In February 2017, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria became Ardoch’s Patron-in-Chief.

Her Excellency is the first female Governor of Victoria. During her long career as a barrister, Magistrate and then a Judge, she served in the Children’s Court, Coroners Court and then the Family Court of Australia. In 2017 the Governor was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for “eminent service to the people of Victoria through leadership roles in the judiciary, to the advancement of economic ties and business relationships, and as a supporter of charitable, sporting and arts organisations”.

“I am delighted to have become Ardoch’s Patron-in-Chief and I look forward to supporting their great work in the future,” the Governor said in 2017.

“After a career of nearly 40 years in criminal and family law I have a deep appreciation of Ardoch’s work. By providing education and support to disadvantaged children and young people, Ardoch helps to promote future prosperity and equality in our State.”

PHOTO REFERENCE – The Honourable Linda Dessau AC speaking at Ardoch’s 30th Anniversary Event at Government House in 2018