Inspiring  Women  Families  and  Communities

Patron: Antoinette Kennedy

Her Honour, Retired Chief Judge Antoinette Kennedy was born and educated in Western Australia. Her legal career began by winning the top academic prize for her year and becoming the only woman in her graduating class at the University of Western Australia to gain articles of clerkship. Antoinette ran her own practice in Perth for some time before leaving WA to travel and work overseas returning in 1975 to join the bar and practice as a barrister.

In March 1985, at the age of 39 years, she became the first woman Judge (and one of the youngest) in Western Australia, when she was appointed to the District Court. In 2004 Antoinette was appointed Chief Judge of the District Court of WA, one of only three women to head up a court in Australia.

Antoinette was a founding member of the Women Lawyers of WA and a member of the Chief Justice’s Gender Bias Taskforce in 1993-94.

In 2010 Antoinette Kennedy hung up her judicial robes to move on to other interests and ventures. She was made an officer of the Order of Australia (A.O.) after her retirement and the following year was elected to the Western Australian “Women’s Hall of Fame.”

Antoinette has always taken a keen interest in the rights of women and the proper and helpful treatment of migrants and refugees.

Among her many other interests, Antoinette has agreed to become Ishar’s Patron.

Ambassador: Rabia Siddique

Rabia is a human rights and criminal lawyer, a retired British Army officer, a former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, a humanitarian, a professional speaker, trainer, MC, facilitator and published author. In 2006 Rabia was awarded a Queen’s commendation for her human rights work in Iraq and in 2009 was the Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK.

Through her incredible experiences and unique perspective, Rabia brings an authenticity, energy and humanity to her speaking. She uses her very personal experience of being a hostage, sexual abuse and PTSD survivor to teach her audience about resilience, courage under fire, finding one’s voice and the qualities that make a truly great leader. Rabia is obsessed with adding value to the lives of everyone that she speaks to, and to providing the knowledge and tools to help people escape from the things that are holding them hostage and in turn to realise their full potential.

After starting life as a criminal defence lawyer and youngest ever Federal prosecutor in Perth, Rabia moved to the UK in 1998 where she eventually commissioned as a Legal Officer in the British Army in 2001.

In a terrifying ordeal that garnered worldwide attention, along with a male colleague, Rabia assisted with the rescue of two SAS soldiers from Iraqi insurgents in Basra. Her male colleague received a Military Cross for outstanding bravery, while Rabia’s part in the incident was covered up by the British Army and Government. In a fight for justice she brought a landmark discrimination case against the UK Ministry of Defence, and won.

Rabia went on to become a Crown Advocate in the British Counter Terrorism Division, which saw her prosecuting Al Qaeda terrorists, hate crimes and advising on war crimes prosecutions in The Hague.

Rabia has recently written and published her memoir, ‘Equal Justice’, which is a story about strength, resilience, courage, conviction and determination. An Australian/UK feature film is shortly to be made about her life.

Rabia is a Board Member of Kids Are Kids! Therapy and Education Centre Inc and an Ambassador for 100 Women. She is also a member of Australian and British Red Cross, UN Women, Law Societies of WA, England and Wales, Women Lawyers WA, the International Institute for Humanitarian Law and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Rabia speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, has run the London marathon for charity, undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, United Kingdom and Australia, and is a mother to 5 year old triplet boys – her biggest challenge yet!

Board of Directors

  • Clare Moynihan – Chairperson
  • Dr Jaya Dantas – Vice Chairperson
  • Lorraine Finlay – Board Member
  • Sandy McTiernan – Board Member
  • Lee Best – Board Member
  • Fran Ferriera – Board Member
  • Andrea Creado – Chief Executive Officer

Ms Clare Moynihan – Chairperson

Clare is a facilitator with extensive Government experience – in Policy, Learning and Development and Program Management.  Clare currently works in the Not for Profit sector, supporting people living with melanoma.

During her time in Government Clare designed and facilitated learning & development programs, strategic workshops, meetings and working groups to improve outcomes for some of Australia’s most vulnerable community members.

Clare brings a passion for social justice to her work on Ishar’s Board, along with a desire to join up people, organisations, systems and communications to build more effective relationships, knowledge and networks across the community and women’s health services sector.

Dr Jaya Dantas – Vice Chairperson

Dr Jaya Dantas is Professor of International Health and Director of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences at Curtin University in WA.  Her research and teaching focusses on the social and health consequences of post-conflict adversity among refugees and migrants especially women and youth.  Jaya has worked for 30 years in India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Australia, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka and Singapore.  She is passionate advocate for education of women and youth and has been a foster carer with the Department of Child Protection since 2002.  As a migrant women and global health researcher, she contributes expertise in gender, health and education.

Sandy McKiernan

Sandy McKiernan  is the Director of Cancer Information and Support Services at Cancer Council WA, this role oversees the strategic and operational direction of all cancer services provided by CCWA to people affected by cancer as well as health professional education related to supportive and palliative care. Sandy has played an active role in the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia since 2003, including 2 years as President 2013-2014 and is currently a Board Member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sandy is committed to improving outcomes in health through empowerment and proactive community engagement.

Fran Ferreira

Fran Ferreira has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate sector in a variety of roles.  On her previous role as Social Investment Manager for BHP Billiton she led one of the largest community investment portfolio in Australia.  Fran recently established her own consultancy, working with business leaders from corporate, government and not for profit sector to shape business strategies into business plans, with clear outcomes and measurable impacts.  Fran holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Post Graduate degree in Economic Engineering.  Fran believes empowering women is critical to create better lives, giving a sense of belonging and contribution.

Lee Best

Lee Best is an independent consultant providing Strategic Consulting, including business planning & new business strategy development in the Not for Profit, Disability, Health Care and Health Insurance Sectors. Lee believes healthy safe women and children are essential for strong communities.

Lee worked with HBF, where she facilitated the building of strong, open and equitable relationships with all medical providers, hospital operators and relevant industry associations. Lee was CEO of Therapy Focus a community service organisation delivering professional services for over 2,500 children with a disability, at home, school in the community. Lee was also the CEO of Fremantle Kaleeya Hospital.

Mrs Lorraine Finlay

Lorraine is a lawyer and currently works as a law lecturer at Murdoch University.  She teaches in criminal, constitutional and human rights law and is the Director of Mooting.  Lorraine has previously worked as a State Prosecutor and studied at New York University and National University of Singapore as a Singapura Scholar.

Lorraine is actively involved in volunteering in her community.  She is an elected member of the Murdoch University Academic Council and serves on the Executive of the National Council of Women (WA).  Lorraine has previously been awarded the Centenary Medal and WA Law Society Youth Community Service Award for her volunteer work.

Mrs Andrea Creado – Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Andrea Creado was born and educated in India before migrating to WA in 2001.  Originally employed as a Project Officer by Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre in 2003 she became Chief Executive Officer in 2006.  Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology, along with significant additional training in business, resource, finance and personnel management.

In 2012 Andrea was awarded the “Woman of Achievement Award 2012” by Zonta International Club for services to women in the community.

Andrea is regularly invited to be a part of various high level round table discussions on development and implementation of complex community projects. She was Co-convenor of four previous Transcultural Mental Health Conferences 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013. She was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Multicultural Interests from 2008-2016; a member of the National Reference Panel for Family and Relationship Services Australia; Member of the Multicultural Reference group for  NDIS, Chair of the WA Women’s Hall of Fame Selection Panel, member of the reference group for the People’s Panel for the New WA Museum  and is on the Local Advisory Committee for Child and Parent Centres.


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