LJ Loch is Founding Chair of the NOW Australia board.
One of Asia-Pacific’s most experienced reputation protection and strategic communications experts, she is CEO of Alpha Consult.
During the course of her career, LJ has worked at the highest levels of media, government and business across the globe as a trusted advisor, facilitator and journalist. Many high-profile Australians have sought her assistance when faced with a personal or professional reputational issue.
Through Alpha Consult, LJ works with government, the private sector and not-for-profits to shape their messaging, language and documents, and to identify and promote opportunities.
LJ also has a long history of assisting not-for-profits achieve their goals. She was a Founding Director of the Macular Degeneration Foundation; the President of the Balmain PCYC for 15 years and is currently the NSW Women in Media Convenor and a Director of The Funding Network.
LJ joined NOW Australia because it’s time for the entire community to join together to drive change.
‘Every Australian, especially those in the lowest-paid roles, deserves so much better. By working together to drive change, by joining forces with those and for those who are the “others” and sidelined, our plan is simple – we will end sexual harassment in the workforce for every Australian.’
Katrina Irawati Graham is an award-winning writer and director as well as an emerging playwright. She celebrates her Indonesian-Australian heritage and champions representations of diversity.
Katrina’s Indonesian ghost feature, Raesita Grey, was developed under Screen Queensland’s IncuBAIT horror genre initiative. She also co-wrote the crime webseries SCOUT, which screened on ABC iView and won Best Foreign Webseries at Vancouver Webfest and Best Crime/Thriller Webseries at New York Webfest.
Katrina’s first play, Siti Rubiyah, which was developed through the LOTUS Asian-Australian program, is currently optioned by Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP). It recently had developments at the Sydney Festival and Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft program.
Katrina’s memory play, Bi Empat, emerged from Playlab’s Incubator program and is part of La Boite’s 2019 Highway Festival.
Katrina was instrumental in bringing together women filmmakers across the country to form Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia, a national advocacy body for gender parity and representation of women in the Australian screen industry. She is the Chair and Queensland board member for WIFT Australia.
‘At the end of 2017, post Harvey Weinstein and #metoo, WIFT NSW spearheaded the influential ‘Safer Workplace Strategies’, the first industry wide forum to address sexual harassment. WIFT Victoria held a later forum entitled ‘Time’s Up: A Forum for Change’.
WIFT played a key role in supporting the establishment of NOW Australia. This was anchored in the belief that, as highly visible storytellers, the screen industries have a moral onus to support the rights of all people to work free of sexual harassment.
‘Changes to the historically embedded systemic drivers of sexual harassment won’t happen by accident. And they won’t happen because of the work of one person or even one organisation. They will happen because a critical mass of us will have imagined and championed a present that is free from sexual violence of all types including workplace sexual harassment.’
Sara Mansour is a lawyer and the Co-Founder and director of the Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS).
On Australia Day 2017, the Punchbowl-bred Muslim Australian artist and community leader was named Young Citizen of the Year in the Canterbury Bankstown region for her work with BPS. The BPS is Australia’s largest regular poetry event, attracting audiences of 200-300 people every month and executing more than 15 annual events and projects.
‘I am passionate about how spoken word poetry can be effective in empowering communities, especially youth.’
‘I am super excited to be a Founding Board Member of NOW Australia. We are working to drive social and cultural changeand this can only happen when victims are bolstered by active organisations that exist to support and empower them. I am also determined to ensure that we engage with culturally and linguistically diverse communities because the statistics show that the highest rates of sexual harassment occur among minority groups.’
‘WITS’ campaigns have led to lasting change in the live performance sector and, as a result of the organisation’s activities, many theatre companies have achieved gender parity for the first time.’
At the inaugural WITS Forum in 2015, sexual harassment and assault were common themes in the conversation. As a result, WITS has played an important role in the establishment of NOW Australia. Erica was one of NOW Australia’s Founding Board Members.
A committed feminist, Erica believes that collective action and education are the only ways to achieve real cultural change in Australian workplaces.
‘I believe that collectivism and education are the only ways to achieve real and lasting cultural change. I’m determined to use my experience in these fields to help NOW’s clients Australia-wide.’
At APRA AMCOS, she works with the organisation’s 90,000 members to help collect their worldwide royalties. She also helps to create global songwriting opportunities and programs that will increase awareness of and returns to Australian songwriters and publishers.
Beloved in the music industry for every one of her 23 years at APRA AMCOS, Milly was nominated for the Industry Impact Award at the inaugural Industry Observer Awards in 2018. On top of her role with APRA AMCOS and as Executive Producer of APRA’s Music Awards, she runs other initiatives, such as the APRA AMCOS Ambassador Program, the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition and SongHubs. The Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition has the largest cash prize of any songwriting competition in the world – $70,000 – and has raised over $1 million for charity. All proceeds are donated to Nordoff Robbins. Meanwhile, the SongHubs songwriting collaborations have helped pave the way for many Australian and New Zealand songwriters, including Sarah Aarons, who co-wrote Zedd’s global hits ‘The Middle’ and ‘Stay’.
Milly is on the Board of Forces Entertainment. In this role, she helps to keep our troops entertained when deployed in the Middle East and Timor. Milly also serves on a number of key music industry committees including Country Music Advisory Group Australia and, in May 2008, was elected to the board of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.
After playing a crucial role in #meNOmore, Milly became a Founding Board Member of NOW Australia.
Irene Yu is Director of Migrant and Multicultural Banking at the Bank of Melbourne.
At Bank of Melbourne, Irene is responsible for driving the business growth strategy for the Migrant & Multicultural customer segments across Consumer, Business and Private Bank. She leads a culturally diverse team that connects people, trade and capital, making sure clients have access to the right specialists to tailor solution for their personal and business banking needs.
‘My family and I migrated to Australia from Brunei in the mid 80s with the hope of accessing a better education and living a better life with equal opportunity. As the eldest child, I was expected to take on a leadership role to coordinate my family’s social welfare and integrate with the local community, because my mother had limited English proficiency and my father was often away commuting overseas for business. From watching how tough things were for my mother who had to adapt to life in a new country while often feeling terribly isolated, I became acutely aware of how challenging life is for first generation migrants.’
Irene has over 20 years work experience as qualified accountant for major accounting firm and corporate banker with international and domestic banks. Prior to her current role, Irene was a Relationship Director in Bank of Melbourne’s Corporate & Commercial business, leading a multi-lingual team providing holistic banking solutions to customers of Asian heritage, as well as Australian businesses with a focus on Asia.
Before joining Bank of Melbourne, Irene was a Senior Global Relationship Manager in HSBC’s Corporate Bank for 7 years and a Priority Business Banking Manager with Westpac for 4 years. She previously held a range of corporate relationship, wealth, product management and finance roles with Standard Chartered Bank in Asia.
Irene started her career as an auditor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, has completed Master of Business Administration at IGSM University of South Australia, a Bachelor of Mathematical Science at the University of Adelaide, a post-graduate diploma of Divinity at the Ridley College, and is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant and Graduate of Australia Institute of Company Director.
Irene’s work in the not-for-profit sector includes working at a Society of St Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and being a Group Leader at Bible Study Fellowship, where she has seen the consequences of domestic violence on women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds first hand and used her knowledge to help connect those women with the right service. From 2016-2018, Irene was the State Director of the Cultural Diversity Leadership Employee Action Group at Westpac Group in Victoria, which focused on issues such as unconscious bias and talent development for people, especially women, from CALD backgrounds. Irene was the Westpac Group finalist for Women of Influence Award 2017 and recipient for the 2016 Westpac Group All Star for Diversity Champion Award.
Irene is on the Multicultural Business Advisory Council at Bank of Melbourne and also on the Executive Women Committee of the Australia China Business Council.
‘I’m so pleased to be one of the voice for women with CALD backgrounds on the Board of NOW Australia. For me, it is important to help the many women who suffer silently. In this way, we work together to turn adversity into opportunity and ensure that the next generation don’t experience what we have, especially when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace.’
‘I started my career at a small boutique PR firm in Canberra, where I discovered my affinity for working with the limited resources and limitless passion of my not-for-profit clients. While completing my honours degree in International Relations, I volunteered for the veterans’ charity Soldier On.’
Since then, Dion has helped a number of emerging not-for-profits in the defence, social services, music, science, technology and research sectors grow. Drawing on more than a decade of experience in communications, public affairs and advocacy, Dion is adept at using data and analytics to reach engaged audiences. He also has a knack for strategic storytelling.
Dion’s career highlights have included:
Coordinating campaigns reaching millions of Australians
Nurturing social media communities of more than 100,000 people
Achieving the reinstatement of a Federal Minister for Science following strategic advocacy activities.
In his current role as Communications and Policy Manager at Science & Technology Australia, Dion has worked hard to promote equity, diversity and inclusion, with a particular focus on amplifying the voices of female STEM professionals through the Superstars of STEM.
‘I have been proud to lend my expertise to share the stories of the under-represented. I think we can find great strength in diversity, and I am driven to work towards an Australian community that is safer and more inclusive for everyone.
‘After managing the development of a survey of STEM professionals and a detailed submission to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, the true scale of the issue became apparent, as did the reluctance to report.
‘I’ve joined the NOW Australia Board to help achieve permanent reform to address sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. In this way, I hope to use my expertise in communications, fundraising and advocacy to achieve both structural and cultural change.’
Prior to joining the Victorian Government, Alicia was employed as a solicitor advocate in private practice at an Australian law firm. After completing her Master of Laws Juris Doctor at Monash University in 2014, Alicia worked in civil litigation in Los Angeles, while completing a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice online at Australian National University.
‘I then went on to work in military criminal defense, civilian defense contract disputes, federal law appellate litigation and special immigrant visa applications at a law firm specialising in federal law in Washington D.C. I was lucky enough to receive a Public Interest Scholarship from Themis Bar Review and passed the New York Bar Exam in February 2017.’
Prior to joining NOW Australia, Alicia volunteered with One Girl Australia as a Business Administrator assisting a Board Director, Young UN Women Australia Melbourne Committee as an Executive Board Member and Events Organiser, and the United States National Committee UN Women Los Angeles Chapter as an Internship Coordinator and Community Partners Coordinator where she assisted in organising the first Los Angeles #HeForShe community event.
Alicia is currently a founding Board Member of the North American Australian Lawyers Alliance. Her board experience has made her aware of the challenges and complexities of strategic planning and implementing processes to achieve organisational goals.
‘Sexual harassment in the workplace results in an untenable toxic culture, an unproductive workforce and places an unnecessary economic burden on society. It is used for self-gain and control, exerted over another as a form of power that festers into psychological trauma. In joining NOW Australia, I hope to help build the organisation and see us use affordable justice advocacy and education to eradicate workplace sexual harassment.’