Meet the SARC team
Meg Webb | Manager
Over the past 16 years Meg has undertaken a variety of roles in the Tasmanian community sector; starting at the coal face in community aged care, then coordinating programs in the community and health sectors, before moving on to capacity-building and policy roles in peak body organisations.
This experience coupled with post-grad study in public policy sees Meg combine practical experience working in the community sector with a desire to make a difference at the systemic level. Most recently, Meg developed her expertise and leadership working for the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS), as Manager of Policy and Research and as Deputy CEO.
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Margie Law | Policy, Strategy and Development
Margie has a wealth of experience in the Tasmanian policy environment. She has spearheaded SARC’s campaign and policy work on poker machine reform, and she regularly works on issues relating to poverty and utilities, housing, transport and mental health.
Margie regularly collaborates with our service delivery colleagues in Anglicare Tasmania to distill their invaluable experience on the front lines into effective submissions to government. She also conducts policy and campaign work in international aid and development, particularly in the Mekong region.
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Dr Catherine Robinson | Research and Analysis
Catherine is a social researcher, international scholar and national advocate on issues related to homelessness including complex trauma and violence. She is a sociologist by training and has a broad interest in social suffering, social care, compassion fatigue and ethics in research with vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on the needs and experiences of highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania. Catherine returned home to Tasmania and joined SARC after 13 years as an academic at University of Technology, Sydney. Her key publications on homelessness include Beside One’s Self: Homelessness Felt and Lived (Syracuse University Press) and (with Chris Chamberlain and Guy Johnson) Homelessness in Australia (NewSouth Publishing). Catherine was also Co-Host (with Indira Naidoo) and Series Consultant on the Blackfella Film/SBS documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless which screened in June 2017.
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Teresa Hinton | Senior Research and Policy Officer
Teresa has over 20 years experience as a social researcher in Australia and the UK. She trained as an anthropologist and has subsequently been able to use her research skills in a number of different environments including research institutes and centres, local government, the community sector, advocacy and campaigning organisations and in advising government. She came to SARC 10 years ago bringing with her extensive research experience in homelessness, and in responding to multiple and complex needs and in the disability sector.
At SARC she has developed a particular interest in how best to hear and strengthen the voices of people who use services and ensure that their lived experience is acknowledged and used in legislative reform, policy development, service design, service delivery and evaluation.
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Lindsey Fidler | Research and Analysis
Lindsey has over 20 years’ experience from the UK and in Australia of conducting and managing social research that highlights the experiences of disadvantaged people and communities, offering practical ways forward to improve policy, legislation and community sector programs and campaigning and advocating for change.
As a sociologist and not for profit manager, she has worked within not-for-profit organisations, the public and higher education sectors. Her own and her teams’ research and advocacy has influenced UK government policies for students’ welfare benefits and student finance, UK student housing standards and affordability, East London local government services, education and employment opportunities for local residents, volunteering opportunities for young and older Tasmanians and young people’s access to Australian entrepreneurship opportunities; she attended the Queen’s Garden Party in recognition of her contributions to UK education and welfare policy development.
At SARC, Lindsey has undertaken social research and policy development on areas including rental affordability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, employment and welfare reform and has well as developing service evaluation tools.
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Michelle Wisbey | Campaigns and Communications
Michelle is a journalist by training and has previously worked as a political reporter in Hobart and in business development for other not-for-profit organisations. She has closely followed state and federal politics throughout her career, including spending time in the Tasmanian Parliament press gallery and covering state and federal election campaigns and budgets. Michelle also has broad interests in education and social issues impacting vulnerable Tasmanians.
At Anglicare, she campaigns to ensure SARC’s research, key messages and policies are heard by politicians, social organisations, and communities, and works towards creating social change within Tasmania.
Michelle was awarded Best New Journalist at the 2017 Tasmanian Media Awards for her reporting on domestic violence.
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