Board

Chairs

Sophie Black  Follow
Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the new national writers scheme The Next Chapter, The Messenger podcast (Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award) and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest. Previously she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013 she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and is the former editor of Crikey. Sophie regularly appears on ABC local radio and television and Melbourne’s Triple R and most recently as a regular panelist on ABC TV’s Screen Time.

Siân Darling
Siân Darling is an artist, documentarian, and development manager. Siân’s unique skill-set with roots in art and activism, feeds into her governance and managerial roles in the NFP and MNC sectors.

Siân currently works as an artist manager with One Louder Entertainment for songwriters Uncle Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly. In 2020, Siân produced the Kev Carmody tribute album, ‘Cannot Buy My Soul 2020 Edition’, a charting album of Aborignal truth-telling in 42 songs sung by some of Australia’s greatest talents. Siân does ongoing work with Kimberley legend, Uncle Sam Lovell, documenting his life and building the Sam Lovell Collection at the State Library of WA.

Siân has produced and directed a collection of documentary and music videos and held a variety of roles, including Business Development Manager at Art Guide Australia, General Manager at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Community Facilitator with Good Beginnings Australia during its merger with Save the Children.

As co-chair of Right Now Inc. Siân is devoted to the integrity of Australia’s independent media dedicated to human rights.

General Manager

Cassitie Galliott 

Cas has a background in program and project management across various parts of the non-profit sector, including refugee support services, youth, health, and civic tech. She is currently the Head of Delivery & People for civic tech non-profit Code for Australia. Cas is passionate about refugee and migrant rights developed through her work with numerous communities, and has a broader interest in political and social issues informed by her academic background in French, History and International Affairs.

Secretary

Garima Sharma
Garima is a human rights law graduate from the University of Melbourne and also holds a post graduate diploma in human rights law from a premier law school in India. She is passionate about the rights of women and children, and her research interests revolve around gender equality and social justice in general, and sexual abuse of vulnerable women in particular. Prior to becoming a Board member, Garima was working as a non-fiction editor with Right Now. She is an internationally trained lawyer and currently, she is a registered trademarks attorney with IP Australia, and works in a University as the Manager of Design and Creative Technology School.

Treasurer

Katherine Sivieng
Katherine is a finance professional with over 16 years of experience across a range of financial fields including external and internal audit, regulatory reporting, risk management, accounting and operations. Katherine currently works as the Finance Manager at SVA. She has previously worked at the Sydney Opera House and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as well at Deloitte in Sydney and the Royal Bank of Scotland in London.

Katherine is passionate about the role of the Arts, story-telling and community in society. Her personal projects include co-founding and organising community dance events.

She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Board members

Glen Berman
Glen works at the intersection of technology and social justice. Currently dividing his time between his role as Head of Digital Strategy at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and his masters studies at the 3A Institute at ANU. He was previously Managing Director of SumOfUs.org and co-founder of Australian Progress.

Kimberley Benjamin
Currently based in Narrm/Melbourne, Kimberley is a proud Yawuru, Bardi and Kija woman from Broome, WA. In her drive to tell stories that are truthful, impactful and celebrate the strength and resilience of First Nations people, Kimberley has worked as a researcher, writer, director and producer for both television and documentary film. She is currently working on a new ABC series titled ‘Back to Nature’ hosted by actor Aaron Pederson and writer Holly Ringland. Kimberley has held a variety of roles in the community not-for-profit sector including Reconciliation WA and the Wirrapanda Foundation and is currently a member of the National NAIDOC Committee. In 2016, she was selected to train and run the New York City Marathon as part of the Indigenous Marathon Project. Kimberley’s diverse work and passion for telling stories is informed by her connections and relationships with communities across the Country.

Jez Hunghanfoo
Jez is a specialist in nonprofit management, operations and fundraising, and is currently Supporter Engagement Director at Amnesty International Australia. Prior to joining Amnesty, Jez held leadership, fundraising, community engagement and communications roles at One Girl, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Oxfam Australia. Jez has also been a board member and the Chair for Diaspora Action Australia, and was a staff-elected non-voting member of the Oxfam Australia board.