VARTA board

The members of the Authority (VARTA’s board) are nominated by the Minister for Health and the appointments are made by the Governor-in-Council. Section 101 of the ART Act states that in making nominations to the Governor-in-Council, the Minister must have regard to the need for diversity and expertise.

Board members

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Julia Griffith | Chairperson

BA, Diploma (Youth work), PSM

Ms Julia Griffith has held senior executive roles in a range of justice portfolios in the Victorian public sector, including corrections, justice health, youth justice, police and crime prevention. Most recently, Ms Griffith held the role of Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Public Sector Commission. In 2018, Ms Griffith was the recipient of a public service medal for leadership in the Victorian public sector. 


Michael Regos


Mr Michael Regos is a lawyer and for the past two years has been the principal of the legal practice of Michael Regos practising predominantly in the area of health law. For the preceding 25 years Michael was a Partner in the international law firm of DLA Piper where he was head of the DLA Piper Australian Health Litigation Group. Michael has advised health services, insurers, medical practitioners and other health professionals and organisations (including IVF organisations) in almost every aspect of health law including regulatory issues, governance and risk management through to full scale litigation and coronial inquiries. He has acted in a number of litigation cases involving the provision of IVF services. Through his representation of health services in litigation he developed a keen interest in safety, quality and risk management in the health sector. Between 2016 and 2019 he held an appointment as an arbitrator to the Australian Football League.


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James Florent

B.A., B.Sc., MF 

James Florent is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority – on secondment from the Victorian Department of Health – where he most recently headed various COVID19 response strategies including vaccination and testing. James is a senior executive with significant regulatory and leadership experience – having worked in numerous senior roles across the Victorian Public Service.

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