The Legal Services Commissioner, Victoria Marles, is to speak at the Australian Legal Practice Management Association’s conference in Melbourne on 26 October 2007. I feel for her, with the 4 p.m. Friday shift. With her NSW counterpart Steve Mark, she will speak on what is left to do in creating a truly national profession. Imagine trying to fit all that in on a Friday afternoon, just before cocktails. The conference brochure provides the following profile of the Commissioner:
‘Victoria Marles is the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the
Legal Services Board. Prior to taking up this appointment in November 2005, Victoria was the
Deputy Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, a role she held for approximately 3.5 years.
As a lawyer, Victoria has worked in private practice, and has managed the Melbourne Office of the Communications Law Centre for 9 years, where she developed expertise in media and communications law. Victoria was a legal member of the Guardianship List of VCAT from its inception until her appointment to the TIO.
Victoria has a background in arts administration – being a graduate in drama from the Victorian College of the Arts – and secondary school teaching. Victoria has held various board positions including as a trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre, director of the Victorian Women’s Trust and a member of the Melbourne Writers Festival Board.
Victoria is currently chair of the Circus Oz Board and chair of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation’s Community Arts Participation Scheme.’