Dr Marion Frere

Dr Marion Frere

Victorian Office for Prevention and Women’s Equality, Department of Health and Human Services, ANROWS Board Director

Over the past 20 years, Marion has worked across government and university sectors, holding senior roles in operations, research and strategic policy development.

Since July 2017, Marion has held the position of Interim CEO in the Victorian Office for Prevention and Women’s Equality, located within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to this, Marion held roles as Director Client Outcomes and Service Improvement in the South Division of the Department, and as the Area Director of Bayside Peninsula.  Marion took up the role in operations in December 2012 in order to understand, from the ground up, how to make integrated service delivery a reality.

Prior to joining the Department of Human Services she held the position of Director, Innovation and Strategy, in the Department of Justice. In this role, she led thinking on critical projects that support whole-of-portfolio integration and performance improvement.

This followed five years as the founding Deputy Director of the McCaughey Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne. In this role, Marion undertook research on the prevention of violence against women, including a particular focus on family violence reform.  Prior to this, she was Assistant Director, Social Policy in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Marion has a PhD in Criminology and Gender Studies from the University of Melbourne.  Her PhD won the Chancellor’s medal for most outstanding thesis in 2002.