Introducing our team

Meg Webb — Manager

A seventh-generation Tasmanian, Meg followed the common path of growing up here, going away for a bit, then coming back because Tassie is just too darn marvellous to stay away.

As she never really knew what she wanted to do when she grew up, Meg’s career has followed an often accidental but always rewarding trajectory. She has undertaken a variety of roles in the Tasmanian community sector over the past sixteen years; starting at the coal-face in community aged care, then coordinating programs in both the community and health sectors, before moving on to capacity-building roles in peak body organisations.

With the opportunity to shift into a policy and research role, and coupled with post-grad study in public policy, Meg was able to bring together her 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 in the sector working for the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS), initially in a policy and research role, then as Manager of Policy and Research and finally as Deputy CEO.

On the domestic front, Meg feels like she’s been a parent forever, but in reality has three children ranging in ages from 8–21 years. Meg feels incredibly fortunate to be managing the Social Action & Research Centre (SARC) at Anglicare Tasmania. It is a role that perfectly matches her passion for social justice and communities, as well as her fascination for politics and policy.

Teresa Hinton — Senior Research and Policy Officer

Teresa has over 20 years experience as a social researcher both 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, in responding to multiple and complex need and in the disability sector.

During her years with SARC she has developed a particular interest in the complexities of hearing and strengthening the voices of people who use services and ensuring that their lived experience is acknowledged and used in legislative reform and the development of policy, service design, service delivery and evaluation.

Margie Law — Policy, Strategy and Development

Margie has a wealth of experience in the Tasmanian policy environment. She has been a tireless campaigner for poker machine reform for many years and has also worked with SARC on issues relating to poverty and utilities, housing, transport and mental health. She also conducts policy and campaign work in international aid and development, particularly in the Mekong region.

Margie is also a passionate member of her local community, having coordinated annual street parties, annual fairs at her local school and a grants scheme for local climate change initiatives.

Lindsey Moffatt — Research & Analysis

Lindsey is a sociologist with postgraduate qualifications in both advanced social research methods and not-for-profit management. She brings over 20 years’ experience in the UK and Australian not-for-profit, public and higher education sectors, conducting and managing social policy research that has highlighted the experiences and needs of a range of consumers, residents and businesses and has offered practical ways forward to improve policy and legislation.

Her research has influenced local and national government policies for UK students claiming welfare benefits and student finance, UK student housing standards and affordability, East London residents’ local community, education and employment services, volunteering opportunities for young and older Tasmanians and young peoples’ access to Australian entrepreneurship opportunities.

Lindsey attended the Queen’s Garden Party in recognition of her contributions to UK education and welfare policy development. Outside of SARC, she currently sits on Volunteering Tasmania’s (VT) Social Policy Think Tank and is working alongside the university and private sector to conduct a range of Tasmanian community sector program evaluations.

Dr Catherine Robinson — Research & Analysis

Catherine joins SARC from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS where she worked as an academic for over ten years. Catherine is an established international scholar and recognised national advocate on issues related to homelessness, including mental illness, complex trauma and violence. She is a sociologist by training, has specialised in undertaking research with vulnerable groups, and has a long history of fruitful collaboration with the NGO sector. Her current research focuses on maternal health and she has an encompassing interest in the problems of social injustice, suffering and compassion fatigue.

Catherine Robinson is a returning Tasmanian expat and now enjoying bringing up her three children in South Hobart, despite their past enjoyment of living directly underneath the Sydney airport flightpath. For a good introduction to Catherine’s research experiences and intellectual politics see her (short and readable!) book Beside One’s Self: Homelessness Felt and Lived.

Imogen Ebsworth — Advocacy, Campaigns & Engagement

Imogen joined SARC after 6 years as a policy and campaigns adviser to former Australian Greens Leader, Christine Milne. Her main focus was Greens national food policy and initiatives, and Tasmanian issues and campaigns.

She enjoys working behind the scenes and is a specialist-generalist by passion. Multi-disciplinary information synthesis, strategic planning, and campaign development and implementation are key strengths that she is looking forward to contributing to SARC.

Previous roles have been in policy implementation and community engagement for the Commonwealth in the areas of natural resource management and multicultural liaison and refugee settlement. Imogen has also worked as a consultant managing complex multi-disciplinary development and environmental management projects. Her formal education is in geography, Asian studies and the life sciences.

She also runs this blog and gets to choose a nice lurky photo.