Fiona Bennett, a chartered accountant, joined the Legal Services Board (LSB) as chairperson yesterday (29 January).
The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) welcomed the appointment of Bennett, who has been a member of the LSB board since 2008. She replaces Colin Neave, who has been appointed Commonwealth Ombudsman.
“Ms Bennett brings a wealth of experience to the role,” said LIV President Reynah Tang.
“Her many years at the highest echelons of a range of large Australian companies, public sector and not-for-profit organisations, including Coles, BHP Billiton, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Alfred Health, will stand her in good stead in her challenging new role.”
Bennett is a director of Boom Logistics Limited and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.
She has extensive experience in commercial and financial management, governance, risk management and auditing.
“Ms Bennett comes to the LSB at a time of great change in the legal profession,” said Tang, “Model legal profession reform is firmly on the agenda in Victoria, presenting both opportunities and challenges for the profession and its regulators.”
Tang thanked Neave for his years of service chairing the LSB and wished him well in his new position.