WEstjustice announces new CEO

Press Release

9 December 2019

 

WEstjustice announce Melissa Hardham as new Chief Executive Officer

 

WEstjustice is delighted to announce the appointment of Melissa Hardham as its new CEO, effective 9 December 2019.

Melissa has practiced in criminal law since 1996. She was involved in the early stages of the health justice partnership movement and is a passionate advocate of multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems. She has considerable experience in the community legal services sector. She has held senior management roles across a range of areas of social justice including disadvantaged youth, disability, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and Indigenous affairs. She is a respected senior executive of broad experience, and is well placed to lead WEstjustice through the next stages of development, innovation and community impact.

Melissa will take over from Denis Nelthorpe, who has been involved in the work of community legal centres for more than 30 years and has led the Centre with distinction for over 12 years; including leading the first amalgamation of three community legal centres in Victoria to form WEstjustice.

Announcing Melissa’s appointment, Chairperson Vern Fettke said: “Melissa was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong field of candidates. She is a highly impressive leader known for her innovative approach to multi-disciplinary service delivery for vulnerable clients.”

Commenting on Melissa Hardham’s appointment, outgoing CEO Denis Nelthorpe said: “Melissa is committed to the need for justice for our clients in the west of Melbourne. I am personally delighted to be handing over the reins to such an outstanding leader.”

 

 

Contact details:

Melissa Hardham

Chief Executive Officer

03 9749 7720

melissah@westjustice.org.au

 

WE are located

  • Footscray
  • Werribee
  • Sunshine
Footscray

Level 1 / 72 Buckley Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.30am-1.00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)

Please call us to get legal help (appointment time needed).

Werribee

Level 1 / 8 Watton Street, Werribee VIC 3030

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5:00pm. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)

Please call us to get legal help (appointment time needed).

Sunshine

Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: + 61 3 9091 8237
Fax: + 61 3 9091 8207
Email:  sunshine@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.30pm.

Drop-in service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am-4.30pm, for people up to 25 years old ONLY.