Staff & Associates

 Eric Sidoti

Eric Sidoti, Director has been actively engaged in public policy development, strategic planning and communications throughout his career. For over a decade, prior to his appointment at the Whitlam Institute, Eric managed Strategic Options, his own small consultancy. This enabled him to develop long-term relationships with a small number of clients, principally the Dusseldorp Skills Forum and the Australian Red Cross in addition to the Enterprise and Careers Education Foundation, Greening Australia and Job Futures. He has been engaged in projects across a broad range of policy fields (education, training and employment; human rights; development; Indigenous land rights and education; humanitarian law and conflict; and welfare issues).

Eric was the Executive Director of the Human Rights Council of Australia (HRCA) 1992 - 1995, Communications Director of Amnesty International Australia 1987 – 1992 and National Secretary of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace 1985-1987.
Eric commenced with the Whitlam Institute in mid 2007.

Anna Yeatman

Anna Yeatman is currently a professorial research fellow attached to the Whitlam Institute in the University of Western Sydney. She is currently working on a suite of activities within the Human Rights and Public Life program. 

From 2008-2012 she was the director of the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at UWS.  Before this she was a Canada Research Chair in Political Science at the University of Alberta (2003-8), and before that she was the Chair of Sociology at Macquarie University (1993-2003). Recent publications include: Individualization and the Delivery of Welfare Services (2009), and two co-edited collections, State, Security and Subject Formation (Continuum 2010) and Action and Appearance: Ethics and the Politics of Writing in Hannah Arendt (Continuum 2011).  She is working on a set of essays on contemporary civil philosophy.

She is also a trained Feldenkrais practitioner who sustains a modest Awareness through Movement (ATM) and Functional Integration (FI) practice. Read Professor Anna Yeatman's full CV here.


Our program team:


Sandra StevensonSandra Stevenson is the Senior Program Manager. Sandra has a legal background in the private and community legal sectors. For the past 12 years she has worked at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre as solicitor and coordinator of the Public Interest Law Clearing House, managing its pro bono referral scheme and access to justice projects.

Her work on a diverse range of projects including indigenous justice, consumer protection, workplace issues for people with disability, unlawful detention of young people, protection for refugees and education and training for not for profit community organisations, has enabled her to work closely with the public, private and community legal sectors and a range of community sector organisations and peak bodies. Sandra joined the Whitlam Institute in April 2008.

Amy SambrookeAmy Sambrooke is the Communications Manager. Amy's background is in media and public relations. She has worked as a producer at 702 ABC Sydney as well as in commercial radio, and has presented and produced programs on various community stations. Amy has a Bachelor of Media in Writing from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in Radio Broadcasting from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Amy joined the Whitlam Institute in January 2009.
Georgia Hannouch

Georgia Vasiliadis is the Program Support Officer. Georgia has previous experience at UWS, having worked in the Assessment and Graduation Unit as a Graduation Officer. Her current role sees her supporting all program areas such as our events, exhibitions, schools program and publications. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney, and she spends her free time dabbling in various crafts such as cake decorating. Georgia joined the Whitlam Institute in January 2012.



Bronwyn Coulston is the Education and Outreach Officer (Part time). Bronwyn has worked across the cultural sector with a focus on museums and visitor experience.  She has previously managed the Australian Tennis Museum and Elizabeth Farm and been a project officer at Sydney Living Museums.  Bronwyn has a Masters in Museum Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration.


Our administration team:


Anna King is the Administration Manager and joined the Whitlam Institute in April 2014. Anna has a background in higher education administration and project management. During the decade prior to joining the Whitlam Institute, she managed projects addressing socioeconomic disadvantage within the sector, such as Queensland University of Technology's equity scholarships scheme for low-income students, and Macquarie University's media mentorship for Indigenous and migrant students with SBS, NITV and the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW. She has also worked in the area of gender equity. Anna holds a Master of International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts.


Valerie WildenValerie Wilden is the Institute's Administrative Officer. Valerie joined the Institute as a permanent staff member in 2010. Valerie is very familiar with the Institute having spent several periods on the team in times of peak demand over the past few years. Valerie is greatly valued for her calm and methodical manner and her ability to get the job done efficiently no matter what 'the job' is. Valerie, trained at TAFE and elsewhere, has had a solid grounding in all facets of administration and customer service through her time with Lion Nathan Australia, Malt Shovel and others.




 Professor Jenny Hocking

Professor Jenny Hocking is the Whitlam Institute's inaugural Distinguished Fellow. An eminent scholar, political historian and biographer, Professor Jenny Hocking has been researching and publishing in Australia and internationally for some twenty five years. Her work focuses on two key areas: counter-terrorism and Australian political biography. The overarching themes, crossing both these areas, remain consistent: Australian democratic practice, the relationship between the arms of government, and aspects of Australian political history.

Professor Hocking is best known to the wider community for her acclaimed biographies of Attorney-General in the Whitlam government and High Court justice Lionel Murphy, Australian communist author Frank Hardy and most recently her two-volume biography of Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History, and His Time.

This honorary appointment is in recognition of Professor Hocking's substantial and ongoing scholarly contribution to Australian history and the political sciences. The appointment formalises the close collaboration that already exists between Professor Hocking and the Institute.

Professor Scott Holmes 

Professor Scott Holmes joined UWS in March 2014. He is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research and Development) as well as a Professor of Public Policy in the Whitlam Institute. Over the past 17 years, he has held various senior leadership roles at Newcastle, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Foundation Dean of Graduate Studies, Head of the Graduate School of Business, and Professor of Public Policy. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland and a Life Member of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand reflecting almost three decades of research and support for the small firm sector.
Professor Holmes economic and business background is extensive, having published 6 books and over 50 Referred articles.
Professor Holmes received the University of Newcastle 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award for development of a course for NSW Health's 7,500 clinical managers aimed at improving budget integrity. He was also the head of one of five groups that delivered the training statewide.