The Sydney Alliance is made up of our partner organisations, and we rely on the extensive voluntary and paid leadership that exists in those organisations. However we do employ a small staff to help train and support the practice of community organising.
Lead Organiser (full time) - David Barrow
David is the Lead Organiser at the Sydney Alliance. He has been with the Sydney Alliance for 7 years and with over ten years of community organising is an experienced professional working for social change and organisational renewal. David plays a leadership role within the Uniting Church, was the chair of the National Christian Youth Convention and is a delegate of the NSW Synod. Formerly, David was a board member of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, Australian Youth Forum Steering Committee and a student representative of the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education. He was the President of the UTS Union Board, then the National Union of Students. As National President he campaigned in Australia and India to secure the 2009 reforms of International student rights and won increases to youth allowance for rural and poor students. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and International Studies. He is a nostalgic Coastie.
Organiser (on leave) - Mansour Flaihan
Mansour joined the Sydney Alliance team in May 2016 after returning from Beirut where he was working with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, initially as a volunteer coordinator then i the programme support office. Mansour grew up in Lebanon and moved to Australia in 2003 for a chance at a better life. He immediately developed an appetite for cross-cultural communication and awareness, coming from a very diverse background across faith, language and culture himself. He has 5 years’ experience working in the social enterprise space, and has a postgraduate degree in Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies.
Organiser – Asylum Seekers (part time) - Chantelle Ogilvie-Ellis
Chantelle is the Community Organiser for the People Seeking Asylum Campaign, and the Campaign Mentor for Voices for Power. Chantelle joined the Sydney Alliance as a staff member in 2014, after 6 years as a key Alliance leader in her role with the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney’s Justice and Peace Office. Chantelle’s earliest experiences of working for the common good were as a young volunteer with the St Vincent de Paul Society. She spent five years working with the Young Christian Students and Young Christian Worker Movements, supporting young people to take action in solidarity with refugees and on issues like racism. Chantelle has a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), a Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Relations, and a Masters of Theological Studies. In 2006 she was part of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s Inaugural Youth Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship. Chantelle has taught theology in a number of tertiary institutions, and has published articles on themes of interreligious dialogue, spirituality, democratic participation, and organisational change.
Organiser - Voices for Power (full time) - Liuanga Halaifonua Palu
Liuanga is the community organiser for Pacific Communities and Campaign coordinator for Voices for Power. She was introduced to the community organising practice as a Sydney Alliance intern in 2010 and later joined the Sydney Alliance as a staff member 4 years later. Liuanga graduated has a Bachelor in Commerce (Human Resource Management) and went on to begin her career in the Finance Sector Union before moving onto UnitingWorld and then the Uniting Church of Australia’s NSW/ACT Synod. Liuanga’s inspiration to ‘act justly’ for the common good and particularly her passion to work with the Pacific community draws from her faith in Jesus Christ and core Tongan cultural values.
Organiser - Voices for Power (part time) - Sukhi Kaur Deo
Sukhi is working with the South Asian Community for the Voices for Power Campaign. Sukhi completed her Bachelor of Psychology in 2008 and Postgraduate Diploma is Social Health and Counselling at Macquarie University in 2015. Sukhi has worked in the Community, Health and Government Sectors as a Therapist and Social worker for over 8 years. Sukhi joined the Sydney Alliance as she is passionate about a range of issues that affect the South Asian Community in Sydney. Sukhi's upbringing and experiences growing up as an Indian and a Sikh in Australia, has driven her desire to bring about change and support for those who experience injustice, discrimination and alienation. Her desire to give a voice to the voiceless and serve others is deeply rooted in her faith as a Sikh which is to see all of the human race as one.
Organiser - Voices for Power (part time) - Thuy Linh (Vivien) Nguyen
Thuy is working with the Vietnamese community on issues of affordable and clean energy. Thuy has experience in advocating for climate action with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She has also been involved in policy and research regarding Australia's asylum seeker policy and international human rights. Thuy is particularly passionate about working with ethnically diverse communities to ensure equal access to opportunities and resources so these community can thrive. She hopes that through this project, she will be able to engage with the vibrant Vietnamese community in Sydney and help them address their concerns regarding power and the environment. Thuy has a Bachelor of International Studies and Law.
Organiser - Voices for Power (part time) - Abdal Abumustafa
Abdul is working with Sydney’s Muslim Communities. Abdul has a Masters Degree of Islamic Studies from Gaza University & Islamic Manuscripts from Baghdad as well as a Bachelor of Islamic Law from Baghdad. Abdal has a Diploma of Community Services Work and currently completing his Bachelor of Social Work at University of Western Sydney. Abdal has many years of community organising work in Iraq, Palestine and now in Australia. Recently, Abdul graduated from the Sydney Alliance Internship program after six months working within the Alliance and connecting the Grand Mufti and other senior Muslim leaders to the Sydney Alliance Housing Campaign. Abdul is a father of 8 and lives in Western Sydney.
Organiser - Training & Intern Coordination (part time) - Natalie Martignago
Natalie is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts in Communication majoring in Social and Political Sciences and International Studies at UTS. Aware of social injustice from a young age, Natalie took an interest in Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. This led her to volunteering her time with newly arrived refugee children as part of St Vincent De Paul’s SPARK program. One year later Natalie entered the Sydney Alliance Internship program and never left! Her responsibilities include intern coordination, schools and foundations training.
Office Manager - Liliana Capacchione
Liliana has been an administrator with the Sydney Alliance since mid 2009. She has worked in both private and government employment, with the Sydney Alliance as her first foray into the not-for profit sector. Liliana manages the Sydney Alliance office part-time 3 days per week. Her role encompasses all administrative tasks – from reception, event management, database management, office supplies, to assisting the community organisers.
Accounts Officer - Maggie Galley
Maggie is no stranger to the not for profit industry having worked in a number of not for profit organizations over her working life. Her passion has been to work for organizations that had a purpose to make a better world. Maggie feels that she has landed a jackpot working for Sydney Alliance and loves the diversity of the groups that are part of Sydney Alliance. Maggie works 1 1/2 days a week in keeping the Sydney Alliance accounts in order. Maggie also works voluntarily as a member of an international Christian peace group.