Raymond Roca, President
Raymond is a commercial and regulatory lawyer at an international law firm with a specialist focus on the telecommunications and media sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales, where he was ranked second overall in his graduating cohort. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales. In October 2016, Raymond commenced postgraduate studies in law at the University of Oxford.
Raymond contributes significantly to Kaleidoscope’s shadow reporting and capacity building work. He initiated the expansion of the shadow reporting program to include the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the UN Committee on Discrimination against Women. He was also the lead program manager for Kaleidoscope’s inaugural Tonga Human Rights Training Program, held in Sydney and Canberra in March 2016.
Raymond is particularly interested in the economic, social and cultural rights of LGBTI people as well as the intersection between culture and the human rights of sexual and gender minorities. In 2013-14, Raymond was a Researcher for the Hon Michael Kirby in his role as the Chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In 2015, Raymond participated in an International Visitor Leadership Program organised by the U.S. Department of State, on the topic of LGBTI rights in developed societies.
Raymond was elected President of the Board of Kaleidoscope in March 2017, having been a Board Member since November 2014. As President, he ensures that the organisation runs smoothly and effectively, overseeing the development and implementation of the strategic direction.
Professor Paula Gerber, Director
Professor at Monash University Law School, Deputy Director of the acclaimed Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and a former Australian businesswoman of the year. Paula has been a lawyer for over 25 years. She spent five years working as a solicitor in London, and five years as an attorney in Los Angeles before returning to Australia where she worked for King & Wood Mallesons and later became a partner at Maddocks.
Paula is an internationally recognised expert in human rights law, with a particular focus on the rights of sexual minorities and children’s rights . She is the author and editor of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles including, Paula Gerber Understanding Human Rights: Educational Challenges for the Future (2013) Edward Elgar; Paula Gerber & Melissa Castan (eds) Contemporary Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia (2013) Thomson Reuters; Paula Gerber & Adiva Sifris (eds) Current Trends in the Regulation of Same-sex Relationships (2010) Federation Press; and Paula Gerber From Convention to Classroom: The Long Road to Human Rights Education (2008) VDM Publishers.
Paula regularly writes opinion pieces for the media on gay rights issues.
In addition to her academic career, Paula is also a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
You can follow Paula on twitter: @DrPaulaGerber
Jaz Dawson, Secretary
Jaz is the Secretary of Kaleidoscope and leads Kaleidoscope’s work on LGBTIQ refugee and asylum seeker rights and training. She is passionate about protecting and promoting the rights of LGBTIQ persons as well as international human rights law and refugee law. As well as undertaking scholarly research on sexual orientation and refugee law with Associate Professor Paula Gerber, Jaz is focussed on developing a strong network of LGBTIQ and refugee organisations in Melbourne to better support LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.
Jaz is undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, through the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. Her research focuses on queer international relations and refugee law. Previously, Jaz achieved First Class Honours with Dean’s Commendation for Excellence at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Dr. Phil Orchard. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at La Trobe University and was the President of the La Trobe International Relations Association (LIRA) in 2013.
Annie Stevens, Treasurer
Annie is a CPA and Fellow at CPA Australia and a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She is Director and Consultant in a financial advisory and consulting business with extensive experience in executive management and board positions across commercial, business advisory and not-for-profit organisations. She has a particular expertise in acquisitions and integration, corporate governance, strategic and business planning, statistical and financial analysis. Annie is passionate about social justice.
As Treasurer, Annie provides financial oversight of Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation’s financial systems including internal processes and controls, financial planning and budgeting, reporting both internally and externally, banking processes, cash flow planning and adequacy, compliance with taxation legislation, generally accepted accounting principles and practice, and where applicable, Australian Accounting Standards. As part of this role Annie also looks after Kaleidoscope Australia’s corporate governance, ensuring that all policies and developments match the Constitution, Australian Corporations Law and best practice in the not-for-profit sector.
Bruce Pywell, Communications Director
Bruce is a Senior Account Director at J. Walter Thompson with over seven years’ experience in Advertising and Marketing. As the Communications Director for Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation, Bruce manages the public face of the organisation through the website, press releases, media relations, social media and, with the President, acts as a spokesperson for the organisation. Bruce is the go to person for any media with enquiries about the work about the work we do with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex groups in the Asia Pacific.
Previously Communications Director for Kaleidoscope Trust in the UK, Bruce oversaw the development of the ‘Illegal to be You’ campaign to raise awareness of the 80 countries that currently persecute people for being gay.
Bruce is a member of the Kaleidoscope International Council, the umbrella body coordinating the activities of all Kaleidoscope organisations around the world. Located in Sydney, Bruce is also the board’s representative in New South Wales.
James joined the Kaleidoscope Board in 2016 and is responsible for coordinating the organisation’s shadow reports process to UN treaty bodies. With a particular passion for LGBTIQ+ children’s rights, he has previously served as Co-Chair of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and as Convenor and Chairperson of LGBTIQ+ youth-led organisation Minus18, where he helped drive the organisation to become a leader in LGBTIQ+ youth mental health, suicide prevention and support in Australia.
James is completing his Bachelor of Laws at Monash University and is writing his thesis on the human rights implications of the Australian Government’s changes to the Safe Schools Coalition. He is currently a Research Assistant to Dean of Monash Law School Professor Bryan Horrigan where he is investigating the evolution of LGBTIQ+ equality law and jurisprudence around the world, and will shortly commence as a Law Graduate at King & Wood Mallesons in 2017.
Dr Douglas Pretsell
Douglas holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is a PR professional with many years of international experience. Since his university days, Douglas has had a long time commitment to political and social rights relating to sexual and gender minorities.
Douglas has previously been the Communications Director for Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation, managing the public face of the organisation through the website, press releases, media relations, social media and, with the President, acts as a spokesperson for the organisation. . Douglas and his husband Peter were the first same sex couple to be married under Scottish law on December 16 2014. He was responsible for much of the early work that brought Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation into being.
Matautia Leaupepe-Taimaaiono Phineas Hartson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education Psychology from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and a Bachelor of Laws degree and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney. In 2010, Phineas was admitted as a Solicitor in Sydney and is the first Samoan “Fa’afafine” to complete her legal studies in Australia and be admitted to the NSW Supreme Court of Australia. Phineas is a lawyer and migration agent at “The People’s Solicitors” in Sydney, a general practice law firm. However, her passion lies in human rights and Pacific LGTBIQ law reform, including HIV/AIDS prevention and education. She has over 10 years’ experience in community work locally, nationally and internationally as a volunteer, mentor, broadcaster, journalist and Committee Member with various community/multicultural/arts organisations.
Phineas is a founding member of “Pacific Sexual Diversity Network” founded in 2005 in Samoa, promoting LGTBIQ law reform in the Pacific region. She was also a Pacific legal consultant to a UNAIDS program in Fiji. Phineas was instrumental in the reform of the Samoan Crimes Ordinance 1961 in partnership with the Samoan Fa’afafine Association. Her submissions directly resulted in the Samoan Crimes Act 2013 and the repeal of some significant discriminatory same-sex and Fa’afafine provisions. Phineas is founding member and currently President of Oceania Rainbow Network, started in 2014, an online support network and referral service for Pacific LGTBIQ and sex- and gender-diverse Pacific people in Sydney.