Our staff

 

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Jenny Macaffer

Chief Executive Officer
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Jenny has an extensive background in community development, social justice and social policy and planning. She has previously worked in local and state government and the not for profit sector. Jenny has been recognised for her commitment to health & wellbeing, human rights, and community place making through national and local awards such as the inaugural LGPRO award for community development. She holds qualifications in community cultural development, social sciences and the arts. Jenny believes that the creative arts and lifelong learning have a key role to play in engaging communities of all persuasions in self-determination and social change, and that a positive connection to nature is critical to our individual and collective wellbeing.

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Catherine Devlin

Operations Manager
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Catherine has a background in educational publishing and online learning. She previously worked in information management and online course development. She has also worked as an editor and client services manager at a tertiary institution.

She has postgraduate qualifications in education and communication; including M.A. (Communication) and an M.Ed. (Literacy/Information Technology).

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Gina Perry

Communications Officer
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Gina Perry is an award winning writer who has worked in a range of communications roles in the not for profit and training sectors. Her feature articles, columns, and essays have been published in The Age and The Australian, and her short fiction has been published in a number of literary magazines, including Meanjin, Westerly, and Island.


Her co-production of the ABC Radio National documentary about the obedience experiments, ‘Beyond the Shock Machine’, won the Silver World Medal for a history documentary in the 2009 New York Festivals radio awards.

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Leanne Wu

Finance and Governance Officer
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Leanne joined ALA in August 2015 having come from a background in corporate finance. She is enjoying the change in focus and finds working in the not for profit sector very rewarding.

She has a postgraduate qualification in Applied Finance and Investment.

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Meagan Bignell

Project Officer
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Meagan has a wide-ranging background in customer service roles. She has also spent some time working in the IT industry, in both technical and customer relation’s roles. Her previous experience in these fields fits perfectly for her position as Membership and Project Officer.
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Dr Tony Brown

Editor of AJAL
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Dr Brown is a well known and respected practitioner and researcher in the adult learning field. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in adult and organisational learning at the University of Technology, and a Board member of Sydney Community College. He has previously worked at the NSW BACE and for a period was National Director of ALA.


 

Tony was appointed Editor of AJAL in December 2012.