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 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 researcher 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 ( and a member of the Police Stop Data Expert Working Group of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, Melbourne.