Meet the Board
Isabel has been involved with a AGA for 7 years as a volunteer, member, and employee. She is a PhD candidate in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University and interested in the relationship between feminism and gender diversity. Isabel works part-time for the AIDS Action Council as a Community Engagement Officer and is a member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council for LGBTIQ Affairs.
Jake has been involved with AGA on and off since its inception. He has been chair of the AGA board since 2015. In that time AGA has grown considerably, secured long-term funding, moved to new premises and expanded services to members. Jake has also been involved in a number of other Canberra community organisations including the Meridian Club (way back in the 1990s) and the AIDS Action Council. Jake is a lawyer and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Over 40 years of lived experience with gender identity confusion, and a member of AGA since 2010. This is Stuart’s 4th year on the board and 2nd year as Treasurer.
Rachel is a transfeminine public servant, working for an Australian Government agency. Her pronouns are She/Her and They/Them. She is openly transgender, and actively working to enact positive change for LGBTIQA+ people. Rachel is a member of her department’s Pride Network Committee, working to promote a safe and inclusive workplace through policy review, advocacy, community visibility, connection and networking, and support.
I became involved with AGA in 2016 with my teenage transgender son. It has been an interesting and amazing experience for us all and I am grateful for chance to see and experience the world a little bit differently now. I have been involved with children and community in Canberra for more than 25 years now. I am a Registered Nurse working in community palliative care and I have a strong interest in transgender health. I would like to see a multidisciplinary health service established in the ACT that meets the needs of gender diverse people. I am also very supportive of diversity and inclusion in sport.
Emily is a lawyer currently working in the government sector, with a background working for Legal Aid ACT and in the ACT Supreme Court. She grew up in Canberra and is passionate about improving community access to appropriate services health and mental health services. Emily joined the Management Committee in 2014 and has been the Secretary and public officer since 2015.
Scott joined the Board of AGA in November of 2018. As a financial planner, educator and small business owner Scott enjoys strategic thinking and helping to empower people and organisations around the money stuff. Scott is passionate about capacity building and advocacy in the LQBTIQ communities in Canberra and has served on the boards of the AIDS Action Council of the ACT and Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT as well as being a past member of the ACT Government LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council.
Jill Matthews is a retired historian with a long history of activism, teaching and research in what was once called the women’s and gay liberation movements, now called feminism and LGBTIQ. She is honoured to be able now to play a small part on the Board of AGA.
Nick joined the AGA management committee in late 2018. He has been working as a GP in Canberra and seeing transgender and gender diverse patients as part of his general practice since 2012. He is a member of ANZPATH helped set up the Canberra Transgender Care Network in 2017 in an attempt to improve healthcare delivery and referral networks for transgender and gender diverse patients in the ACT and surrounds.
Caley has worked in a management role in ACT Government since 2015, delivering advice and innovation to a portfolio of nine ACT Government directorates employing 22,000 staff. She transitioned in the workplace in 2017 feels very proud to support the most progressive jurisdiction in Australia.
She is an LGBTIQ Mentor in Out for Australia, and represented ACT Government at the 2018 OFA Roundtable. She also serves the committee of SpringOUT, Canberra’s Pride festival, as Public Officer.
- Policy and strategy geek
- Manager of a diverse team of experts
- Athlete and mum
- -Trans, gay and delighted to be living her authentic life!