Our Board

Bernard Murphy, President

Bernard MurphyJustice Murphy joined the Board in 2006. A father of two, he has a history of involvement in the local community.  He was appointed a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia in June 2011.

“CPS is unique in the way it has galvanised government and philanthropists to take real action on early childhood development for ‘at risk’ kids, putting that issue on the map as one of the big challenges facing Australian communities.  It is innovative and focussed on growth, not for its own sake but so that it can work to assist more kids.”

He was previously Chair of national law firm Maurice Blackburn and Senior Principal of its Class Actions practice, practising law for more than 30 years.

From 1998 he focussed on class action litigation relating to directors’ duties, corporate misconduct, and cartel conduct.

He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne, lecturing in class-action law.

Sandy Forbes, Vice President

Sandy ForbesSandy has over 30 years demonstrated experience in policy, strategic planning and service delivery in education, human services and health. She has significant experience working with the disability sector, mental health services, education, aged care services, aboriginal justice and vulnerable and disadvantaged youth. Currently working as a management consultant, Sandy’s previous experience includes leading roles in a number of major public policy reforms and national leadership roles in the areas of vocational education and e-learning. She is knowledgeable and committed to positive outcomes in the human services and education sectors.

Sandy has previously served on the Boards of La Trobe University and Peninsula Health. 

“The contribution of community organisations like CPS make a big difference to the lives of children and families. The continuing role of good practice and innovation assists individuals and communities to care for all children.”

Phil Thompson, Vice President

P ThompsonPhilip has held senior executive positions within the water, oil and gas industry over the last 30 years

Currently he is the CEO of the commercial division of South East Water (iota Services Pty Ltd) and a member of the South East Water Executive team. Previously, Philip was founder and Managing Director of Infratec International Pty Ltd, a civil based construction and engineering business. A former CPS Board member and Chairman of the fund raising committee Philip has recommenced a position on the Board following a leave of absence.

“In my opinion the unique, innovative work of CPS is leading the way in building the foundation for significant positive social change – ultimately to have a disproportionately positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children”

Simon Hutchings, Treasurer and Secretary

Simon HutchingsSimon is a father of three who lives locally and is actively involved in his community.

He is a finance professional with more than 20 years experience working in the Financial Services and Consulting industries.

“CPS fills a critical role within our community, and it is a great opportunity to be able to support the organisation, its staff and the fantastic work they do, as they deliver essential services to children and families when they need it most.”

He worked for 12 years at ANZ Bank, with senior management positions within ANZ’s treasury, risk management and finance functions. Following this, Simon joined Deloitte Australia, where he worked within their Finance Transformation and Financial Services Consulting practices. 

More recently, Simon is founder and CEO of a financial analytics company which provides valuable insights to clients around drivers of revenue and margin performance.

Steve Dolman

Steve DolmanSteve has been a  member of the Children’s Protection Society Board since 1995.  Prior to this, Steve was a member of the Crime Prevention Education Consultancy Group responsible for the Personal Safety and Protective Behaviours programs.  

Steve has extensive experience as a board member of Not for Profit organisations in the child and family services sector.

“CPS has a long and proud history as an independent provider of child and family services, now mainly in the north eastern Melbourne area.  We strive to be a leader and innovator in the provision of a range quality services to children and families at risk.  It is a privilege to be one small part of an enthusiastic and dedicated team.”

Steve has lengthy experience as an investigator of child abuse and sex offences prior to his recent retirement from Victoria Police.

Janet Farrow OAM

Janet FarrowJanet has worked in a variety of senior clinical and executive roles across the Human Services portfolio with a strong focus on drug treatment and mental health services.

With an abiding interest in vulnerable children her Churchill Fellowship led to the establishment of a therapeutic playgroup for children of problematic drug users at a specialist drug treatment service. 

“CPS occupies a unique place in the history of Child Welfare in Victoria and has made significant contributions to the development of knowledge in the sector. Working with government, the corporate and philanthropic sectors I believe CPS is well positioned to develop and evaluate interventions that will make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Helping the sector take these innovations to scale across the sector is a challenge that we can accomplish.” 

Tony Smith

Tony SmithTony’s first involvement with CPS harks back to the 1990’s when his consulting business hosted an annual charity tennis tournament over several years as a fundraiser for CPS. 

Tony has a diverse business pedigree with a career that spans teaching, emergency services and business consulting.  In the late 1990’s Tony founded PlanTech Consulting Group, an IT business specialising in the financial services sector with offices in NZ, Australia and South Africa. PlanTech was acquired by a listed company in 2006, and after a brief sabbatical Tony joined Kieser Training as Managing Director in 2010. Kieser Training is a network of unique physiotherapy, rehabilitation and strength training facilities. 

In keeping tradition with Tony’s original involvement with CPS, Kieser now hosts an annual charity golf day to raise funds for CPS.

Tony has four children and has been actively involved in the sporting community of the Macedon Ranges as a coach, club official and Board member of the local football league.

“In my time working in the local community I have seen first hand the difference between those children who have a strong supportive environment at an early age and those who do not. The CPS plays a pivotal role in making a meaningful difference in the lives of those that are most vulnerable and I am very grateful for the chance to be involved with them”.

Wayne Gorst

Wayne GorstWayne has over 20 years’ experience in the community sector in senior corporate services leadership roles. His exposure to various sectors including overseas aid and development, homelessness, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and offender support has enabled him to developed a very good understanding of the community sector.

As a certified practicing accountant, Wayne has supported many organisations to deliver effective services, and is committed to enhancing the lives of those who are the most marginalised and disadvantaged in our community. He is currently Corporate Services Manager at Infoxchange who focus on using technology for social justice.

“I have been aware of the work that CPS does for over 25 years, and I am pleased to be able to contribute to the growth and development of the organisation in my role as a Board Member”.

John Cain

John CainJohn is a Melbourne lawyer. He has worked as a lawyer for in excess of 34 years. John was managing partner of Maurice Blackburn and has served as CEO of the Law Institute Victoria and Victorian Government Solicitor. In November John was appointed the Solicitor for Public Prosecution with responsibility for running the Victorian Office of Public Prosecution.

John is a Board member of the Legal Practitioners Liability Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee, Chair of the Centre for Innovative Justice Advisory Board Chair of the College of Law and Justice Advisory Board Victoria University, member Sir Zelman Cohen Centre Board and Advisory Board Member College of Law Victorian Chapter Board.

John is married with 3 adult children.