The Senior Management group at Communication Rights Australia is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of social workers, welfare, corporate management and law.
Every day different needs within the community are dealt with by this professional group.
- Jan Ashford - CEO
- Jai Phillips - Senior Human Rights Advocate and Community Engagement Coordinator
- Monique Sweetland- Human Rights Advocate
- Serena Hansen- Intake and Human Rights Advocate
- Isabel Redman- Project Officer and Administration
- Jade Vriend- Bookkeeper
Jan Ashford, Communication Rights Australia CEO, has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years. Jan has been a strong advocate for the rights of people who have little or no speech and has authored many publications in this area. She has a background in Social Work, Family Counselling and Quality Management.
Over the last 3 years her focus has been on strategic development and national networks for the organisation. Jan was been awarded an Ethel Temby Scholarship in 2006 to study the use of 'Human Rights as an Audit and Advocacy Tool'. Communication Rights Australia has developed its existing practice framework and Human Rights Database using this knowledge and expertise gathered from the study trip.
Jai joined the Communication Rights Australia team in March 2010 as a Human Rights Advocate and Outreach worker, and is now the Senior Advocate and Community Engagement Coordinator. She is a qualified social worker with a strong interest in human rights, training and information dissemination. Jai provides outreach sessions across Victoria in the area of human rights and advocacy.
Jai has a background in youth services, is enthusiastic about assisting individuals through advocacy and raising the community’s awareness of human rights. Jai has also taught at university level giving insight to others of the complexity of this field of work.
Monique Sweetland joined the team as a volunteer Advocate in 2012, and started as a part-time advocate in Oct 2014. Monique's background is in law and policy, beginning her career working in Aboriginal affairs and land rights. Her interest in law stemmed from a commitment to the ideas of social justice and inclusivity. This led her to the disability sector where she has worked as a researcher, integration aide and advocate. Monique remains passionate about equality, diversity and inclusivity and loves working as part of the CRA team upholding these rights for people with little or no speech.
Serena has joined the team at CRA in 2017, with an educational background in International Development and Community Services. She has spent the last 6 years working with asylum seekers due to her commitment to the values of equality and social justice, working with both youth and families. These same values have led her to the disability sector and she is delighted to join the team at CRA to uphold the rights of those with little or no speech.
There are opportunities for volunteering at Communication Rights Australia, if you would like to volunteer please click on the expressions of interest link below and send us your details.