Our People

Our People

Victoria Police Legacy is governed by a board of directors, which is responsible for directing, influencing, and monitoring the organization’s business.

  • Patrons


    The Honourable Linda Dessau AC





    The Chief Commissioner of Police, Shane Patton APM

  • Board Executive

     Chair – Assistant Commissioner Lauren Callaway APM
    Lauren has been a member of the Police Legacy Board since 2010 and has been in the chair role since 2016. Lauren is the first female chair of VPL and has worked to raise our gender balance on the board to 50% of elected positions.


    Lauren has been with Victoria Police for 26 years and is the Commander at the People Development Command. Lauren’s focus in her Police Legacy role has been to ensure our organisation becomes more inclusive, embraces values-based decision making and creates a culture of compassion.

    This approach has seen some fundamental changes in the way the organisation delivers its services and as a result our legatee community has grown to over 1500 men, women and children. Our support has become more personalised, sustainable and centered around the concepts of engaging, connecting and supporting legatees to feel permanently part of the policing family.


     Vice Chair - Detective Senior Sergeant Kate O’Neill
    In 2017 Kate was promoted to Senior Sergeant at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Engagement Team where she worked to drive culture change within the organisation that was in line with the findings of the VEOHRC’s Independent review Kate has been working with Police Legacy as a volunteer for 10 years. This is Kate’s fourth year as a Board Member and has taken on the Vice Chair role in July 2020


  • Board Members

    Senior Sergeant Darren Kenos
    Appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in 2015, he served for a number of years as the organizations ‘Treasurer’ until the role was dissolved following a re-write of the VPL Constitution which saw the Board become more strategic in its governance approach 


    Detective Senior Sergeant Diane Wilson
    Dianne was appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in 2015 and is currently working at the Victoria Police Academy



    Superintendent John Felton APM - Chief Commissioner's Representative
    John has many years of involvement with VPL, being a committee member of the annual ‘Wall to Wall Remembrance Ride’ which raises funds for Victoria Police Legacy

    Inspector James Dalton   
    Appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in 2017, he has also served one term as Vice Chair



     Detective Senior Sergeant John Laird - President: The Police Association
    John was elected to Board of The Police Association in 2005. Served as Junior Vice President and Senior Vice president over 8 years



     Superintendent Mark Galliott 
    Mark was the Chief Commissioner’s delegate on the Victoria Police Legacy Board before he moved the role of an independent board member.  Mark has been on the board since 2013



    Assistant Commissioner Michael Grainger APM



    Anthony DeFazio - Bank Vic 
    Anthony is the Chief Executive Officer of BankVic, one of Australia’s largest mutual banks. . Appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in April 2019, Anthony is one of two Non-Member Directors.

     Rev Jim Jung, Senior Police Chaplain, Victoria Police   
    Jim is one of three full time Senior Police Chaplains with Victoria Police. Appointed to the Victoria Police Legacy Board in July 2019. Jim is one of two Non-Member Directors. 


  • Chief Executive Officer

    Our Chief Executive Officer, Lex de Man AFSM, started at VPL in June 2016.




    Lex’s career is wide and varied. Born and educated in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Lex first became interested in the emergency management sector when he joined the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria, as a Volunteer Fire-fighter at the Yarrambat Fire Brigade, aged 17 in 1977. He has maintained this volunteer role throughout his work career and currently holds the most senior volunteer rank of Group Officer for the Whittlesea Diamond Valley Group of Fire Brigades’. He served from 1978 to 1995 as a sworn member of the Victoria Police Force serving in both uniform and as a Detective. From 1995 to 2015 he was an Executive on staff with the CFA, firstly being responsible for fire service delivery within three regional areas of Victoria, with the last 5 years of his paid CFA career prior to retirement, serving as the Executive Director of Training & Volunteerism. Since June 2016 Lex has been the CEO of Victoria Police Legacy. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, whilst employed full time with the CFA, Lex also served as an elected Councillor at the Shire of Nillumbik, serving 2 of his 5-years as Mayor. 

    Lex has been recognised for his service and achievements both within Victoria Police and the CFA, receiving the following awards:

    • 2011 Australia Day Honours - Awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal – for his leadership during and post the Black Saturday Bushfire’s of February 2009.
    • The National Emergency Medal – Vic Fires 09
    • The National Police Service Medal
    • The National Medal with 2nd Clasp
    • The Victoria Police Ethical and Good Conduct Medal
    • Chief Commissioner’s Highly Commended Certificate in recognition for his arrest of an armed offender for in excess of 30-armed robbery’s following an exchange of gun fire.
    • Chief Commissioner’s Highly Commended Certificate in recognition for his leadership and investigative skills and professionalism which led to the extradition from the USA and subsequent conviction of Anne and William Hamilton-Byrne.
    • The CFA Outstanding Service Medal
    • The CFA Life Membership Medal

    Lex’s tertiary qualifications include an MBA from La Trobe University.

    During his policing career, Lex dedicated nearly 5 years of his police career into a ‘religious cult’ known as the ‘The Family’, which took him from Melbourne to New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA. This episode in Lex’s police career was turned into a film and book, both known by the title of ‘The Family’. The film premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival, winning the 2016 Best Documentary at the Australian Film Critics’ Awards. A 3-part series ‘Cult of the Family’ screened on the ABC over 3 weeks in March 2019.

  • Office Manager

    Our office manager, Erica McMahon, started with VPL in mid March 2011. Erica has been working at the Victoria Police Academy in Glen Waverley at the Promotions Programs Unit which conducts training for all newly promoted sergeants, senior sergeants and inspectors. Erica has extensive experience in the office management role and is a very efficient event organiser taking on responsibility for the Annual Trip and the Christmas lunch.

  • Field Officer - Eileen Keily

    Our full time Field Officer, Eileen Keily, originally from Warrnambool, has experience working in psychiatric nursing, general nursing and social work. Eileen has worked as a community and liaison nurse making her the “link” for patients and clients between various internal services, community services and agencies. This included resourcing government, council and private providers of services for clients e.g. dept. of housing, social security, various service clubs, accommodation services, legal and advocacy services. Eileen has also been employed in Aged Care where she worked in administration and as a Family Liaison Officer, Veterans Liaison Officer and Complaints Officer for the Department of Human Services. Eileen utilises all this experience when working with our legatees and travels many kilometers around the state to visit them.

  • Administration Support Officer

    Administration Support - Carol Jenkinson
    Carol started with Victoria Police legacy in May 2017. Carol has an extensive background as a travel agent and has also worked for Telstra in their administration area. She spent many years at home raising her three children and during this time she was a professional volunteer offering administration, secretarial and organisational skills to many local community groups. She has been involved in and run Football Clubs, Scout Groups, Church Groups, Playgroups and Festivals - both large and small. Much of her involvement was with a local tourism association where she provided administration and operational support. Carol comes with a wealth of varied knowledge and experience particularly in the field of administration and website management.

  • Ambassadors

  • Consultant - Men's events

    Lindsay Cummins

  • Field Officer - Jennie Thorn

    Our part time Field Officer, Jennie Thorn worked as a primary teacher in South Gippsland before joining Victoria Police in 1993.Jennie was initially stationed at Knox Police Station before transferring to the Force Response Unit in Flinders Lane where she performed a variety of duties. After working at the Witness Security Unit, Jennie transferred to Professional Standards Command where she will continue to work on a part- time basis whilst taking up a part-time role at Victoria Police Legacy.Due to current restrictions, Jennie is enjoying getting to know our legatees by phone, however she is really looking forward to getting out and about around the state to meet legatees in person once restrictions have eased.


  • Finance & Operations Manager

    Our Finance and Operations Manager, Judy Thompson CPA, started with VPL in January 2018. Judy has over 25 years’ experience in the areas of financial and management accounting and reporting, compliance and risk management, audit, corporate services and welfare support.

    Judy has a strong commitment to the Not for Profit sector, having worked in senior management roles at Windana Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Volunteering Australia, and until recently worked as the Executive Officer for Diamond Valley Community Support, a leading provider of emergency relief services in North East Melbourne.




  • Volunteer Coordinator

    Paul McBride, APM, is our Volunteer Coordinator and commenced with VPL part-time in July 2018, after volunteering as a VPL photographer since 2010.

    Paul spent 47 years with Victoria Police, his last role being in charge at Ringwood Police Station. Paul spent twelve years as a detective, and five years teaching at the sergeant’s course. Having been a Senior Sergeant for 28 years and working at a large station, Paul has a wealth of management experience in the policing environment. His attention to emergency management, prisoner management, occupational health and safety, and particularly the welfare of his staff are strengths he is well known for. Paul thoroughly enjoys his role with VPL, and continues to volunteer his photography expertise to assist VPL.


  • Youth Event Coordinator

    Andrea Lyons is our Youth Events Coordinator. She brings to VPL 25 years as a serving police officer (she retired in 2012) experience working with youth and the experience of being a police legatee.  Her work as a police officer including time in the mounted branch and for the last 12 years Andrea worked in the Police Schools Involvement Program and as a Police Youth Resource Officer. In that time she initiated and implemented a youth diversions program called "Right Step". Andrea organises our young adult group events and family camps and works with our families.