Management committee

We are an incorporated association presided by a volunteer Management Committee.

Paul Tavatgis


Paul has extensive experience at senior management levels within the not-for-profit sector, including self regulatory bodies, charities and fundraising agencies and has supported the fundraising sector in developing effective self-regulation and compliance mechanisms.

He is the Director of Whipbird Consulting and works with many charities in support of their fundraising and compliance goals.

He has been a member of our Management Committee at various times since 1997 and became President of the Management Committee in November 2018, having previously held positions as Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairperson.


Kerryn Prentice


Kerryn is currently a Senior Financial Accountant at CPL - Choice, Passion, Life. She is a qualified accountant with more than 25 years of experience in government, private and not-for-profit organisations. Her career has covered all aspects of finance and administration and she has worked for a number of not-for-profits, including UnitingCare Queensland, Variety - the Children's Charity and TransitCare. Kerry has previously served as a Board Member and Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee at YWCA Queensland.

Kerryn has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree from QUT, is a member of CPA Australia and has completed a Certificate in Governance for Not-for-profits with the Governance Institute of Australia.

Nitra Kidson


Nitra is a barrister in private practice and specialises in public law, particularly administrative law and native title. Nitra first joined RAILS, then known as the South Brisbane Immigration and Community Legal Service
as a solicitor/caseworker in 1995.
Nitra advocated on behalf of clients and represented the organisation on the Board of the Refugee Council and at many other forums.




Peter Billings


Peter is an Associate Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, the University of Queensland, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a legal scholar with teaching and research interests in Administrative Law, Immigration and Refugee Law, Social Welfare Law and Human Rights, and he is a passionate advocate for refugees' rights.

He has been published widely in leading law journals in Australia, UK, USA and in several edited collections. His academic work influences and informs other academics, legal practitioners, legislators, policy-makers and media.

Matt Black


Matt is a barrister in private practice. He advises and appears for a range of private and government clients in both state and federal jurisdictions. During his time at the Bar, Matt has also undertaken appointments as Official Visitor and Inspector under the Corrective Services Act 2006 (Qld) and teaching administrative law as a casual lecturer with the College of Law in Brisbane.

Before coming to the Bar, Matt was an in-house lawyer at Centrelink. He has previously performed legal or research roles for the Land and Resources Tribunal, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the Australian Institute of Criminology.

He has been a member of our Management Committee since November 2018.




Tony Woodyatt


Tony has been director of the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Incorporated (now called LawRight). He has been involved in legal and public policy work since 1976. Among other roles, he has worked as the manager for Crime Prevention Queensland, and has been Director of Caxton Legal Centre, Director of Research for the Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee and solicitor and coordinator of Prisoner's Legal Service.

He has also held term appointments as Executive Director of the Queensland Police Service Review, General Counsel for The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Project Officer, Office of Fair Trading and periods in private practice in Brisbane and as a locum solicitor in rural North Queensland.

He has been a member of our Management Committee since February 2019.

Hiwa Zandi


Hiwa is a practicing lawyer specialising in commercial litigation and migration matters. Hiwa has worked for the International Organisation for Migration in a consultancy position to coordinate the asylum seeker Voluntary Return Program in Manus and Nauru. Hiwa’s association with RAILS goes back more than 10 years, when he initially worked as a voluntary legal clerk between 2004 and 2006.

He has been a member of our Management Committee since 2016.