Meet the organising team

At GetUp, the team of organisers are: Ellen, Ray and Caitlin in Brisbane, Shaun and Emma in Sydney, Rhi and Ella in Melbourne and Paul in Adelaide.

The Organising Teams mission is to help develop and implement the operational strategy, and work with GetUp’s tech team to build the tools we need. But most importantly, our role is to ensure you as active members have what you need to make a difference.

My name is Kajute (pronounced Kahootay), and I am the Organising Director here at GetUp. Melbourne is my hometown, and I live

in a great house with a big veggie garden and friends.

We are in an extraordinary time in history. We face immense challenges, but there are also huge opportunities. My role at GetUp is to think about how together we — you, me, the other 1.1 million GetUp members and the GetUp staff — can build a movement so powerful that we radically redefine what is politically possible in Australia.

Every day, I wake up with this mission in my mind. Since 2010, I’ve worked on seven election campaigns, leading teams of volunteers and staff towards ambitious goals and visions. I know that to build a powerful movement we need to have a clear strategy, impactful tactics, and the skills and capacity to make it happen.

At GetUp, the team of organisers are: Ellen, Ray and Caitlin in Brisbane, Shaun and Emma in Sydney, Rhi and Ella in Melbourne and Paul in Adelaide. My role is to help develop and implement our operational strategy, support staff and work with GetUp’s tech team to build the tools we need. But most importantly, ensure you have what you need to make a difference.

You can contact the team via takeaction@getup.org.au

Shaun.pngI’m Shaun and my role is NSW Community Organiser for GetUp. I work with volunteers primarily in Sydney, but soon that work will be expanding to encompass more of NSW. I taught music for 17 years in Melbourne until a political awakening about climate justice drew me out of my comfortable life and set me on a new life trajectory.

For the last ten years, I’ve been campaigning for climate justice with a range of organisations in Victoria, Queensland and NSW, and I’ve been working as a Community Organiser for GetUp for the last year.

What I love about GetUp and our collective vision for the future, is that we’re striving to transform politics and society to be far more just, and to confront the unfolding environmental crisis that we face. And GetUp as a movement is increasingly up for doing the difficult thing that needs to be done — from cold-calling people on the other side of the country to physically intervening to prevent injustice from going unchallenged. This is a movement that inspires me.

You can contact the team via takeaction@getup.org.au

Screen_Shot_2017-09-20_at_7.06.58_pm.pngI’m Emma, and I work on the Organising Team at GetUp. My role is to develop programs that support members to connect with one another and pull off ambitious, impactful actions. During last year’s election it meant supporting member-led candidate forums, GetTogethers, Meet Your MP and our election day effort. (I also got married!)

One of my first and favourite moments at GetUp was back in 2013 while visiting voter booths in western Sydney on election day. At my very first booth, a man stopped to ask a GetUp volunteer who she was handing out for. I watched this member passionately explain what GetUp is, and the important issues we stand for. When she finished, the man pointed to a spare GetUp t-shirt lying nearby and asked if he could join her.

To me, that’s people-power. Every day people are cutting through the spin with meaningful conversation and authentic human connection. And that’s what excites me most about GetUp: that we’re transitioning from an online movement to an interconnected community of members who work together not just online, but on the phones, in our homes and the streets.

You can contact the team via takeaction@getup.org.au

Web-0003_edited.pngEllen Roberts is the Queensland Lead Organiser for GetUp, handling campaigning and organising for GetUp in Brisbane. She joined GetUp in November 2015 after three years with the Mackay Conservation Group campaigning on coal mining and Reef protection. Ellen has a background in law and has worked for social change for over two decades on the environment, refugees and asylum seekers, and workers rights.

You can contact the team via takeaction@getup.org.au

Screen_Shot_2017-09-20_at_6.32.19_pm.pngHi, I’m Paul, and I'm excited to be working in SA and WA for the Organising Team. I’m based in my hometown of Adelaide, where I love bushwalking, hanging out in the veggie patch, and tinkering on an old 4WD. I’ve been involved in community organising for nearly 20 years, working previously for OXFAM, World Vision, The Wilderness Society and the Climate Action Network. I started out volunteering for Greenpeace and before I knew it, doing something about the state of the world had become my passion.

I love working with volunteers, people who recognise that they have power and who use it for the benefit of others. I’ve seen how volunteering builds community, with so many volunteers becoming lifelong friends. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management (Specialising in Volunteer Management) and a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies. My role involves supporting and developing our Action Group Network in SA and WA. Another focus is building our relationships with like-minded organisations, decision-makers and local partnerships. GetUp has a broad, revolutionary vision matched perfectly with a culture of innovation and continuous learning. I’m excited to be on the ground for GetUp in Adelaide because I believe in our capacity to redefine what is politically possible.

You can contact the team via takeaction@getup.org.au

Hi, I’m Ella. My role is all about working on the organising team’s digital communications. I’m originally from Melbourne but working with GetUp has taken me to a place or two!

I came to GetUp after working as a student union officer, and writing for and editing various student media and campus publications. I see my role with GetUp as the perfect combination of my various interests across writing and politics. I have primarily been driven by a passion for racial justice, but over time, this has expanded with the recognition that tackling one area of social inequality inevitably means tackling them all.

On a side note, I also have a background in English Literature and Art History and Curatorship, but if this has taught me anything, it’s that everything is political — even seventeenth century ceramic vases.

Hey there! I’m Rhiannon, I’m based in Melbourne supporting the Victorian and Tasmanian Action Groups.

As a teenager, I began taking note of the overwhelming inequalities in Australia and abroad. But I didn’t know what I could do about it. After years of letting frustrations bubble away, I was finally given some tools to make change.

Once I began connecting with my people in my community who felt just like I did, I felt that change was possible. My organising path has seen me all kinds of campaigns! One of my highlights was finding out we were part of making marriage equality a reality! Through organising, I’ve been able to volunteer and work alongside amazingly passionate people, and GetUp! is no different.

I’m so excited to our Action Group network to grow and learn together as we make change in Australia.

You can contact Rhi via takeaction@getup.org.au

I work with the fantastic groups of QLD and Northern NSW. Home to some of our most colourful political characters, our largest coal export industry and no upper house, the Sunshine state is a key battleground and a vital place to build community power.

For me studying environmental science at ANU really hammered home the threat of climate change to the places and people we love. So I dived headfirst into a fossil fuel divestment campaign (the first of its kind in the country!) and since then I’ve spent the last 5 years organising with various grassroots groups around the country.

I love organising. There’s nothing better than connecting every day with others who have the same fire in their belly and a willingness to hold those with power to account. And I believe that through GetUp we can build a truly powerful progressive force in our politics.

You can contact the team via takeaction@getup.org.au

Still have questions? Email:

takeaction@getup.org.au