We’re incredibly happy to introduce you to four new board members of Pride Foundation Australia. Each new board member brings with them a unique set of skills that will serve to improve our work and our impact. Please join us in welcoming Peter Waters, Olivia Hogarth, Alison King and Issac Hohaia, and learn all about them below.
Peter is widely recognised internationally as one of the world’s leading telecommunications lawyers.
Prior to joining Gilbert+Tobin, Peter worked in a Washington DC law firm on international trade and tax issues, as a consultant to the Commonwealth Minister for Social Security on the design of child support scheme, as a law reform officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission, as a clinical education tutor at the University of New South Wales and as Associate to Justice Elizabeth Evatt, Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia.
Peter was the sponsor of Gilbert+Tobin’s LGBTIQ+ group. He organised the marriage equality campaign in his home town Murwillumbah, and featured in a program run by the Tweed Museum Small Town Queer.
Peter chairs the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation and is a director of the Asylum Seeker Centre. He is co-chair of a working group established by the Federal Government to review promoting digital technologies in Australia agriculture.
Olivia is currently combining her background in education, and her passion for connection and belonging for LGBTIQA+ people, in her role as Community Engagement and Learning Coordinator at Working It Out, Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service.
Olivia is also the project officer for the Aged Care Navigator Trial’s Tasmanian LGBTI Community Hub, and LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Sport. Olivia has previously volunteered on the TasPride committee, and continues to co-ordinate their annual Pride Parade and Party in the Park.
She currently sits on the Tasmanian Whole of Government Reference Group and the board of Equality Tasmania.
Alison is a governance professional specialising in corporate governance, compliance and risk management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
She is currently the SEO of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, as well as having held governance roles at Myer Family Investments, David Jones and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
She has been an active volunteer in the LGBTQIA community, having been involved with the Ankali Project, ACON, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Mardi Gras, Chillout Festival, and the Aurora Group, where she was Chair from 2015 to 2018 and awarded life membership.
Isaac is a rural generalist, general practitioner, anaesthetist, medical administrator and is the Director of Medical Services for several Queensland Hospitals. Isaac’s special interests include improving healthcare and healthcare delivery to LGBTIQ Australians living in rural and remote areas and to Australia’s Indigenous peoples.
Isaac has previously spent several years as a general practitioner in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and with the Royal Flying Doctor service based in Alice Springs. Isaac has served on the board of the Gay Auckland Business Association and formed the Derby (Kimberley, WA) rainbow youth mentoring group.
Isaac and his husband live with their two children in Kingaroy Queensland.