The Team

The Team

Renee Carr 

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Renee is a campaigner and strategist passionate for growing movements for positive change. In 2015 she was named as one of '100 Women of Influence'. Before co-founding Fair Agenda, Renee Co-Directed the 2011 Live Below the Line campaign, helping engage 6,000 Australians to raise more than $1.4 million for projects tackling extreme poverty. She was also part of the team that led The End of Polio campaign to secure $118 million additional funding for global polio eradication efforts. Renee completed her Bachelors of Law and Arts at the University of Melbourne, and during her studies she lived on campus and served on the Executive of the National Association of Australian University Colleges.

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Alycia Gawthorne

Campaign Manager

Alycia is a campaigner with eight years of experience in media and communications. She currently works part-time with Fair Agenda, as well as serving in the Communications Team at the Human Rights Law Centre. Alycia has previously campaigned on climate change, universal healthcare, and the rights of people seeking asylum. She was a core member of the team who spearheaded #LetThemStay, the nationwide movement that prevented the deportation of 267 people to offshore detention. Alycia has also worked at Fairfield City Council. She has a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Western Sydney University, where she was granted a Myer Fellowship to work as a journalist with The Philippine Daily Inquirer. She is particularly fond of the Oxford comma.

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Stacey Batterham

Senior Campaigner

Stacey is a campaigner and community organiser. Prior to joining Fair Agenda, Stacey was Head of Campaigns at Oaktree where she worked to create high impact campaigns to promote global equality. Stacey is passionate about creating inclusive, people powered movements. Throughout her time at Oaktree, she developed and implemented programs that engaged and built the capacity of hundreds of young campaigners around the country. She has previously campaigned on Australian aid, corporate tax avoidance, fair trade and climate justice. Stacey received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Development Studies from the University of Melbourne and is imminently due to complete her Master of Public Policy and Management.

Board of Directors

Allison Henry

Chair and Co-Founder

Allison is the founding Director of Millwood Consulting, primarily working with non-government and not for profit organisations on pubic policy projects. Between 2015 and 2018 Allison was Campaign Director for The Hunting Ground Australia Project, a collaborative campaign driving a massive shift in institutional responses to sexual violence on Australian university campuses. Previously Allison was a Ministerial Advisor in the Federal Parliament for almost five years, working across an extensive range of policy areas in both Government and Opposition. She also served as the National Director of the Australian Republican Movement, 2003-2006. 

Rebecca Wilson

Board Member and Co-Founder

Rebecca currently serves as the Deputy Director at the Centre for Australian Progress. Previously she was the Global Director of Learning and Development at Change.org, where she led on campaign innovation and learning for teams across 20 countries. Rebecca has also served as Chief of Staff at GetUp, and worked as an advisor to the Independent Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore.

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Lindy Stephens

Board Member

Lindy is an independent consultant and leadership coach in the software industry, focusing on helping companies maintain their culture during periods of rapid growth, and assisting businesses in building diverse teams.

Previously Lindy spent ten years as a senior leader at global software consultancy ThoughtWorks. She has a background in software delivery, with over ten years as a Project Manager for large and complex software projects, primarily in the finance sector.

Lindy is passionate about the ability of great software to change the world, and creating a diverse culture within the IT industry to enable that. Her particular focus is in making technology a career of choice for young women.

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Kamna Muddagouni

Board Member

Kamna is a Senior Anti-Discrimination Lawyer in the Equality Law Program at Victoria Legal Aid. She advocates for people who are experiencing social and economic disadvantage and experience discrimination in all areas of public life. She previously was a Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia and a lawyer in Maurice Blackburn's Employment and Industrial Relations team. Kamna was also the Communications Manager at Road to Refuge, a not for profit organisation creating a positive discourse on people seeking asylum in Australia through empathy driven campaigning. Her particular interests are in issues that impact women of culturally and linguistically diverse background and young women.  

  
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Natalie Devitsakis

Board Member

Natalie Devitsakis has recently returned to Australia following 2 years in San Francisco, where she was a founding team member of PLUS: Paid Leave for the United States - a bold, new advocacy and campaigning organisation dedicated to winning paid family leave for everyone in the US. Previously, she was a solicitor at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. Natalie has previously served on the Executive of Sisterworks Inc - a grassroots social enterprise supporting refugee and asylum seeker women - the Victorian Women Lawyers and as an Assistant Convener of the Maurice Blackburn Women’s Network. 

Jessica Kendall

Board Member

Jessica Kendall is the Association Director of Essential Media Communications. She specialises in strategic communications, and has fifteen years’ experience in public affairs, media placement, public relations and stakeholder engagement. Before joining Essential, Jessica was a Communications Manager with WWF-Australia and oversaw the communications strategy, media relations and industry engagement for a national alliance of 40 environmental NGOs. She has also worked in government, and as a stakeholder specialist for a number of federal government agencies.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Art from Melbourne University, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Urban Environmental Management from RMIT and a Diploma of Government.  She’s a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and The Communications Network (US). 

Our advisors

The Fair Agenda team is supported by volunteer advisors from across the country, who generously contribute their expertise in policy and strategy on our Policy Advisory Council and Leadership Council. 

Our volunteers

We’re also lucky to have the support of a number of generous volunteers who contribute their time to help make Fair Agenda’s campaigns possible. We’d particularly like to thank Liz, Alexia, Tash, Linnea and Hannah for donating their time to support Fair Agenda's work. 

 

To find out about opportunities to join the Fair Agenda team click here.