New leadership for Community Legal Centres NSW


The Board of Community Legal Centres NSW (CLCNSW) is excited to announce the new Executive Director for the organisation.

Tim Leach will start as Executive Director of CLCNSW on Monday 12 February 2018, coming to the sector with a wide range of skills and experience.

He replaces Polly Porteous, who assumed the role on an interim basis in May 2016 after Alastair McEwin left the organisation to become the Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

A bit about Tim’s background:

  • Tim was a volunteer student at Redfern Legal Centre in the 1980s and started his career as a solicitor at South West Sydney CLC in 1990.
  • He then went on to work for a variety of organisations, including the Australian Human Rights Commission, NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
  • Tim then worked as a governance and management consultant for over a decade, primarily for NGOs across the legal, welfare and international development sectors. Over this time he worked with a number of community legal centres, as well as the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and CLCNSW.
  • Most recently, Tim has been working at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Board would like to thank Polly Porteous for her extraordinary leadership of CLCNSW in particularly challenging times, and wishes her well for the future.

The CLCNSW Board is excited about the organisation’s future with Tim leading the CLCNSW team and the CLC sector.

CLCNSW represents almost 40 community legal centres in NSW – independent, community-run organisations that provide free legal assistance and support to people and communities, at times when they need it most.