Ro Allen Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities, Victoria
Ro is Victoria’s first Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities. Ro has over 20 years’ experience in community services, governance, social justice, and LGBTIQ+ advocacy. Ro was the former Chair of the Victorian Adult, Community and Further Education Board and a commissioner on the Victorian Skills Commission.
As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria’s first rural support group for LGBTIQ+ young people and a state wide network facilitated through the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria for training and workers support.
Ro is the former Deputy Chair of the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee and former Chair of Communities for Children in Shepparton. Ro was appointed to the first Victorian LGBTIQ+ Ministerial Advisory Committee in 2001, chaired the second and served on the third Committee concluding in 2014. Ro was a member and later co-chaired the National Working Party for GLBTI Social Reform established from 2011 to 2013.
Ro is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was recognised for community service in receiving a Centenary Medal in 2003. In 2009, Ro was inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Role for Women.