Patrons

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Patron
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs
Patron

Management Committee

Chris Yoo
President
Chris is a Partner at Crescent Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Chris is a current Director of Australian Clinical Labs and MyHealth Medical Centres. Over the last 12 years Chris has held roles in private equity with Bain Capital, and management consulting with Bain & Company. Chris holds a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
Leanne Ho
Vice President
Leanne Ho (BA, LLB, USyd) is a Senior Associate at Henry Davis York and is responsible for developing the firm's pro bono practice. She has previously worked in community legal centres and as an International Legal Adviser to the United Nations peacekeeping missions in Liberia and Kosovo, including its Human Rights Advisory Panel.
David Wiggins
Treasurer
David is a Chartered Accountant and experienced Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, having held the financial leadership role in a number ASX listed companies over the past 20 years. David is currently an independent financial consultant. He has a B Comm from UNSW, MBA (Exec) from AGSM (UNSW) and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Aust and NZ and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Aust.
Sue Cowden
Committee Member
Susan is an experienced fundraiser currently working with Youth Off the Streets. In a diverse career strongly focused on human rights, international development and social justice, she spent 13 years with Australia for UNHCR supporting the UN refugee agency’s global fundraising activities. She has also worked as a researcher for the Communications Law Centre. Susan has a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University and is currently enrolled in an Executive Masters degree in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.
Lachlan Murdoch
Committee Member
Lachlan is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). He brings expertise in issues of mental health and the impact of torture and trauma experiences on asylum seekers to RACS. Lachlan served initially as a Board member and more latterly as Treasurer of the Asylum Seekers Centre of NSW from 2000 until 2015.
James Nguyen
Committee Member
James is a legal counsel at Rabobank. He graduated with a Commerce and Law degree from UNSW. James currently sits on the UNSW Law School Advisory Council. He was also the recipient of the 2014-2015 UNSW Young Alumni of the Year Award for his various charity work. Having grown up in the South-Western parts of Sydney, James is the son of two refugees from Vietnam.
Frances Voon
Committee Member
Frances is Executive Manager at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. Previously Frances worked in refugee operations in Bangladesh, Jordan and South Sudan, as well as the UNHCR Policy Development & Evaluation Service in Geneva. She was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2008. She holds a Masters in Development Studies from Oxford University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons)/Laws from UNSW.

The Management Committee meets on the last Tuesday of the month

RACS Staff

 

Management

Tanya Jackson-Vaughan
Executive Director
Tanya Jackson-Vaughan is the Executive Director of RACS. Since 2001, Tanya has been working to improve the lives of asylum seekers and migrants. Prior to joining RACS, Tanya was an Academic English Teacher at UNSW and Office Manager and Immigration Advisor for the Hon Anthony Albanese MP. A passionate advocate for human rights, Tanya has overseen the growth of RACS into one of the leading refugee legal centres in Australia.
Sarah Dale
Principal Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1279354)
Sarah Dale is our Principal Solicitor. She joined RACS after a number of years working with people seeking asylum and refugees in visa cancellation and civil law issues. Having developed an outreach legal service to unaccompanied children within NSW and throughout Australia, Sarah worked extensively with children who were detained on Christmas Island and faced transfer to Nauru. She has appeared before Senate Committee Hearings in regards to issues children are facing in the asylum process as well as the experiences of those in detention.
Kerrith Sowden
Finance & Operations Manager
Kerrith has extensive experience in general management and financial roles in Australia, UK & South Africa, with a strong operational and commercial focus. She has experience across both for profit and NFP organisations and a number of start-up businesses. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa.
Shauna Wolifson
Fundraising Manager
Shauna has used her comprehensive knowledge of the Australian fundraising and philanthropic sector to raise funds for organisations and causes she is passionate about. At Mission Australia this involved helping people regain their independence through homelessness initiatives and youth services. At Theatre of the Deaf, she advocated and raised awareness for the deaf community, securing funds for young deaf artists to tour to schools across the country. She has also raised financial support from corporates, government, trusts and foundations and philanthropists for arts organisations such as Belvoir theatre and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Senior Solicitors

Simon Bruck
Senior Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1462926)
Simon Bruck is a Senior Solicitor overseeing PAIS. He provides casework to vulnerable and often traumatised people seeking asylum. Previously he worked at Legal Aid NSW as an immigration outreach lawyer. Simon believes that access to justice, particularly for refugees, is an important prerequisite for a decent and just society.
Scott Cosgriff
Senior Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1172750)
Scott Cosgriff is a Senior Solicitor coordinating RACS’ work on law reform and legal strategy. Scott has worked as a Refugee Resettlement Expert with UNHCR in Latin America and he is Co-Chair of the Refugee Rights Subcommittee of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. Before joining RACS, he was a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons. Scott has also worked at the Japanese firm Anderson Mori Tomotsune. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. In 2017 he completed a Masters of Laws at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the Lauterpacht/Higgins Prize for Public International Law.
Jemma Hollonds
Senior Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1170623)
Jemma Hollonds is a Senior Solicitor and coordinates RACS’ community education program and several of its outreach services. Prior to joining RACS, Jemma worked in legal policy and research at Anti-Slavery Australia (2010-2011), the International Organization for Migration in East Timor (2009-2010) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (2007-2009). Jemma holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.
Ben Lumsdaine
Senior Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1170623)
Ben Lumsdaine is a Senior Solicitor overseeing RACS’ Clinic for asylum seekers affected by the fast track process. Ben worked for RACS from 2008 to 2011 and has recently returned after working as a Refugee Resettlement Expert for UNHCR in Kerman, Iran, and in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, Tanzania. He has also worked at Legal Aid NSW and the NSW Attorney General’s Department. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Law from the University of New South Wales and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from IHEID in Geneva.
Alison Ryan
Senior Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 0004377)
Alison Ryan is a Senior Solicitor overseeing RACS’ Clinic for applicants affected by the fast track process. Alison worked with RACS previously from 2000 - 2003. Between 2003-2014 Alison managed and worked on a range of legal and human rights programmes for the United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council and legal organisations in Palestine, Timor Leste, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Alison holds a Masters of Laws focusing on international humanitarian law.

Solicitors

Rawan Arraf
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1572170)
Sylvia Arzey
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1278506)
Sharara Attai
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1382267)
Stephanie Blaker
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1687083)
Melisa Cicak
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1462426)
Elise Collie
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1688588)
Nadine Darling
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1684139)
Hannah Gray
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1687812)
Tiffany Ha
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1799573)
Mariam Hammoudy
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1683456)
Ben Hughes
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1689230)
Tara Imrie
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1575199)
Isobel McGarity
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1466382)
Nicholas Ngai
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1276246)
Avi Selvarajah
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1793504)
Mitchell Skipsey
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1686033)
Joshua Strutt
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1463298)
Hannah Wilkins
Solicitor, Migration Agent (MARN 1689007)

Strategic Support

Shoshana Booth
Admin Assistant
Georgia-Rae Cobon
PAIS Project Officer
Amanda Hall
Administration & Communications Coordinator
Mohammad Housaini
IT Officer
Reeve Koelmeyer
Volunteer Coordinator
Richard Milne
Paralegal
Eimear O’Sullivan
Marketing and Events Coordinator
Uma Ramaprasad
Accountant
Jane Turner
PAIS Coordinator
Thulasi Wigneswaran
Admin Assistant

All legal staff at RACS are registered migration agents under MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) and are bound to comply with and promote the MARA Code of Conduct which can be found here.