Greg Sawyer, President
As a result of spending much of his childhood in less developed and developing countries, Greg has always had a keen interest in global education and social justice issues. Greg joined A Fairer World (then TASDEC) as a young SOSE/English teacher in order to make use of the fantastic teaching resources available from the resource library. Since retiring as an Assistant Principal in 2013 he has been pleased to have more time to devote to working with A Fairer World staff to ensure that their programs and services continue to be relevant and practical for teachers in Tasmanian classrooms.
Professor Eleanor Ramsay, Vice President
Currently an honorary professor at the University of Tasmania, Eleanor has worked in education all her professional life – as a high school teacher, woman’s officer in the teachers’ union, senior policy officer in two state education systems, and pro vice chancellor in a university. Her work has been driven by a commitment to social justice and the transformative impact of education for individuals and communities. Since moving to Tasmania approaching a decade ago, she co-founded Education Ambassadors Tasmania. Eleanor was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for services to education and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia for her contribution to educational equity.
Anthony Burrows, Vice President
Anthony has worked in education all his professional life – as a primary and secondary teacher, Senior Teacher, Assistant Manager Hartz Support Service and Principal of three primary schools. Having recently retired, he joined A Fairer World in 2016. He brings to the committee a strong background in the areas of equity and social justice. Anthony’s recent study in positive psychology/education, where the science of wellbeing and flourishing meet best practice teaching and learning, complements A Fairer World’s support for school students, young people and others in making positive sustainable change.
Wendy Evans, Treasurer & Public Officer
Wendy is currently Operations Manager at Asthma Foundation Tasmania and a Fellow Professional National Accountant. She came to A Fairer World through her involvement with Soroptimist International of Hobart. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist groups work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.
Mary Dickins, Secretary
Mary has a Bachelor of Science in International Business, a Masters in Development Studies, a Masters in International Law and is currently completing an Bachelor of Law at the University of Tasmania. She is a mum and foster mum and also on the board of the Foster and Kinship Carers Association of Tasmania. She has been interested in equality among all people sharing the world since high school. Mary was introduced to A Fairer World through her involvement in the United Nations Association of Australia Tasmanian Division. Mary is passionate about the organisation’s aim of educating Tasmanian children to become global citizens and the power they have to make a difference in the world.
Robin Bowden, Member
Tasmanian Human Rights Award winner 2002
Robin has been associated with A Fairer World since the planning meetings which resulted in its formation (as TASDEC) in 1985. A social worker by profession, Robin worked for the Commonwealth Government in the areas of aid, refugee resettlement and Indigenous affairs and was Deputy Manager & Council of Australian Government Partnerships Officer with Indigenous Coordination Centre Tasmania before retiring in 2008. The ‘liberating energy’ toward social justice which is achievable through global learning remains a strong motivation for Robin’s involvement with A Fairer World.
Ros Lewis, Member
Tasmanian Human Rights Award winner 2006
Ros is a long-time volunteer and organiser for Oxfam Australia. Born at Wynyard, she studied at UTas in Hobart and taught in Launceston where she now lives. In retirement, Ros is active in the community, with refugee groups and campaigns on climate change and Australian aid. She has had a long association with A Fairer World and is particularly keen to promote opportunities for people from all age groups, backgrounds and geographical areas to contribute to positive social change.
Martine Delaney, Member
Martine is a transgender advocate and LGBTI activist. Her activism started when she became the first person in the world to swap from playing men’s to women’s Division 1 soccer, a change that forced FFA to develop inclusive policies. Martine has played a role in improving the passport application process, and anti-discrimination protection more generally, for sex and gender diverse Australians. Martine volunteers as a human ‘book’ – with the title Sex-change Soccer Star Cyber-Tranny Granny – for the Hobart Human Library. She is currently the Greens candidate for the Legislative Council seat of Rumney and has a feature film screenplay in development with Tasmanian production company, Roar Film.
Daniel Hulme, Member
A former Labor Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly, Daniel Hulme has been a member and supporter of A Fairer World since 2009. Daniel has strong ties to the Tasmanian Filipino community (he is married to a Filipina-Australian) and has been involved in various fundraising initiatives for poverty and disaster relief in the Philippines. He is a regular supporter of other anti-poverty organisations and causes. Daniel has worked as Head of Office for Labor Senator Catryna Bilyk since 2010 and is an alderman for the Clarence City Council, elected in 2014.
Sarah Capes, Member
Originally from the UK, Sarah has always been passionate about equality, education and training. She has been lucky enough to travel extensively, including 10 years of work in Vietnam, Myanmar and other countries in South East Asia. Helping colleagues gain experience and grow into new roles was the highlight of her time in Asia. Sarah’s background is in the commercial world of tourism, marketing and IT. She attended a Hobart Human Library not long after moving to Tasmania and has enjoyed applying her skills to add value to the education programs and services offered by A Fairer World.
Helen Hortle, Coordinator and Ex Officio committee member
Helen was introduced to A Fairer World in 1999 after returning to Tasmania from volunteering in Tonga. Her experience overseas brought her to a belief that global education in first world countries is crucial to overcoming poverty and other forms of injustice – global and local. Helen particularly appreciates the balance achieved by A Fairer World between strong ideals and practical projects – a perfect example of “think global, act local”. Helen has been the Coordinator of A Fairer World since 2003. She is a qualified and experienced accountant, teacher (further education) and social scientist (Master of Social Science in International Development).