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.
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.
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.
- Gender diversity 70% 70%
- Ethnic diversity 38% 38%
- Sexuality diversity 54% 54%
- Disability diversity 38% 38%
- Overall diversity score 50% 50%
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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.
Interests: race, gender, migration
Rosanne Bersten (xe/xyr)
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)
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 is looking to shine a light into the Australian workplace culture that allows bullying to run rampant.