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Gerard Brody – Chief Executive Officer
Gerard began in consumer advocacy as a policy officer and solicitor with Consumer Law Centre Victoria, before working as a Senior Policy Officer with Consumer Action. Gerard then worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence as Senior Manager Financial Inclusion, leading the national rollout of the Saver Plus program. Gerard returned to Consumer Action in 2011 to lead the Centre’s policy and campaigns work. Gerard has represented consumers on a number of bodies, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Consumer Consultative Committee, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s Consumer Advisory Panel and the Australian Energy Regulator’s Customer Consultative Group. Gerard has a Masters in Public Policy and Management, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Katherine Temple – Senior Policy Officer
Katherine began her career in credit and financial services law in 2011 as a lawyer/investigator at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Katherine then worked as a lawyer in private practice before joining Consumer Action Law Centre in 2014. Katherine leads our policy work in credit, retail banking, competition and consumer law. Katherine has a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons) and Bachelor of International Studies from Flinders University.
Penelope Hill – Manager Financial Counselling program
Penelope is a qualified lawyer who has been with Consumer Action since 2009. Penelope previously worked with the Financial Ombudsman Service and before that was the manager of Credit Helpline Ltd, a service closely allied Consumer Credit Legal Centre (one of Consumer Action’s predecessors).
Jillian Williams – Director of Sector Development & Partnerships
Jill began working in consumer law in 2005 with the Consumer Credit Legal Service and took a position at Consumer Action when it was established in 2006. She was promoted to Director of Legal Practice in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Mentor of the Year award in the Law Institute of Victoria’s 2012 Legal Awards for her work in this role. Jill has worked on a number of Consumer Action’s significant cases, including the Walker v Motor Finance Wizard case which concluded in 2011.
Jill has also been involved in the community legal sector more broadly through volunteering at Women’s Legal Service since mid-2005 and being on the Sector Development Standing Committee of the Federation of Community Legal Centres.
Amanda Storey – Director of Legal Practice
Mick Bellairs – Campaigns and Advocacy Manager
Mick manages the campaigns, government relations and media functions at Consumer Action, part of a long career advocating for systemic change at the highest levels in Australia and the United Kingdom. Mick worked on the ground-breaking “Your Rights at Work” campaign during 2007, before representing workers in the finance industry and public sector. He then drove forward the Royal College of General Practitioners successful “Put Patients First” campaign in London before joining Consumer Action in 2014. Mick has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Zac Gillam – Senior Policy Officer
Zac has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, and broad experience across the public sector, the community sector and with an industry association. In a previous stint with Consumer Action Zac authored the extensive report Payday Loans: Helping Hand or Quicksand? (2010), and he remains committed to effective reform of high-cost consumer credit. Zac’s policy areas include consumer credit, private colleges, retirement housing, and competition and consumer law. Zac also has a keen interest in public communication, is a professionally produced screenwriter and acted as a story consultant for the 2015 Tedx St Kilda event.
Susan Quinn – Senior Policy Officer
Susan is Consumer Action’s policy advisor and campaigner focused on untangling insurance and making it fairer. She has been a consumer representative at a number of industry, government and parliamentary forums.
Susan joined Consumer Action in 2015 and was lead author of the report ‘Fringe Dwellings: The vendor finance and rent-to-buy housing black market’ (2016).
Susan previously worked for the national charities regulator, as a parliamentary policy advisor and in commercial publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Graduate Certificate in Policy and Human Services.