Dr Rhonda Cumberland


Dr Rhonda Cumberland is South East Community Links’ inaugural CEO, joining in 2016. She holds a Masters of Social Policy and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.

In the past four years, SECL has grown its revenue, developed a service outcomes framework and consolidated its place based service model.

From 2009 to 2015 she was the inaugural CEO of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and earlier, CEO of Safe Steps. As Director of the Office of Women’s Policy in Victoria, she cochaired the Statewide Steering Committee to Reduce Family Violence. She was a sessional panel member with the Victorian Institute of Teaching for nine years and a Councillor of the City of Melbourne.

In 2016, Rhonda was appointed to the Police Registration and Services Board, Review Division, and was reappointed in 2019.

Chris Hinds

Finance Manager

Chris is a qualified CPA in financial management and corporate governance, with over 25 years of experience in senior finance roles. He has worked in various global organisations across a range of industry types, from retail/wholesale to corporate banking, government and community service.

Prior to joining SECL, Chris lived in the UK for over 10 years, heading up the client billing role at Pershing (a subsidiary of Bank of New York). With operations in both London, UK and Chennai, India, the business specialised in pricing resolution, profitability, processes automation, internal control governance and offshore solutions.

Chris Pierson

General Manager Services & Strategy

Chris Pierson is the General Manager of Services and Strategy, a position he has held since June 2018.

Prior to commencing his current role, Chris worked in senior management positions at AMES Australia and the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture roles. He led program and strategy development focused on addressing access and equity issues faced by culturally diverse members of the Victorian community, in areas including education, employment, family services and primary health.

Chris has a deep professional commitment to service delivery. He is informed by a rights and place-based approach, ensuring that our community affords all people the opportunity for full social inclusion and economic participation, as well as the subsequent benefits to which they are entitled.

Our Management Team

Kay Dilger – Community & Financial Wellbeing
Esther Ndirangu – Youth & Resettlement
Zoe Canaider – Manager Service and Practice Development
Michelle Rowland – Family Violence Prevention Strategy
Marlena Kupczyk – Housing