Meet the 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.
GetUp's purpose is set out in our constitution – to advance progressive public policy in Australia. We do this by empowering everyday people to have their say.
GetUp's corporate structure is such that every board director is also a 'Full Member' of the company. These Members are not to be confused with 'GetUp members' who are the hundreds of thousands of everyday people from across the country who power our campaigns.
There are also three additional 'Founding Members' who are not board directors:
- Amanda Tattersall – Amanda is a recognised scholar and community organiser. She co-founded GetUp in 2005 and then Sydney Alliance in 2007. She is also the Host of the ChangeMakers Podcast.
- David Madden – David is an experienced entrepreneur and technologist. He co-founded GetUp and then Avaaz.org in 2007. He now runs Phandeeyar, a tech hub developing Myanmar's innovation ecosystem.
- Jeremy Heimans – Jeremy is an influential entrepreneur and political activist, currently co-founder and CEO of Purpose. He co-founded GetUp and then Avaaz.org in 2007. He is also co-author of the book 'New Power'.
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 current role is the Managing Director for the Online Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN), working across some of the world's largest digital campaigning organisations including MoveOn.org in the US, Campact in Germany and 38 Degrees in the UK. Phil holds a Ph.D. in climate change and development 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 academic institutions including Macquarie University and the Geneva Center for Security Policy. Phil is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sara Saleh is an Arab-Australian human rights and refugee advocate, grassroots activist and creative artist. Her belief in the power of storytelling has taken her from a decade-long career working with NGOs like Amnesty International Australia, to performing her poetry locally and internationally. Sara regularly speaks and writes about human rights, refugees, Palestine, and the politics of language and identity, and has been published across Australian media outlets. A recent Masters of Human Rights Law graduate, Sara spends her nights working on her social enterprise, ReBOOKS, dedicated to improving refugee literacy in Australia, and is also a Board Member of WestWords. In 2013 Sara was named Affinity's Youth of the Year for her activism.
Alex Rafalowicz has experience working on strategy, policy, and digital campaigns in Australian and international fora, including in setting up Australia's top-ranked NationBuilder development agency Code Nation. Alex was most recently the movement strategist 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, 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, and an Executive Education Certificate in Organising, Leadership and Action from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Lyn Goldsworthy AM
Lynda Goldsworthy is a long-time environmental activist and trainer who has worked on both global and local issues in Australia, Europe, the Pacific and Asia. Lyn was awarded the Order of Australia (Member) for her work in conservation and environment and has received the New Zealand Antarctic Trophy for her role in securing a ban on mining in the Antarctic. She has extensive experience in assisting not-for-profit organisations become more effective and efficient and has served on several boards. Lyn is currently the Executive Officer of the Frank Fenner Foundation which works to promote healthy people in harmony with and respectful of a healthy planet. Lynda has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Geography from the University of Auckland and a Masters in Women's Studies from the University of New South Wales. Lyn is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Min Guo is a Victorian barrister. His areas of practice include class actions, human rights, 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.
Carla McGrath is a proud Indigenous Australian woman whose family comes from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. 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 leadership, having worked as 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 and Member of The Smith Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel. Carla is a Board Director of Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation and a Delegate to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. In 2017 she became a public member of the Australian Press Council. Carla is a graduate of the Newtown High School of Performing Arts and has started a Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Sydney.
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. Daniel is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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. Stephen is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.