Key contacts

ACCR KEY CONTACTS

BRYNN O’BRIEN
Executive Director and Office Bearer

Brynn is a lawyer with a background in human rights, global work and migration issues. She is an expert on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Her experience traverses both commercial and human rights law, and she has worked extensively in the field of human trafficking and slavery in global supply chains. Brynn holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from UTS.


HOWARD PENDER
Convener

Howard was awarded a university medal in Economics at the Australian National University. He worked at the Australian Treasury, an investment bank and was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University. He co-founded and was a Director of Australian Ethical Investment for 20 years until 2011. Howard was also a Director of 2 other ASX listed companies. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the ACT Long Service Leave Authority and a Director of Centre for Australian Ethical Research (CAER).


DAN GOCHER
Director of Climate & Environment

Dan Gocher is our Director of Climate & Environment. Dan spent fifteen years in investment banking and asset management. More recently, he was the asset management campaigner at the environmental NGO Market Forces. Dan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.


KATIE HEPWORTH
Director of Worker’s Rights

Katie Hepworth is our Director of Workers’ Rights. She has a background in the trade union movement, working across campaign, policy and research roles. She has worked extensively on labour migration and workers’ rights in global supply chains. Katie holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney.


DHAKSHAYINI SOORIYAKUMARAN
Director of Human Rights

Dhakshayini is our Director of Human Rights, with a focus on race and migration. She is former civil engineer with a background in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, human rights, and social impact measurement. Dhakshayini holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from Melbourne Business School, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) / Bachelors of Arts (Planning and Design) with first class honours from the University of Melbourne.


JAMES FITZGERALD
Strategy Lead

James is a lawyer, negotiator and strategist for more than 28 years’ experience. James has been closely involved in the development of native title law and land use policy, and has worked with Indigenous peoples, governments and industry peak bodies in state and Commonwealth land use policy and legislation development. James is currently a director of the Diplomacy Training Program Ltd, a human rights
training organisation, and is adjunct associate professor at the Law School of the University of NSW.


EMMA BATCHELOR
Shareholder Recruitment

Emma has a background in communications, event and project management and publishing. She is the Founder and Editor of Leiden Magazine, an online destination for fashion, beauty, health and fitness and holds a Bachelor of Medical Science with first class Honours in Immunology. Emma has a particular interest in ethical and sustainable practices in the fashion industry.