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Board Chair Michael Lavarch

TIO Board Chair Professor the Hon. Michael Lavarch AO reappointed for a three-year term

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) Limited welcomes the re-appointment of Professor the Hon. Michael Lavarch AO as Board Chair of its Board of Directors. He will commence his new three-year term from 15 July 2022.

Michael Lavarch has been a member of the TIO Board since February 2017, and Board Chair since July 2019. He has held senior roles in government, including serving as Australia’s Attorney-General (1993-1996). He has also held the roles of Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia and Commissioner for the Australian Skills Quality Authority. He is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the Queensland University of Technology and Chief Adjudicator on the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code adjudication panel.

Michael is also Chair of Way Forward Debt Solutions and Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited, and a Member of the Queensland Treaty Advancement Committee. In 2012, Michael was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to law, education and human rights.

Ombudsman Cynthia Gebert said, “I’m pleased to see Michael Lavarch reappointed to the TIO Board. Michael has a wealth of knowledge and experience necessary to guide the TIO on governance matters, and he has done so very successfully for several years. I look forward to working with him during his next term.”

The Board of TIO Limited is chaired by an independent Director and comprises a balanced mix of Directors with industry and consumer experience, an Independent Director with not-for-profit governance experience and an Independent Director with commercial governance experience.