Sarah Gee joins ARC Justice Board

Sarah Gee

New directors to help drive ARC Justice’s strategic plan

ARC Justice – a rights-based, for-purpose organisation incorporating community legal centres in Bendigo and Shepparton – has welcomed four new board members to help drive a bold five-year plan.

ARC Justice provides legal and tenancy support services across 13 local government areas in central and northern Victoria, with a team of 54 staff working to advocate for and uphold the rights of rural and regional Victorians.

Chaired by Melinda Charlesworth, the board now includes Sarah Gee, Narlinga Morgan, Ed Butler and Erin Turner, in addition to long-standing directors Clare Fountain, Kate Scarce and Melissa Ralph.

ARC Justice CEO Damian Stock said the four new directors, who bring an injection of new skills and experience, will ensure the board can “govern for success” and help the organisation deliver its ambitious 2024-2029 Strategic Plan, adopted late last year.

“The plan defines ARC Justice’s vision … that we exist so rights are known and acted upon, and communities are fairer … and explains how will deliver on it,” Stock said. “This strategy will ensure we understand what our community needs and includes a commitment to walking with First Nations Peoples and communities. It provides a road map to ensure people know and use their rights. To guide us on this journey, we’ve brought a diverse new skill set onto our board.”

Sarah Gee, a commercial lawyer and owner of a Bendigo law firm, brings strategic, risk, finance and governance know-how to the board. Stock said her talent for modernising regional organisations will help ARC deliver value to funders, develop internal skills and engage local communities.

“Using my expertise to support our community is very important to me and I get back as much as I put in. I take great pride in actively supporting organisations like Arc Justice to contribute to the wellbeing of our community.” Said Sarah.

Narlinga Morgan is an experienced public health executive and proud Yorta Yorta woman. She has a deep commitment to social justice, equality, Aboriginal affairs and human rights.

“Narlinga builds strong teams and designs services that meet the needs of our priority communities,” Stock said.

Ed Butler, who has more than a decade of experience in for-purpose communications, specifically in the legal help sector, brings strategic communications nous. Stock said his focus on accessible communication will help make human rights understood as real, everyday solutions for people in regional Victoria.

Erin Turner is a consumer advocate “who works with governments and regulators to make markets fairer for Australians”, Stock said. Erin is the CEO of the Consumer Policy Research Centre, a not-for profit think tank.

Press Release – Published for release 30 April 2024

Curium Legal governance consultancy services

In addition to Sarah’s volunteer roles, she also offers governance consultancy services so boards don’t have to navigate governance alone. We can work with your executive team, present to your board, formulate policies, and collaborate on seamless implementation all via our in-sourced consulting.

Getting legal expertise ensures your organisation is not only compliant but also proactive in addressing crucial issues. Let’s work together this year.

To enquire contact Sarah on 0492 945 068 or