Meet our passionate staff, who deliver our programs, services, research and advocacy.
Chief Executive Officer
Nicky Bath joined the Alliance in August 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and brings with her experience she gained from roles such as the Associate Director, LGBTI Health Programming and Development at ACON, Manager of the Harm Reduction and Viral Hepatitis Branch at the NSW Ministry of Health as well as several senior positions in State and National drug user organisations including CEO of the NSW Users and AIDS Association.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2000, Nicky worked as the Manager of an innovative harm reduction service which was part of the National Health Service in London. During this time she was also involved in international work including projects commissioned by the World Health Organisation.
Nicky is committed to advancing the health and human rights of marginalised communities through co-design and working in partnership.
Policy and Research Manager
James joined the Alliance in July 2020. He brings over 30 years’ experience in local, state and national positions. His roles have included research, policy development, campaigning, volunteer coordination, grant management and team leadership. He has provided strategic planning, group facilitation, community engagement and stakeholder management in the public and community sectors.
He is passionate about grass-roots, evidence-based policy and advocacy that achieves practical change for disadvantaged and marginalised Australians.
Policy & Research Coordinator
Daniel joined the Alliance in January 2018 as a Policy Officer. Prior to this, Daniel was actively involved in party politics, campaigning at the national and state level and working in the electorate office of a federal MP. He has also been responsible for some of marriage equality’s community outreach at the local level and has taken a keen interest in LGBTI policy reform. This led Daniel to volunteer for Australian Marriage Equality and the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby’s Policy Working Group, as well as joining the Equality Campaign team. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Wollongong, a Master of Politics and Public Policy and a Master of Research from Macquarie University. During his university studies, Daniel conducted extensive research into a range of LGBTI policy issues within a legislative and human rights framework. Through policy and advocacy, Daniel is passionate about working towards a society where LGBTI people and communities are free from stigma and discrimination in an effort to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
QLife Quality Assurance Officer
Tarnia joined the Alliance in July 2013 as the QLife capacity building manager.
Tarnia has worked in the alcohol and other drugs field for approximately 8 years. In her previous role Tarnia developed and managed an innovative consumer participation project involving both clients and staff in pharmacotherapy clinics across Australia.
Prior to this project Tarnia worked in ACON’s drug and alcohol project. In this role Tarnia recognised the need for improved and easily accessible mental health initiatives to support and improve the health of the LGBTI communities.
Ageing and Aged Care Project Officer
Heath has a strong background in community development, stakeholder engagement, and inclusive practice training. Heath has worked across sectors such as youth, disability, mental health, public health promotion and now ageing and aged care with Silver Rainbow. Heath loves to work collaboratively, share ideas and foster a professional community of meaningful work and support. Being a positive thinker, Heath always sees a possibility/ opportunity/ learning/ growth & development in every situation.
In addition to his work, Heath has participated on not-for-profit boards, worked with advocacy groups and volunteered in many community programs. He is passionate about increasing opportunities for LGBTI people to achieve good health, well-being and building resilience within communities.
Director Programs and Development
Zed Tintor joined the Alliance in September 2019. Zed has worked in the not-for-profit community service sector for twenty-five years, specialising in homelessness, housing and mental health. She is an experienced practitioner in strategic, operational and human resource management. Zed is committed to trauma informed care practice and developing sustainable partnerships to deliver integrated service responses.
Data & Reporting Analyst
My background is in health informatics and population health, where I have been involved in the development of detailed clinical models for electronic medical records (EHRs), mHealth (mobile health) apps, and have also been involved in various research pertaining to non-communicable diseases. My key area of interest are the application of health informatics in improving equitable health outcomes and experiences for people accessing services.
National Mindout Program Coordinator
Charlie Willbridge joined the Alliance in 2015 as a project officer with the National Mindout project. They came to the role with extensive experience within the LGBTI sector as a specialist counsellor and youth worker with the NSW based service Twenty10 incorporating GLCS. Charlie’s combined 20 years of experience in counselling, community work, health promotion and retail business and team management gives them a holistic approach to their work and a diverse understanding of issues affecting the social services, health and welfare sectors in Australia.
Charlie has studied at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Public Health/Health Promotion.
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Officer
Tommy Joined the Alliance in July 2020. They have extensive experience as a qualified Social Worker and researcher. They have worked for the Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International, The Australian Human Rights Commission, Relationships Australia NSW, ACON and the University of New South Wales.
Tommy is particularly passionate and committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ peoples and communities in the Alcohol and other Drugs, Mental Health and Domestic Violence sectors.
Trans and Gender Diverse Specialist Advisor
Mish Pony (they/them) provides key advice to the Alliance on issues facing trans and gender diverse communities, and chairs the national trans and gender diverse advisory committee. Mish has over 10 years’ experience working in the LGBTI, sex worker and HIV community sector and currently also works at Twenty10 inc GLCS, is a board member of AFAO, and the Trans Sex Worker Representative for Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association.
Palliative Care Coordinator
Hannah started working at The Alliance in 2019 as the EmployableQ Project Coordinator. Hannah brings experience from a diverse range of workplaces including NSW Health, NSW Public Guardian, Ethnic Community Services Co-operative, and St Vincent de Paul Society.
For the past 8 years Hannah has been a passionate volunteer trainer and assessor with Q-life, the National telephone and web based counselling service for the LGBTI community. Hannah is a qualified Social Worker and has a particular interest in working on projects which are co-designed with the LGBTI community.
Corporate Services Coordinator
Leanne joined the Alliance in January 2020 and specialises in managing small offices and start-ups. Originally from New Zealand, Leanne moved to Australia in 2018 after a number of years working in the UK where she worked within various start-up organisations, setting up their systems and process. Leanne is always looking at ways of helping staff by improving systems and processes in order to facilitate a more productive working environment.
Capacity Building Manager
Jane has 25 years of experience working in the human services sector, and thrives on work that seeks to make real and meaningful change in the lives of those experiencing social exclusion and isolation. Jane has developed specific expertise in developing the capacity of individuals, teams, communities and organisations to deliver high impact community services and programs in the youth and family, social housing, education and LGBTI space.
EmployableQ Project Officer
Monica Cusack joined the Alliance in October 2019, as the Employable Q Project Officer.
Monica is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Philosophy majoring in Sociology from Macquarie University.
Through her work in Employable Q, Monica hopes to assist organisations to become more accessible and diverse. Monica is passionate that more LGBTI+ people with disability will be given the opportunity to obtain employment that is not only suitable and sustainable, but also fulfilling and meaningful.
With 20 years’ experience creating digital content Danny is passionate about using social media to provide accurate information and to connect communities. Danny has worked on some of Australia's biggest online movements, including Greenpeace Australia Pacific, ACON Health and The Australian Museum, to name a few. In his spare time you’ll find him near the beach or enjoying the outdoors.