive networks in the gay, lesbian, and transgender communities.

Chris Storm, Secretary

Chris has been involved in the community services sector, from children and youth through to housing and education, for over 30 years.She has worked in government, the community sector and as a volunteer. Chris managed a youth agency for several years and teaches at the Gordon TAFE in Geelong.

An Arts Therapist (AThR) at Storm Insight, her private practice, Chris currently works with men, women and children utilising art therapy to support change processes, trauma healing, and the development of healthy relationships.  She has co-facilitated more than 30 men’s behaviour change programs and is active in the delivery of NTV’s Graduate Certificate (Male Family Violence). Chris’s passion around addressing the complexities of family violence informs her commitment to the Board, her teaching and private practice.

Sonila Rudi, Treasurer

Sonila joined the NTV board in 2017. She believes that the family unit is the one environment where women, men and children can be safe and be themselves and that can only happen in an environment which is free of violence, both physical and mental. Sonila hopes that through her contribution she can support NTV to reach its vision.

In her business career, Sonila leads the finance and commercial function and her purpose is to help businesses connect with their numbers by translating commercial decisions into financial outcomes.

Sonila has a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tim Laurie

Tim Laurie, is a director of multiple information technology companies.

He is married and has four children. Tim is a senior consultant at TGL Consulting(TGL) which has provided Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) services to Melbourne business and startups for over 25 years. He is also the founder of the online off-site data backup service, Back-Up Guarantee(BUG), that utilises world leading
technology in cloud backup services.

Tim has a Bachelor of Applied Science(Computing) and a Post Graduate in Marketing. Tim is committed to women and children being safe and feels the current high rates of death and domestic violence against women and children as abhorrent. Tim’s commitment to the Board is to assist the organisation – with strategy and marketing skills – fulfil its intention of ending family violence by working with men.

Tim has previously worked as a volunteer MRS telephone counsellor working directly with male perpetrators of family violence.

Tim was also a program leader for a world leading training and development group where he led courses in performance and integrity.

Jo Howard

Jo is a Social Worker and Family Therapist who has worked in the child, youth and family and family violence sectors for over 30 years, across service delivery, research, policy and management. She has presented and published extensively, including two books, Mothers and Sons – bringing up boys as a sole parent and Bringing Up Boys, a parenting manual.

Jo has worked in men’s behaviour change programs, women’s and children’s programs, adolescent family violence and GLBTI family violence programs throughout her career. In her role as Executive Manager, Child, Youth & Family programs at Kildonan UnitingCare, Jo has oversight of men’s behaviour change programs, including specialist South Asian, Arabic speaking and fathering programs and of Kildonan’s Integrated Family Violence Program.

Jo is particularly interested in breaking inter-generational cycles of violence and believes a stronger focus on fathering in men’s behaviour change programs and working with adolescent males to promote respect and gender equality can contribute to achieving this.

Leanne Sinclair

Leanne Sinclair is the Associate Director Family Violence Response at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and is responsible for leading VLA’s whole of organisation efforts to
implement reform and innovation in family violence service delivery for the benefit of clients affected by family violence and of the community as a whole. Leanne is leading VLA’s response to the recommendations for the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and provides advice in relation to strategy, policy, legal issues and priorities relating to the provision of legal services as well as designing and implementing projects to improve services.

Previously, as Program Manager Family Violence at VLA, Leanne was responsible for managing VLA’s family violence services, coordinating and advising on law reform directions and strategic advocacy priorities as well as managing family violence projects throughout the state. Leanne contributes to and sits on state wide law reform committees and stakeholder reference groups with the Department of Justice. Leanne undertakes legal file work, provides family violence and family law duty lawyer services and acts as an Independent Children’s Lawyer in commonwealth parenting disputes, representing the best interests of children.

Leanne’s strong background in family law and family violence was gained by working across government, the community sector and private practice. For five years Leanne was the Principal Lawyer at Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV), a state-wide Community Legal Centre that specialises in legal matters arising from relationship breakdown and violence against women. Additionally, Leanne worked in a busy private family law practice for three years.

In July 2017, Leanne was appointed to the board of No to Violence incorporating the Men’s Referral Service. Previously, she was a past chair and board member of the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (WDVCS), a state wide service that coordinates a crisis response to victims of family violence.

Alan Thorpe

Alan has over 25 years experience working with the Aboriginal Community in Victoria and since 2004 has been funded by Department of Human Services and Department of Justice to deliver approximately 20 leadership programs to vulnerable Aboriginal men. Alan qualifications in Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Men’s Behaviour Programs), Diploma in Community Development and Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.