FVPLS Victoria announces the appointment of two new directors

22 November 2017

FVPLS Victoria is pleased to announce that Rudolph (Rudy) Kirby and Alan Thorpe were appointed by the FVPLS Victoria Membership at their 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Bernice Clarke was also re-appointed to the Board, following two years of service as a Director.

Rudy and Alan join existing Board members Marion Hansen, Bernice Clarke and Darlene Thomas to further FVPLS Victoria’s vision and long-term sustainability.

Both Alan and Rudy bring a combined experience of 25 years working with Victorian Aboriginal Communities. Alan is the Director and Facilitator of Dardi Munwurro, which works to support vulnerable Aboriginal men with leadership and healing programs. Rudy is the CEO of the Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS), which provides health and wellbeing services in the north-west of Victoria.

During the AGM, the exemplary passion and commitment demonstrated by Damien Goodall was celebrated and acknowledged. Damien has stepped down from the Board after 15 years of dedicated, tireless work. Jaynaya Williams has also stepped down from the Board to join the management team at FVPLS Victoria.  

FVPLS Victoria warmly welcomes our new Board members and looks forward to their valued contribution in furthering our organisations achievements.

New Board Member Bios

Alan Thorpe

Alan has over 25 years’ experience working with the Aboriginal Community in Victoria. He is the Director and Facilitator of Dardi Munwurro (Strong Spirit) which is funded by the Department of Human Services and Department of Justice to deliver approximately 20 leadership programs to vulnerable Aboriginal men.

Alan's qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Men’s Behaviour Programs), Diploma in Community Development and Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Rudolph Kirby

Rudolph has over 20 years' involvement in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and NGO’s. In 2012 he was appointed the CEO of the Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) and continues in this role today.

Rudolph holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours, is an Adjunct Professor at LaTrobe University and is the former Deputy Director of the Koori Justice Unit for Victoria’s Department of Justice.

Rudolph has lived in the Sunraysia district most of his life, and if a father to three boys and two girls.