Management committee

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

Abdul Jarrah


Abdul is a senior executive with extensive experience in leading mining and construction businesses, both nationally and internationally, and ensuring strong and accountable governance in organizations. He is currently a Group Executive General Manager with a large mining services provider, responsible for the business’s strategic agenda.

Abdul holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from George Washington University and a Master of Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of Maryland. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Law from the University of Queensland.

He is admitted as Attorney-at-Law to the Bars of Maryland and Washington DC in the US. He is also admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Abdul previously served on the Board of the Queensland Resources Council and NSW Minerals Council Executive Committee. He joined RAILS’ Management Committee in November 2021 and has been its President since November 2022.

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.











Kate McKeon


Kate has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and Post Graduate qualifications in Information Technology. She was a qualified Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years of experience covering all aspects of finance and administration, project management and business analysis.

Kate has more recently operated her own consulting company focusing on financial feasibility and business transformation. Her clients have been diverse across multiple sectors including Government, Higher Education, Social Impact Organisations, ASX and Global companies. She joined RAILS Management Committee as Treasurer in June 2022.

Matt Black


Matt is a barrister in private practice. He has a particular focus on Administrative law, which includes migration and citizenship proceedings. Since about 2013, Matt has regularly provided pro bono representation in judicial review proceedings involving protection visas and related issues. In 2015, he was awarded the Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Award for pro bono work on a significant migration law case.

Matt has been a member of RAILS' Management Committee since November 2018.





Hiwa Zandi


Hiwa is a practicing lawyer specialising in commercial, property and migration matters. Hiwa has worked for the International Organisation for Migration in a consultancy position coordinating the asylum seeker Voluntary Return Program in Manus Island and Nauru in 2014. Later, he joined a Brisbane based boutique firm as a Senior Solicitor for six years.  From 2021, Hiwa is the Managing Director of his own boutique law firm, Madina Lawyers and its associated migration firm Migrating to Australia Consultancy.

Hiwa’s association with RAILS goes back to more than 15 years when he initially worked as a voluntary legal clerk between 2004 and 2006. He has been a member of RAILS’ Management Committee since 2016.

Kelly Morrow


Kelly is a solicitor practicing in personal injuries law and has practiced in both state and federal jurisdictions. Kelly has a long history at one of the largest social justice firms in Australia, before moving into defendant insurance. Kelly has previously volunteered with LawRight (formerly QPILCH),  VoRTCS, the Indooroopilly Uniting Church Visa Application Program, and at RAILS as a law student as as a volunteer lawyer.





Narelle Sutherland


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 government 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. 



Peter See


Peter has a wide background across the not-for-profit sector, government and private industry. He was one of the founding members of Tenants Queensland, a convenor of QAILS (now Community Legal Centres Queensland) and the first CLC representative on the then Legal Aid Commission Queensland. 

For the past 14 years, he has been working with Indigenous organisations on developing Indigenous land and sea management programs. He currently works on strategy and projects at Country Needs People, an environmental charity that works across Australia. 

Peter joined RAILS' Management Committee in November 2021. 

Lorraine Hill