about allison henry
With a background in politics, law, public policy and advocacy, Allison Henry has two decades of proven experience in innovative strategic thinking, undertaking high quality research, developing productive stakeholder relationships, driving campaigns and achieving public policy outcomes.
Allison has since August 2018 been the part time Executive Officer of Northern Rivers Food, an industry body of growers, food artisans, manufacturers, restaurateurs, retailers, distributors and allied trades who are working together to facilitate the development, growth and sustainability of food businesses in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Through Millwood Consulting Allison continues to work with a broad range of national and local non-government organisations on research, policy development, submission and report writing projects. She leads strategic planning processes, undertakes organisational reviews and project evaluations and provides strategic advice on advocacy campaigns and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to establishing Millwood Consulting, Allison served as a political advisor in the Federal Parliament between 2006 and 2011, as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister and advisor to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Shadow Attorney-General and the Shadow Minister for Health. In these roles Allison worked across a broad range of policy areas including women and men’s health, dental health, immigration detention policy, asylum seeker processing and welfare, emergency management response, constitutional reform and human rights. Allison served as National Director of the Australian Republican Movement between 2003 and 2006 and has also worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Refugee Review Tribunal.
Allison holds undergraduate degrees in Arts and Law (Macquarie University), a Masters degree in International Studies (Hons) (University of Sydney) and a Masters degree in International Law (with Merit) (Australian National University). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Law at the University of New South Wales, examining regulatory and institutional responses to campus sexual violence in Australia (following on from her role as Campaign Director of The Hunting Ground Australia Project).
Allison is a Co-Founder and Chair of Fair Agenda, an independent community advocacy organisation working to bring about a fair and equal future for women. She is an Associate Board Member of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation and a Board Member of the Tweed Coast Beaches Business Collective.
Working nationally, Allison lives in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.