John Spierings, Executive Officer John Speirings – bio John was appointed as the Foundation’s Executive Officer in 2013 after more than four and a half years experience as a senior adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. He had responsibility for higher education, skills, industry, innovation, science, research and employment policy issues in the Office. He worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum between 1998 and 2008. John has a PhD in Australian economic history, focused on business management in Australia between the wars. He has previously worked at Adelaide, Monash and Melbourne universities. He was a Councillor at the City of St Kilda between 1990 and 1994, being Mayor in 1992-93. He has a long standing interest in social justice, community development and social policy issues. Previous Executive Officers of the Foundation include Barbara Spalding, Jill Reichstein, Winsome McCaughey, Genevieve Timmons and Christa Momot.
Clare Land, Program and Operations Manager Clare joined the Reichstein Foundation in March 2014. She supports the Foundation’s work through taking care of operations; liaising with and identifying capacity building opportunities for grant recipients; and managing The Influence Fund. She has worked in community and academic settings, including as an Initiative Manager at The Foundation for Young Australians, Community Development Worker at ANTaR Victoria, and Research Fellow at Monash University and Deakin University. She currently works part-time as a Research Fellow at Victoria University, in Gary Foley’s Koori History Archive at the Moondani Balluk Academic Unit. Clare has an honours degree in history and a PhD in sociology. She has worked on research projects interpreting colonial history and Australian political history, and promoting educational equity. Clare has a long-standing commitment to supporting land justice and Indigenous-led struggles and working to undo racism. She is the author of Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles (Zed Books, 2015). Clare volunteered at 3CR community radio between 2001 and 2014 including 12 years as a broadcaster. She is co-coordinator of a large-scale book club project (decolonizingsolidarity.org/book-club) and a member of the Police Stop Data Expert Working Group of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, Melbourne and the Woor Dungin Committee of Management. In 2019 Clare took up a role as a mentor to emerging organisers in The Change Agency’s Community Organising Fellowship.
Rachael Hambleton, Communications Manager Rachael joined the Reichstein Foundation in March 2018 to support our collaborations work and to enhance our external communications. In addition, Rachael is the Project Manager for the Law and Justice Funders Network which is an informal collective of public philanthropic trusts and foundations and private donors with a shared interest in informed strategic funding in criminal justice, incarceration and human rights issues. Rachael has worked at, volunteered with and/or served on the board of a range of advocacy and rights based organisations including the Human Rights Law Centre, Justice Connect, Refugee Legal, Lawyers For Animals, the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby and Reprieve Australia. Alongside her work at the Reichstein Foundation, Rachael consults on managing events, fundraising and databases for a variety of civil society organisations. She is also currently completing a Bachelor of Arts part time at La Trobe University.