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Holly Giblin

Holly has 13 years’ experience working in the social and community services sector in regional and metropolitan Queensland and in Adelaide, South Australia. They have worked extensively with numerous intersecting marginalised communities as a support worker, peer worker, program coordinator and workshop facilitator. Alongside this, they have tutored social work, cultural safety and gender studies at South Australian universities for the past 8 years.  They hold a Double Degree in Psychology and Anthropology, and an Honours degree in Sociology (Gender Studies). They are passionate about building community and a fair and just society.

Holly was a planning committee member for the first South Australian Postgraduate Sex, Gender and Sexualities Conference held in 2014 and which has recently held its 7th conference. They are a volunteer and executive member of Seeds of Affinity – Pathways for Women, which is a peer led organisation that provides support to criminalised women.  Holly has recently retired from running a small urban flower farm in Adelaide’s inner west.

Holly is currently caretaking the Working Women’s Centre’s workplace training program. The suite of training packages addresses issues experienced by marginalised workers, with the aims of developing positive and supportive workplaces.

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 as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in August 2022. She completed her Practical Legal Training at the Centre in February 2022 and continued to volunteer thereafter.

Angela has always had a passion for social justice and wanted to use her law degree to create a meaningful impact in the community. She has volunteered for organisations such as the Smith Family and the Salvation Army and Women’s Legal Service SA (WLSSA). Angela volunteered on the Legal Advice Intake Line at WLSSA for almost 2 years, prior to commencing her role as their Project Officer/Paralegal. This involved conveying legal advice about domestic and family violence, children’s matters, and property law.  In her subsequent role she worked on the Warm Up & Serve Soup Drive, 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner and the Ask Maria Project. This involved working with services that help women living in rural, regional, and remote South Australia.

Angela believes strongly in advocating for vulnerable members of the community, particularly fighting for women’s rights (in every facet of life – work, home and everywhere in between). As a committed feminist and unionist, Angela wants to work towards a world where everyone who identifies as a woman feels safe, is valued, is paid correctly, and can live the life they choose.

In her spare time Angela loves exploring social justice topics in her book club, enjoying good food with good people, growing chillies, exploring new wineries, and spending time with her furbabies.

Caitlin Feehan

Caitlin is one of our Graduate lawyers at the Working Women’s Centre SA. 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 in February 2022 and continued to volunteer thereafter.

Throughout her studies, Caitlin has worked in litigation teams at various private practice law firms representing both union members and workers from diverse backgrounds. This has made her very resourceful, and she draws upon this practical experience when representing vulnerable workers at the Centre.

In a stint at the SA Unions Young Workers Legal Service in 2020, Caitlin assisted in the provision of legal advice to non-members. Caitlin has family ties to the Builders Labourers Federation which sparked her special interest in labour history early on in her career. Accordingly, she is a natural advocate and firmly believes in empowering marginalised persons with the skills and knowledge to assert their legal rights.

Caitlin takes a trauma informed approach towards clients and is an advocate for the de stigmatisation of mental illness. She is a committed feminist and is keen to continue fighting against sexual harassment in her capacity as a lawyer at the Centre. In her spare time Caitlin enjoys thrifting sustainably sourced clothing and evoking meaningful conversation with her comrades.

Lungaka Mbedla

Lungaka has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) from Macquarie University. Lungaka also completed a semester of study at Lancaster University in Lancashire, England where she studied Human Rights. She competed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in January 2021 and was admitted as solicitor into the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2021. Lungaka was also admitted as a solicitor into the Supreme Court of South Australia in May 2021.

Lungaka’s passion for social justice led her to volunteer for various organisations that advocate for systematic outcomes for disadvantaged communities. Lungaka was a volunteer at the Inner City Legal Centre where she did casework on programs like the Migrant Employment Legal Service (MELS) and research for partner organisations like the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP). Prior to moving to South Australia, Lungaka was also a legal volunteer at the National Justice Project, where she prepared medical negligence test cases for Indigenous and asylum seeker populations.

In her spare time, Lungaka likes to travel to explore different cultures and food.

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Cassandra Deon-Wierda

Before Cass started in this position, she was employed in various Education and Training positions and actively advocated for women’s issues in the Northern Territory and New South Wales, developing experience in adult, community and youth education. These roles included work in both government and not for profit sectors.

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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Sarah Devenport

Sarah is the Client Services Officer and is the first point of contact for incoming enquiries to the Centre.

She 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.

She has a Certificate III in Business Administration and a Certificate IV in Front Line Management. Before working at the Centre, Sarah worked in Administration at a Freight Group, in client services and the hospitality industry.

Sarah is a mother to three beautiful girls and is raising them to be strong, independent young women, who can strive to do anything they want.

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Nikki Candy

Nikki is a Lawyer at the Working Women’s Centre SA.

Nikki has a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University. Nikki also completed a semester of study at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she studied Political Science and International Law.

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

In 2010 Nikki was accepted into the Law Graduate Program at the Fair Work Commission (Melbourne) where she worked for several years. She was promoted to a position in the Unfair Dismissal Team and later as an Associate of the Commission.

From 2012 Nikki worked as the Principal Industrial Officer at the Queensland Working Women’s Service where she prosecuted sexual harassment and discrimination matters in the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.

Nikki was also the Coordinator of the Young Workers Legal Service where she trained and mentored Law Student Volunteers to assist young people with wage theft claims, unfair dismissals and discrimination matters.

Before coming to the Working Women’s Centre, Nikki spent five years as a Legal Officer and Advocate in the Construction and Maritime Divisions of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, where she assisted union members in a wide a range of employment matters including disputes, industrial action and enterprise bargaining issues.

Nikki is on the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA) South Australia Committee. ALERA is an organisation committed to fostering discussion, research and education in the field of industrial relations and employment matters.

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Kylie Porter

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 February 2007.

Kylie commenced her career in the Australian Taxation Office, where she gave strategic and technical advice in the former Serious Non-Compliance business line, assisting with litigation involving egregious tax evasion schemes. She was then seconded to the Treasury in Canberra as a Policy Analyst, providing a tax technical view in the Small Business and Trusts team. Upon return to Adelaide, Kylie facilitated the ATO’s involvement in the OECD’s Tax Crime Forums held in Paris, and worked with other agencies and international stakeholders to compile best practice guidelines for fighting tax crime.

 Kylie was also heavily involved in developing an award-winning LGBTI+ Employee and Ally network and related initiatives in her department, helping her colleagues to supported at work and ensuring the ATO had best practice in LGBTI+ inclusivity.

Kylie is proud to continue her career at the WWC, working with the community to assist businesses’ compliance with worker’s rights. She is passionate about the rights of women at work, especially women who work in male-dominated industries.

In her spare time, Kylie loves to hang out with her wife and their two cats, enjoys playing in bands, and hitting the road in their campervan.

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Emma Johnson

She 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.

Before making the move to Adelaide, Emma worked for six years in both private practice and the Community Legal Centre sector in NSW.

In 2013 Emma worked at a private law firm in Central West NSW.  She gained experience in commercial law, family law, wills and estates and traffic matters.  Emma successfully represented clients in the Local and District Courts of NSW as well as the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.  

In 2015 Emma obtained a generalist solicitor position with a Community Legal Centre in Dubbo NSW. It was here, she found her passion for employment law and representing vulnerable clients.  She obtained diverse and extensive experience representing clients in the Fair Work Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court and Local and District Courts.  

Since joining the Working Women’s Centre Emma has developed her love for employment law matters. She has been successful in recovering substantial underpayments for her clients including pecuniary penalties.

Emma currently sits on the following committees: Women’s Lawyers Association SA & the South Australian Abortion Action Coalition.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys having a drink with friends, playing water polo and walks along Henley Beach.

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Abbey Kendall

By trade, Abbey Kendall is an employment and industrial lawyer and is the principal solicitor of the Working Women’s Centre. Over the last decade, Abbey has worked for small and national labour law firms and unions.

Abbey has dedicated her career to representing and advocating for worker’s rights and has successfully represented organisations against unlawful police raids, defended employees against dodgy traineeships enforced by national food franchises, and represented hundreds of workers in discrimination, sexual harassment, dismissal and worker’s compensation matters.

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

Abbey is a member of the South Australian Gender Pay Gap Taskforce. Abbey is the Vice President of the  Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA) national committee and the President of the ALERA SA committee. She is also a member of the SA Union’s Women’s Standing Committee and the Welfare Rights Coalition.  In 2019, Abbey was elected to the Policy council of the South Australian Council of Social Service.

Abbey is a feminist unionist and advocates for collectivist gender, sexual and political justice. Presently, Abbey is working in the movement calling for the full implementation of the 55 recommendations of the Respect@Work report.

Abbey Kendall Director of the Working Women's Centre SA

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