James Emmett was a volunteer telephone counsellor for GLCS from 2001 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2016. James is a barrister practising primarily in public law and commercial law. He was appointed senior counsel in 2020. His other not for profit activities include sitting on the Advisory Board of the La Trobe University Centre for Legislation. James has also held the roles of Chair of the National Association for the Visual Arts, Chair of Artspace Visual Arts Centre and Chair of the Inner City Legal Centre Foundation.
Mon has also told countless stories for ABC TV’s 7.30 and Hungry Beast, and hosts the ABC podcast Innies + Outies, featuring uniquely Australian stories about coming out or staying in.
In 2020, Mon was named as one of Australia’s Outstanding 50 LGBTQI+ Leaders in the ‘Out50’ report.
Suganthi Chandramohan (Treasurer) (she/her)
Suganthi (she/her) is a senior project manager at the Reserve Bank of Australia, having worked across the banking and the financial technology sectors globally.
Starting out in event and sponsor management with the Gay Games, a couple of Olympic Games segued into project management for the financial services sector.
From Singapore and realising as a young person she needed to leave to find her people, she left when she was 17, living in several countries, now in Australia. Driven by purpose…purpose to listen and do. Purpose to enable. Her catch phrase is “tell me what you want to create, and I’ll hatch up a plan”.
Philip Busfield M.A. (Hons) Cambridge University (Mathematics) is a risk and finance consultant to the Private Equity and banking industry. He has three decades of experience in various senior executive roles in merchant banking and investment.
He is driven by his passion for Human Rights and particularly the rights of individuals to freedom of expression, speech, and life choices. To that end he has been an active Board member of Twenty10 incorporating GLCS for over 7 years, as Treasurer and as Co-Chair, as well as a number of other roles in the not-for-profit sector.
Born and raised in the UK, he now calls Australia home, and in March 2018 became an Australian citizen!
Sarah Bowman is a registrar clinical psychologist and doctoral researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) (First Class Honours) and Master of Clinical Psychology degrees.
She has been an active member of the LGBTIQ+ community and has an extensive history volunteering with Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW. Her roles have ranged from supervising the drop-in centre to public speaking and community outreach work. In 2015 she was awarded the Peter Trebilco volunteer award.
Additional community engagements include lecturing and peer training on gender diversity and serving on the board for LGBTIQ+ Health Australia.
Julie has worked alongside and within the LGBTIQA+ communities since she started her career in the US in education and health in 1988, with a side gig as a journalist for the Sydney Star Observer after immigrating to Australia in the roaring nineties.
She has been a practicing psychologist since 2000 and in private practice since 2003, with specialist fields including work with young people emerging from home into the wider community, diverse genders and sexualities, and sexual health. She is the author of Normal: The True Story of a Complicated Family, a memoir exploring families, intimacy and concepts of normality (Text Publishing, 2009).
Julie is also the CEO of a dynamic household which includes teenagers, young adults, cats, and dogs.
Hussein Hawli is a marketing professional with over five years of experience. He has worked in various roles, both agency and client side, including customer relationship management, advertising (print and digital), integrated marketing, and brand and social media strategy.
Throughout his career, he has delivered numerous award-winning campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands, including Qantas, Toyota, Cellarmasters, and H&R Block. Hussein currently works at Autosports Group – Australia’s leading prestige and luxury automotive group, as the Group’s marketing automation lead.
Hussein is a Board Member at Twenty10 inc. GLCS NSW and in his spare time, he is a rising voice in the Muslim LGBTQI+ community within Australia. He has volunteered for Sydney Queer Muslims group and is a regular speaker for the community, sharing insights gleaned from his personal experiences. This includes interviews with the ABC, Gay Star News, Medium and BBC World Service.
Hussein also has a Bachelor in Communication from Western Sydney University, with a major in Public Relations and sub-major in Journalism.
Sophie is a final year medical student in Western Sydney, and an active voice in the LGBTQIA+ health space.
In 2021, she represented Australia’s 17,000 doctors in training as President of the Australian Medical Student Association (AMSA), where she led the healthcare sector’s response to emerging Federal and NSW LGBTQIA+ legislation. Through her involvement in the Australian Medical Association (AMA), she has influenced Federal LGBTQIA+ health policy and supported the formation of an LGBTQIA+ Doctors Advisory Group to centre lived experience in Queer health advocacy.
She believes in integrating Queer voices and Queer perspectives in all facets of mental health, medical workforce, sexual and reproductive health and industrial relations policy, and reforming how LGBTQIA+ people navigate Australia’s healthcare sector.
Justice Rachel Pepper was appointed as a Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW in May 2009.
She is on the National Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and the Secretary of the Australian Institute of Administrative law New South Wales Chapter.
She is a New South Wales representative on the Executive Committee of the Australian Association of Women Judges.
Clare is a supervisor in the Knowledge Management team at global law firm K&L Gates with over 10 years’ experience working in precedents and information management. Clare is a current volunteer at Twenty10 who has volunteered in admin support and assisted with preparations for our Mardi Gras and Glitterball events.