The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) constitution allows for up to 12 directors who are elected annually at PIAC’s Annual General Meeting. PIAC is a company limited by guarantee.


Ralph PlinerRalph Pliner | Board member since July 2009.

Chair of PIAC Board.

Company director, Consultant to Baker & McKenzie (Lawyers). Formerly a partner of Baker & McKenzie.

Rebecca GilsenanRebecca Gilsenan | Board member since  May 2012.

Deputy Chair of PIAC Board.

Principal Maurice Blackburn Pty Ltd. Director Maurice Blackburn Pty Ltd, 27 Regent Pty Limited and 138 Paddington Pty Limited.

Eileen BaldryEileen Baldry | Board member since February 2015.

Professor of Criminology, Social Sciences, Academic Chair Equity Diversity and Inclusion Board and member of the University Management Board, University of NSW; Deputy Chair NSW Disability Council; formerly President of NCOSS, President of Community Restorative Centre.

Bob DebusBob Debus | Board member since November 2016.

Bob Debus was a member of NSW Parliament (1981-1988 and 1995-2007) and Federal Parliament (2007-2010). in the NSW Parliament, he served as Minister for Corrective Services (1995-2001), Minister for Emergency Services (1995-2003), Minister for Environment (1999-2007), Minister for Arts (2005-2007) and Attorney General (2000-2007). In the Commonwealth Parliament he held the position of Minister for Home Affairs. Before becoming a parliamentarian, Bob worked as a solicitor, editor and journalist.

Coralie KennyCoralie Kenny | Board member since February 2010.

Senior Lawyer at Suncorp Life, Law Society of NSW Treasurer, Director of NSW Law and Justice Foundation, Director Legal Super Pty Ltd. Chair Law Council of Australia SME Committee, Chair Law Society NSW/OSR Liaison Committee, Member Law Society NSW Licensing Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Chair Law Society NSW Business Law Committee and Corporate Lawyers’ Committee.

Sarah FergusonSarah Ferguson | Board member since November 2016.

Sarah Ferguson is a Walkley award-winning investigative journalist, writer and presenter. She is currently a reporter and presenter on ABC’s Four Corners.

Katherine McKernanKatherine McKernan | Board member since February 2016.

CEO of Homelessness NSW. Katherine worked on the NSW Homelessness Action Plan and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness NSW Implementation Plan as well as overseeing service delivery models such as Staying Home Leaving Violence and Way2Home (and earlier models of this). 

Kevin RozzoliKevin Rozzoli AM | Board member since May 2005.

Member of NSW Parliament 1973 ‑ 2003, long involvement in social welfare issues, current member of a number of NFP boards, chair of two university research committees.

John WalkerJohn Walker | Board member since February 2016.

Director of Negotiated Solutions Pty Ltd, Namangi Pty Ltd and Legal Precedents Pty Ltd. Previously Managing Director and CEO at IMF Bentham.