Find more out about the staff of Community Legal Centres Queensland.
James Farrell is the Director of Community Legal Centres Queensland, where he provides leadership and support to Queensland’s community legal centres.
James has worked as a manager/principal lawyer, volunteer and/or board member at many community legal centres. He is currently a member of the Queensland Legal Assistance Forum and the advisory board of the UQ Pro Bono Centre.
From 2011 to 2016, James was a lecturer with the Deakin University School of Law, and a fellow of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice. James' research has been published in the International Journal of the Legal Profession, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, the Monash University Law Review, the Family Law Review, Parity, and the Alternative Law Journal, where he was a member of the editorial board. James was a director of the National Association of Community Legal Centres from 2012 to 2016 and a director of Relationships Australia Queensland from 2015 to 2017.
In 2012 James received an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2014 received a Churchill Fellowship to examine lawyers' roles in community-led campaigns for change. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours for services to the community, particularly social welfare and legal access programs.
Sector Sustainability Coordinator
Rosslyn Monro is the Sector Sustainability Coordinator at Community Legal Centres Queensland.
Rosslyn has worked in the community legal sector for over 15 years in both solicitor and management positions.
Rosslyn is committed to the support and development of the community legal sector in Queensland and Australia. She has been on the management committee of Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLCQ) and is on the board of the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC).
In 2015 Rosslyn was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake study in the United States about how community legal services can proactively diversify funding sources in order to maintain sustainability of services.
In 2015 Rosslyn was also awarded the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland’s Woman Lawyer of the Year.
Cathy works part time as the Community Legal Centres Queensland Communication Manager. Her primary responsibility is to increase the profile and understanding of the work of Community Legal Centres Queensland and Queensland's community legal centres.
Cathy has worked in the communications field for close to twenty years, primarily with Not for Profit organisations specialising in child protection, health promotion and the arts.
Cristy Dieckmann is the policy worker at Community Legal Centres Queensland.
Cristy has 15 years’ experience as a lawyer, manager and management committee member in the community legal sector. She has worked at Caxton Legal Centre, the Youth Advocacy Centre and the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House and has been on the management committee of Prisoners’ Legal Service and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service.
Regional Accreditation Coordinator
Penny is the Regional Accreditation Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the National Association of Community Legal Centres Accreditation Scheme for community legal centres in Qld.
Penny worked in the Northern Territory Government for many years, focussing on public housing and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Penny is the chairperson of INCH Housing, and has project-managed the development and implementation of policy/procedure renewals and quality assurance compliance.
Member Services Officer
Hannah is a fifth year student at the University of Queensland studying a dual Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business Management.
Hannah started as a volunteer at CLCQ in February 2016, and now works two days per week in the role of Member Services Officer. Hannah assists with office management, administration tasks and finance activities.
Sector Development Officer
Carly Hanson is the Sector Development Officer at CLCQ, where her role is to support CLCs across Queensland to provide effective, high quality services to their communities by facilitating training and professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers, undertaking projects and initiatives to promote innovation and collaboration, and supporting CLCs with accreditation and legal practice risk management frameworks. Carly has over 15 years’ experience in the private and community legal sectors, and as a trainer in the tertiary education sector.