Nadia Montague -- Campaigns and Candidate School Lead
Nadia has been working as a campaigner in elections in Australia and overseas for 15 years. She has worked as a teaching fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, teaching activists across the world about winning campaigns. She has previously worked for Queensland Public Sector Union, NTEU, GetUp!, Australian Conservation Foundation and been on the activism and campaigns submittee for Amnesty International Australia. Nadia has worked with candidates from council to federal elections, including working with political parties overseas, and is passionate about being a part of the first union candidate school in Australia.
David Unwin -- Trainer and campaigns organiser
David has been teaching for eleven years. David is a senior campaign organiser for the campaigns team at Trades Hall. He has worked in state and federal elections campaigning for issues and union values. He has previously worked as an environmental activist on projects affecting regional communities and brings great experience in grassroots organizing.
Jessica Kendall -- Essential Media
Jessica Kendall leads Essential’s Melbourne office.
Jessica has sixteen years’ experience in public affairs, media placement, public relations and stakeholder engagement. Jessica has managed media and campaign communications for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Education Union, the Climate Council, the Smart Energy Council, GetUp, and many other political parties and member-based organisations.
Before joining Essential, Jessica was a Communications Manager with WWF-Australia and oversaw the communications strategy, media relations and industry engagement for a national alliance of 40 environmental NGOs.
Beginning her career in the federal government, Jessica has been a speechwriter, media adviser and stakeholder specialist for a number of federal government agencies.
Jessica specialises in strategic communications and issues management and has a strong background in preparing executives and government spokespeople for challenging media interviews.
Qualifications and memberships: Jessica holds a Bachelor of Art from Melbourne University, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Urban Environmental Management from RMIT and a Diploma of Government. She’s a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and The Communications Network (US). Jessica is a Fair Agenda board member. Jessica was previously a board member of TreeProject and the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre.