Board of Directors

The Parenthood is supported by a board of directors with extensive experience in digital campaigning, strategic communications, movement building and the big issues facing today's children.

Jo Briskey - Political Coordinator
Jo is former Executive Director of The Parenthood and has over a decade of experience in advocacy, strategy, policy development, stakeholder engagement and political campaigning. Under her leadership, The Parenthood grew to a community of over 65,000 members. We’re so pleased to have Jo’s continued support and guidance. Jo is based in Brisbane and lives with her husband and their two daughters. 

Nicola Hazell - International Advisor & Champion of Women in Leadership 
Nicola Hazell is a leading voice on gender equality and social innovation. With a career spanning journalism, politics, public affairs, and tech, she is a driving force for women in leadership; working across the startup, corporate and public sectors to build investment in inclusion and diversity.
Recognised as one of Australia’s Top Business Thinkers, Nicola is a sought-after international speaker and advisor, holding roles on the OECD’s Expert Advisory Committee on Digital Transformation; Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Advisory Board; Not in My Workplace Summit Committee; and CEBIT Women in Tech Committee. Nicola lives in Sydney with her husband and their young daughter.

The board members during a meeting with Executive Director Georgie Dent and Communications Manager Michael Katerla in 2020.
(left to right: Nicola, Michael, Georgie, Megan, Owen and Jo)

Owen Wareham - Strategic campaigns and communications 
Owen is the Supporter Engagement Manager at WWF-Australia where his role is to coordinate strategic communications campaigns that deliver conservation outcomes. His past roles have included working as an advisor to the Premier of Queensland, establishing an education campaigning organisation in Pakistan and working as a strategic campaigns advisor at, the world's biggest petition platform. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and two children. 

Megan O'Connell - Education policy expert
Megan is one of Australia’s leading policy experts, with experience across the entire education spectrum – early childhood, schooling and vocational and higher education. Megan has spent more than two decades dedicated to developing policy and programs to support children and young people to thrive through education. Her work frequently underpins policy that improves outcomes for young Australians.

As the former director of the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, Megan leads the Institute’s highly influential foray into early childhood development and youth transitions. 

Megan is now an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, a passionate advocate for equity in education and a highly regarded education policy consultant. She continues to work with schools, early childhood organisations and academics to develop a policy that improves access to quality early childhood development, education and training. Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and two rapidly growing boys.

Meet our Executive Director!