Our People

A Fairer World values diverse and authentic voices.

We ensure that a variety of people and perspectives inform our work by welcoming volunteers – our Committee members are volunteers, our community educators are volunteers and much of the behind the scenes work is done by volunteers.

To find out more about working with us go to our Volunteer page.

A Fairer World Staff

Helen Hortle, Coordinator

Helen has been with A Fairer World since 1999, when it was called TASDEC (Tasmanian Development Education Centre). She became Coordinator in 2003 when the centre lost its core funding, forcing the retrenchment of the three paid staff. At that time she said, “I’ll give it six months to see if we can make it work.” 18 years later, as A Fairer World, the organisation is at the forefront of education and training in diversity and inclusion. Helen’s unusual mix of experience and qualifications – in education, social science and accounting – have undoubtedly helped with this transition.

Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie, Hobart Human Library Manager

Emalia began working with A Fairer World in 2017 on the Students Against Racism project Women’s Business. When the Pathways to Opportunities project was awarded funding, Emalia stepped into the project officer position and, not long after, when a role became available with the Hobart Human Library, we grabbed the opportunity to offer this talented presenter and project manager more work. Emalia now manages the Hobart Human Library and is, on occasion, also a human ‘book’ – combining her lived experience and facilitation skills to co-present Unconscious Bias, Inclusion Strategies and Inclusion Forum workshops.

Jodie Epper, Educational Leader

Jodie is an experienced educator with a strong passion for social justice. She was selected as Educational Leader for her significant skills in project and people leadership. We particularly welcome Jodie’s experience in the conception, design and realisation of innovative programs. Jodie’s program credits include Get Outside  (which she still runs through Wildcare Tasmania) and Extra Hands (through the Tasmanian Landcare Association). Watch out for the revamp of the Let’s Get Together program!

Photo of Caitlin in the office
Caitlin, Admin Officer

Since joining A Fairer World in late 2020, Caitlin has become an integral member of our team. Caitlin has a degree and experience in IT and a talent for figures, so is a great all-rounder in admin. Caitlin also has skills in audio and creative design so doubles as our techie at events.

We are proud of our distinguished patrons.

Governor Barbara BakerHer Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, Governor of Tasmania

Her Excellency worked as a legal practitioner for 23 years before being the first Tasmanian woman appointed as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. As a lawyer, Her Excellency specialised in family law and relationships and was one of the first lawyers to join the Tasmanian Bar, practising exclusively in family law. Her Excellency is known for her enormous contributions made to the administration of justice, the advancement of specialist advocacy in the family law jurisdiction and the promotion of women at the bar.

Robin Bank photoFormer Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks

Robin Banks is a human rights lawyer and PhD candidate who has worked largely in Community Legal Centres (CLCs) and advocacy roles. A key focus in her work has been public interest law mechanisms, human rights and discrimination law, in concert with a strong interest in disability rights and promoting effective advocacy to support and achieve rights focused systemic change.

Barb photoBarb Mawson, President

Barbara Mawson has worked in education for 35 years, as an Early-years teacher, a university lecturer, and a primary school principal. As a class teacher her introduction to A Fairer World (then TasDec) was in the 1980s and this cemented her belief that when young children were given the opportunity to learn about big global issues such as fairness, rights and responsibilities, then they develop the skills and understanding needed for a positive future. Barb is a passionate believer that to educate individuals about social justice and human rights this must focus on creating empathy, hope for the future, and the capacity for action.

Barb photoRobin Bowden, Vice President

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 across the public sector in corrections, international aid, refugee resettlement and Indigenous affairs areas, before retiring in 2008. Her work and volunteer experience has brought home strongly the ‘cultural’ elements of most of our interactions and experiences, including ‘unconscious bias’, before that phrase gained currency! The ‘liberating energy’ toward social justice which is achievable through global learning remains a strong motivation for Robin’s involvement with A Fairer World.

Wendy Evans, Treasurer

Wendy is a Fellow Professional National Accountant and has worked in a number of accounting and management roles, including as Operations Manager at Asthma Foundation Tasmania. 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.

Photo of AbiAbi Binning, Secretary

Abi Binning is the Executive Director of Wide Angle Tasmania. Abi designs, leads and implements projects that support the Tasmanian screen sector. Since 20210, Abi has executive produced 36 short films in diverse genres through Wide Angle Tasmania’s production initiatives. These films have screened on national television and been selected for prestigious international film festivals. In 2019 Abi was selected to participate in the Emerging Community Leaders Programme through the Tasmanian Community Fund. Before moving into the film industry, Abi worked for 12 years as a classroom teacher, English as a Second Language teacher and Learning Support.

Photo of Suzanne Schulz in black & whiteSuzanne Schulz, Member

Suzanne has over 13 years’ experience in community development and is currently responsible for community planning and development across a range of health and wellbeing activities at Clarence City Council. Suzanne has implemented a range of initiatives, including One Community Together, Fitness in the Park, Live Clarence, My Wellbeing Kit, World Games Day and the Clarence Christmas Brunch. She has also co-authored and supported a number of research and evaluation projects, including the Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition Research Project, Anticipatory Care Research Project and My Wellbeing Kit. Suzanne has over 25 years’ experience with community groups.

Helen HortleHelen Hortle, member, Coordinator & Public Officer

Helen was introduced to A Fairer World in 1999 after returning to Tasmania from two years in Tonga with Australian Volunteers International. After time as volunteer, project officer and Treasurer, Helen became Coordinator in 2003. Since then, she has introduced the ruMAD? Program to Tasmanian schools, created the Fairer World Festival, and led the development of the Hobart Human Library, the school Let’s Get Together program and the Diversity & Inclusion Program for workplaces. Helen is a qualified and experienced accountant, teacher and social scientist.

Photo of JodieJodie Epper, member, Educational Leader

Jodie is an experienced educator with a strong passion for social justice. She was selected as Educational Leader for her significant skills in project and people leadership. We particularly welcome Jodie’s experience in the conception, design and realisation of innovative programs. Jodie’s program credits include Get Outside (which she still runs through Wildcare Tasmania) and Extra Hands (through the Tasmanian Landcare Association). Watch out for the revamp of the Let’s Get Together program!

Photo of EmaliaSharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie, member, Hobart Human Library Manager

Emalia began working with A Fairer World when she was placed with teacher Gini Ennals (founder of Students Against Racism) as a volunteer English tutor at TasTAFE.  Emalia has a passion for inclusion and equity – themes which have driven her in her career and creative practice. She was Chair of Citizen Tasmania in 2020 and an elected member of YWCA Australia’s Young Women’s Council (2020 – 2022). Emalia has an Honours degree on Japanese literary movements and is a practising artist with a number of exhibitions and accolades to her name.

Barb photoBarb Mawson, Chair

Barbara Mawson has worked in education for 35 years, as an Early-years teacher, a university lecturer, and a primary school principal. As a class teacher her introduction to A Fairer World (then TasDec) was in the 1980s and this cemented her belief that when young children were given the opportunity to learn about big global issues such as fairness, rights and responsibilities, then they develop the skills and understanding needed for a positive future. Barb is a passionate believer that to educate individuals about social justice and human rights this must focus on creating empathy, hope for the future, and the capacity for action.

 
Wendy Evans, Treasurer

Wendy is a Fellow Professional National Accountant and has worked in a number of accounting and management roles, including as Operations Manager at Asthma Foundation Tasmania. 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.

 
Photo of AbiAbi Binning, Secretary

Abi Binning is the Executive Director of Wide Angle Tasmania. Abi designs, leads and implements projects that support the Tasmanian screen sector. Since 20210, Abi has executive produced 36 short films in diverse genres through Wide Angle Tasmania’s production initiatives. These films have screened on national television and been selected for prestigious international film festivals. In 2019 Abi was selected to participate in the Emerging Community Leaders Programme through the Tasmanian Community Fund. Before moving into the film industry, Abi worked for 12 years as a classroom teacher, English as a Second Language teacher and Learning Support.

 
Photo of EmaliaSharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie, member, Hobart Human Library Manager

Emalia began working with A Fairer World when she was placed with teacher Gini Ennals (founder of Students Against Racism) as a volunteer English tutor at TasTAFE.  Emalia has a passion for inclusion and equity – themes which have driven her in her career and creative practice. She was Chair of Citizen Tasmania in 2020 and an elected member of YWCA Australia’s Young Women’s Council (2020 – 2022). Emalia has an Honours degree on Japanese literary movements and is a practising artist with a number of exhibitions and accolades to her name.

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