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about intertwine

intertwine is a registered charity whose purpose is to dismantle the systemic power structures that create marginalisation and oppression, through education, building bridges among communities and organisations, and fostering resilience, intersectional inclusion and empowerment. see who’s on the crew below.

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Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council

We are grateful for the support of the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Committee.

First People's Disability Network

First People's Disability Network

Scott Avery from the First People’s Disability Network provided video for our launch.

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

We are proud to have a reciprocal membership with the Centre.

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Our vision

intertwine’s vision is of communities, organisations and services that are inclusive and just, in a participatory society where all people have opportunity, representation and access to power.

Our Story

intertwine was co-created via two open design sessions held in Sydney and Melbourne. Participants included Irene Hoh (AGMC), Jax Jacki Brown (Disability and Queer Activist), Sally Goldner (TGV), Dominic Wy Kanak (First Nations Councillor, Waverley Council), Mehreen Faruqi (NSW Senator), Kane Race and Anna Hickey-Moody (Sydney University), Jackson Fairchild (then-VAC, now No To Violence), Claudine Chionh and Viv Smythe.

We aimed for intersectionality and diversity in the workshops. People of colour, first nations people and disabled people were under-represented.

  • Gender diversity 70% 70%
  • Ethnic diversity 38% 38%
  • Sexuality diversity 54% 54%
  • Disability diversity 38% 38%
  • Overall diversity score 50% 50%

Our Board

Claudine Chionh (she/her)

Claudine Chionh (she/her)

Interests: communities of faith, race, gender

Claudine is a queer feminist Christian woman of colour, living on Wurundjeri land. She is a data analyst, academic and lover of cats and coffee. 

Jay Chamings (he/him)

Jay Chamings (he/him)

Interests: wealth inequality, disability, gender

Jay is a trans, queer, disabled activist who is passionate about class and structural socioeconomic impacts on community participation.

Emily Unity (she/they)

Emily Unity (she/they)

Interests: mental health, lived experience, LGBTIQA+, culture, neurodiversity

Emily Unity is a mental health advocate, lived experience consultant, software developer, and multidisciplinary creative. They are also a queer, culturally diverse, and neurodiverse young person. 

Skye Mackie (she/her)

Skye Mackie (she/her)

Interests: inclusion and belonging, hr transformation

Skye Mackie has extensive experience in HR and management consultancy and has worked as general manager of a diversity consultancy in London. She is currently Head of HR Transformation for a global data and insights business, and lives with her partner, her 8-year-old daughter and a small Cavalier King
Charles puppy called Luca who keeps her very busy!

Andrea de Silva (she/her)

Andrea de Silva (she/her)

Interests: public health, racial justice, racial inequity

Andrea brings diverse professional experience and expertise, as well as lived experience as a woman of colour.  Andrea is an adjunct professor and on a number of Boards and Committees that actively work to prevent oppression and address structural discrimination.  She applies her skills in research, public health and law to promote equity, create change and drive progress.

Our Advisory Panel

Ashley Waite

Ashley Waite

Interests: neurodiversity, intersex rights

Ashley is an autistic activist and advocate. She is passionate about disability rights, intersex rights and inclusion. She is also a polymath who enjoys her whiskey.

Rafeif Ismail

Rafeif Ismail

Interests: race, gender, migration

Rafeif Ismail is a writer and poet. She is a third-culture child of the Sudanese diaspora and has held workshops on writing characters of colour at various Writers’ Festivals.

Our team

Rosanne Bersten (xe/xyr)

Rosanne Bersten (xe/xyr)

Managing director

Rosanne Bersten is a queer Jewish person with autism and ADHD. Xe has been an activist and communications strategist for more than 20 years. Xyr most recent publication was the Pride in Prevention Messaging Guide in collaboration with Rainbow Health Australia.

Ulysses Thomas (they/them)

Ulysses Thomas (they/them)

Project officer for intersectional inclusion

Ulysses Thomas is a queer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person from the Bwgcolman community on Palm Island. Ulysses creates and facilitates supportive networks and programs for queer BIPOC people.

Rebecca Carroll-Bell (she/her)

Rebecca Carroll-Bell (she/her)

Mediator

Rebecca Carroll-Bell is looking to shine a light into the Australian workplace culture that allows bullying to run rampant.