Meet our passionate staff, who deliver our programs, services, research and advocacy.
Chief Executive Officer
Nicky Bath joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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 LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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 LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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 LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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 LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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 LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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.
Tommy Joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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 LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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 LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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 Manager
Leanne joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia 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.
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.
Ash joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in late 2020. They have worked in the community sector for twenty years in a broad range of sectors, including Community Engagement, Health Promotion, Event/ Festival Management, Policy and Research, Crime Prevention, Women’s Health, Domestic & Family Violence and LGBTIQ Health & Wellbeing. They have also worked as a caseworker, particularly with young people and women experiencing domestic violence. As a non-binary trans person they are committed to dismantling oppressive systems and interrogating privilege, including their own.
Program Delivery and Capacity Building Manager
Russell joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in November 2020. His role is Program Delivery and Capacity Building Manager. Russell has 35-years experience at working for community-based responses targeting vulnerable and marginalized communities. In the late 1980s Russell worked on an innovative program for its time ensuring street-based sex workers and IV drug users had access to condoms as well as safe and clean injecting equipment. He has worked with peak bodies such as the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations and the National Association of People with HIV/AIDS ensuring key collaborations with partners that resulted in the implementation of HIV prevention and HIV health promotion campaigns and resources across all states and territories throughout the 90s. The period 2001 to 2005 Russell was an Associate Director at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City. Russell worked with diverse communities across New York in delivering HIV prevention and harm reduction interventions across that city in collaboration with both city and state health departments. Russell also played an active role in coalition with key community partners lobbying New York state legislators regarding harm reduction policies in response to rising crystal-meth use at that time. In his role at GMHC Russell worked with the Human Rights Campaign in 2003 and lobbied US senators on Capitol Hill regarding LGBTI rights in the lead up to the 2004 election cycle. In the period 2006 to 2010 Russell was the Director of Client Services at ACON delivering a broad suite of services to some of the most vulnerable people in the LGBTI community across NSW. Some of this work included programmatic responses to people ageing with HIV and growing older as LGBTI people. In the ten years up to his start at the Alliance Russell was Chief Executive Officer at Seniors Rights Service. That organization provides rights-based services to older people across NSW and serves around 40,000 people each year. Seniors Rights Service also plays an integral role in systemic advocacy at both state and national levels. Over the ten years of Russell’s leadership that organization tripled in size and service reach. Russell has played an active role at the United Nations advocating for an international convention on the rights of older people. He has attended and addressed three UN meetings on this issue. In recent years Russell has played an important role in collaboration with other stakeholders in the formation of two national peak bodies. These are the Older Persons Advocacy Network supporting people in aged care and Elder Abuse Action Australia that works with government to ensure there are adequate community responses to elder abuse across the Australian community. Russell is co-chair of EAAA. Russell holds a BA from UNSW majoring in sociology as well as political science and international relations.
Corporate Services Officer
QLife National Clinical Supervisor
Palliative Care Officer