Catherine Gander

During Cat’s 25-year career, she has concentrated on working in and with organizations that focus on social justice and redressing inequalities.

With over 15 years in senior positions at a state and national level, Cat has extensive experience as a facilitator, planner, advocate and evaluator, with strong skills in organizational development and project management. Cat is the founding member of NGO Consulting Group and has a comprehensive understanding of the NGO sector.

Cat has worked with and learned from Aboriginal communities across Australia. She held the position of National Women’s Access Officer in the Law and Justice Branch within ATSIC where she contributed to the development and implementation of a national program to improve Aboriginal women’s access to Legal Assistance and support.

In recent years she has provided successful advocacy and capacity building support to 4 Aboriginal Women and Children’s Safe Houses in the Oran a Far West of NSW. Her work contributed to a major increase in recurrent funding, major investments in capital works in each location, and the setting up of a model of working that facilitated communication and support between the services across wide geographical distances.

Cat was Executive Officer of the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement, the peak organization for women and children’s specialist domestic violence refuges and their associated services. During her 8 years in this position Cat contributed to important sector reforms and increased funding and expansion of the organisation. Cat has extensive policy analysis and development skills. She has a strong commitment to ending violence against women and has expert knowledge in this area. She has held Premier advisory council positions and state and national representative positions.

Cat was a successful recipient of Churchill Fellowship which when presented to government, resulted in improvements in Domestic Violence Legislation to increase protection of children through their inclusion on Domestic Violence Orders.

Cat works with organisations’ sustainability and capacity to provide the best service possible based on the key principles of access, equity and fairness regardless of culture, gender, class, social background, sexuality or personal circumstance.

Cat is currently undertaking a Masters in Development Studies at UNSW.


Terry Priest

Terry Priest

Terry has over 10 years experience in conducting research to advocate for social change.

Terry has worked across a range of sectors including the arts, aged care, NSW public sector, welfare rights and more recently in the tertiary sector as a Senior Research Fellow at an Indigenous Research Centre. Here she oversaw the Centre’s first ever evaluation across regional NSW. Terry was a member of the original secretariat office that established National Indigenous Television (NITV).

Terry is a confident experienced researcher and has designed and implemented an array of projects. These range from looking at what does and doesn’t work when assisting Indigenous communities to working with a large community aged care provider to help streamline their policies and processes across the organisation. Terry has also held senior advisory positions in the NSW Government.

Terry uses research as a tool for developing strategies to assist organisations to understand their clients and to provide effective services.

Terry has a background and interest in communications and has edited and authored many publications. She has a particular interest in submission writing into inquiries to ensure that organisations interests are part of the public debate. She has worked on a number of publications as co-author, researcher, and editor with Eva Cox, Larrisa Brendt and Kaz Cooke.

Terry has a Social Science degree and has worked primarily in the fields of research, advocacy, policy analysis and policy development.

Rata Duncan


Rata has over 10 years experience working in the design and events sector for the community and private sector. She has a commitment to social change and has significant experience and skills in designing events that highlight the need for social change and to raise funds to progress social causes.

Rata has a comprehensive skill set in social media and marketing and highly developed project management and communications skills.

She brings organisational, technical and graphic design support to the team.




Fiona Ng has over a decade experience delivering management, technical and creative problem solving skills for productions in the entertainment and events industries. This is primarily in nationwide and international touring productions within the community sector and includes the corporate sector.

Fiona has joined the team upon completion of a Masters of Development Studies at UNSW in the Refugees and Displacement stream. Recent projects include advocacy and youth education to foster social change, event coordination for an Aboriginal community event and in evaluation research. She aims to harness her experience in theatre and current degree for social justice, policy change and community development to end violence against women and other inequalities.