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 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.
Caroline works part time as the Community Legal Centres Queensland Communication Coordinator.
Her role is to raise the profile of Community Legal Centres Queensland and public awareness and understanding of Queensland’s community legal centres’ work.
Caroline has worked in the media and communications field for 20 years, across traditional media and in media advisory and communications roles in both public and private sectors, ranging from scientific research, to lobby groups, federal bodies and local governments.
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.
Cathy is on leave until May 2019.
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 Community Legal Centres Queensland in February 2016, and now works two days per week in the role of Member Services Officer. Hannah assists with events, office management, and finance activities.
Ange is the operations coordinator at Community Legal Centres Queensland, ensuring the office runs smoothly and efficiently. Across her administrative career Ange has worked in multiple capacities across legal, financial, federal government, state government and not-for-profit sectors, and brings her varied experiences to her role.
As well as keeping the operational wheels turning at Community Legal Centres Queensland, Ange is completing a Social Work degree through Central Queensland University.
Sector Development Officer
Carly Hanson is the Sector Development Officer at Community Legal Centres Queensland, where her role is to support community legal centres 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 our memberswith 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.
Project Officer (Client Surveys)
Stephanie is with Community Legal Centres Queensland part-time during April - September 2018. She is responsible for assisting centres and other organisations with a client survey process. Stephanie has worked in private practice and community legal centres for over twenty years.