Our Advisory Board

Affinity Intercultural Foundation’s Advisory Board aims to assist Affinity in its outreach program. The advisory board offers a wealth of experience as it comprises highly respected personalities within society.

Advisory Board Members

In alphabetic order. Click member name for details

Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Member of ALP Administrative Committee 1971 – 1988.

Community Activity
Commissioner of the Public Transport Commission of New South Wales 1972-1975; Member of the Pipeline Authority 1973-1978. Deputy Chairman, then Chairman, of His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh Study Conference, Chairman, Australian Executive Committee 1982-1998, Chairman, Australia Day Council of New South Wales 1995-2003, New South Wales Centenary of Federation Committee 1997-2002. Chairman of Board, of Ambulance Service of New South Wales 2001-2008. Director of Railcorp 2005-2008. Chairman of State Transit Authority from 2004 to Nov. 2009. Chairman of WorkCover Authority of New South Wales 1995-1997. Australian delegate to International Labour Organisation (ILO) Worker Participation in Management Conference at Geneva 1980. Australian delegate to International Labour Organisation (ILO) Worker Participation in Management Conference at The Hague in 1981.

Qualifications, occupations & interests
Electrician and Union Organiser. Educated at Kogarah High School. Electrical Trades Certificate. Left school at 15. Apprentice Electrical Fitter, Electrical Fitter, Electrical Testing Officer and Sales Representative for Sydney County Council from 1950 until 1960. Technical representative for PWA Transformers from 1960 until 1961. Electrical Trades Union of New South Wales, Organiser from 1961-1967; Labor Council of New South Wales, Organiser from 1967-1975, Assistant Secretary from 1975-1979 and Secretary from 1979-1984. New South Wales Delegate to Australian Council of Trade Unions Interstate Executive from 1975-1984. Director of Totalizator Agency Board from 1997-2004. Director of Tempo Services from 1999-2005. General Manager of 2KY Broadcasters Pty Ltd Racing Radio 1992-2000. Director of Delta Electricity 1997-2006. Director of Youth of the Streets 2003-2008. Director of Entherm Pty Ltd 2003-2005. Member of Overseas Trade Authority of New South Wales in 1978. Director of Manly Warringah Sea Eagles2004-2006. Recreational interests include reading, golf, swimming and impressionist art. General interest in Industrial Relations.

Military Service
National Service 1953-1954 Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Honours Received
Awarded Churchill Fellowship in 1966 to attend Harvard University, Trade Union Program in 1966. Australian delegate to His Royal Highness of Duke of Edinburgh Study Conference, Oxford University in 1974.

Married Pauline Hennessy on 13 August 1955 and they had 1 daughter and 3 sons (1 deceased) and has nine grandchildren. Catholic faith.

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Associate Professor Clive Pearson is a research fellow of the Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) centre of Charles Sturt University. He was formerly Principal of United Theological College (North Parramatta) and, for a brief time, Head of the School of Theology, (CSU). He is a Fellow of the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton).

Clive is one of the three founding figures of the Global Network of Public Theology which embraces the practice of a public theology in 30 universities around the world. He is on the advisory editorial board of the International Journal of Public Theology and the Korean Presbyterian Journal of Theology. He was previously on similar boards for the journal Political Theology and Ecotheology. He was one of the series editors on cross-cultural theology published by Equinox Press (London).

Clive has been involved in the work of Affinity since its earliest days. He assisted in the establishment of the Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisation (CISAC) in Charles Sturt University. He oversaw the inclusion of ISRA / CISAC into the Global Network of Public Theology through its inclusion into PaCT. This is the first Muslim presence in the Global Network. He has collaborated in the writing of reports on Islamophobia and Halal certification.

Clive’s research lies in the area of systematic theology and climate change / the Anthropocene; the relationship between a systematic and contextual theology in situations of migration, diaspora and linguistic diversity; and, the relationship of the Christian faith to Islam. He has recently published a chapter on cultural minorities and the common good in The Brill Handbook of Public Theology (2017). Later this year Westminster John Knox Press will publish a major anthology on a Reformed practical theology and ethics involving scholars from the world – Imagining A Way, which he edited and held together with a seminal extended introduction.

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Mr Erdogan was born in Izmir/Turkey in 1971. He completed his primary and high school education in Izmir. Mr Erdogan is a graduate of B.Sci (in Physics Teaching) from Bogazici University, Istanbul in 1994.Upon graduation, he took a Physics teaching position in Turkmenistan followed by Head of Physics Faculty in a cluster of thirteen Turkish origin schools in this country. Mr Erdogan arrived in Australia in late 1998. He originally worked at Amity College Illawarra Campus as an Acting and Founding principal in 1999 and 2000. Between 2001 and 2010, he was Deputy Principal initially followed by the Principal position of Sirius College Boys Campus.

Mr Erdogan’s most recent previous position was in Perth between 2011 and 2013 as the principal of of an independent private school. He has been in the current Executive Principal position since the beginning of 2014. Married with 3 children.

Mr Erdogan has been a member of Affinity Advisory Board since February 2015.

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Esta Paschalidis-Chilas is a not-for-profit, community sector professional, with over 25 years of experience within the industry. She is currently the Manager of Government and Member Relations at Settlement Services International.

In the past, she has held a broad range of management and leadership positions in multicultural, public health, advocacy and policy organisations.

Esta is an expert in international refugee affairs and has worked with a range of diverse stakeholders. She has solid knowledge of the workings of government, of social policy development and impact and great communication skills.

Having served as an elected Councillor on Canterbury City Council, she is keenly committed to the needs of people in their local community. She takes a strengths-based and solutions-oriented approach – whether she’s sitting on a Board, volunteering in the community or managing projects and representing people’s needs at policy-making tables. She has a strong belief that people themselves have the solutions they need.

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John Cleary is the former presenter of Sunday Nights on ABC Local Radio.

John Cleary has been described as ‘one of Australia’s leading commentators on religious affairs’. He is a member of the ABC’s specialist Religion unit and is often heard as a commentator on Religious issues for ABC Radio and Television.

He is best known for his years with Radio National as presenter of The Religion Report and, prior to that, the philosophy program Meridian. He was part of the original Compass team on ABC TV, and was for several years a weekly part of the Triple J morning program with Angela Catterns and Jen Oldershaw.

In 1994 his book on the Salvation Army in Australia, Salvo, was awarded Australian Religious Book of the Year.

During his career with the ABC John has worked for extended periods in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. John’s appointment to Sunday Night on local Radio in 2001, marks a welcome return to a spot John occupied on Local and Metropolitan Radio in the early 90’s.

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Dr. Julian Droogan is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), Macquarie University, where he is Director of the International Security Studies program and lectures in Asia-Pacific security. Julian is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (Routledge), an international peer-reviewed journal examining academic and practical interactions between the fields of policing, intelligence and counter-terrorism. His areas of research expertise include religious radicalisation and violent extremism, the history of religious terrorism and political violence, and South Asian religion, history and culture.

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Dr Kathy Egea has over 40 years academic experience in education at secondary and tertiary levels. As the First Year Experience (FYE) coordinator at the University of Technology Sydney, she co-leads the FYE strategy, a curriculum-based program designed to support the transition, retention and success for first year students from low socio-economic status (LSES) backgrounds. The FYE program embeds sustainable good practice strategies in first year curriculum and co-curriculum support, framed through a social justice lens, within a philosophy that good practice for LSES students is good practice for all students. To achieve this, Kathy leads a team of faculty FYE coordinators, facilitates a FYE grant scheme, works with academics on practice change, engages academic and professional staff in learning communities to meet, share ideas, network and create collaborative partnerships in FYE.  She is delighted to be part of the Affinity Intercultural Foundation, building bridges through dialogue, education and giving.

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Former Planning Editor News and Current Affairs, SBS

Lissa has 30 years’ experience in the media, having worked in commercial radio, newspapers, the ABC and SBS. She has been a Senior Executive since 1987, managing radio newsrooms and ABC NewsRadio in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. She is a former Planning Editor for SBS TV, Radio and Online. Lissa has 30 years’ experience in the media, having worked in commercial radio, newspapers, the ABC and SBS. She has been a Senior Executive since 1987, managing radio newsrooms and ABC NewsRadio in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. She has particular experience in managing teams across numerous locations.

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Professor, BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) PhD (Melbourne), Professor of Public Law

Mary Crock was born in 1959 in Perth, Western Australia but grew up in Melbourne, Victoria. She completed her undergraduate studies in Arts and Law at the University of Melbourne in 1983 and went on to work in a variety of positions ranging from solicitor in the law firm of Corr and Corr (as it then was) to Judge’s Associate and solicitor in a community legal agency. Mary is married to Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO, working closely with him in all aspects of their joint professional life. Ron was a foundation member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), CRPD chair 2009-2013 and Chair of the Committee of Chairs of the 10 member UN Treaty bodies (2011-2012). They have three children: Gerard (b 1987), Daniel (b 1989) and Kate (b 1992).

Mary’s interest in migration and refugee law reflects her past involvement in direct advocacy work. Mary Crock helped to establish and run the Victorian Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Inc in Melbourne, now known as the Refugee and Immigration Law Centre (Vic). She has worked with Australian Senators (most notably in 1999-2000 on an inquiry into Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program) and with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (preparing a report in 2000 on the Immigration Detention Centre at Curtin, near Broome in remote Western Australia).

Mary has a long-standing interest in the intersections between legal scholarship and legal practice. She has assumed leadership roles as Chair of various migration law-related committees for the Law Institute of Victoria, the Law Society of New South Wales and the Law Council of Australia and has served on the Executive Committee of the Refugee Council of Australia. She is head assessor for Australia’s specialist accreditation programs for lawyers in the area of immigration law. Her contribution was acknowledged in 2007 by her appointment as an Honorary Specialist in this field.

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Co-Founder, Affinity Intercultural Foundation

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Monica Attard spent 28 years at the ABC, working across radio and television. She was the ABC’s Russia correspondent at possibly the best time in modern history to be a Russia correspondent. She reported on the coup against Mikhail
Gorbachev, the collapse of Soviet communism, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and his peculiar brand of capitalism and democracy, the first Chechen war and she covered civil wars across the old Soviet Union. Four years of covering the revolution left her with just enough energy to pump out a book about the events – Russia, Which Way Paradise?

In 1994, Monica returned to Australia to present ABC Radio’s PM. In 2001, she created Sunday Profile on ABC Radio, which earned her two Walkley Awards for Best Broadcast Interviewing. This brought her Walkley count to five, including Gold for excellence in journalism.

Monica hosted Media Watch on ABC TV for two years and also received an Order of Australia for services to journalism. She has an arts/law degree and was the creator and former Managing Editor of The Global Mail.

Monica is now head of Journalism at UTS, Sydney. Click to view UTS profile.

Pauline is President of the Law Council of Australia. She is a partner/principal of PJ Donnellan & Co Solicitors on the NSW Central Coast and is an accredited specialist in Environmental Planning & Development Law.
She was President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties in 2018 to 2019, only the second woman to be elected to that role, and was President of the Law Society of NSW in 2017 after serving on the Council of the Law Society for many years, where she served as the long-term chair of the Environmental Planning & Development and Criminal Law committees.

Pauline was the President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Central Coast Chapter from 2010 until 2016. She was appointed as a director of the Law Council of Australia in 2016, having sat on a number of key committees including National Criminal Law, Access to Justice and Equal Opportunity in the Law. She is a past Vice President of NSW Women Lawyers and Executive member of NSW Young Lawyers. Pauline is a former Board member of Legal Aid NSW and continues to serve on Legal Aid’s Human Rights and Monitoring committees.

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Richard Broinowski was an Australian diplomat. In his early career he served Australia in Japan, Burma, Iran and the Philippines. In 1983 he became Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, then to the Republic of (South) Korea, and later to Mexico, the Central American Republics and Cuba. He took time out from diplomacy to run Radio Australia in the early 1990s.

On retirement from public service Richard became an Adjunct Professor in
Media Studies at the University of Canberra, then at Sydney University, where
he initiated a scheme to send Australian media students to work as journalists in English-language newspapers in the Asia-Pacific region.

He has written five books on history and politics and is in the middle of a
sixth. At the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2019, Richard became an Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to Australian trade, culture and

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Rosemary is Professor of Education and Culture at UTS and Director of the International Research Centre for Youth Futures. She serves or has served on the executive of a number of national and international Boards, including as Vice President of the Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes (affiliated to UNESCO). She is the lead investigator on several large Commonwealth-funded research grants, including two working with remote Indigenous communities. She is also one of three chief investigators on a Leverhulme (UK) Grant.

Rosemary leads a growing number of projects which are funded by national and international corporates, and which aim to expand the horizons of thinking of disengaged youth and develop opportunities and pathways for their educational enhancement.

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Emeritus Professor , Retired Deputy Vice-Chancellor for CSU

Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Charles Sturt University from 2002 to his retirement in 2012.  From 1992 to 2002 he was Dean, Faculty of Arts, at CSU.  Since 2013 Emeritus Professor Chambers has acted on a part-time basis as Head of Campus for CSU at Port Macquarie, helping oversee the development of CSU’s new campus there.  As Dean, then DVC, Emeritus Professor Chambers oversaw the establishment of theology, Islamic studies and interfaith programs at CSU.  He has been chair of the Board of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture since 2002.  The Centre is dedicated to religious dialogue and to social inclusion in the context of religious diversity.  Since 2013 Professor Chambers has been chair of the Council of the United Theological College.

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Director- Office of Equity and Diversity

Dr Sev Ozdowski is a human rights advocate, educator and social researcher, former senior civil servant, and Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner from 2000 to 2005. Ozdowski is known for his support for Polish Solidarity movement in the 1980’s, his defence of human rights of refugees, especially child asylum seekers detained in Australia and people with disabilities and mental illness as well as for his contribution to multicultural policies in Australia. Born in Poland, Ozdowski has a Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology from Poznań University, Poland and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales. In 1984 he was awarded the Harkness Fellowship for post-graduate work at Harvard, Georgetown and Berkeley Universities in USA (1984–86).

As the Australian Human Rights Commissioner Ozdowski authored the report about the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2004), A Last Resort?, which talks about the human rights of the children who arrived by boat to seek refuge in  Australia. As Disability Discrimination Commissioner, in 2005 Ozdowski conducted the National Inquiry into Mental Health Services Not for Service. that resulted in a major change in the provision of mental health services.

Currently, Dr Ozdowski is the Director of the Equity and Diversity department at Western Sydney University, and Honorary Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Sydney. Since 2006 President of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education, and initiator of annual International Human Rights Education Conferences series. In December 2014 Ozdowski has been appointed Chair of the Australian Multicultural Council by the Australian Government. On Australia Day 2016 he was appointed as Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to human rights and multiculturalism.

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Stephen is the Treasurer of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties and a solicitor in private practice. Stephen is also a member of the NSW Law Society Committee on Privacy and Communications.

Stephen graduated in Law and Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1983, and has been involved in the NSW Council for Civil Liberties for more than 20 years. He has managed his own legal practice for more than 25 years, specialising in commercial litigation and commercialisation of intellectual property.

Stephen’s particular civil liberty interests include asylum seekers, national security, free speech, privacy and racial vilification. Stephen has been involved in many test cases in the Federal and State Courts involving important civil liberties and human rights issues.

Stephen appears frequently in the media commenting on issues involving civil liberties and human rights.

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Former Advisory Board Members

Emeritus Professor Alan Knight, Former Academic and Journalist

Hon Bob Carr, Former Australian Foreign Minister and former Premier of NSW. Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney

Reverend Glenda Blakefiel, Former Associate General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia

Greg Rochford, CEO of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia

Jim Longley, Former Deputy Secretary of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Jim Mein, Director of Schools Ministry – Uniting Church Board of Education

John Meadow, Former Executive Director Uniting Church NSW Synod Board of Education