Our people

The Brotherhood’s Research and Policy Centre team includes people with international and national social policy and research experience. The team's disciplinary expertise is diverse, enabling us to bring multiple perspectives to our research and policy work.

The team also includes honorary research and policy associates, specialist social policy librarians, a research editor as well as business and administrative staff.

Together we strive to create knowledge and build evidence that seeds new approaches to social policy, programs and practice that help shape a better future people and communities experiencing poverty, inequity and social exclusion.

General Manager

Professor Shelley Mallett

General Manager, Research and Policy Centre.
Also Professorial Fellow in Social Policy School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.

Deputy General Manager

Leadership team

Simon Biggs
Professor in Social Policy and Gerontology,
University of Melbourne / Brotherhood of St Laurence

Dina Bowman
Principal Research Fellow
Work and Economic Security

Damian Sullivan
Senior Research Manager
Energy, Equity and Climate Change

Amanda Pagan
Principal Fellow
Inclusive Communities

Research and Policy teams


Tim Gilley, Senior Research Fellow

George Myconos, Research Fellow


Dina Bowman, Principal Research Fellow

Matthew Curry, Henderson Fellow

Seuwandi Wickramasinghe, Senior Research Officer

Jeremiah Brown, ANZ Tony Nicholson Fellow

Ursula Harrison, Research Fellow


Simon Biggs, Professor of Social Policy and Gerontology, University of Melbourne/Brotherhood of St Laurence


Damian Sullivan, Senior Manager

Emma de Campo, Project Manager, Energy Broker

Anica Niepraschk, Project Manager, Your Sustainable Home

David Bryant, Research Officer

Emma Chessell, Home Energy Adviser

Liam Cranley, Home Energy Adviser

Quang Vo, Database Developer


Joseph Borlagdan, Senior Research Fellow

Danielle Thornton, Research Fellow

Sharon Bond, Senior Research Officer

Marion Coddou, Senior Research Officer

Tracey Pahor, Senior Research Officer

Ed Dunstan, Research Officer

Aradhana Barua, Research Assistant


Amanda Pagan, Principal Fellow

Mutsumi Karasaki, Senior Research Fellow

Diane Brown, Policy Advisor

Malita Allan, Research Officer

Elena McKinlay, Research Officer


Barry Pullen


Library Manager

Vivian Papaleo, Senior Librarian

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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