Kristen Hilton – Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner
Kristen Hilton commenced her role as Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner on 1 June 2016. In this role, Kristen leads a strategic and high impact policy agenda in support of organisational priorities through public interest litigation and other advocacy strategies. Prior to her appointment, Kristen was the Executive Director, Legal Practice, with Victoria Legal Aid and has previously worked with the organisation as Executive Director, Civil Justice and Access.
Kristen was previously the Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House and has extensive knowledge of current civil law and human rights issues and the needs of marginalised and disadvantaged individuals. She has practiced in the private profession and in a number of community legal centres including the PILCH Homeless Persons Legal Clinic. She received a Churchill Fellowship in 2007 and was honoured as the Law Institute Community Lawyer of the Year in 2006.
Catherine Dixon – Executive Director
Catherine Dixon is the Director, Commissioner’s Office, and has 17 years' experience in legal, policy and management roles in both the public and private sector, with a focus on anti-discrimination law and human rights issues.
Ms Dixon has also worked as Special Counsel, Human Rights and Managing Principal Solicitor, Human Rights in the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, Manager Human Rights Unit within the Department of Justice, and Manager Legal Policy and Services with the Department for Victorian Communities - Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.