Who we are

Our Director

Phil GlendenningPhil_Glendenning_portrait.jpg

Phil has been the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre since its inception in 1996 and is currently the President of the Refugee Council of Australia.

With a background in education, law, political science, and overseas aid and development, today he is primarily involved in human right advocacy and education, peace and reconciliation work, raising awareness of the impact of climate change on marginalised peoples.

Phil's work for the rights of Indigenous people saw him co-found Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) in 1997, and for ten years he was National President.

He has served on the Boards of the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS), various committees of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, and the Centre for an Ethical Society.

In his work for the rights of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Phil led the Edmund Rice Centre’s research team for the Deported to Danger series which monitored the safety of rejected asylum seekers in 22 countries, and resulted in an internationally screened documentary, “A Well Founded Fear”, in 2008. He was a consultant on the 2012 TV series “Go Back to Where You Came From”.

In conjunction with the Pacific Calling Partnership, he has been part of delegations to Pacific Island nations, particularly Kiribati, monitoring the impact of Climate Change on the population and joining them in international forums to advocate for change. He is widely sought after for media comment and consultancy in Australia and overseas.

In 2007, Phil was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Australian Catholic University and was also recognised by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) with the Sir Ron Wilson Award for Human Rights. In September, 2014 Baptistcare Western Australia presented Phil the CEO's Award for Advocacy. This Award is made to an individual who demonstrates significant commitment to advocating on behalf of the communities that Baptistcare serve.

ERC Staff

Daphne McKeogh

Deputy Director

Carmel Clark

Administration / Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency (HARDA)

Chaminda Jayasinghe

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Claude Mostowik

Publications and Research

Daniella Brown


Darryl Cronin

Indigenous Programs Coordinator

Dominic Ofner

Development, Promotions and Campaigns Coordinator

Ellie Johnston

Pacific Calling Partnership

Fiona Carr


Gary Wellsmore


Isabel Muscatello

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Azm Jafar

IT System Administrator

Jill Finnane

Eco-Justice and Pacific Calling Partnership Coordinator

John Corbett


Kate Halley

Pacific Calling Partnership

Maria Tiimon

Pacific Calling Partnership Outreach Officer

Marisa Brattoni

Education and Networking Officer

Marita McInerney

Pacific Calling Partnership

Michael Muhlbauer


Marje McMullen


Michelle Bucci


Mohammed Sadeghpour

Advocacy and Research

Paul Wijngaarden

Accounts Administrator

Sean Cleary

International Programs Coordinator

Steve Cram


Tess Mulvaney


Vincent Sicari

Pacific Calling Partnership

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