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IWD2022 A Long Way to the Top: Opportunities and Obstacles for Women in the NSW Social Services Sector

March 11, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Online registration has closed. If you still wish to attend this event please contact Sarah Barnett Ph: 02 9211 2599


This International Women's Day, we invite you to join us for the launch of our new research on career opportunities and obstacles for women in the NSW social services sector. This research was a collaboration between NCOSS and Impact Economics and Policy

Joining us for a panel discussion, you will also get the opportunity to hear from three extraordinary women who have made it to the top in the NGO world:

  • Rebecca Pinkstone, CEO of Bridge Housing;
  • Kristy Masella, Managing Director of Aboriginal Employment Strategy; and
  • Esta Paschalidis-Chilas, CEO of Canterbury City Community Centre.

They’ll share the trials and tribulations they’ve encountered, the complexities involved in their roles, and the support and successes that have helped them along the way. A great opportunity to recognise and celebrate women in an under-valued, taken-for-granted industry - one that is critical to social and economic well-being and crying out for some serious attention, investment and strategic development.

Scroll down to register for this free, not-to-be-missed event now!


Angela Jackson

Lead Economist at Impact Economics and Policy

Dr Angela Jackson has expertise in distributional analysis, labour markets, disability, health, gender, housing and fiscal policy.

She is the author of a number of major reports and appears regularly in the media, writing for publications like The Conversation, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian and as a guest on TV and radio programs like The Drum.

Esta Paschalidis-Chilas

CEO, Canterbury City Community Centre

A former Canterbury City Councillor, with more than 30 years working in multicultural, public health, advocacy, government relations, policy and strategy and was one of Probono Australia’s 2019 Impact 25 winners.

Esta is co-founder of Settlement Services International and the Settlement Council of Australia and former Chairperson of the Refugee Council of Australia. Currently, she is a Director of Warakirri College an independent high school in Western Sydney.

Rebecca Pinkstone

CEO, Bridge Housing

Rebecca Pinkstone has spent the past 17 years working in social and affordable housing. As CEO of Bridge Housing Rebecca leads a committed team of 100 staff providing housing services that change the lives of 5,500 people living in 3,500 homes across metropolitan Sydney.

Prior to her work in housing, Rebecca worked in the areas of social planning, crime prevention and domestic violence in both state and local government. Rebecca is a Director of Community Housing Industry Association NSW and NSW Branch member of the Australasian Housing Institute.

Kristy Masella

Managing Director, Aboriginal Employment Strategy

Kristy Masella is a Murri/South Sea Islander from Darumbal country in Central Queensland who has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She was named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2016 and went on to be awarded Diversity Winner in one of the Top 10 Categories.

Kristy studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of New South Wales specialising in Indigenous Rights.


March 11, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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NSW Council of Social Service
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