The Community Legal Centres Queensland Management Committee includes highly committed individuals who are representative of the Community Legal Centres Queensland membership. The committee includes representatives from regional and metropolitan centres, generalist and specialist centres, and well-funded and poorly-funded centres. The committee comprises the President, Secretary (currently the Community Legal Centres Queensland Director), Treasurer and up to six general members.
Our 2018-19 management committee
Hayley Grainger (President), North Queensland Women’s Legal Service
Hayley has been with NQWLS since 2008 and was appointed as Principal Solicitor in 2014. Hayley has a Bachelor of Social Work as well as a Bachelor of Laws and finds that her social work skills complement her work as a community lawyer when working with vulnerable clients.
Hayley joined the Community Legal Centres Queensland management committee in 2016, and has been our Treasurer since 2017.
Klaire Coles (Treasurer), Caxton Legal Centre
Klaire Coles is currently the Coordinating Lawyer of the Human Rights and Civil Law Practice at Caxton Legal Centre. Klaire has worked in community legal centres and at Legal Aid Queensland for over 10 years. Klaire has expertise in coronial inquests, human rights and anti-discrimination law.
Klaire is on the Management Committee of Community Legal Centres Queensland because she considers that it is imperative that we work together so that all member centres can provide access to justice for their clients.
Sue Garlick, LawRight
Sue Garlick is a Joint Director of LawRight and has worked there since 2006. Sue has led innovations in service design, resources and training to increase the capability of vulnerable clients to recognise their legal needs and get targeted help.
Sue says, “I serve on the Community Legal Centres Queensland Management Committee as my commitment to a healthy sector but I leave each meeting impressed with the diversity and strength of community legal centres and Community Legal Centres Queensland.”
Candice Hughes, YFS Legal
Candice Hughes is a proud Kamilaroi woman, mother and wife. She is a Solicitor with YFS and tutors First Nations law students. Candice has previously worked at two other community legal centres in Brisbane and has also worked as a sworn and unsworn member of the QPS. Candice has a particular interest in access to justice and social services by vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups. She is passionate about supporting and advocating for our First Nations peoples. Candice contributes to a number of Committees including the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland, Legal Aid Queensland’s First Nations Advisory Committee and the Queensland Law Society’s Reconciliation and First Nations Advancement Committee and RAP Working Group.
Bill Mitchell, Townsville Community Legal Service
Bill is the Principal Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent at Townsville Community Legal Service Inc. He has been involved with community legal centres since 1991.
Bill has been a Panel Member with the Financial Ombudsman Service (now AFCA) since 2007. He was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2008 for his work in promoting and advancing human rights in Australia through the practice of law. Bill was made an Outstanding Alumni of JCU in 2012. He was shortlisted for the International Bar Associations Pro Bono Award in 2018. Bill has represented National Association of Community Legal Centres five times before the United Nations in New York in debates around a new Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.
George Pharmacis, Robina Community Legal Centre
George Pharmacis is the Principal of Pharmacis Canning Lawyers, originally Canning Lawyers, serving the Gold Coast for over 20 years. George specialises in Criminal, Domestic Violence, Family Law, Wills, Estate Planning and Probate, Litigation and Dispute Resolution.
He is also Treasurer of the Robina Community Legal Centre, having recently won volunteer of the year for 2018. He attends advice sessions every Thursday night and is in touch with Community Legal Problems.
Justine Silverthorne, Pine Rivers Community Legal Service (part of Encircle Ltd)
“In 2017 I moved from private practice to the Pine Rivers Community Legal Service after volunteering for over 2 years. Community legal centres work is rewarding and challenging and has reaffirmed to me why I choose to practice law. Community legal centres are a vital service and I look forward to being part of their “voice” on the Community Legal Centres Queensland Management Committee”.
Donna Georgeson, Suncoast Community Legal Service
Donna Georgeson is the Business Services Manager at Suncoast Community Legal Services at the Sunshine Coast. Donna has a Master of Business Administration, Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Management, and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). She has held various senior leadership positions in both semi-government and non-profit organisations over the past 20 years and joined SCLS in February 2019.
Donna has volunteered previously for organisations such as Regional Development Australia and RSPCA Qld. Donna says “It’s very rewarding and satisfying to be able to volunteer, and I look forward to supporting Community Legal Centres Queensland Management Committee to provide a valuable service to its members.