Veronica is the CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria, the state’s leading diversity arts organisation. For the past ten years she has been Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria, where she led an ambitious agenda of social and artistic transformation for people with a disability and the communities in which they live. With a passion for social justice and equity, she has spearheaded campaigns relating to the inclusion of people with a disability in our community, as shapers of policy, leaders and innovators.
Veronica has a successful history of employment at senior levels in the not for profit sector, with a major focus on policy and advocacy. She has held senior roles within the deaf sector, including as Deputy CEO of Deaf Children Australia during which time she led a range of Victorian and national campaigns on newborn hearing screening, access to Auslan in education settings, parent support programs, and specialist support programs for deaf children, with a particular focus on youth mental health. Veronica was the co-convenor of the 2009 World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness, driving a collaborative agenda on the need for specialist mental health services for deaf people.
Veronica has worked extensively in the tertiary education sector, developing and delivering professional learning programs for educators, allied health professionals and interpreters working within the deaf education sector. Veronica trained as a linguist specialising in Auslan linguistics. She has been instrumental in the development of curricula and pedagogical approaches in Auslan teaching, working extensively with the TAFE sector, the Department of Education and the VCAA to build appropriate platforms, tools and resources for teaching and assessment.
She holds a Master of Education in Bilingual Education for Deaf Children and has a long track record of leading research programs aimed at addressing barriers to participation.
She maintains an active engagement in policy influence through her work on a range of boards. Veronica currently holds positions on the boards of the Arts Industry Council and VicHealth, and is Chair of the Victorian Leadership Group for the Institute for Creative Health.