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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

Industrial Officer

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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

Industrial Officer

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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 Februa

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Nikki Candy

Industrial Officer

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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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Maddie Sarre

Senior Advocacy Officer

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Maddie has recently finished a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

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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.

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Shaylee Leach

Communication Officer

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Shay has a Bachelor of Media & a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Gender Studies and Social Analysis at the University of Adelaide.

Lungaka Mbedla

Lungaka Mbedla

Junior Industrial Officer

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

Meng Liu

Meng Liu

Junior Advocacy Officer

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Meng graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Sichuan University in June 2018. She completed her Master of Social Work degree from Flinders University in 2020.

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.

Christina Mastripolito

Treasurer

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Christina is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Corporate Finance from the University of Adelaide and currently works as a Senior Auditor for the SA Government.

Catherine Story

Committee member

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

Emma Lowe

Committee member

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Emma is an organiser with the Australian Education Union.

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 Digital Officer at the South Australian Council of Services and former Marketing & Communications Engagement Officer of Women's Safety Services SA.

Ms Jamila Ahmadi

Committee member

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Jamila brings to WWC a combination of experience across advocacy, community development, international education and the settlement sector.

Natalie Wade

Committee member

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Natalie is the Founder and Principal Lawyer of Equality Lawyers.

Sarah Andrews

Committee member

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Sarah is the director for Professionals Australia, SA and NT Branch. 

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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