2020-21 Committee

The  Committee manages the business of NSWCCL. It consists of 15 ordinary members (in addition to the Executive members) and is elected annually. The Committee usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Council Chambers of the Sydney Town Hall or at our office in Liverpool Street Sydney. CCL members are welcome to attend - please email [email protected] to confirm date and venue. 

Dr Martin Bibby

Martin has been a member of the Committee since 2004. He was Assistant Secretary for a number of years and  convener of civil rights subcommittee 2007-2013.  Martin writes a large number of CCL’s submissions in relation to civil liberties and human rights issues. 

Formerly President of: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, NSW Institute for Educational Research, Schoolwatch Committee;  Chair of the Board of Educational Philosophy and Theory and the ethics committee of the Australian Association for Research in Education; secretary of the Federation of Australian Postgraduate Associations


Angela Catallo

Angela is a Welfare Officer with the NSW Teachers Federation and before that a High School English and ESL teacher in South-Western Sydney. In her present role she is involved in advising on the industrial rights of workers.

With a background teaching students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds she has an interest in immigration policy and the availability of social and legal rights to the less advantaged members of our society.




Hans Heilpern

Hans Heilpern is currently a legal member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. As an academic he developed and taught in the first NSW tertiary courses for police and prison officers.

During the Wran Labor Government he was chief of staff to the Attorney General and later the Director General of the Department of Community Services.

Hans has been a member of a number of Commonwealth and State tribunals and was a member of the NSW Parole Board.

He was a special consultant to Commonwealth Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Commonwealth Minister for Health in connection with HIV/AIDS in prison. He was a Commissioner on the Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland.

Malcolm Ramage QC

Malcolm is a barrister specialising in criminal law. He was appointed QC in 1990. Malcolm has been a NSWCCL member since about 1971 and has has held the role of President.

Malcolm is the convenor of the Legal Panel. 









Josh Pallas 

Josh Pallas was elected to the committee in 2016, and Vice President from October 2017-2019.

He is a Senior Solicitor at the Crown Solicitor’s Office in the criminal law team. He mostly works on environmental crime. He previously worked as a Solicitor at Levitt Robinson in criminal and human rights law, and as a Tipstaff at the Supreme Court of NSW.

He holds First Class Honours degrees in Law and Politics and has tutored in law and international studies at the University of Wollongong. Josh has also volunteered with Inner City Legal Centre, and the International Humanitarian Law Department at Australian Red Cross.










Pauline Wright 

Pauline was President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties from October 2018 - October 2019, having been actively involved with the council since 1988 and including service as Vice President for a number of years. Pauline graduated in Arts Law in 1985 from Macquarie University. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1985 and has been in private practice since then and is a principal of PJ Donnellan & Co Solicitors in Gosford. She is an accredited specialist in Local Government and Planning Law and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Pauline has previously served as the President of the Law Society of NSW during 2017, having served on the Council of the Law Society almost continuously since 1997. She chairs the Environmental Planning & Development Law committee and is Deputy Chair of the Future Committee. Pauline has also been President of the Central Coast Chapter of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW Division).

Appointed to the Executive of the Law Council of Australia, Pauline sits on the LCA’s Access to Justice, National Criminal Law Liaison and Equality of Opportunity in the Law committees. She is also a past Director of the Law and Justice Foundation and the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, chairs Legal Aid’s Monitoring Committee and has sat on a number of panel selection committees for Legal Aid as well as its Human Rights committee.

Lydia Shelly

Lydia is admitted as a solicitor with the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She is a practicing solicitor and joined the committee in 2014. She is concerned over the erosion of fundamental legal principles with the introduction of further counter-terrorism legislation, as well as the implications for social cohesion and human rights.

Lydia has presented evidence at several Parliamentary inquiries into proposed laws relating to criminal offences and counter terrorism, including the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 and the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill. 

She is also concerned over Australia’s treatment of Asylum Seekers and the politicisation of Refugees, as well as Australia's engagement in military operations overseas.

She believes that a Bill of Rights for all Australians is long overdue and necessary to ensure civil liberties and human rights are protected.

Rebecca McMahon

Rebecca McMahon was elected Vice President in 2019. Rebecca is a criminal defence lawyer practising on the mid-north coast of NSW and in Sydney. She has previously held positions at the NSW DPP, NSW Legal Aid Commission and the Aboriginal Legal Service. She has lectured in Criminal Law, Evidence & Social Justice at the University of NSW and has attained a Masters of Crime and Criminology from UNSW as well as co-authoring the Evidence law text, ‘The Trial’, Hunter et al, Federation Press. Rebecca has lectured in legal advocacy at Tranby Aboriginal College as well as teaching Sentencing at Charles Sturt University.

Rebecca is interested in contributing to law reform, particularly in the areas of criminal law and mental health and is committed to advocating for the rights of vulnerable people within the criminal justice system. She is co-chair of the Bar Book Project and a member of the Law Society’s criminal law committee.




Dr Lesley Lynch

Dr Lynch was Assistant Secretary from October 2019 - October 2020. Lesley joined NSWCCL in 2006 because the escalating attacks on civil liberties post 9/11 made it the obvious site for renewed activism. Lesley was elected Assistant Secretary in 2007, Secretary in 2013 and Vice President 2015 - October 2019.   

Lesley has a history of political activism in anti-war and anti-apartheid campaigns, gay liberation and the women’s liberation movement.  Professionally she has been a school teacher, university teacher and researcher in history and politics and, from the 1980s a public servant.  As a member of the senior executive service she worked closely with a number of ministers on strategy and policy issues and was the chair or member of state and national boards and committees. In 2004-5 she worked on AusAid programs in PNG

Within CCL she has been active on policy issues including national security counter-terrorism and the surveillance state, electoral processes, protest rights, effective anti-corruption bodies at state and federal levels and decriminalisation of abortion. She has been convenor of the Privacy and Freedom of Information and the Justice group and, from 2012-14, the National ASIO Campaign. Lesley is currently convener of the National Security and Counter Terrorism Action Group and works with civil liberties bodies across Australia to collaborate on national responses to the veritable tsunami of national security/counter terrorism laws and other national issues.  

Lesley has also been engaged in the organisational and administrative aspects of CCL's work including the annual dinner, the interns/volunteers program  and the development of the current website. In recent years she has worked with other committee members to drive renewal and organisational change within NSWCCL. 

Lesley has a BA (Hons), Dip Ed and PhD in History from Sydney University.


David Burnie

William (Billy) Field

Natasha Rose

Rafael Sue