Who we are

Our Director

Phil Glendenning

Untitled_design_(11).pngPhil has been the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre since its inception in 1996 and is the immediate past President of the Refugee Council of Australia. In November 2021, he was awarded life membership 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.

His 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 People Seeking Asylum 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, Phil received an Award for Advocacy from Baptistcare Western Australia.  This Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates significant commitment to advocating on behalf of the communities that Baptistcare serve.

In December, 2016, The Eureka Democracy Award was given to Phil by the Eureka Stockade Commemoration Committee.

In the 2017 Australia Day Honours, Phil was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through social welfare organisations, as an advocate for human rights, and to education.

ERC Staff

Daphne McKeogh rsm

Deputy Director

Carmel Clark

Director PA / Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency (HARDA)

Cassandra Gibbs

Let's Talk Reconciliation Immersion Consultant

Claude Mostowik msc

Publications and Research

Corinne Fagueret

Pacific Calling Partnership Coordinator

Darryl Cronin

Indigenous Programs Coordinator

Dominic Ofner


Farhad Arian

Research and Policy Coordinator

Fiona Carr


Gary Wellsmore cfc


Adrian Brannan

Education and Youth

Azm Jafar

IT and Digital Communications Coordinator

Jill Finnane

Pacific Calling Partnership

Jim D'Arcy cfc

Project Officer, Indigenous Programs, Social Justice & Education

Maggie Galley

Finance Officer

Maria Tiimon

Pacific Calling Partnership Outreach Officer

Marisa Brattoni

Education and Networking Officer

Marita McInerney

Communications Project Officer

Michael Muhlbauer


Marje McMullen


Mohammed Sadeghpour

Research officer

Pat Lynch cfc

Indigenous Programs

Paul Wijngaarden

Accounts Administrator

Sean Cleary

International Programs Coordinator

Smita Pandey

Media and Digital Communications Officer


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