GetUp Board

The GetUp Board works with the GetUp team and members to set the movement's strategy. It also manages the organisation's finances, legal compliance and risks.

Carla McGrath

Chair

Carla is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman. Raised on the Australian mainland, Carla retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait. Carla brings a wealth of experience in Indigenous public policy and collaborative leadership, having worked as Program Lead for the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, Head of Sustainability at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE), Relationship Manager at Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), Co-Chair of the Management Committee of the NSW Reconciliation Council, Vice Chair of Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), Board Director of Flashpoint Labs and the George Hicks Foundation, Member of the AIME Corporation, Member of The Smith Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel and a Public Member of the Australian Press Council. Carla currently runs her own independent consultancy business and is the Chair of Blakdance.

Phil Ireland

Phil Ireland is a strategist, policy expert and digital campaigning professional. Phil has over a decade’s experience working across a range of organisations from Not-For-Profits to Government to the private sector. Phil’s currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the Online Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN), where he works across some of the world’s largest digital campaigning organisations. Phil holds a Ph.D. in climate change in addition to a B.Sc (Hons I) and B.A. He has authored several peer-reviewed academic articles, book chapters and articles in the public media. He is a Conjoint Academic at The University of Newcastle and has conducted occasional lectures at conferences and other academic institutions. Phil is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alex Rafalowicz

Alex Rafalowicz’s grandparents survived the holocaust and then settled on Kaurna Country (Adelaide) where his grandfather served as Rabbi. This heritage has inspired his life-long commitment to anti-racism, social, and climate justice and the importance of community. He is currently the Global Director of Programmes at 350.Org and previously served as a strategic adviser at Code Nation, including a secondment to Humberto De La Calle Presidente. Before that he was the Executive Director at the Climate Action Network of Australia where he came from working with international climate justice coalitions, including assisting in the founding and coordination of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice. Alex helped found the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and led GetUp’s electoral enrolment campaign in 2010. Alex has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the Australian National University as a Charles Hawker Scholar; a joint European Master in Law and Economics (LLM Cum Laude and M.Sc. Economics) from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Gent University and University of Bologna on a Erasmus Scholarship; and an Executive Education Certificate in Organising, Leadership and Action from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Min Guo

Min Guo is a Victorian barrister. His areas of practice include class actions, immigration, and freedom of information. He also has a research focus in issues relating to access to justice, examining asymmetric power structures in both the civil and criminal justice systems. Min has First-Class Honours in both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide.

Daniel Stone

Daniel Stone is an experienced social justice advocate, having worked on a number of national, state and local progressive campaigns. Daniel specialises in data led campaign communication and media production - with a focus on developing digital, video and graphic tools that engage and move people to action. He’s a founder of PrincipleCo, which is contracted to do digital advertising for a number of businesses and organisations across Australia. Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts, Communications with Honours and the University Medal from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Sara Saleh

Sara Saleh is an award-winning Arab-Australian human rights activist, writer and poet living and learning on Gadigal Land (Sydney). A longtime campaigner for refugee rights and racial justice, Sara has spent the last decade working with international organisations, including Amnesty International and CARE International in Australia and the Middle East. Her work has focused on media advocacy, law and policy change, and has taken her from the refugee camps of Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Syrian border, to the streets of Western Sydney. Sara holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences - Government (Class I Honours) from The University of Sydney, and a Masters of Human Rights Law/Policy from UNSW, where she is currently completing her Juris Doctor, concentrating on police accountability, the prison industrial complex, and the incarceration/detention of marginalised populations. Sara’s first poetry collection was released in August 2016. Her poems have been published in English and Arabic in SBS Life, Australian Poetry Journal, Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, Bankstown Poetry Collections and global anthologies A Blade of Grass, Making Mirrors, and Solid Air. She regularly speaks and performs nationally and internationally, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Fairfax, SBS, and Junkee. Sara is co-editor of the recently released anthology, Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity (Picador 2019), and is developing her debut novel as a recipient of the Affirm Press Mentorship for Sweatshop Writers. She is a proud Bankstown Poetry Slam ‘Slambassador’.

Stephen Monk

Stephen Monk is an IT entrepreneur with several successful consulting and product businesses in the UK and Australia. Within these organisations he provides technical leadership, strategic direction and financial management. He’s a software developer at heart, and now spends most of this time working with large enterprises to help their staff embrace new technology and become more digitally savvy. Stephen has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science majoring in Applied Computing, Political Science and Psychology from the University of Tasmania.

Karen Iles

Karen is a lawyer, admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. A corporate social responsibility leader, experienced community organiser and ardent feminist. A non-executive director, Karen has held a number of not-for-profit directorships over a 20 year period and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Karen is proud of her Aboriginal, Scottish and English heritage - her home is on Darkinjung and Gadigal land.