Rebecca Wilson | Mum of one and digital campaign expert
Rebecca was most recently Chief of Staff at GetUp. She was previously Global Director of Learning and Development at Change.org, where she led on campaign innovation and learning for teams across 20 countries. Rebecca spent seven years in senior roles with the independent Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, broken by a stints with Obama for America in South Carolina and Ohio in 2008. When she left Clover’s office in early 2012 she was Policy Manager.
Patrick Flynn | Dad of one and advocacy expert
Patrick is Director, Policy & Advocacy at Social Ventures Australia (SVA). Patrick has worked in public policy, advocacy and communication for over a decade across the non-profit, government and corporate sectors. Before joining SVA he was Head of Policy and Advocacy for leading Australian charity, Mission Australia and has held diverse roles from managing media and community relations at two meetings of Heads of State; APEC 2007 and CHOGM 2011, to working as Media Advisor to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
Kate Browne | Mum of two and broadcast / digital journalist
Kate is an accomplished digital journalist at CHOICE and the ‘guilty mum’ presenter on ABC’s consumer affairs series, The Checkout. Kate has held previous roles in the corporate and media world and feels strongly about corporate advertising that targets parents and their kids.
Alana Bell | Mum of two and finance expert
Prior to commencing her own financial consulting business, Alana worked in the financial services industry both in the UK and Australia directing management accounting and financial operations. Her financial acumen compliments the existing board and brings much need financial governance in her role as Treasurer. As a busy working mum of two, she knows all about the pressure of being a parent and looks forward to building the success of The Parenthood.
Margaret Scott | Mother of two adult children and consultant in areas of social justice
Marg runs her own small consulting firm working with government and non-government organisations around issues of social justice, human rights and well-being. She has a background in public health, social change and leadership development and is passionate about making a difference in the world for those who are most vulnerable including children and marginalised groups in the community including those who are homeless, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrant and refugee families, people with mental health issues.
Sharron Caddie | Assistant Secretary of United Voice Queensland Branch
Sharron is currently the Assistant Secretary of United Voice Queensland Branch and has been with the Union since July 2011. Sharron is part of the United Voice National Early Childhood Education and Care Strategy Group driving the Union campaign for professional wages in a quality ECEC sector.
Sharron has worked in the Union movement for more than 25 years, having worked as a public sector organiser and industrial officer in Queensland, before moving to Melbourne to be a National Industrial Officer with the Finance Sector Union. Sharron was also elected as a Victorian Branch Secretary of the FSU in 2001 and then as National Assistant Secretary in 2004, the first woman to be elected to the National Secretariat of the Union.
Sharron left the Finance Sector Union to return to Queensland in 2006 where she coordinated the Your Rights at Work Campaign for the Queensland Council of Unions.
Nicola Hazell l Gender equality advocate and public affairs expert
Nicola is Head of Diversity and Impact programs at Australia's leading accelerator & investor for tech startups, BlueChilli. Through this role, she is driving improvements in gender equality, inclusivity and social impact in the startup sector.
With more than a decade of experience in the media, government and not-for-profit sectors, Nicola has strong expertise in developing and delivering cross-sector collaborations, leading national campaigns, and informing public policy and debate.