DR SHIRLEENE ROBINSON
NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON & DIRECTOR
Dr Shirleene Robinson has a PhD in History from the University of Queensland and is the author of a number of books. She edited a collection entitled “Homophobia: An Australian History”, which was the first study to consider the history of homophobia in an Australian context and was the co-author in 2010 of the largest study of homophobia and transphobia in any Australian jurisdiction. She worked (with a number of colleagues and the National Library of Australia) on the first national oral history project to explore gay and lesbian lives across Australia. Shirleene volunteers for a number of LGBTIQ groups and is a committee member (and past President) of Sydney’s Pride History Group.
Janine joined Australian Marriage Equality in September 2014 and brings with her a broad range of skills. She feels passionately about marriage equality and believes that the inability for members of the LGBTI community to marry in Australia is institutionalised discrimination and allows broader discrimination in the community to continue. Janine has enjoyed all the benefits of marriage, with her husband Shane, for the past 19 years and wants to be part of the team raising the profile of marriage equality throughout the community.
Janine has spent the majority of the last 20 years in Europe, she has in excess of 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, working in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Janine spent 13 years with J.P.Morgan in London, working in Debt Capital Markets, covering both high grade and high yield transactions, in a range of industries across Europe and the Middle East. Janine has extensive management experience and held the title of Managing Director for her last five years with J.P.Morgan. She spent four years as a founding partner of an Australian private equity firm, Tasman Capital Partners, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Since returning to Australia in 2012, Janine has become heavily involved in the not-for-profit sector and is a Director of Outcomes Australia. Outcomes Australia is a corporate panel of senior professionals that work, pro bono, to bring global leading practices to the community. Janine has a particular interest in Indigenous Health.
Janine was appointed Co-Chair of AME in January of 2015.
Alex is currently the member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Sydney since the 2012 Sydney by-election. Prior to entering politics, Alex was a prominent LGBT rights activist and the National Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality. As National Convener, Alex was instrumental in lobbying the Australian Bureau of Statistics to count same-sex marriages in the 2011 national census. He also organised over 44,000 submissions to be made to the 2011 senate inquiry into same-sex marriage, and continues to be a prominent activist for achieving same-sex marriage reform in Australia.
Alex was also named as one of Samesame.com.au’s 25 most influential Gay and Lesbian Australians in 2010. He is known to many for successfully taking on the major parties and moving the marriage equality campaign from impossible to inevitable. He has built strong working relationships with senior political leaders in all parties both federally across the various states, especially NSW. Alex was also the first same-sex married member of parliament in Australia. In May 2012, Alex married his German long-term partner, Victor Hoeld in Argentina, where same-sex marriage is legal.
DR SARAH MIDGLEY
Dr Sarah Midgley has a PhD in theoretical quantum physics from the University of Queensland. She worked in the university sector in London before moving into a strategy role in the NSW public sector in 2012. In 2010, Sarah was chief statistician for a project that mapped homophobia and transphobia in Queensland. Sarah is passionate about social justice issues and enjoys volunteering and outreach. Some of her past efforts, have included volunteering with Stonewall in London, the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities in Brisbane, and organising science education outreach. She is currently a member of the Sydney Pride History Group and recently joined the Flying Bats Women’s Football Club. She has been with her partner, Shirleene, for six years and proposed to her in New York City in 2011. Shirleene & Sarah married in 2014 under UK law. Sarah hopes that her relationship – and that of all loving couples – will be recognised in Australia soon.
DIRECTOR & VICTORIAN CONVENOR
Tim is a solicitor who has worked in banking and finance for over 20 years, including working in Tokyo and Singapore for eight years. He is a Mortgage Broker and Licensed Real Estate Agent. Tim is a fundraiser for Australian Marriage Equality both in Victoria and nationally. He has been active in GLOBE Melbourne and SGLBA Sydney for over 10 years. Tim’s focus is liaising with Federal MPs and Candidates in Victoria for the September 2016 election; as well as assisting the Federal Electorate resident action groups for Marriage Equality.
He is regularly interviewed on JOY FM to discuss progress and issues with the 2016 elections. Fundraising events include the Charity Auction at the Closing Gala of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival in 2013, a successful Pozible campaign and a Fundraiser at Melbourne Town Hall in 2014, as well as targeted high net worth fundraising.
Prior to working at Australian Marriage Equality, Jay owned his own business with 10 shops around NSW/ACT and a team of 75. In December 2012 Jay formally joined the AME team full time and in February 2013 he was given the title of National Secretary with technology, social media, fundraising, volunteers and corporates relationships his main focuses. Jay also maintains relationships with various US organisations including Freedom to Marry, Human Rights Campaign, GLAD and many fantastic individuals who have played an important role in the fight for marriage equality.
Phil Kershaw joined Australian Marriage Equality as Treasurer because of a strong belief in the values and objectives of Australian Marriage Equality and to bring his financial, commercial and legal skills to strengthen and grow Australian Marriage Equality to the next level where the tipping point could be pushed through to achieve Marriage Equality for all Australians.
Phil is a Chartered Accountant with expertise in financial management, systems and controls, compliance, corporate governance and the commercial development of businesses and opportunities.
Phil began his career working 11 years for Deloittes before holding senior positions, including Chief Financial Officer, Finance Director, Commercial Director and general Manager Finance and Commercial in other organisations. Phil is also an experienced company director, having served on numerous Boards including publicly listed companies, superannuation trustee companies, joint venture companies, overseas companies, body corporates and Not-for-Profit companies.
Phil joined Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as a Board Associate in February, 2010, becoming a Director in July and Treasurer in August, and served on the Board until 2014. Phil was responsible for obtaining Donor Gift Recipient status for Mardi Gras Arts.
Carol started her administration career in 1999 with the CFA then moved to RMIT in 2002. She took time off in 2007 for the birth of her first child, returning to work in 2008 only to take time off again in 2009 for her second and decided to leave the workforce behind to concentrate on her homelife and adding her third child in 2011. In 2012 Carol returned to work as an Administration Officer at her neighbourhood Local Learning and Employment Network. Now Carol juggles her time as Administration Manager, organising WordPress articles, social media postings & sending out the weekly newsletter for Australian Marriage Equality while also being the proud mother of 3 young children in South West Victoria.
Jennifer is the Page Support for Australian Marriage Equality. Prior to joining Australian Marriage Equality, she worked in application support at SkyTalk and Don Allen Real Estate, helping to manage the data base for both companies as well as each of the firm’s flyers and advertising campaigns. She has also volunteered with North Beach Squash Club as club captain for five years, acting as chair on the committee arranging pennant schedules and competitions. Jennifer graduated from Edith Cowan University in Mt Lawley and now lives with her husband and their two cats and two dogs in City Beach, Western Australia.
Malcolm has been involved with Australian Marriage Equality since early 2005 and with Peter Furness from AME organised with CAAH the first marriage equality rally in Sydney in August 2005 on the first anniversary of the amendment to the Marriage Act. In order to celebrate the fact that LGBTIQ relationships are equally valid and valuable, Malcolm arranged for three hundred pink heart-shaped balloons to be carried in the rally. He has been on the board of AME since 2006. Together with PFLAG, he organised for several years a rainbow float in the Granny Smith Festival, one of the largest community festivals in Sydney, in the suburb of Eastwood. He has participated in lobbying federal politicians, letterboxing, distributing how to votes at polling booths and numerous other activities in support of marriage equality. Malcolm was in a straight marriage for twenty seven years and knows first-hand the difference between having a marriage certificate and being in a de facto relationship.
Liam’s career in the media started when he was sixteen years old working for MTV Australia on their inaugural ‘Video Music Awards’. Training in production at TVNZ’s Avalon Studios the following year, he has since worked for a number of broadcasters here and abroad including the Nine Network and Foxtel, gaining over a decade of experience in the industry.
Politically, Liam held the position of Senior Private Secretary to the Minister of Civil Defence, Youth Affairs, Food Safety, Associate Immigration and Associate Education in the 50th Parliament of New Zealand led by the current Prime Minister, John Key. Under this government Marriage Equality was passed in New Zealand.
Liam joined Australian Marriage Equality because he believes it is essential that all Australians have the basic human right to marry and live their lives with whom they love, without discrimination.
Outside of work Liam is the proud father of three young children.
Peter is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at the Queensland University of Technology, where he researches and teaches constitutional law, media law and internet law. He has been actively involved in the LGBTIQ community in Queensland for several years, as President of the Brisbane Pride Festival and as a board member of the Queensland AIDS Council.
He also sits on the Inclusive Brisbane Board (an advisory board to the Lord Mayor of Brisbane), and the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Queensland.
Peter holds an BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Queensland and an LLM from Columbia University.
In 2010, Peter worked for Electronic Frontiers Australia as the campaign manager for the mandatory internet filtering campaign.