Our board members

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Jane Stratton, Executive Director of Think+DO Tank Foundation. Her 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, 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 is the author of community guides to human rights and international law (State Library of NSW).

 

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Siobhán McCann, Chair is the Policy and Engagement Manager at Plan International, Australia. She has an Arts/Law degree (University of Tasmania) and a Masters of Law specializing 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. At Plan International, Siobhán is 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.

 

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Cassandra Goldie is the CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). She has extensive public policy experience and is a leading advocate and commentator on economic and social issues. She has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged and those of the community sector in major national debates including through the Prime Minister’s National Panel on Economic Reform (2013), the Ministerial Roundtable on Superannuation (2012/13) and the National Tax Forum (2011). Cassandra has been appointed to the Federal  Government’s  National Legal Assistance Advisory Body, National Urban Policy Forum, The National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC), and the ACCC Consultative Committee. In 2013, she was appointed Deputy Chair of the Australian C20 Steering Committee during Australia's Presidency of the G20. Cassandra has a PhD from the University of New South Wales and is an Associate of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. She has a Masters of Law from University College London, where she was awarded the Cheng Cheng Nan Prize for Public International Law, and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Western Australia. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Cassandra has worked globally as a human rights advocate, including through the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and UN Habitat. She also has grassroots legal practice experience both as a legal aid lawyer and as Director and Principal Solicitor of the Darwin Community Legal Service in the Northern Territory, which won the National Human Rights Award for Community Service during her leadership. Prior to joining ACOSS, she played a central role in major gender equality reforms, including Australia’s first paid parental leave, reforms to sex discrimination and pay equity and ASX corporate governance standards. In 2012, Cassandra was recognised as one of the Inaugural Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence. She was selected as an AFR/BOSS True Leader in 2013.


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