Dr Elizabeth Coombs

As Acting NSW Privacy Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Coombs’ role includes promoting privacy as well as preparing reports recommending legislative, administrative or other action in the interests of privacy as well as conducting inquiries and investigations into privacy related matters. The Privacy Commissioner administers the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act). The Privacy Commissioner reports to the NSW Parliament and is oversighted by the Parliamentary Committee on the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission and the Crime Commission, a joint statutory committee.

Elizabeth has had a public service career holding both CEO and senior executive positions in the NSW public sector. Her experience and familiarity with NSW Government agencies ranges across central and service agencies such as NSW Health to state owned corporations. She has been responsible for major cross government initiatives, reforms affecting the private sector, structural reforms and Commonwealth – State programs.

Elizabeth served as Commissioner for Fair Trading and more recently as Commissioner, Local Government Grants Commission. Chief Executive Officer roles included Department of Fair Trading, Juvenile Justice and Department for Women. Upon leaving the NSW public service in 2007, she worked mainly in governance and performance areas. She served as Chair and independent member on a number of Audit and Risk Committees for a range of Government Departments.

Elizabeth’s doctoral study involved cross disciplinary research drawing upon the disciplines of political science, classical economics and industrial relations. As Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth is committed to lifting the profile of privacy within the NSW public sector and the private health sector, and addressing strategic issues that will protect the privacy of individuals generally.

Dr Elizabeth Coombs’ term as NSW Privacy Commissioner expired on 6 November 2016. She has been appointed as Acting/Privacy Commissioner on a part time basis from Monday, 7 November 2016 whilst a recruitment process is underway.

Professor Mary Crock

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.


The Honourable Barrie Unsworth

 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 and 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.

Jim Longley

James Alan (Jim) Longley is Deputy Secretary of Ageing Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services. He is a former bank executive and Member of Parliament who served as the Member for Pittwater in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1986 until 1996. During his tenure in the Assembly, he was Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister on Ageing.
Jim Longley was originally appointed Chief Executive of Ageing, Disability and Home Care in 2012. In 2014 the title changed to Deputy Secretary ADHC. (NSW Department of Family and Community Services). The ageing and disability stream is responsible for a staff of 14,000 people and a budget of $3 billion.

Jim Longley was in the banking industry for 18 years. Initially with Westpac (1980-86) in Sydney, London and the US, and was the Executive Vice President – Government Banking for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (2000-2012).

Prior to this he was CEO of one of Australia’s largest aged care organisations Anglican Retirement Villages in Sydney.

On 31 May 1986 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, was appointed the Acting Shadow Minister for Finance soon thereafter. In 1992, he was appointed Minister for Community Services and Assistant Minister for Health and in late 1993 added Aboriginal Affairs and Ageing to his portfolio. After the Coalition lost Government in March 1995, he served for a year in Opposition before resigning on 20 March 1996, after nearly ten years in the Assembly.

His qualifications include Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics, Theological Certificate, Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He has served on the Boards of a number of organisations and Government committees, including as Chair.

Jim lives on the northern beaches of Sydney with his wife and two children and enjoys swimming, tennis, reading and music.

Associate Professor Clive Pearson


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.