Committee of Management

Group Relations Australia has a Directorate whose members are elected for two year terms at the Annual General Meeting held in November each year.

The Directorate for 2019-2020 is:

  • Greg Cook (Chair and Director Inter-organisational Relations and Publications)
  • Fred Wright (Director Professional Development)
  • Mike Faris (Director Operations)
  • Liz Brnjak (Director Communications, Memberships and Projects)


Greg Cook B.A., DipEd. BSW

Greg is in the role of Chair of the Directorate and Director Interorganisational Relations and Publications – facilitating Directorate meetings, providing overall organisational leadership, liaising with other GR organisations and the Editorial Board and Editor in Chief of Socioanalysis.
Greg has formal qualifations as a teacher, social worker and psychologist. He has worked in a range of clinical settings, including communty mental health, acute psychiatry and private practice. He has worked as an organisaitonal consultant for the past thirty years and as a Director of CLM, a small Melbourne based consulting company for the past twenty two years. He has been a member of GRA since its inception.


Director Professional Development

Fred Wright MAppSci, MSW, GradDip(Crim), BA

In the role of Director, Professional Development, Fred provides the link between members that wish to run PD activities and the Directorate, as well as overseeing activities including seminars, workshops and group learning.
He has almost 40 years’ experience in public sector administration in a range of operational and senior management positions across Victorian Government Departments including Justice, Human Services, and Environment.
Fred is Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee and member of the International Outreach Committee of the International Ombudsman Association, as well as a board member of the National Institute of Organisational Dynamics (NIODA), a not for profit educational institute undertaking research and providing programs in leadership and organisation dynamics.


Director Operations

Mike Faris PhD, BA, MBA, MA

This role has overarching responsibility for GRA administrative responsibilities including legal, financial and company secretary responsibilities. Day to day work in this area is performed by the Administrator.
For some 30 years Mike designed and conducted graduate programs in leadership, management and change at RMIT University and had a close working relationship with colleagues at Swinburne. He has a PhD in Human and Organisational Systems, a BA (Philosophy and Politics), BA (Psychology), MBA and MA.
Mike is a co-founder of GRA and served on the committee in its early years. He has also held committee positions in other non-profit professional associations such as, AITD; AIHR; AISA; ODN.
He consulted to many organisations whilst being an academic (1980-2009) and  since then been a volunteer. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Secretary-Treasurer of ISPSO, then Executive Director until December 2015 and became Treasurer of GRA in September 2016


Director Communications, Memberships and Projects

Liz Brnjak MSOD, BA




Charlotte Watson

Charlotte works closely with the GRA Directorate, supporting them in their roles.  Her tasks include administration, sending newsletters and updating the website. Charlotte is the contact for members, journal subscribers and those with general enquiries about GRA and its activities.

As well as work for GRA, she is administrator/office manager to other small organisations, and Curator of Tinning Street Presents Gallery.


Committee of Management Meetings

The Committee of Management meets for full days, several times a year. Members are encouraged to notify the GRA Secretary if they wish to meet the Committee to discuss any matter, or if they wish to attend as an observer.


Working Groups and Sub-Committees

Working groups progress the work of the Committee between meetings. These include the Standing Group for Business Operations, comprising the Office-bearers of the Association, and sub-committees reporting to the Committee of Management.

Each group is chaired by a Committee member and includes representatives from the wider membership of GRA where applicable.

There are places open on all Sub-committees for members wishing to actively participate in the work of the group.

If you would like to be involved please contact the Chairs of each group. We are keen to work with members on developing GRA as a vigorous, creative and relevant Association.