Ian Gould – Melbourne
With a career as a research engineer/scientist and senior manager with Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Board experience on CRC’s and Centres of Excellence, Ian recently chose to retire from professional work. Ian has been a volunteer and activist in the GLBTI community for 26 years, including volunteer then Board member of the Victorian Aids Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre (1986-96), Committee Member and Treasurer of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (2000-04), volunteer with the Reichstein Foundation’s GALFA formation committee (2004-5) and Deputy Chair of the Victorian Governments Advisory Committee on GLBTI Health and Wellbeing.
Ruth McNair – Chair – Melbourne
Ruth is a general practitioner specialising in lesbian health and women’s health. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on GLBTI health and wellbeing, and was on Victorian Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues from 2001 to 2006. She was the founding Convener of the Fertility Access Rights Lobby from 1999 to 2004 and was Convener of the Australian Lesbian Medical Association from 2002 to 2005. She is the inaugural treasurer of the Rainbow Families Council. In 2006 she received the Quiet Achiever Rainbow Award, and in 2007 she was made a life member of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights lobby.
Colin Krycer – Melbourne
For that past twenty years, Colin Krycer has been a committed volunteer in the HIV/AIDS field and general Gay and Lesbian community. Colin has been successful in fundraising and served on numerous committees. He is one of the earliest members of JOY 94.9, Australians first Gay and Lesbian radio station.
Sarina Jackson – Public Officer – Sydney
Sarina is a partner of a law firm based in Sydney and Melbourne. When living in Melbourne, she was on various boards of the ALSO Foundation including a time as President. She has been involved with Joy 94.9, HIV/AIDS Legal Centre and Victorian AIDS Council. Sarina is aware of the issues relating to same sex attracted individuals and couples in Australia and feels strongly and passionately about changing those issues. Sarina’s experience in her legal practice and her knowledge of the community compliment that of the other trustees of GALFA.
Damian Douglas-Meyer – Perth
Damian is an senior IT professional in Perth. Damian was convenor of Gay and Lesbian Equality WA (GALE) from the late 90s to 2004 and was a key public face for the gay community in WA during that time as WA was amending it’s laws to remove discrimination for gays and lesbians. He was on the WA Attorney General’s Ministerial Advisory Committee into Lesbian and Gay Law Reform. He was a board member of GLBTI Retirement Association Inc. (GRAI), an advocacy group for GLBTI retirement and aged care issues. He has also previously been on the boards of Australian Marriage Equality, and of Human Rights WA Inc.
Susan Ditter – Hobart
Living in Hobart, Susan is Executive Officer of Working It Out (WIO), Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service. Susan is a member of various GLBTI Government working groups, and contributes to three national projects in Aged Care training, the MindOut! mental health project, and Safe Schools Coalition. Susan, representing Tasmania, is the Director of the National GLBTI Health Alliance and is currently Chair of the Board.
Catherine Fitzgerald – Adelaide
Living in Adelaide, Catherine trained as an actor at Flinders University Drama Centre (1979 -1982) and has worked as an actor, director and writer working in alternative, community and main stage theatre, as well as in film and TV. She was Artistic Director of Feast Festival, Adelaide Queer Cultural Festival (2013 – 2015), Associate Director at State Theatre Company of South Australia (2011-12), Artistic Director of Vitalstatistix National Women’s Theatre (1996-2002), and Artistic Director of Mainstreet Theatre based in the South East of South Australia in early 1990s. Catherine is currently a free-lance artist and spreads her time between directing and writing gigs around the country.
In 2003 she was awarded The Centenary Medal for the development of women artists in South Australia through Vitalstatistix. Catherine has been a member of the Management Committee of International Women’s Playwrights (2009-15) and was appointed as a Governor of the Board for State Theatre Company of South Australia (1996-2011). She is currently a Port Adelaide Arts Forum Board Member.
Fiona Wilkie – Treasurer – Sydney
Living in Sydney, with a 6 months or longer secondment to Melbourne, Fiona is accountant and business controller with Orange Business Services. She has experience as a Senior Tax consultant (Price Waterhouse); operations and finance manager in a group of 4 nursing homes (Wilkie Resources Pty Ltd), set up and operations management with a start-up IT company in Boulder, USA & Sydney (Platypus Partners) and in business advisory management in Sydney (William Buck). Fiona is a current volunteer and director of Paws and Recover, fundraiser for Smith Family through long distance swimming (20km Solo Rottnest Channel 2015) volunteer to BGF and Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service (Sydney), and former volunteer with BCAP – Boulder County Aids Project and Humane Society of Boulder Valley.