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Our team



The Refugee Council of Australia has a small staff, based in our offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Please note that most of our staff work part-time.

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Power has been Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national umbrella body for 200 agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers, since 2006.

Communications team

Director of Communications: Kelly Nicholls (Sydney) Media and Campaign Officer: Laura Stacey (Melbourne) Media and Campaign Officer: Samuel Dariol (Melbourne)
Project Manager: Georgie McGrillen (Sydney)

Policy team

Director of Policy: Joyce Chia (Melbourne) Deputy Director of Policy – Rebecca Eckard (Melbourne)

Senior Policy Officer – Asher Hirsch (Melbourne)
Senior Policy Officer – Sahar Okhovat (Sydney)
Policy Officer – Shukufa Tahiri (Sydney)

International and Community Engagement team

Senior Advisor, Policy and Community Engagement: Louise Olliff (Melbourne)
Project Manager: Michelle Ferns (Melbourne)
Projects Coordinator: Eileen Wahab (Sydney)
Face to Face schools coordinator: Deena Yako (Sydney)

Projects and administration team

Office Manager: Rebecca Langton (Sydney)
Administration & Fundraising Officer: Rnita Dacho (Sydney)
Accounting Officer: Martyn Green (Sydney)
General Manager: Effie Mitchell (Sydney) – on secondment to VivCourt

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