Centre for Non-Violence
Board of Directors
Priya Chandra has over 20 years’ experience as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy and is the founder of a consultancy specialising in helping small businesses go digital. Priya served two deployments in the Middle East and worked in many different areas including marketing; communications and public affairs; information technology; human resources; and risk and governance. Born in India and brought up in Adelaide, Priya has lived and worked in nearly every State and Territory, as well as in the UK. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is studying for a Master in Strategic People Management.
Erin fell in love with volunteering for non-profits in her first year studying at LaTrobe University Bendigo in 2003, when she started volunteering at events for the Bendigo Student Association. Erin moved on from this to become a member of the Board of the Bendigo Student Association and has since been a passionate volunteer, committee and board member for numerous non-profit organisations across Bendigo. Erin is a voice for social change and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Community Development, while also working in the youth mental health sector.
A solid foundation was established for Andie, after completing her tertiary studies with a focus on psychology, sociology and women’s studies. With 25 years’ experience working in the sector, Andie’s passion for working with vulnerable families and children began as a Foster Care worker in Shepparton, Victoria. It was in this case management position she realised her place was working directly with children who had been exposed to trauma, rather than referring on to specialist services. Andie has held positions with Centre Against Sexual Assault (Bendigo), Bendigo Community Health Services and EASE (now the Centre for Non-Violence. Andie also established her own Equine Assisted Therapy program, to provide counselling and experiential learning opportunities for those who had experience significant trauma. Andie is currently Manager Community Services for the City of Greater Bendigo.
Nazirite (Naz) Pond is an Investment Banking Analyst at BNP Paribas currently covering the natural resources sector and in particular, metals and mining. Naz is passionate about CSR and sustainability issues and sits on the BNP Paribas Australia and New Zealand CSR Committee. She is a key member of the BNP Paribas Environmental Working Group that focuses on driving and implementing everyday sustainability solutions. An avid global learner, Naz has worked and studied in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Naz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University. Naz also serves her community as a Justice of the Peace.
Grace has qualifications (including a PhD) in social work. She moved to Central Victoria about 20 years ago to take a break from social work and to escape the city. After establishing businesses in hospitality and tourism, Grace moved into social work academia and now works in her business as an academic consultant. Grace is passionate about the work undertaken by CNV and has been a member of the CNV board for much of the past 20 years. She is committed to ensuring women’s voices are heard in the tertiary education sector.
Executive Group - Innovation and Impact Unit
Head of media and Communications
An experienced journalist, editor, manager, advocate and community engagement specialist, Nicole was previously editor of central Victoria’s daily newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser. A multi-award winning journalist, her work has long been acknowledged for helping change community attitudes - in particular around gender inequality. Her acknowledgements include an Our Watch Walkley Foundation award on reporting on violence against women and children.
Nicole has held positions on several committees and boards, including the national Our Watch Media Advisory Board and national Mindframe Media Advisory board, and has presented locally and internationally - including at parallel events at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Senior Manager Strategic Projects
Robyn is a qualified social worker who brings a strong research and policy focus to her work. She is committed to social work and social change, using research, evaluation and evidence to demonstrate the social impact of CNV’s work.
She has previous experience working at CNV in the role of General Manager - Prevention and Development and the Regional Integration Coordinator (Loddon Campaspe) to improve family violence service and system responses. Prior to working with CNV, Robyn was a Lecturer and Seminar Leader within Social Work Education and Education Curriculum at La Trobe University (Bendigo).
Executive Group - Programs and Services
Senior Program Manager Outreach Services
Cate is the Senior Program Manager for Outreach services in the Client Services Program at Centre for Non-Violence. Cate has been part of the Centre for Non-Violence’s journey for 17 years.
In 2014 Cate returned to study and completed the Graduate Certificate in Social Science in Male Family Violence, to support the work of the Centre for Non-Violence Men’s Behaviour Change Program.
Senior Manager Therapeutic Services
Cheryl (Che) oversees and delivers therapeutic/clinical services that are trauma informed, evidence based and informed, and underpinned by feminist theoretical frameworks.
She has a long-standing commitment to understanding societal structures and culture. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work and has worked for the Centre for Non-Violence since 2002.
Senior Manager Partnerships and Service Development
Heather brings more than 25 years of experience to Centre for Non-Violence. Responsible for the development of relationships and partnerships with other organisations and individuals, Heather supports these relationships to strengthen and extend the scope and capacity of CNV to undertake its work and meet its strategic objectives.
Heather’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Diploma of Criminology and Master of Criminology.
Executive Group - Corporate Services
People and Culture Manager
Karen is responsible for overseeing the human resources, IT and wellbeing portfolios. After working in Human Resources leadership roles during the past 20 years and as a HR Consultant for the last 7, Karen brings an expertise in leading and mentoring people, and HR governance. Karen has a love for painting, and you will find her either in the garden or working on a creative project in her spare time.
Executive Support Coordinator
Cara works closely with the Leadership Team and Board of Management to support the delivery of key strategic projects. Caras responsibilities include delivering positive changes in areas such as IT and Quality Assurance and always looks for innovation and iniatives to support CNV acheive its strategic vision.
She brings to CNV over 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors, working previously in Agriculture and Energy industries.