Team and Board

We’re led by a small team of staff, and governed by a diverse board of Australia’s pre-eminent social leaders and thinkers.

Our staff

Nick Moraitis Executive Director

CAP-Nick-MoraitisNick has more than 15 years’ experience driving social change in New York, Toronto, London and Sydney. Nick co-founded one of the world’s first social networks, TakingITGlobal.org, played a leading role in the growth of Australia’s foremost campaigning organisation GetUp, worked in global strategy at Amnesty’s International Secretariat and managed public engagement for Greenpeace. As founder of Sydney-based consultancy Make Believe, Nick developed winning campaigns and internal innovation projects for more than seventy non-profits. He currently serves on the boards of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Centre for Policy Development.

Rebecca Wilson Deputy Director

CAP-Rebecca-WilsonRebecca leads Australian Progress’ learning and community initiatives. She was previously Global Director of Learning and Development at Change.org, where she led on campaign innovation and learning for teams across 20 countries, and Chief of Staff at GetUp. Rebecca also spent seven years in senior roles with the independent Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, broken by a stints with Obama for America in South Carolina and Ohio in 2008.

Paige Burton Events & Operations Manager

CAP-Paige-BurtonIn addition to her work with Australian Progress, Paige is the chair of the board of directors for UN Youth Australia, one of Australia’s largest entirely youth-led, youth-run non-profit organisations. She has been involved in the development of their national curriculum, founded the first national advocacy-oriented public speaking competition, and has facilitated educational tours of Timor L’este, and the Middle East for high school students. In 2015, Paige was recognised by Pro Bono Australia as one of the non-profit sector’s most influential people.

Jess Kirby Project Director, Key Events

CAP-Paige-BurtonJessica Kirby is the project director of Australian Progress’ key events. Most recently, Jess spent four years at GetUp as Lead Organiser and Acting Field Director, coordinating efforts to involve GetUp’s members in campaigns on diverse issues and around the 2013 election. She is an alum of both the Australian Progress Fellowship and the Change Agency’s Community Organising Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and Social Science from the University of Sydney.

Our Board

Amanda McKenzie Chair of the Board

CAP-Amanda-McKenzieAmanda McKenzie is chief executive of the Climate Council, and was previously senior communications adviser at the Climate Commission. Between 2006 and 2010, Amanda was National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, building a non-partisan movement of tens of thousands of young Australians to tackle the climate crisis. For this work, she was acknowledged as the 2009 Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year and 2009 Rotary Young Achiever of the Year.

Anita Tang Member of the Board

CAP-Anita-TangAnita Tang an independent advocacy advisor and campaign coach, and one of Australia’s most respected public health campaigners. Until recently, she spent 12 years at Cancer Council NSW as Manager, Policy & Advocacy and Director of Health Strategies. She has played a leading role in securing federal and state government support around tobacco control, cancer screening, and support for cancer survivors. Previously she worked with the Community Services Commission of NSW. Anita has a Bachelor of Arts, and a Masters in Administrative Law and Policy, both from the University of Sydney. She was awarded a Fellowship for the Stanford University Executive Program for Non-profit leaders, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School program on Leading Organizing and Action.

Jeremy Hobbs Member of the Board

CAP-Amanda-McKenzieJeremy Hobbs is an international consultant, with more than 20 years experience leading major international NGOs. Most recently, he spent a decade as Executive Director of Oxfam International, a confederation of 17 development agencies, with a global income of US$1 billion, and programs in 90 countries. He represented Oxfam in high level advocacy at the WTO on trade issues, at the UN on climate change, Millenium Development Goals and the Arms Trade Treaty. From 1992-2001, he served Executive Director of Community Aid Abroad/Oxfam Australia. He is a founding director and former chair of the International NGO Accountability Charter.

Miriam Lyons Member of the Board

CAP-Miriam-Lyons

Miriam Lyons is an Australian policy analyst, writer and commentator. She is a co-author of Governomics, to be published by Melbourne University Press in May 2015. Miriam is a member of the Centre for Australian Progress board and a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, a public-interest think tank which she co-founded.

Miriam has been a regular guest on the ABC shows Q&A and The Drum, has contributed to several media outlets and co-edited the books Pushing Our Luck and More Than Luck. Earlier roles include policy editing for NewMatilda.com, researching freedom of speech in East Timor, and organising ideas festivals.

Sheena Watt Member of the Board

Sheena WattSheena Watt is the Fight Stroke Campaign Coordinator, National Stroke Foundation. She was previously the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils Australia. She was most recently Political Adviser for the national Aboriginal health organisation, NACCHO, based in Canberra. She has also worked at the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, and at the ACTU where she was the Indigenous Officer. Sheena is graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s course and the Centre for Sustainability Leadership’s fellowship program. She is committed to building strong community voices and tackling inequality.

Victoria Keesing Member of the Board

CAP-Amanda-McKenzieVictoria Keesing is currently establishing her own consulting business. Victoria has been a partner at PwC Australia for 11 years where she advised clients on culture, organisation design and the people aspects of major strategy and transformation program implementations. Prior to joining PwC Victoria held a range of senior and executive roles for NSW Department of Housing, Ansett/Air New Zealand and National Australia Bank. Victoria is passionate about social justice issues and also currently serves on the board of the Women in Prisons Advocacy Network.

Malinda Wink Member of the Board

CAP-Malinda WinkMalinda Wink is Executive Director of Good Pitch² Australia and Director Policy and Impact at Shark Island Productions. Malinda’s professional experience spans the corporate, political and development sectors, including at Macquarie Bank Financial Services, the United Nations Development Program, the St James Ethics Centre, and the Caledonia Foundation (where she currently serves on the board). Malinda has a Masters in International Development and Public Policy completed through the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus program.

Michael Tull Member of the Board

CAP-Michael TullMichael Tull is National Assistant Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union. He was an economist when he landed 12 months work in 1990 as an organiser in the Sydney office of the Tax Division of the CPSU. Michael loved the work, the challenge and the people – and he has never looked back. He has led organising teams in a wide range of agencies including the Tax Office, Finance and Treasury, and was formerly CPSU’s National President.