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Executive Committee

Carrie Hannington, Chair

I am delighted to hold this position, and to support the CLCA(WA) in actively leading innovative change at a time when there’s an urgent need to look after the rights of disadvantaged West Australians. I am currently the Managing Solicitor of the Women’s Law Centre of WA and have diverse experience in legal and non-legal roles in both metro and remote areas of WA. I have a comprehensive understanding of the needs of disadvantaged women and am committed to empowerment, social justice and the upholding of gender and cultural equality through delivery of high quality client services, building relationships and positive strategic planning.

Managing Solicitor, Women's Law Centre of WA

Chuck Berger Deputy Chair

I am current Manager of Kimberley Community Legal Services (KCLS), and am very excited to be joining the Executive Committee in 2017. The community legal sector is almost unique in Australia in that it still maintains a strong decentralised, grassroots focus that allows us to be embedded in and responsive to the communities in which we operate. Unlike many other areas of human services, we haven’t consolidated into large national or international enterprises. That’s our strength, but it also means we have to stretch ourselves to work together, learn from each other, and even flex our muscle together from time to time.


Remote legal centres like ours in the Kimberley face a unique set of challenges, and I believe that makes it all the more important to cooperate closely with our colleagues in the big cities. Before joining KCLS in late 2016, I worked as CEO of Outdoors Victoria for several years, and before that as a corporate lawyer, and lawyer and strategist for the Australian Conservation Foundation. I’ve dedicated most of my professional life to community organisations, and hope that I can add a new and fresh perspective to our state peak body.

Manager, Kimberley Community Legal Services Inc

Carol Child, Treasurer

Carol Child is a UK qualified accountant with over 30 years of experience. She worked for a decade in the financial sector in London and for the last 20 years in the not for profit sector in Western Australia as a financial controller. As Executive Manager, she is responsible for maintenance of all the organisations financial records including payroll, monthly budgets, management accounts to the Board and the annual audit of the financial accounts. She also oversees corporate governance, human resource management and is responsible for ensuring the office administration runs smoothly.

Executive Manager, The Humanitarian Group

Chris Gabelish

I have been part of the CLC sector for 19 years and am currently the Operations Manager at Geraldton Resource Centre (GRC). One of the significant aspects about GRC is that it provides multi-disciplinary services, including 4 legal services in the MidWest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of WA.  Collaboration and partnerships are not just catch phrases for me, they are the basis of all the work that I do. I also enjoy making a contribution to the broader sector. In addition to being on the State Executive Committee, I have previously been WA representative to the National Association of CLCs, State and National Rural, Regional and Remote Network of CLCs, past member of the National Probono Resource Centre Advisory Council as well as numerous projects and working parties at a State and National level. I would also be delighted to assist anyone venturing into the strange world of Karaoke.

Operations Manager, Geraldton Resource Centre

Corina Martin

I am a Mulgyin Jaru/Kitja and Gooniyandi woman born and raised in Broome Western Australia. Having worked in the Community Legal sector for numerous years out in the regions and communities of Western Australia, I am now the CEO of Aboriginal Family Law Services.  I have extensive experience in understanding legal issues affecting Aboriginal people from both a personal and working perspective and I am committed to working in this area of law.


I believe in collaboration with other legal and community services to ensure the best legal and community education services are on offer to the clients that we service, who have very complex needs, both social and legal. We are all here to provide a service, we should all be supporting each other rather than competing with each other.

Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Family Law Services

Louellyn Gane

To be updated

Gemma Mitchell

Gemma Mitchell studied at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle and was admitted as a lawyer in 2010. She has worked at the Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA) since 2013; she commenced as Principal Solicitor in August 2016 and became Managing Solicitor in July 2017.  In 2018, CCLSWA won the WA Consumer Protection Award.  Gemma also sits on the Consumer Advisory Committee of WA, the WA Consumer Advocacy and Regulatory Agencies Network, the Consumer Federation of Australia, the Australian Banking Association Consumer Outcomes Group, and the Australian Financial Complaints Authority Consumer Liaison Group.   Under her leadership CCLSWA has developed inspiring workplace values which have led to a focused and driven organisation.  This renewed direction has led to an almost entirely new Board who are very engaged and are striving towards a culture of excellence. CCLSWA’s vision is for a strong community, empowered by fair and just, consumer and financial, rights and responsibilities.

Managing Solicitor, Consumer Credit Legal Service

Sarah Patterson

As the newest of the CLC Managers I have been consistently surprised by the amazing work that this sector can achieve with minimal resources, skeleton staff, and consistent uncertainty around viability and sustainability. But we do. In fact we thrive! I believe that our success is due to the passion and commitment of our members, and strong, committed governance that supports the sector to implement best practice models, work collaboratively, and leverage new opportunities for growth and success.


I am currently the General Manager of Midlas, a CLC in Midland, and hold undergraduate degrees in Communication and Culture, and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership. I have specialised in strategic planning, governance, and organisational culture and am excited to share these skills and experience with the other members of the Executive Committee and work collaboratively for the benefit of the sector as a whole.

General Manager, Midland Information, Debt and Legal Advocacy Service (Midlas)

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