Executive Officer, Reichstein Foundation
John was appointed as Reichstein's Executive Officer after more than four years as a senior adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. He had responsibility for higher education, skills, industry, innovation, science, research and employment policy issues in the Office. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum between 1998 and 2008. John has a PhD in Australian economic history, focused on business management in Australia between the wars. He has previously worked at Adelaide, Monash and Melbourne universities. He was a Councillor at the City of St Kilda between 1990 and 1994, being Mayor in 1992-93. He has a long standing interest in social justice, community development and social policy issues.
Co-chair, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
Rod Little is from the Yamatji and Nyoongar nations of Geraldton and Perth. He is currently Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and before that a Director of Congress from 2011-2015. He is an active member of the multicultural alliance opposing changes to the Racial Discrimination Act; as well as a champion for the ACT Human Rights Office ‘Diversity in the Territory’ campaign. Rod has broad experience in public policy and strong commitment to young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander person’s education; he has participated on the CRC Ninti One – Remote Education Systems research advisory group, plus was previously a member the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory group. He is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
CEO, St. Vincent De Paul Society
Dr John Falzon was trained in sociology, theology, politics and poetics, he has worked in academia, in community development in large public housing estates and in research and advocacy in NGOs. He is also a poet.
2017 Youth Representative to the United Nations
Paige is the 2017 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. She has previously served as National Education Director and Chair of the Board for UN Youth Australia and Events & Operations Manager at Australian Progress. In 2015, Paige was recognised for her work by Pro Bono Australia as the youngest ever recipient of the ‘Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector’ award.
Dr Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of ACOSS since July 2010. With extensive public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, she has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged and civil society in international, national and local grassroots processes.
President, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
Sam Mostyn is a widely sought after non-executive director and sustainability adviser. She sits on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban Group, Mirvac, Citibank Australia, the Climate Council and CoverMore.
CEO, Australian Conservation Foundation
Kelly O’Shanassy's achievements in the environmental sector include establishment of world-first environment protection policies and authorship of Victoria’s Framework for Environmental Sustainability.
Former CEO of ActionAid Australia
Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia
Dr Helen Szoke is a strong advocate for foreign aid, international development, human rights, gender and race equity. She was previously the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.
National Director, Amnesty International Australia
Claire has been National Director of Amnesty International Australia since 2007 and has over 30 years of experience in rights-based work and the not-for-profit sector. Claire is also a member of Amnesty’s Global Management Team.
National Secretary, CPSU
Nadine Flood is National Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union, one of the most active and innovative trade unions in Australia. Nadine began as an organiser with the CPSU in 1995, representing members across government agencies and in Telstra.
Alan Kirkland is CEO of CHOICE, Australia’s largest consumer organisation. Alan’s work in social movements stretches back to his school days, where he organised protests against cuts to public education. His working life has spanned roles in homelessness, social security, disability services and law reform, with the common thread being an interest in redressing disadvantage.
CEO, Footscray Community Arts Centre
Jade Lillie is an experienced community cultural development practitioner, arts executive, educator and facilitator. Jade commenced as director & CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre in October 2012. In 2009, Jade was the recipient of a Kirk Robson Award and was recognised as a young cultural leader in community cultural development practice.
CEO, Australian Communities Foundation
Maree is a passionate advocate for social change in Australia and has over twenty years’ experience working across the sport, health, and non-profit sectors. Prior to starting at ACF in 2015, Maree was the General Manager of Good Sports and has also worked as Head of Communications and Public Relations at Headspace. In 2014 she was awarded the Non Profit Leadership Fellowship through the Harvard Club of Australia and was awarded a Scholarship in 2012 through Chief Executive Women to attend the inaugural Women in Leadership Course at the University of New South Wales Graduate School of Management.
Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre
Hugh de Kretser has been the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre since 2013. For the past 14 years, he has worked to protect and promote human rights in Australia through the Human Rights Law Centre and previous roles as Executive Officer of the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres and Manager of the Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre in Melbourne’s Outer West. Hugh currently serves as a Director of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne Law School. Hugh was a board member of the HRLC when it was established in 2006 and was a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission from 2008-2012. He has served on the board of the National Association of Community Legal Centres and the governance committee for knowmore, the national service providing legal help for people navigating the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Hugh started his legal career at the law firm Mallesons (now King & Wood Mallesons) in 1999.
Lyn Morgain is the Chief Executive of cohealth, one of Australia's largest community health organisations, servicing Melbourne's inner northern and western metropolitan suburbs. Lyn is a member of the Ministerial Rough Sleeping Response Taskforce, and Chair of the National Complex Needs Alliance of the Public Health Association of Australia. Lyn is also a board member of the Australian Council of Social Services and the Victorian Council of Social Services, and Chair of the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Lyn has been an executive leader in public policy, not-for- profit organisations and government over the past twenty five years. As part of the leadership of cohealth she is responsible for supporting the delivery of diverse services and programs that engage communities through a social model of health. These services and programs are integrated, locally oriented and designed in partnership with the people who use them.