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.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity UNSW Sydney, Professor of Criminology, Social Sciences, member of the University Management Board, UNSW Sydney; 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.

Damian GriffithsDamian Griffis | Board member since February 2017.

Damian Griffis is a Worimi man and a leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. Damian has been a central figure in the establishment of both the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW and FPDN. Damian represents FPDN at regional, national and international forums. In 2014, he won the Tony Fitzgerald (Community Individual) Memorial Award at the Australian Human Rights Awards.

Ian FarmerIan Farmer | Board member since May 2017.

Ian has over 30 years experience as a practicing accountant and advisor, including 20 years as a Partner with PwC in a range of client serving and leadership roles. Ian is Chairman of Lifeline Northern Beaches, where he is a telephone crisis supporter, and a Director and Treasurer of CRC Ltd and the Sydney Drug Education and Counselling Centre.

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.

Julie ForemanJulie Foreman | Board member since May 2018.

Julie is the Executive Officer of the Tenants’ Union. Julie has worked in the areas of Human Rights, Community Education and Community Management for over 25 years.

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.

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.


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