Acting Director, Community Visiting and Advocacy: Catherine Moynihan

Catherine Moynihan Director of Legal Services and Official Solicitor at the Office of the Public Guardian

Catherine Moynihan is currently the Acting Director of Community Visiting and Advocacy and is responsible for supporting the protection of human rights, choice, interests, views and wishes of adults, children and young people residing at visitable locations. Catherine leads a team of more than 140 staff which includes over 100 Community Visitors who operate across Queensland, covering a geographic area of 1.7 million kilometres.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Business (Public Management) both from QUT. Catherine has practised as a lawyer for marginalised clients working for a private criminal law firm, a community legal centre and at Legal Aid Queensland. At Legal Aid Queensland she worked as a general advice lawyer, a Separate and Direct Representative for children and young people in child protection proceedings and was in the Youth Advocate position which also had a systemic advocacy and policy/law reform focus. Catherine has worked in the UK as a lawyer representing a Local Authority (an equivalent of Child Safety) in child protection proceedings.

Catherine has worked as policy officer for the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the area of child protection legislative reform post the 2004 Crime and Misconduct Commission Inquiry and as a ministerial advisor to the Minister for Justice and Attorney General. Catherine was a Director of the research team that supported the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

Catherine is a Churchill Fellow and has completed a study tour on advocacy and legal representation for children and young people in care which took her to the UK and US. She was a founding board member of the Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland and is a member of the Queensland Law Society Childrens’ Law Committee.

Catherine joined the Office of the Public Guardian in 2015 and until commencing her current acting role in CVA was the Official Solicitor and Director of Legal Services/Investigations at the OPG.