The Young Workers Centre Committee of Management is responsible for guiding the activity of the Centre, ensuring it is well run and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up.  Our Committee of Management is made up of young people and representatives from unions, not-for-profits and those from legal and judiciary backgrounds.



Current members of the Young Workers Centre Committee of Management are:

Colleen Chen - President

Colleen Chen is the co-founder of Interns Australia, a support and advocacy body for interns and students undertaking work placements in Australia.  In 2017 Colleen was awarded Law Student of the Year by the Law Institute of Victoria. In 2015, Colleen was awarded the National Youth Employment Award by the Department of Education and Training for her work raising awareness of youth employment issues in Australia and was selected as a delegate at the International Labor Organization. 

Jessica Dawson-Field - Vice President

Jessica is an employment lawyer in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor, and was admitted to practice in 2014. Before joining the firm, Jessica gained experience working in an employment and commercial litigation team for a top tier commercial firm, as well as a union. She was also a Student Research Fellow at the Centre of Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne.

Wil Stracke - Secretary 

Wil is the Industrial and Campaigns Officer for the Victorian Trades Hall Council. 

Jake Wishart - Treasurer

Jake Wishart is an organiser for the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) and soon to be campaigner at 350.org. His background is in community organising, campaigning and media having worked for the United Firefighters Union, Adam Bandt MP, Essential Media Communications & Radio Adelaide. .

Sherry Huang (National Union of Workers)

Sherry Huang is an organiser at the National Union of Workers and a researcher for ABC Four Corners. She arrived in Australia on a working holiday visa in 2010 in order to research the working conditions of temporary migrants to Australia, and in January 2013 started her PhD at RMIT University. Sherry founded T-WHY, a digital information service for young Taiwanese people working in Australia, in 2014. 

Yasser Bakri (Victorian Bar)(Non-voting member)

Yasser is a barrister with 6 years of litigation experience and immediately prior to going to the bar had a busy practice in the Industrial and Employment Law department at Slater & Gordon.

Simon Schmidt (Independent Education Union)

Simon is an official with the Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania.

Abbey Kendall (Slater & Gordon)

Abbey is an in-house lawyer at the Electrical Trades Union and brings experience from her time as an industrial and employment lawyer at Slater & Gordon Lawyers. 

The Hon. Peter Gray (retired Federal Court Judge)

Peter retired after 29 years as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 2013. Previously, he practised as a barrister in Melbourne, covering a wide variety of areas, with a specialisation in industrial law. He has a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University. While a judge, Peter also served as a judge of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Aboriginal Land Commissioner, and a Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal.


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