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.
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.
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.
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.
Palliative Care Project Officer
Alex has 10 years’ experience in non-profits, including communications and project work in public health, and frontline service delivery in community services. Her work has included sector support and workforce development for homeless services in NSW, as well as providing employment support for hundreds of asylum seekers living in the community in Sydney. She has also had carriage of an emerging national-leading support group for LGBTI+ people seeking asylum in Sydney. In addition to her work in the community sector, she ran an employment services business helping job-seekers for a decade. She is a current board member for a private foundation that awards funds to LGBTIQ+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and environmental programs. Informed by her knowledge of stakeholder engagement, community development and inclusive practice, Alex loves working with experts towards practical outcomes that help people, and promote social justice and healing.
Director – Training and Capacity Building
Rob joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in July 2021. He brings over 15 years’ experience working in health promotion and training roles including Health Promotion Manager at Family Planning NSW and HIV & Related Programs Health Promotion Manager at Northern Sydney Local Health District. Originally trained as an occupational therapist, he has worked in acute, rehabilitation and community settings in the areas of aged care, people living with HIV, brain injury, intellectual and physical disabilities. Rob has a strong knowledge of the health system and extensive experience working in the public, private (USA) and non-government sectors including international programs in the Pacific.
Rob is passionate about the sexual rights of people with disability and developing innovative programs to address health inequity through advocacy, partnership development and capacity building.
QLife Data Officer
Cass joined QLife in February 2021. She has worked as a data analyst for 13 years, in the education and funeral industries. Her roles have included project and database management, as well as load forecasting and scheduling. In all these roles she has worked to integrate data-driven approaches and modern database practices into traditional industries. Cass is passionate about delivering the best experience to people through intelligent management of call and chat systems.
Corporate Services and Membership Officer
Paula joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in August 2021 with over 6 years of administrative and office support experience and prides herself on being efficient and organised. After having worked in a not-for-profit organisation in the Aged Care sector, found her passions are in community based, not-for-profit work. Paula thrives in busy, people-focused environments and is happiest when helping others.
Policy and Research Coordinator
Amber holds the post of Policy and Research Coordinator at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and brings experience in advocacy, grassroots organising, and community-based research. Prior to joining LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, Amber worked in developing healthy university communities through respectful relationship policy development and programming. Amber’s background includes work across a range of roles including health care advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers in the United States, developing mixed-methods program evaluation, and bi+ community organising.
Amber is passionate about using strengths-based, community led approaches to help shape a world where LGBTIQ+ people from all backgrounds can thrive.
Ageing and Aged Care Officer
Franky started working at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in July 2021 in the role of Ageing and Aged Care Project Officer. Franky brings experience from the public health, homelessness and community development sectors. They are a qualified Social Worker, who has experience in case-management, advocacy, group facilitation and program development, and has provided support to people from all walks of life.
Franky is passionate about human rights, social justice, and the march towards an equitable and kind future.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Officer
Yesim recently joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia as the MindOUT Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Officer. Yesim has been working as a mental health support worker and previously coordinated a day service for people with high-complex needs. Having a background in Psychological Science, Yesim is interested in the psychological impact of inequality and interventions that are designed with and for minorities. With a strong vision for LGBTIQ+ health and empowerment, they are dedicated to working with the external community (and within themselves) to reflect on and work towards best practice.
Corporate Services Administrator
Ashley joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in September 2021 having 2 and a half years’ experience in the non-for-profit sector and enjoys herself most when deep in process driven work. Ashley has a wide range of experience in the admin sphere, from client management to payment allocation.
Ashley is dedicated to the LGBTIQ+ community and is always eager to learn.
Disability Social Inclusion Coordinator
Marika started working at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in 2021 to coordinate the ICL Project - Our Voices, Our Lives, Our way. Marika brings with them experience working in Social Work, Disability, Volunteer management, Animal Welfare, Not for Profit and Local Government sectors.
QLife Project Officer
Katie joined the QLife team in late 2021. Katie is a registered counsellor and brings experience in the Eating Disorders and Body Image space, where she worked as a Supervising Counsellor on the Butterfly National Helpline, facilitated recovery and support groups and was a foundational working group member of the Reconciliation Action Plan. Katie is a Queer woman, who is passionate about supporting individuals’ mental health through trauma-informed and culturally safe counselling whilst working collaboratively to address systemic discrimination and oppression. Katie has a strong focus on self-reflective practice and a passion for building and uniting teams.
Andre joined LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in October 2021. Andre has worked in marketing and communications in paid and voluntary roles for ten years, working for political candidates, in the labour movement and in the arts. Alongside this he has held leadership positions in LGBTIQ+ advocacy groups, working to grow support in the labour movement for law reform and policy that protects and uplifts LGBTIQ+ communities, particularly their health and rights at work. Andre has a passion for a stronger, fairer, healthier society – and using all kinds of media and communications to help build it.
TAÑA COOKLIN CEVALLOS
Taña is a QLife Project Officer, having joined the team in November 2021. Her background is in women's rights advocacy, family violence services, and diversity and inclusion. She is the volunteer Co-Director of Equity and Accessibility at Out for Australia. Taña is a dedicated community organiser, social justice advocate, and storyteller. Her recent work has focused on accessibility and inclusion for fat, neurodivergent, and women of colour communities, across various projects. She is the Founder of The Big Bad Co., a platform created to share people's experiences with their bodies and body image. Taña believes that trauma-informed, person-centred services are key to community development and individual support, and strives to be a good community member.