NEW CHAIR FOR VICTORIAN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Moana Weir as the new Chair of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Ms Weir, who commences on 23 August, has a proven track record of improving gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Ms Weir has first-hand experience working with the Commission after she was appointed as a board member in March last year, and has more than 15 years of board experience as a company secretary and senior officer of Australian Securities Exchange listed entities.

From 2010 to 2015, Ms Weir worked as the General Counsel and Company Secretary of SEEK, one of the largest online employment classifieds.

During this time, she was responsible for leading a range of diversity and inclusion programs including the development of a female career advancement program in the Finance team.

In 1993, Ms Weir was also admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Ms Weir is now the Head of Legal for Regulatory, Consumer and New Zealand for healthcare company BUPA.

Mr Pakula thanked the outgoing Chairperson John Searle for his service to the Commission over the past five years.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“I congratulate Ms Weir on her appointment and look forward to working with her to continue improving equality and human rights in Victoria.”

“Ms Weir has made a valuable contribution to the Commission since her appointment as a board member last year and I’m sure this will continue in her new role as Chairperson.”

“I thank John Searle for his dedication and service to the board and wish him all the best for the future.”

Quotes attributable to incoming Chair Moana Weir

“I am honoured to have been appointed to this position. I am a passionate believer in Victoria as a progressive state where diversity and inclusion are considered to be among our great strengths.”

“As our Commissioner Kristen Hilton has said, at its core this work is about all people being treated with dignity and respect. I will work hard together with the Commissioner, the excellent team and my fellow Board members, to ensure this.”

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