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Governance and people

Governance and People

Seniors Rights Victoria is a significant program  of Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria and is governed by its board.

Board of Governance

The Council On The Ageing (COTA) Victoria Board is responsible for COTA Victoria’s good governance. The Board’s dedicated members have diverse backgrounds and skills and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to COTA Victoria’s work. COTA Board of Governance.

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Potaris

With over 25+ years of CEO-level experience in over eight industry sectors, Chris has chaired and sat on numerous Boards. Chris has been founder and Chair of a Social Justice Coalition in Melbourne’s West, an Integrated Justice Precinct Advisory Group informing the State Government on the urgent need for integrated justice services in Melbourne’s West and a criminal prosecutor for over 13 years. Read more >>

Manager and Principal Lawyer

Avital Kamil

Avital has a history of promoting access to justice, education, advocating for and supporting vulnerable communities. She has sat on various committees and working groups both at local and state levels, including working groups addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system, police misidentification of predominant aggressors, and the impact of family violence on culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Read more >>

Advisory Committee

Our nine-member advisory committee has four independent members and two members from the COTA Victoria Board. It actively supports COTA Victoria’s staff and the Chief Executive Officer in their work. For example: 

  • Seniors Rights Victoria’s strategic directions, objectives and priorities, how they interact with and support COTA Victoria’s strategic directions. 
  • the extent to which SRV’s core activities and services advance and support SRV’s and COTA Victoria’s strategic directions 
  • SRV’s approach to emerging threats and opportunities. 


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