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Our Staff

Abbey Kendall Director of the Working Women's Centre SA

Abbey Kendall



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

Nikki Candy

Deputy Director


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


Emma Johnson

Senior Lawyer


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.

Alice Bitmead



Alice graduated from a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Adelaide in 2016 and was admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in 2017.

Dharani Rana



Dharani holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales. She was admitted as a Solicitor in NSW in 2021 and in South Australia in 2022.

Caitlin Feehan



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



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.

Cassandra Deon-Wierda

Training Officer


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.

Jacqui Shaw

Jacqui Shaw

Finance Officer


Jacqui has over 40 years of bookkeeping experience in the not-for-profit sector, including over 28 years of providing long term consultant bookkeeping services to various organisations.


Sarah Devenport

Client Services Coordinator


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.

India Candy

Client Services Officer


India is a proud feminist, unionist and advocate for standing up for yourself and others.

Our Board

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Ann-Marie Hayes

Chair of the Management Board


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

Isobel Montgomery

Deputy Chair of the Management Board


Isobel Montgomery is currently a Senior Policy Officer, working within the Domestic and Family Violence Policy Team at Office for Women SA.

Claire Thomson

Secretary of the Management Board. 


Claire has over 30 years experience working in industrial advocacy and human resources management.

Wan Zhang



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. 

Dr Suzanne Franzway

Life Member


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

Melissa Stokes

Board Member


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

Claire O’Connor SC

Board Member


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

Louise Firrell

Union Representative


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

Meredith Farmer

Union Representative


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


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


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 to find out about about any available volunteer opportunities.


Law Student Volunteer Program


We have commenced our new volunteer program for law students in their final or penultimate year of law school to work with our Client Services Coordinator and Legal Team.

The program is designed to train law student volunteers to undertake client intake and assist the legal team with appropriate legal tasks.


In exchange for their volunteer work, we have committed to provide:

  • Ongoing training in employment law and procedure.
  • Training and experience in client intake, and processes and procedures in a community legal centre.
  • Training in drafting legal letters and forms for tribunals and commissions.
  • Professional development opportunities; and
  • A reference that can be used for future job opportunities.


The law student volunteer program runs for the duration of the university semester.

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