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Sophie Black is a journalist, broadcaster, writer and editor with a focus on the environment, politics, media, the ongoing social effects of the pandemic, the internet and parenting in the end times. She writes long form, features and opinion for The Guardian and The Monthly and features regularly across ABC radio and TV. Sophie has worked in senior management across cultural and media organisations throughout her career to conceive, curate, launch and oversee numerous publications, editorial projects and programs. As the Wheeler Centre’s head of publishing she oversaw projects such as the Walkley award winning The Messenger podcast, mentoring scheme The Next Chapter and podcast incubation program Signal Boost. As editor-in-chief at Private Media she headed up titles such as Crikey, SmartCompany and Women’s Agenda and previous to that she was the editor of Crikey. She directed the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, sits on the board of Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism, and is co-chair of Right Now.
Siân Darling is an artist manager and creative impact strategist, also working as a curator and filmmaker. Siân works with One Louder Entertainment and represents artists Paul Kelly and Jess Hitchcock. She produced the charting Kev Carmody tribute album, Cannot Buy My Soul (2020 Edition) and in the same year founded the Museum of Inherited Memories. Sian’s drive to inspire empathy, along with her passion for social justice and the natural world, often brings her work to the intersection of arts and advocacy. She is a Creative Strategist with Groundswell and co-Chair of Right Now.
Anika Baset is a lawyer specialising in public law and human rights. She is passionate about the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights and access to justice for marginalised communities. At present, her work is focused on the rights of people with disability and mental illness, including issues affecting vulnerable people under State guardianship and those facing compulsory treatment in detention. She has previously worked on economic and social rights issues as a legal aid lawyer, on children’s rights in the United Kingdom, at a war crimes trial in Cambodia and on environmental rights and conflict resolution in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, where she graduated with a university medal, and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Garima is a human rights law graduate from the University of Melbourne and also holds a postgraduate 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 trademark attorney with IP Australia and works in a university as a senior leader in academic administration.
Katherine currently works as the Finance Director of Social Ventures Australia. Katherine is a finance professional whose experience includes accounting, audit, reporting, risk, operations and management. 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, storytelling and community in society. Her personal projects include co-founding, organising and teaching at community dance events. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce from the University of Sydney.
First Nations Editor
Phoebe McIlwraith Follow
Phoebe McIlwraith is a Bundjalung and Worimi Saltwater dubay/galbaan, currently based on Gadigal/Wangal Country. She is a writer passionate about First Nations jurisprudence (philosophies of law), modes of governance, sovereignty and protecting Country. Phoebe has been a contributing creative and consultant for groups such as Commonground First Nations, Groundswell, The North Face, Adobe Australia and Indigenous X. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice (Honours) and holds a Bachelor of Business (Political Economy) from the University of Newcastle.
‘NGALI GARIMA MALLA JUGUN’ is Phoebe’s first editing project.
Editor in Chief
Roselina Press (she/her) is an editor, writer and communications specialist. In her day job, she is the Director of Communications for the Victorian Greens MPs.
She has also worked at the Human Rights Law Centre and Oxfam Australia, and held board positions at Right Now and Digital Rights Watch.
Roselina also co-edited the anthology Poetic Justice: Contemporary Australian Voices on Equality and Human Rights (published by Right Now in 2014), which was nominated for a Literature Award at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Awards.
Head of Investigations
Gina McColl Follow
Gina McColl is head of Investigations at Right Now, and founder of investigation agency The Tell and media consultancy Women’s Agency. Previously an award-winning journalist and editor at The Age, The Sunday Age and BRW, and Investigative Journalism lecturer at the University of Melbourne, she played a leading role in editorial independence, gender equity, public broadcasting and law reform campaigns as a director of the Walkley Foundation, vice-president of journalists’ union MEAA, and at the ABC and Andrew Denton’s Go Gentle Australia.
Head of Digital Strategy
Anna Cook Follow
Anna is head of digital strategy at Right Now and reformed Big Corp manager-type. Leaving the corporate world to pursue work with climate change and purpose-led organisations gave her a renewed sense of hope and belief that we are not, in fact, reaching the end times. Leading digital transformations and business strategy is her bag and applying it where it can make a positive difference is what gets her up in the morning.
Jez currently works at Amnesty International Australia, as Supporter Engagement Director. Prior to joining Amnesty, Jez held roles in senior leadership, fundraising, community engagement and communications at One Girl, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Oxfam Australia and Arts Hub Australia. Jez has also held board roles at Oxfam Australia and Diaspora Action Australia, is a member of Deakin University’s course advisory board for postgraduate communication, and is an external assessment panel member for City of Melbourne’s grant program. Jez holds a Master of Communication (Digital Media) from Deakin University, and is undertaking a Master of Leadership for Development with the Universities of Melbourne and Manchester.