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Development and Communications Manager, National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy
Verity has a long career in working with large not-for-profits to grow their fundraising programs, including five years as Donor Development Program Manager at Amnesty International Australia. She is passionate about Indigenous rights and recently made the move to NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy), a small Aboriginal youth organisation. Her role as Development and Communications Manager means that she has the daunting yet exciting challenge of growing sustainable fundraising from the ground up. In a fundraising environment dominated by need driven propositions, she is determined to create positive promotions of Aboriginal communities that inspire audiences to support.
Raised under South Australia’s fierce sun, Isaac knows first hand the need for urgent action on climate change. Starting out with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Isaac has been active in the climate movement since age seventeen. Isaac worked as 350.org Australia’s Divestment Campaigner, a campaign working to undermine the social license of coal and gas by calling on institutions to dump their shares in the fossil fuel industry. Over 130 institutions in Australia have divested, including the City of Newcastle - home to the biggest coal port in the world. Now based in Sydney, Isaac works on the #StopAdani campaign, pushing for an end to the Adani coal mine in Queensland. For his work on stopping the expansion of Queensland coal, Isaac has been awarded Bob Brown’s Young Environmentalist of the Year.
Community Organising Manager, ActionAid
Dan has worked across human rights, environmental and workers movements for over a decade. In his current gig, Dan is the Community Organising Manager for ActionAid Australia, a women’s rights organisation working as part of a global Federation in over 45 countries to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. In 2017 ActionAid has established a national activist network who run targeted campaigns locally, in solidarity with women in lower-income countries with a focus on climate justice and economic justice for women. Before joining ActionAid, Dan was Director of Campaigns and Organising at Solar Citizens and spent 5 years as the National Youth Coordinator for Amnesty International, Australia. When Dan’s not organising you’ll find him befriending dogs in the parks of Sydney and drinking too much coffee.
CEO, Attitude Foundation
Aine is changemaker who spends her time working on making the world a more inclusive place. She’s headed up advocacy for the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, worked for a range of NFPs in the disability sector and loves making things accessible - movements, policies, info, comms & beyond.
Rapid response campaigner, GetUp
Kirsti Gorringe is the rapid response campaigner at GetUp working on a wide scope of issues from reproductive rights to retirement home rorts. Most recently she worked on the get out the vote campaign for marriage equality, and has experience in media, organising and campaigning from both GetUp and Amnesty.
Deputy Chair, Alliance for Gambling Reform
Allison is the Deputy Chair and a spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform and an expert in leadership, strategy, culture and change. She is a fierce and relentless campaigner for reform as a result of growing up in a family affected by gambling. Allison has led a range of diverse campaign strategies over the past two years and achieved greater collaboration and consensus about what needs to change. Through local government, face to face, online, media and grassroots leadership, the Alliance is gaining traction in the face of a historically powerful industry. As a result, the conversation about gambling harm in Australia is changing and there is momentum building for change. Allison believes passionately in elevating the voice and leadership of people with a lived experience of harm, in empowering and effective ways, and shifting power back to communities.
Executive Director, Australian Progress
Nick has more than 15 years’ experience driving social change in New York, Toronto, London and Sydney. Nick co-founded one of the world’s first social networks, TakingITGlobal.org, played a leading role in the growth of Australia’s foremost campaigning organisation GetUp, worked in global strategy at Amnesty’s International Secretariat and managed public engagement for Greenpeace. As founder of Sydney-based consultancy Make Believe, Nick developed winning campaigns and internal innovation projects for more than seventy non-profits.