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, Project Manager

Emalia began working with A Fairer World in 2017 on the Students Against Racism project. 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 Women’s Business projects as well as continuing to work with Students Against Racism. Emalia studied comparative literature and Japanese at uni and is a practicing artist with a number of exhibitions to her credit. She is a member of the YWCA Australia Young Women’s Council 2020-2022.

Jodie Epper, Lets Get Together- 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 the Get Outside Program (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 Eiszele, 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.

lesley photoLesley Mackay, Co-President
Lesley Mackay is The Smith Family’s Tasmanian General Manager and has previously worked in senior management roles within the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services’ Disability, Child, Youth and Family Services division, and with local and national community sector organisations. She has also taught within the Community Services school at TasTAFE. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Habilitation) degree and has a deep passion for social justice. As a member of the United Nations Youth Association in her early teens, Lesley regularly attended meetings in the building that is now A Fairer World’s office.
Diana ShawDiana Shaw, Co-President
Diana came to A Fairer World in 2018 to volunteer as a ‘book’ in the Hobart Human Library. Driven by strong social justice principles, passion for education, and the role of narrative, Diana found a match in the values and vision of A Fairer World. Diana currently works as a trainer and mentor and has previously worked in youth development, early intervention, case management, social advocacy, employment support, and VET training, as well as holistic health and well-being. Diana has a Graduate Certificate in Business and brings both theoretical and practical knowledge of operational and strategic approaches.
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.
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 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.
DonnaDonna Woodleigh, Member
Donna is a lawyer currently working at the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service, and enjoys working in the not-for-profit sector giving back to her community. She is passionate about human rights and social justice issues and has undertaken study and vocational exchanges overseas to support her commitment to global citizenship. Donna also volunteers at Red Cross, and is an active mum of four. She is hoping to use her online presence and community connections to spread the word about the great work of A Fairer World and in particular the Hobart Human Library.
Barb photoBarb Mawson, Member
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.
Steve photoSteve Robinson, Member
Steve has been an educator for over 25 years, in roles from educational interpreter (Auslan) to school principal. Steve’s first contact with A Fairer World was in 2007 through the implementation of the ruMAD? program at Gagebrook Primary School. In 2008, Steve won a National Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2009 was integral in Gagebrook Primary and A Fairer World winning a National Australia Bank Schools First Impact Award, which contributed $50,000 towards running the ruMAD? program at the school. Steve believes that a fairer world for all can be achieved by igniting the passions of children, parents and educators through meaningful endeavours.
Charlotte JonesCharlotte Jones, Member
Charlotte has had an interest in human rights and social justice issues since travelling to Vanuatu as a child and is passionate about encouraging global awareness in Tasmania. Charlotte has a Bachelor of Social Science with Honours and experience working in the not-for-profit sector. She is active in the University of Tasmania community and is currently working on a PhD in human geography, investigating the relationship between climate change, emotion and the future in the lives of young Australians. She has a Future Leaders Scholarship to support her research.
Deidre photoDeidre Tan, Member
Deidre is a solicitor at Wallace Wilkinson & Webster. Originally from Malaysia, Deidre came to Australia as an international student in 2004. She sees the beauty in diversity, the importance of empathy and believes in the power of education for social justice (especially from a young age). She sees A Fairer World as the ideal opportunity to give back to her community.
Helen HortleHelen Hortle, Coordinator, Public Officer & advisory member
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.
Diana ShawDiana Shaw, Chair
Diana came to A Fairer World in 2018 to volunteer as a ‘book’ in the Hobart Human Library. Driven by strong social justice principles, passion for education, and the role of narrative, Diana found a match in the values and vision of A Fairer World. Diana currently works as a trainer and mentor and has previously worked in youth development, early intervention, case management, social advocacy, employment support, and VET training, as well as holistic health and well-being. Diana has a Graduate Certificate in Business and brings both theoretical and practical knowledge of operational and strategic approaches.
lesley photoLesley Mackay, Deputy Chair
Lesley Mackay is The Smith Family’s Tasmanian General Manager and has previously worked in senior management roles within the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services’ Disability, Child, Youth and Family Services division, and with local and national community sector organisations. She has also taught within the Community Services school at TasTAFE. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Habilitation) degree and has a deep passion for social justice. As a member of the United Nations Youth Association in her early teens, Lesley regularly attended meetings in the building that is now A Fairer World’s office.
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.
Helen HortleHelen Hortle, Coordinator, Public Officer & advisory member
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.
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