Siobhán McCann, Chair
Siobhán is the Manager, Inquiries and Engagement at the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People. A highly skilled policy analyst and adviser with particular interest and expertise in relation to child protection and children’s rights, Siobhán was previously the Policy and Engagement Manager at Plan International, Australia. She has an Arts/Law degree (University of Tasmania) and a Masters of Law specialising in child rights law (University of Melbourne). Siobhán has worked for over a decade in the Victorian public service in law reform and has advised both the Departments of Human Services and Health on human rights compliance in the areas of housing and child protection. Siobhán was a founding member of the Victorian chapter of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, a national network of lawyers committed to advocating for human rights and rights-based approaches in Australia. Before joining the VCCYP, Siobhán was Plan International’s Policy & Engagement Manager. Siobhán was responsible for parliamentary advocacy, community and youth engagement and child rights capacity-building. She has specialist expertise in strategic planning; program design, implementation and improvement; and innovation.
Jane Stratton, Creative Director of Think+DO Tank Foundation. Jane’s purpose is to work with local communities to strengthen their capacity to address their own everyday challenges and to understand the deeper drivers of those challenges. She does this through the arts; social enterprise; and social policy and advocacy, leading projects that marry high calibre artistic practice with strong social policy analysis and community development principles. Jane believes that participation in the arts can create the conditions for individual and collective transformation. In 2013, Jane began to produce large-scale public arts projects independently (Against the Tide: A Highway West and The Motion Room). Jane holds First Class Honours degrees in Politics and Law (ANU, National Undergraduate Scholar) and a Masters of Law (New York University; International Human Rights Fellow). She has worked as a commercial and litigation lawyer and as a public policy advocate, human rights activist and educator for diverse organisations including the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Human Rights Watch, Australian Human Rights Commission, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Thailand), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Diplomacy Training Program and the University of New South Wales. She was a commercial, and litigation lawyer at Gilbert+Tobin lawyers, where she was the Acting Head, Pro Bono Services (2006- 7); and the founding Head, Corporate Social Responsibility (2007 - 10). She is the author of community guides to human rights and international law (State Library of NSW).
Languages: English, French, Thai, Arabic (intermediate), German, Spanish (beginner)
Anisha Travis, Secretary and Director: Anisha is the principal and owner of Travis Legal, a strategic legal consulting firm. Anisha is a well-respected expert in her field of commercial transactions in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. Anisha has acted for major mobile operators throughout South East Asia, advising on commercial and regulatory matters. She has extensive expertise in the development, negotiation and on-going management of complex telecommunications, IT and IP procurement and outsourcing contracts. Anisha has also acted for major financial institutions and private lenders on a wide range of matters including product development and assisting with the development of systems and procedures to address regulatory requirements.
Anisha assists her clients with the design and implementation of procurement strategies and sourcing models and in the rollout of original and market shaping technology, with past projects including special purpose SIMs, smartcards (with m-wallet functionality), encryption products for finance markets and advanced telecom solutions. She has vast experience in the development of business plans for introducing innovative technology projects. She is well-placed to help Think+DO Tank Foundation to innovate and to ensure it operates with the highest level of integrity and good governance.
Afaf Al-Shammari, Community Connector.
Afaf has been a local resident of the Green Valley and Liverpool area for more than a decade. She was born in Kuwait and came to Australia with her family almost 20 years ago. She was training as an educator before leaving her country. Since arriving here, she has attained English and graduated from Western Sydney University as a provisional psychologist. She is now training to be registered and is committed to working with migrant and refugee communities in Australia to make their transition into Australian life more manageable. Afaf joins our team as a community development worker to promote participation in The Motion Room, IN OTHER WORDS and Lost in Books amongst newly-arrived and Arabic speaking communities. Afaf’s position is funded with the support of the Scanlon Foundation.
Languages: Arabic, English