Meet the NSW team

WEL NSW Executive Committee

Philippa Hall - WEL NSW Convenor

Philippa is the NSW Convenor of WEL. She has been an executive member for several years. Philippa worked in various areas of State and Federal Government, and in New Zealand, on women's employment and human rights issues. Pay equity for women is a long standing commitment and area of work. Philippa has contributed to various non-government organisations working on improvements for women, especially in employment. Philippa holds post-graduate qualifications in Arts, Commerce, and Information Management.

Jozefa Sobski AM - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member, WEL Aust Convenor

Jozefa has been active in feminist, women’s and community organisations for many years, beginning her activism in Sydney Women’s Liberation in the 1970’s. She is currently Chair of the Board of Jessie Street National Women’s Library and the Department of Education’s Community Languages Schools Board. She was Convenor of WEL NSW for three years to 2016 and for a period from 2006-2010. She is a member of the Coalition for Women’s Refuges and the TAFE Community Alliance. She was an inaugural member of the NSW Women in Education group and the Australian Women’s Education Coalition. She is a qualified teacher of English and History and has a Masters in Adult Education. She worked in the Ministry of Education as a policy adviser on sexism and in TAFE in policy administration, as a Principal of a College and Director of South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE. She is a member of the Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association and the International Women’s Development Agency.

 

Dr Mary O'Sullivan - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member

(Bio pending)

Lorraine Slade - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member

Lorraine has been a member of WEL since 1986 and has served on the WEL NSW Executive for a number of years since 2006. She has also volunteered in the WEL office during that time. Lorraine is strongly committed to the WEL vision of a society ‘where women’s participation and their ability to fulfil their potential are unrestricted, acknowledged and respected, and where women and men share equally in society’s responsibilities and rewards.

 

Josefa Green - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member

Josefa began as a WEL activist in the 1970’s, involved particularly in equal pay and abortion rights campaigns – issues that still need addressing! She has been on the WEL NSW Executive since 2005. She worked for many years in policy and management areas of the Federal Public Service, including the Special Broadcasting Service, and subsequently as a management consultant working in the areas of planning and organisational change. She has a BA (History Hons), an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Asian Art.

Sandy Killick - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member

Sandy Killick became a WEL member in the early 90s, first joining the Education group before moving onto the NSW Executive and later becoming the WEL National Convenor. She brings social policy and research expertise, as well as management and community liaison experience from the not for profit and government sectors to WEL. Sandy actively volunteers with WEL because it is a progressive feminist organisation with a unique voice and an important role to play in the Australian political landscape.
Sandy is passionate about human rights, particularly equality and making it possible for people to live free from any form of discrimination. She is a Social Leadership Australia alumni, a qualified mediator and holds a Master of Labour Law & Relations and a Master of Education Policy. She also volunteers with the Wilderness Society and as an ethics facilitator at a local public primary school.

Dr Jane Bullen - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member

Jane joined the WEL Executive in 2015, continuing her past work in feminist and other organisations to promote women’s human rights, increase fairness and reduce inequality and disadvantage. Jane’s background includes research, evaluation, policy and program work in academic, government and non-government contexts. She is currently an independent researcher and consultant and has previously worked at the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW and at RMIT University. Her primary areas of research focus are domestic violence, homelessness and women’s homelessness. Jane is a member of the WEL Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Action Group

 

Heather Smith - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member

(Bio pending)

Jennifer Muir - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member

Jennifer joined the WEL Executive in June 2018. She is a senior advisor and communication strategist with a career spanning twenty years. Kickstarting her career as a documentary and TV news producer, before moving into government as a public affairs and media specialist working in areas of social policy reform and programs. For the past ten years she has been part of the executive team at Primary Communication, leading the public affairs and strategic communication portfolio of clients with a focus on social issues relating to public health, mental health, disability, domestic violence, child protection and women’s rights in Australia. She works closely with clients and sector leaders to advocate for social change across the community and political landscape. In support of this work Jennifer is a member of a number of sector advisory groups on mental health, suicide prevention and communication, journalism and media through the Mindframe program.

She is a Board Director and the Immediate Past-President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, having held the office of President from 2016-2018. She has a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies, and works to promote and advocate for human rights - peace with justice.

Rachel Francois - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member & Secretary

Rachel joined the WEL Executive in April 2019. Rachel is a feminist barrister with over 20 years' experience as a lawyer specialising in human rights, consumer protection, government and administrative law and commercial law. In particular, Rachel has run several high profile sexual harassment cases including Fraser-Kirk v David Jones and Richardson v Oracle, the latter being the landmark appeal in the Federal Court which rewrote the law on sex discrimination damages.  Her most recent human rights case was a general protections claim under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) on behalf of a high profile lawyer who was sacked for speaking out on behalf of the victims of sexual and other abuse in the defence forces (judgment is still reserved). And her most notable consumer protection cases have been against payday lenders: with the class actions against Cash Converters recovering over $30 million so far for the most vulnerable consumers in Australia. Rachel is deeply committed to WEL's aim of creating a society where women's participation and their ability to fulfil their potential are supported and respected.

 

           

Menaka Cooke - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member & Secretary

Menaka is a coach and management consultant in organisation change and people development working with an Aboriginal Land Council and in local government. She is the current President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises (NSW branch) and serves on the board of Economic Security for Women, Zonta East Sydney Club, Older Women’s Network NSW and the Indian Crisis Support Agency.

Her book ‘Monsoon Woman – wouldn’t take NO for an answer’ (2019) is a memoir of her life arriving as a single migrant parent in Australia in the early 1970s, then educated and empowered herself (obtaining two Masters degrees in Commerce and Psychotherapy) and reached the C-suite in corporations.

Her early experiences in Australia encountering systemic and overt racism and sexism led her to become a passionate feminist, joining the Women’s Electoral Lobby while also engaging with CALD and women’s organisations to advocate for women’s rights and empowerment.

She is a strong believer in Intersectional Feminism, coaching Indigenous and NESB women in leadership, reaching out to women of multi-cultural backgrounds to encourage them on their journey.

 

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