The Guardian's staff team
|Amanda Shaw Guardian
Amanda joined the Office as Senior Advocate in 2007 following a long career working with children, young people and families in South Australia and Ontario, Canada. She has a passion for children’s rights, youth affairs, policy and research. Sport is a major feature of her family’s life and when not working, Amanda will be seen at basketball courts, football ovals and tennis courts. Amanda became Guardian in December 2015.
|Jodie Evans Senior Advocate
Jodie has worked in youth justice for many years, both in Australia and the United Kingdom and she has recently worked with victims of serious crime. She is passionate about and committed to social justice and supporting organisations around the world that address inequality. She loves to socialise and to travel which has sparked her recent interest in photography.
|Nicole Pilkington Office Manager
Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology in 2002 and has since worked in the areas of child protection, child and adolescent mental health, problem gambling, and disability focusing on Office Management and Project work. She prides herself on being innovative and having a mind for organising. Nicole's passions outside the office include music, excellent coffee, and good nutritious food all with a local flavour.
|Belinda Lorek Advocate
Belinda has a diverse work history as a social worker focussed on the protection, rights and safety of children and young people. This has included work in community health, child protection (here and overseas) and victims of crime.
Belinda likes to spend her free time with her friends, family and two dogs.
|Michelle Hopkins Advocate
Michelle is a Kamilaroi woman from NSW and has lived in Adelaide for 18 years. She has a couple of degrees from the Adelaide University and has worked in a variety of positions, from sorting mail for Australia Post to a Ministerial Advisor in the State government. In recent years she has found her true passion lies in advocating for young people. After a stint as a criminal lawyer at the Adelaide Youth Court she is excited to join such a dynamic and committed team with a common goal.
Prior to having a baby, Michelle enjoyed having spare time! Also reading, going to festivals with her husband and exploring South Australia with her dog.
|Tony Minniecon Advocate
Tony is a Kabi Kabi, Gureng Gureng and Torres Strait man from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland with connections to the Ambrym Island Craig Cove village. He has worked for 25 years in Families SA and CAMHS and as cultural coordinator played a major part in overseeing Mental Health Clinicians and Aboriginal Consultants with the Secure Care and Journey Home Program.
Tony is heavily involved in the local Adelaide music scene since the early 90’s and is currently in a six piece band, Sound Factory.
|Malcolm Downes Communications Officer
Malcolm has worked in a range of management, training and communications roles and is committed to using media to promote a kinder, more rational and fairer community.
|Alan Fairley Senior Policy Officer
Alan has undertaken policy, project and advocacy work in a number of sectors. He thinks that the most useful experts usually are those who are at the receiving end of discrimination or injustice. Alan doesn’t own a dog, but does have a teenage son who likes to go walkies. In his spare time he reads and looks at photographs and old movies.