Victorian Governor is Burnet Patron-in-Chief

Angus Morgan

13 July, 2015

The Victorian Governor, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, has accepted Burnet’s invitation to become the Patron-in-Chief of the Burnet Institute.

Ms Dessau, who became Victoria’s 29th Governor and first woman appointed to the post when sworn in on July 1, succeeds Alex Chernov as both Governor and Burnet Patron-in-Chief.

A former Children’s Court magistrate and Family Court judge, Ms Dessau is a leading advocate on domestic violence issues.

She is a Patron of the Epilepsy Foundation and food recycling charity One Umbrella, and also serves on the board of the Melbourne Festival and is a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria.

A lifelong Essendon supporter and active member of the Essendon Women’s Network, Ms Dessau indicated she would stand down as an AFL Commissioner, a position she’s held since 2007, following her appointment as Governor.

“It’s an appointment that I hope will be less and less a matter for comment as more and more women inevitably step into more and more roles in this state,” Ms Dessau told the swearing-in ceremony at Government House.

“I doubt that any incoming governor has differed from me in the sense of humility he has felt at his appointment.”

Ms Dessau was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 in recognition of her service to the judiciary and the community.

She is married to Tony Howard, a judge of the County Court of Victoria.

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