Our Board of Directors
Redfern Legal Centre is a company limited by guarantee. It has a Board of eight elected directors who delegate responsibility for day-to-day management of the Centre to the Chief Executive Officer.
Kerry O'Brien (Chair)
Kerry is a proud Wiradjuri man and lawyer. Kerry is a senior associate in the Employer Relations and Safety team at McCullough Robertson. Kerry has experience in both advisory work and litigation, with expertise in employment law, discrimination law and work health and safety. Kerry was admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW in 2014 after completing his legal studies at the University of New South Wales. Kerry also completed a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney in 2017. Kerry has worked in-house in state and federal government agencies, including the Fair Work Ombudsman, and at Colin Biggers & Paisley. Kerry was first appointed to the Board in 2018, and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2020.
Tamara Sims is a lawyer and Head of Pro Bono and Responsible Business at Colin Biggers & Paisley. Tamara heads the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation; her legal practice covers human rights, administrative law, discrimination, victim compensation, tenancy, guardianship and refugee claims. Prior to joining Colin Biggers & Paisley, Tamara worked as a pro bono lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin. She has also worked in the community legal sector practising criminal law, undertaking policy and law reform work and community legal education particularly in matters involving people with intellectual disability. Tamara first became involved with RLC as a volunteer legal assistant, then worked with the Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service and the Inner Sydney Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service before becoming a Director.
Alexandra Finley is a governance expert with over 20 years' experience across the financial services and energy sectors. She has extensive experience in governance, legal, risk and compliance, business management and strategy, across a range of industries. Alexandra is also an experienced not-for-profit director. She is currently Chair of children's charity Rainbow Club Australia Inc and is a Member on the Board of Macarthur Family and Youth Services. Alexandra is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Spark Infrastructure, an S&P/ASX 100 specialist infrastructure fund and Australia’s leading owner of essential service infrastructure. Alexandra holds a Masters of Law and Management and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel GC100, Global Leaders in Law, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia.
Craig Young is the Australian Managing Director of Engine, a global marketing services group offering consulting services in customer and employee experience, digital transformation and digital advertising services. Craig has 25 years of experience providing research consulting services to support the development of communications campaigns and policy and service delivery in relation to public health and Indigenous affairs. Since 2013, he has been a board member of AMSRO (Association of Market and Social Research Organisations), Australia's industry association for data and research companies, and has been President and board chair of AMSRO since 2017.
Linda Tucker is a solicitor and regional legal services coordinator at Shoalcoast Legal Centre. She ran RLC's employment and discrimination law practice before going to Hanoi as a volunteer legal advisor for a women’s organisation. She was chair of CLCNSW and has worked at many other CLCs in NSW. Apart from her CLC fixation, Linda has worked for human rights organisations in Australia, Cambodia and the UK and was previously a legal academic and journalist.
Ben Lipschitz is Managing Director and co-founder of FoodByUs, an online business involving food supply to restaurants. FoodByUs is venture capital backed and is the current leader in its field. Ben has a broad range of commercial experience and holds a strong interest in customer experience, strategy, technology, social impact and how these elements can join together to push social improvement and innovation.
Greg Masters is a consultant with more than 25 years’ experience consulting to government and community sectors. He is the Director of Nexus Management Consulting, a company he founded in 1996 to assist government and community organisatons to plan, implement and evaluate strategies to improve the results they achieve for clients and the community. Prior to establishing Nexus, Greg held a number of senior management and executive roles in the areas of policy, planning and research within NSW Government agencies.
Kylie O'Reilly (Board Observer)
A proven executive with more than 20 years’ experience in growing digital, software and technology companies. Her most recent role was as the CEO of GEO Ltd the NZX listed SAS (software as a service) business for 2 years. Previously to this role Kylie was GM of Bluewater/Telestar launching the MDM SAAS (mobile device management software as a service) into Telstra Enterprise and Business channels for its foundation year. Prior to this role Kylie spent over eleven years as the Managing Director of AAP’s Agency Enterprise businesses working across digital, media and finance sectors.
Kylie has also served as Chairperson of All Together Now, a committee member for Squash Australia and is both a Telstra Women in Business and Telstra Business Awards judge. She holds an MBA from UTS Business School and is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Former Board members (2020–2021)
Amy Munro (Chair to November 2020)
Amy Munro is a barrister practising from Eleven Wentworth in Sydney. She has a wide-ranging commercial and public law practice. Prior to being called to the Bar, Amy was a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Group at Mallesons. Amy began her association with RLC as a volunteer in 2002, moving on to become a Tenant Advocate with the Inner Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service and the Project Manager of the Share Housing Survival Guide. Amy was elected to the Board in 2010 and continues to act as a volunteer with the Centre.