Meet the NSW team

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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 Executive Committee Member

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.

Helen L'Orange AM - WEL Executive Committee Member

Helen has worked on a wide range of feminist issues for close to 40 years both within Government and as a member of WEL and other women’s organisations. Helen’s areas of interest include strong machinery of government for women, law reform and community education on violence against women and children, childcare, work family balance, women in prison, homeless women, women’s health and CALD women. Helen is keen to see WEL regenerated so that our next 40 years are as influential as our first 40 years.


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.


Mary O'Sullivan - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member



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

Sinead O'Connell - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member & Secretary

Sinead holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Australian National University, and will graduate with a Master of Human Rights in 2018 from the University of Sydney. Sinead is also a member of the Equality Rights Alliance steering group and has worked within the not-for-profit sector since moving to Sydney in 2014. Sinead began as Secretary of the WELNSW executive committee in early 2016. Sinead also co-facilitates the WEL Election Action Group and contributes to the WEL Abortion Action Group and the WEL Fundraising and Events Committee. 

Sinead is a committed feminist with dedication to social justice and gender equality, an interest in foreign policy, international relations and domestic policy.


Toni Milne - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member & Treasurer



Maeva Freeman - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member

Maeva joined the WEL Executive in May 2016. Maeva works at ActionAid Australia, a global women's rights organisation supporting women living in poverty and exclusion, and is the Senior Manager of the Arise Fund, a global fund which recognises and resources women's leadership during humanitarian disasters. She has worked at ActionAid for over 8 years and held the role of Head of Community Engagement, responsible for communications and campaigns, and previously was  Head of Fundraising. She completed the Centre for Australian Progress Fellowship program in 2015. Maeva also has 10 years working in marketing and brand communications agencies in both Sydney and London. She is passionate about women’s rights and brings her experience to build a committed and thriving WEL community to campaign on critical issues affecting women in Australia.


Cat Gander - WEL NSW Executive Committee Member



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.

WEL Staff 


Amanda Keeling - Engagement and Fundraising

Amanda works across membership and engagement, manages WEL Australia digital properties and communications, and oversees fundraising projects and initiatives. A passionate feminist, Amanda comes to WEL from activism in the LGBTQI community. Amanda has experience campaigning and working towards social change with member-based, not for profit organisations including the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (as the Policy and Projects Officer), Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Board Member, Sponsor of the Community Engagement Committee and Women’s Committee Member), and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association (Board Member and Director of Media and Communications). Amanda holds a BA (Social Analysis, Gender Studies, Hons), Masters in Communications and Diploma of Project Management.



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