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Our Staff

Abbey Kendall Director of the Working Women's Centre SA

Abbey Kendall

Director

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Abbey holds a Bachelor of Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.  Abbey also holds governance qualifications from the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Emma Johnson

Senior Lawyer

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Emma graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law in 2012. Emma was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2013.

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Kylie Porter

Lawyer

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Kylie has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from Adelaide University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of SA in 2007.

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Nikki Candy

Lawyer

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Nikki has 15 years of experience working in the employment law arena and representing disadvantaged workers and union members.

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Sarah Devenport

Client Services Officer

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Sarah is a long-serving staff member of the WWC and has extensive insight into the issues that workers face and a wide referral knowledge of other relevant organisations.

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Cassandra Deon-Wierda

Training Officer

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Cassandra holds a Master of Education in Popular Education and Social Change from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Art in Art History and English.

Lungaka Mbedla

Lungaka Mbedla

Graduate Lawyer

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Lungaka has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) from Macquarie University.

Caitlin Feehan

Graduate Lawyer

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Caitlin graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Flinders University in June 2022 and was admitted to the South Australian Supreme Court in August 2022. She completed her Practical Legal Training at the Centre.

Angela Scarfo

Graduate Lawyer

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Angela has a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University. She completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in June 2022 and was admitted in August 2022.

Holly Giblin

Training Officer

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Holly has 13 years’ experience working in the social & community services sector in Queensland and Adelaide. They hold a Double Degree in Psychology and Anthropology, and an Honours degree in Sociology (Gender Studies).

Our Committee

Michelle Hogan

Chair of the Management Committee

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Michelle has worked in education and community services for over 30 years, and currently works as a consultant and community organiser.

Melissa Stokes

Deputy Chair of the Management Committee

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Melissa is a Mental Health clinician with a background in a range of disciplines.

Dr Suzanne Franzway

Secretary MC

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Suzanne Franzway is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of South Australia.

Catherine Story

Committee member

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Catherine is a Union Organiser with the Public Service Association of SA.

Emma Thornton

Committee member

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Emma is an employment, trade union and personal injuries lawyer with more than 20 years experience.

Isobel Montgomery

Committee member

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Isobel is a Policy & Research Officer at No to Violence, and a Policy Officer (Playford 10 Project) at the South Australian Council of Services.

Claire O’Connor SC

Committee Member

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Claire O’Connor SC is a barrister who has been a lawyer in both the UK and Australia for over 40 years.

Wan Zhang

Treasurer

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Wan is an accountant. She has a Master of Accounting and Finance from University of Adelaide, and also completed a Bachelor of Laws degree at Capital Normal University in China. 

Louise Firrell

Union Representative

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Louise has worked in education and the union movement since 1972.

Meredith Farmer

Union Representative

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Meredith has worked at the AEU (Australian Education Union) for the past 9 years. Prior to that she was a Drama and Humanities teacher and leader in public schools for 20 years (mostly secondary but some primary). 

Roushan Walsh

Union Representative

Sarah Gunn

Small Business Representative

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Sarah is an international award-winning innovator, disruptor, thought leader and crusader for a socially equitable world. Sarah is renowned for her ideas and achievements in setting new standards for socially and environ

Ann-Marie Hayes

Committee Member

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Ann-Marie is presently the Director of AMH Consultancy & Facilitation providing strategic assistance focused on all aspects of organisational concerns from strategic planning, review of service delivery models, strate

Volunteers

The Working Women’s Centre is fortunate to have volunteers at our service. We have partnerships with Adelaide Universities and regularly host student placements. If you are committed to feminist values, and creating change for workplace rights of vulnerable workers, please enquire with us by sending an email to reception@wwc.org.au to find out about about any available volunteer opportunities.

 

Young Women’s COVID-19 Advocacy Program

As part of our project about the impact of COVID-19 on young women in South Australia, we are currently running a volunteer advocacy program. Five incredible volunteers are hosted at the Working Women’s Centre once a week to do advocacy work. The program provides training, mentoring and skills development to young women in social change advocacy.

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