In October 2011, Right Now Inc established its first ever Board. Its members currently include:
ELIZABETH O’SHEA – CHAIR
Elizabeth O’Shea is a lawyer with a passion for using her skills to assist those in society who are traditionally disenfranchised.
Lizzie has previously worked at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva looking at labour standards for women at work. She has also volunteered with a capital defence office in Louisiana, USA, working with indigent prisoners on death row. She assisted prisoners in drafting Federal Petitions on a range of legal and procedural issues and saw first hand the importance of effective legal representation.
Lizzie has since returned to Melbourne to run Maurice Blackburn’s Social Justice Practice, which takes on cases of political and social significance. The practice provides access to justice for people who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. She runs cases on behalf of refugees, workers who have been underpaid, and persons who have been unfairly targeted by national security legislation.
Matthew Albert is a barrister at the Victorian Bar and a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He completed a Masters degree in international refugee law at the University of Oxford. While in the UK, he also worked at Britain’s leading human rights chambers, Doughty Street chambers as researcher to Geoffrey Robertson QC. He was also researcher to the Solicitor-General for Victoria in her capacity as the legal adviser to the Victorian Human Rights Consultative Committee, which led to the Victorian Charter. Matthew founded the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL) Program and is a regular presenter on Right Now Radio.
Siân Darling is a freelance creative communication specialist and filmmaker. Also working as the Business Development Manager at Art Guide Australia, Siân applies her strategic communication to her passion for the arts. Formerly the General Manger of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Siân makes creative videos and documentaries across the human rights and creative arts sectors.
Loren Days is a policy development and law reform officer at the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria. She completed her LLM at the University of Melbourne Law School. Prior to that she completed her JD at the University of Virginia School of Law and her BA at Wellesley College. Loren previously worked at the Human Rights Law Centre as Coordinator of the Australian Human Rights Register project.
Luke Giuliani (BEng (Hons) / BCompSc) is passionate about using technology to make the world a better place, in particular working with social enterprises and startups. His background is predominantly in web technologies but has also worked in process, mechanical and electrical engineering. Luke has worked all around the world providing strategic, process and web consultancy for a breadth of organisations like RMIT, Victorian State Government, City of Melbourne, Dulux and ZLB (CSL Bioplasma), as well as startups and community organisations including OurSay, Copper, Future Spark and Right Now. Luke’s involvement in projects is about making complicated matters simple and finding easier ways for people to accomplish what they want to achieve.
Leana Papaelia is a litigation lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons. She previously worked as a lawyer at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and prior to that as a litigation lawyer with Mallesons Stephen Jaques. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and is currently completing her Masters of Laws majoring in human rights.
Will Richardson has 10 years experience in the financial services industry. He has significant experience in the areas of property development, corporate finance and private equity. His corporate finance activities have included stock exchange listings, arranging debt and equity, and investment management.
Marcus Ross is a Media & Marketing specialist with a passion for the ever-evolving music industry. Having spent his early 20s as an international touring musician while holding down his studies in International Politics & Communications, Marcus now works as Account Executive for the US music streaming App, Pandora Radio, helping launch the company in Melbourne in early 2014. Marcus also works as a music producer and has just completed a debut album for his project Kid Radio.
Right Now also has an Advisory Group whose members include:
HUGH DE KRETSER
DR DIANE SISELY