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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 MurphyChief Executive
Paul took over as Chief Executive 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.

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Erin Madeley – Director, Operations
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.

Matthew ChesherDirector, 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.

Kelly Wood – Director, Entertainment, Crew and Sport
Kelly was appointed Director of Entertainment, Crew and Sport in 2019. She started work as a union organiser in 2002 after being an active workplace delegate, and has been working for MEAA since 2006. She has worked with crew, technicians and creatives in the ECS section since 2013, including on negotiations for a template agreement with the major Hollywood studios, MEAA’s campaign on rates in the local screen industry, and policy campaigns on import rules, local content, and tax incentives.

Michelle Rae – Director, Equity
Michelle commenced as Director of the Equity section in January 2021. Michelle has been MEAA’s Queensland director for 13 years during which time she has been intimately involved in MEAA’s key campaigns and negotiations across the Equity, Crew and Media sections of our union. Before joining MEAA, Michelle was an organiser and campaigner at the Australian Council of Trade Unions. When she joined MEAA she had found her home. Michelle is passionate about the Australian arts industry and has worked closely with Queensland performers and creatives throughout her time at MEAA.

Adam Portelli Director, Media
Prior to joining MEAA, Adam worked in a variety of roles including as an employment lawyer and with the National Union of Workers (now the United Workers Union) as a National Industrial Officer. Adam is also the union’s Victoria/Tasmania Regional Director.

Paul Davies Director, Musicians
Paul has worked as a national official for a number of unions over the past 20 years, most recently as NSW Director of Professionals Australia. He has set up and led campaigns in a many different industries, from childcare (Big Steps) to engineering and public infrastructure (Australian National Engineering Taskforce). He is motivated by the need for unions to adapt, change and grow. He has degrees in Arts and Law and is a keen amateur musician.

Jill Biddington Director, Education and Development
Jill joined MEAA in July 2021. She has more than 40 years in the union movement and is passionate about organising in the community and amongst workers to build and strengthen civil society. Jill chooses to work at MEAA because MEAA people contribute to building a stronger civil society and because she wants to strengthen workers’ rights for insecure workers to lift the safety net for all workers. Jill has worked for a range of unions in Australia and internationally including the ACTU and UnionsNSW and most recently as the Labour Migration and Pacific Organiser for Union Aid Abroad- APHEDA. She was also a panel for the Insecure Work Inquiry on behalf of the ACTU in 2012.

Stratos Pavlis Manager, Member Services
Based in MEAA’s Melbourne office, Stratos oversees the Member Services Team which is the first contact for most members with workplace issues or other inquiries. He joined MEAA in mid-2021 from the The Police Association of Victoria, where he was an industrial officer. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at APESMA/Professionals Australia senior roles such as Senior Industrial Officer, National Manager of the Member Services and Workplace Advice & Support teams, and as Senior Development Officer in charge of training & development of organisers and industrial officers. Stratos is a former Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of South Melbourne and was a founding presenter of the long-running Breakfasters program on 3RRR-FM.

Mark Phillips – Director, Communications
Mark Phillips has worked as a journalist and a communications professional for 25 years. As a journalist, he was employed by Fairfax Media, News Corp and AAP, including several years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. Prior to joining MEAA in 2015, he spent seven years at the ACTU, including as communications director.

Stratos PavlisManager, Member Services
Greg CumminsMember Central Consultant
Sam Alexander-Prideaux – Member Central Consultant
Nina Qiu
Member Central Consultant
Emily Sevenoaks
Member Central Consultant
Stephanie Rabusa
Member Central Consultant
Liliana Blaazer GrossiMember Central Consultant

Stan Koulouris – Senior Industrial Officer
Annette Widitz – Industrial Officer
Paul Yiallouros Industrial Officer
Miles Hunt – Industrial Officer
Yuva Harish – Industrial Officer
Marea WilsonIndustrial Officer

Mark Phillips – Communications Director
Lizzie Franks – Communications Manager (MEAA Equity section)
Mike Dobbie – Communications Manager (MEAA Media [journalist members’] section)
Phill Lappin – Digital Communications Officer

Peter Ross – Director, Technology
Dalin OuchTechnical Support
Aaron TakizadNational Coordinator, Digital Organising & Innovation

Jennifer O’Brien – Executive Officer
Jack Walton – Administration Officer
Maria Sorbello – Mail Clerk

Susan Clarkson – Director, Finance
Sophie Wang – Financial Accountant
Lulu Wang – Financial Accountant
Jeanette Balane – Financial Accountant
Martine Shqau – Payroll Officer
Frisco Carmona – Residuals Manager
Amelia JimenezResiduals Officer

Michelle Rae – Director
Jay Radford National Imports Officer
Nicholas Hope – Organiser
Ashley Rose – Diversity Organiser

Mary Cotter – Director
Alex Jones – Program Manager
Lizzie Franks – Communications Manager 
James Sherley – Screen Diversity Showcase 

Kelly Wood – Director, ECS
Nikau Irvine – Deputy Director, ECS
Gerard Brown – Screen Crew Organiser
Karina O’Callaghan – Live Theatre and Venue Crew Organiser
Helen Tuck – Screen Crew Organiser

Adam Portelli – Director, Media 
Cassie DerrickDeputy Director, Media
Tyron Butson Organiser
Harriet Blaazer-Grossi Organiser

Paul Davies – Director, Musicians
Max Gale – Organiser
Elise Chidiac – Organiser
Chloe Ann Williamson – Organiser
Thomas Freeman – Organiser

Elaine CrombieFirst Nations, First Peoples Organiser
Nathalie McLeanFirst Nations, First Peoples Organiser

Michelle Rae – Director, QLD/ Director Equity
Nikau Irvine – Deputy Director (ECS)
Matthew Burton – Organiser (Equity, Media)
Jemma Nott – Organiser (ECS Screen and Live)

Aaron Connor – Acting Regional Director/Organiser (Equity/ECS)

Adam Portelli – Director, Victoria and Tasmania
Paul Stanley Organiser (ECS Screen Crew)
Brendan OrdersOrganiser (ECS Live theatre and venue crew)
George Bath– Organiser (Media)
Jenna Schroder – Organiser (Equity)
Kit Sanders – Organiser (ECS Screen Crew)

Tiffany Venning – Director, WA
Andrew MarkeyOrganiser (Equity/ECS)