Our Judges 

Our distinguished Do Gooder awards judging panel bring decades (over a century in fact!) of experience, both in Australia and internationally, to the daunting task of choosing winners from the awesomeness that is the Australian progressive movement. 

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Marianne Elliott

Marianne is the Director of Story and Strategy at ActionStation in New Zealand. As a human rights lawyer, Marianne has worked for the UN in Afghanistan, and with non-governmental organisations in the Gaza Strip and Timor Leste. Marianne is dedicated to the causes of human rights and global disarmament and peace, with considerable experience in building online communities, social entrepreneurship and storytelling. She has also worked for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and Oxfam, has contracted to various UN agencies and social research agencies and is co-owner of two Living Wage restaurants.

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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca leads Australian Progress’ learning and community initiatives. She was previously Global Director of Learning and Development at Change.org, where she led on campaign innovation and learning for teams across 20 countries, and Chief of Staff at GetUp. Rebecca also spent seven years in senior roles with the independent Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, broken by a stints with Obama for America in South Carolina and Ohio in 2008.

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Nick Moraitis

Nick brings 15 years’ experience driving social change in New York, Toronto, London and Sydney. Previously Nick co-founded one of the world’s first social networks, TakingITGlobal.org, played a leading role in the growth of Australia’s foremost campaigning organisation GetUp, worked in global strategy at Amnesty’s International Secretariat and managed public engagement for Greenpeace. As founder of Sydney-based consultancy Make Believe, Nick developed winning campaigns and internal innovation projects for more than seventy non-profits. He has served on numerous boards including the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Centre for Policy Development.

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Kate Walsh

Kate is a Senior Communications Strategist with over 18 years experience delivering  communications, advocacy and community building campaigns to non- profits and ethical brands. Working both within agencies such as Blue State Digital (NYC) and Essential Media Communications (SYD) as well as on staff at NGOs, her current and previous work includes: TriBeCa Film Festival, the ACTU, Action Aid Australia, The Wilderness Society, WWF, Greenpeace, New York University (NYU), Climate Friendly, The World Bank, GetUp!, Food Democracy Now and Slow Food USA.

Kate also wants to change the way you eat and is doing just that through Real Food projects, which she founded in 2012.

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Jessica Medcalf

Jessica leads communications and campaign initiatives at Do Gooder. She has been a campaigner for over a decade, with extensive experience in animal welfare and environmental issues. She is also the principal consultant at Cahoots Consulting, supporting organisations to develop or evolve their campaign strategies. Jessica was a Senior Campaigner for World Animal Protection, where she managed coalitions of unlikely allies, built political alliances and grew grassroots support, for both national and international campaigns.

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Tim Norton

Tim manages Save the Children’s advocacy campaigns and public engagement activities. He has extensive experience in building social movements around political moments and human rights issues, and co-ordinates Save the Children’s engagement with its supporters and advocacy partners. Prior to joining Save the Children, Tim worked as a Digital Campaigner for Oxfam Australia and a Press Secretary for Senator Rachel Siewert. Tim also manages Save the Children’s youth advocacy program, which supports passionate young people to take part in political, social and international diplomacy and lobbying. 

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David Gravina

David founded Australia’s first purpose-driven digital design agency, now Future Friendly, which pioneered human-centred co-design within the social change and environmental movements. He’s worked on dozens of campaigns across his two decades in the sector, including early refugee activism with the Boat People crew, the ACTU's Your Rights at Work, Bring Hicks Home and Message in a Bottle for Amnesty and the NSW small bar campaign, Raise the Bar. He is the chief rabble-rouser at Do Gooder – the rapid-response advocacy platform he founded to help progressive campaigners do digital better.


Judging Process

These judges will meet to define the finalists on the 13th of November, which will be announced by November 14th - marking the first day of voting for the people’s choice awards!

Finalists are allowed and encouraged to seek votes from their supporters, and may request a copy of the award logo to use in promotional activity.

Lastly - unfortunately judges don’t have the capacity to enter into any direct correspondence about the awards, pre or post the decision.

Have fun. Good luck. Be good!