Staff


MEAA Member Central is your first point of contact for any  inquiry you may have as a MEAA member or as a creative professional looking to join MEAA.

We have trained information officers ready to answer any inquiries you may have about your employment conditions, membership status or to be put into contact with your local union representative.

MEAA Member Central: 1300 65 65 13 or email: members@meaa.org

Paul MurphyCEO

Paul took over as CEO of MEAA in April, 2015, after three years as the national director of its journalist section. Prior to working at MEAA Paul spent 16 years as a press secretary or chief-of-staff to various Ministers in the NSW Government.

Karene WaltonDirector, Campaigns and Education

Karene has been involved in the Australian union movement for the last 20 years. She has worked for the ACTU as Education and Campaign Advisor, where she worked directly with union leadership in a number of unions to develop campaign strategies and implement organisational change. Karene has also enjoyed working with United Voice, Professionals Australia as a National Campaigner and for the National Union of Workers, analysing, developing and co-ordinating all aspects of campaigning. Karene has created and delivered a range of education programs aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of union leaders, organisers, delegates and activists.

Zoe Angus – Director, Equity

Zoe graduated with honours in politics from the University of Queensland in 1989. She also holds a Master of Industrial Relations and a Juris Doctor of Law from Melbourne University. She has almost 10 years’ experience teaching, including running the first year Australian Government tutorial program at Sydney University and teaching English in Israel for several years. For the last 15 years she has been working in employment law. She was legal officer for many years at the Australian Workers’ Union and has served on the executive of the peak Australian union body (ACTU). Zoe joined MEAA in 2013 as an industrial officer. She is the child of an actor.

Katelin McInerney – Director, Media 

Katelin graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). An internship at the Illawarra Mercury turned into a full-time appointment, as education reporter, and she also covered news, features and community during her time with the paper. Katelin won a national award for her writing on education for the Mercury. Katelin joined MEAA as an organiser in 2009, become the national lead organiser in 2012, and stepped up as director in 2015. She is passionate about protecting the rights of creative professionals.

Matthew Chesher – Director, Legal and Policy

Matthew joined MEAA in 2012 as the organisation’s National Industrial Officer. He has filled the position of Director, Legal and Policy, since October 2015. Prior to joining MEAA, Matthew occupied various positions in trade unions and was a senior staffer in NSW Governments from 1998 to 2011.

Erin Madeley – Director, Entertainment, Crew & Sport

Erin joined MEAA in 2007 and was the lead organiser for the ECS section before taking maternity leave in late-2016. She returned to active work as the director of the section in July 2017.

Susan Clarkson – Director, Finance

Susan Clarkson is a FCPA with over 20 years in experience in senior financial roles; she joined MEAA in 2012 and is responsible for the overall financial performance of the union in line with the relevant legislation and regulation.  Susan started her career in merchant banking and over the last 15 years has worked predominately in NGOs. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Western Sydney University.

Melissa McAllister – Director, MEAA Member Central

Greg Cummins – Information Services Manager

Matthew Burton – Member Central Consultant

Jacinta Lewis – Member Central Consultant

Kerri-Anne Groves – Accounts Administrator / Periodic Deductions

Kylie Phipps – Member Central Consultant

Anthony D’AdamDirector, Industrial & Advocacy

Annette Widitz – Industrial Officer

Alan Martino – National Industrial Officer (Live Performance)

Ignatia Spooner – National Industrial Officer (Recorded Media)

Tanya de Almeida – National Industrial Officer (Media)

Dorcas Mbugua – National Industrial Officer

Mark Phillips – Communications Director

Lizzie Franks – Communications Manager/Equity
Editor, The Equity Magazine

Mike Dobbie – Communications Manager/Media

Phill Lappin – Digital Communications Officer

Peter Ross – Director, Technology

Dalin OuchTechnical Support

Jennifer O’Brien – Executive Assistant

Allison PurdyNational Administrator

Maria Sorbello – Mail Clerk

Susan Clarkson – Director, Finance

Sophie Wang – Financial Accountant

Lulu Wang – Financial Accountant

Martine Shqau – Payroll Officer

Frisco Carmona – Residuals Manager

Amelia JimenezResiduals Officer

Zoe Angus – Director, Equity

Chris VernonNational Lead Organiser

Nikau IrvineOrganiser

Erica LovellOrganiser

Mary Cotter – Director

Alex Jones – Program Manager

Diane CameronStoryville National Literacy Manager

Erin Madeley – Director, ECS

Kelly Wood – Lead Organiser (NSW)

Gerard Brown – Organiser

Peter Owen – Organiser

Katelin McInerney – Director, Media 

Cassie Derrick Organiser

Charlotte Clark Organiser

Bow Campbell – Director, Musicians

Michelle Rae – Director, QLD

Melissa Webster – Organiser (Equity)

Jay Radford – National Imports Officer

Angelique Ivanica – SA Branch Secretary

Aaron Connor – Organiser (Equity/ECS)

Adam Portelli – Director, Victoria and Tasmania

Jenny Farrar – Lead Organiser (Media)

Jake Wishart – Organiser (Media/ECS)

Brendan Orders Organiser (ECS)

Andy GrayOrganiser (ECS)

Emily Andersen – Organiser (Media)

Ruthi Hambling – Organiser (Equity)

Sarah McKenzie – Organiser (Equity)

Tiffany Venning – Director, WA

Andrew MarkeyOrganiser (Equity/ECS)

Melissa Ansell-BridgesIndustrial Officer/Organiser