Our People

The Team

Lauren Solomon
CEO

Lauren was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CPRC as it transitioned from CUAC. Her role commenced in May 2017. Lauren has worked in a range of policy roles across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, most recently as Manager of Consumer Policy and Programs at AGL Energy. She is a non-executive Director of the Energy Efficiency Council and has previously worked in senior policy roles in the New South Wales Government.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Resource Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney and has undertaken further postgraduate study in behavioural economics. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University.

Damian Bye
Senior Research and Policy Officer

Damian is a Senior Research and Policy Officer. Damian joined us in early 2017. Prior to this he had worked in the Australian and Victorian Public Services for almost 20 years in various public policy roles. Damian worked with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for eight years as an assistant director assisting in the development of rural water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin and more recently setting up monitoring arrangements for superfast internet broadband.

Damian holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan as well a Bachelor of Economics from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Ben Martin Hobbs
Research and Policy Officer

Ben is a Research and Policy Officer. Ben joined CUAC from Chancellery Operations at the University of Melbourne, where he worked closely with the Vice Chancellor and senior chancellery staff on communications and research projects. Ben also has experience working for the research-based strategy consultancy Andrews Group, and was policy intern at Goodstart Early Learning.

Ben holds a Master of Public Policy and Management and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Claire Rizzo
Administration Manager

Claire is our Administration Manager. Claire has worked in a variety of industries and a variety of roles including Marketing, Recruitment, Local Government, Customer service & Medical indemnity for the last 8 years. Prior to commencing with CPRC in July 2017, Claire worked in the Customer Resolutions Department of AGL.

The Board

The Board is made up of longstanding Directors with diverse skills and experience. The Board has been integral to the management of CUAC and the smooth transition from CUAC to CPRC.

Ronda Held
Chair

Currently the CEO of COTA Victoria, Ronda has served in leadership roles in the community service sector, primarily in services for older people and people with disabilities.  Ronda also has extensive experience in the Commonwealth Public Service as a consultant to human service organisations. Ronda has recently been appointed as Director of Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria (EWOV).

Ronda holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Postgraduate Bachelor of Social Administration and Masters in Policy and Administration.

Janet Cohen
Deputy Chair

Janet has worked as a commercial lawyer and extensively in the regulation of the legal profession.  She is a Member of the Veterinary Practitioners Regulation Board of Victoria Panel Hearings and is a sessional lecturer at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science from Monash University, and a Master’s in Business Management and Law from the University of Melbourne.

Petrina Dorrington

Petrina Dorrington brings extensive experience in not-for-profit leadership roles to CPRC’s Board and the Acting Director role.  Petrina was Executive Director of Kids Under Cover for 10years and served on their board for a further six.  She also has been CEO of the Inland Queensland Tourism and Development Board and General manager of the Melbourne International Film Festival.  Petrina is currently a Board member of the Royal Children’s Hospital, and volunteers as a mentor for the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program.

Andrew Bell

Andrew is a barrister practicing principally in competition, consumer commercial and employment law.  Before going to the Bar, Andrew was a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at Norton Rose Fulbright and was an Assistant Director of the Enforcement branch at the ACCC.

Andrew has a Masters of Law as well as Honours qualifications in chemical engineering and public policy.

Maree Davidson AM

Maree runs a communication and strategic planning consultancy.  Her background is in education, community development, health promotion and marketing.  Maree is an Executive Member of the National Centre Against Bullying, Founding Member and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Fellowship for Indigenous leadership, Board member of Fitted for Work, National Board Member for the YMCA and Director of YMCA – Youth Community Fund.

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