Management committee

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

Matt Black

President

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 and President since November 2020.

Kerryn Prentice

Treasurer

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

Secretary

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.

 

Hiwa Zandi

Member

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.

Kelly Morrow

Member

Narelle Shuterland

Member

Narelle is an experienced grant and policy program manager. She has more than 30 years of experience in community legal centres, domestic violence and housing support organisations and state govenment agencies. Narelle currently coordinates grant programs for First Nations land management. She has volunteered on a number of non-government management boards and as a settlement support worker with recently arrived refugees. She has qualifications in Social Work, Arts (Sociology) and policy analysis. Narelle joined RAILS Management Committee in November 2020.