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New chapter for Community Legal Centres Queensland, with new leadership for 2019

Posted December 10, 2018

Community Legal Centres Queensland has announced the departure of director James Farrell, after six years in the role

‘James has made an enormous contribution to our organisation, and to Queensland’s community legal centres,’ said Georgina Warrington, President of the management committee of Community Legal Centres Queensland. ‘Over the past six years, James has grown our organisation into a respected voice for our members, and the people and communities with whom they work.’

‘There have been many significant achievements for Community Legal Centres Queensland under James’ directorship, including securing record investments from state and federal funding to support our members’ work, embedding important sustainability initiatives for our members, driving an increase in professional development opportunities, and advocating for important law and policy improvements including stronger protection for LGBTI rights, balanced youth justice laws, and a Human Rights Act for Queensland,’ said Ms Warrington.

‘Queensland’s community legal centres provide help to people doing it tough, and I’m really proud that I’ve been able to contribute to that work,’ said Mr Farrell. ‘Our movement provides an important safety net for everyday Queenslanders, and it’s vital that Governments and other stakeholders support that work. It’s been a pleasure to work with a talented and passionate staff team, our members, partners like Legal Aid Queensland and ATSILS, elected representatives and government officials, and backers across the community, and their continued support will ensure this organisation, and our sector, will continue to grow from strength to strength.’

James’ last day with Community Legal Centres Queensland will be 11 January 2019.

‘The Community Legal Centres Queensland Committee is putting in place arrangements to ensure continuation in strong leadership of Community Legal Centres Queensland while taking the opportunity to review organisational roles and long-term plans’, said Ms Warrington.  ‘As such, I am delighted to announce that Rosslyn Monro has agreed to act in the director role until the end of June 2019.  During nearly two-and-a-half years as Sector Sustainability Coordinator, Rosslyn has worked closely with James and has played a key role in developing and maintaining Community Legal Centres Queensland’s key stakeholder relationships in addition to driving significant Community Legal Centres Queensland projects.  The Community Legal Centres Queensland Committee is looking forward to working with Rosslyn and the staff team in what promises to be a big year ahead for Community Legal Centres Queensland.’