- What We Do
Our team is led by Executive Director Zana Bytheway, who has been with JobWatch for over 20 years. Collectively, the lawyers in JobWatch’s Legal Practice have over 80 years of experience in practicing and interpreting employment law.
Zana Bytheway, Executive Director
Over her 21 years at JobWatch, Zana has made a significant contribution as a strong advocate for workers’ rights, assisting more than 300,000 vulnerable workers and recovering more than $4 million in work entitlements.
A practicing lawyer and qualified mediator, Zana was admitted to practice in 1986 and is an experienced senior executive, board member, committee member, and mentor for young lawyers. In her spare time, Zana is an avid tennis player and is currently training a beautiful Cavoodle puppy called Percy.
Gabrielle Marchetti, Principal Lawyer
Melissa Favasuli, Lawyer/Office Manager
Melissa Favasuli has worked with JobWatch since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws and is a member of the Monash University Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Prior to JobWatch, Melissa spent several years as a court recorder and a conveyancing assistant.
In her spare time Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and reading. Melissa is currently on extended leave.
Emily White, Administrative Manager
Emily has a background in Business Administration and Professional Writing and Editing. She joined JobWatch in 2021 after working in Aged Care for a number of years.
Outside of JobWatch she has written two manuscripts (yet to be published) and hopes to one day have her name grace the shelves of your local bookstore. She reads, crochets and due to the pandemic forcing gyms to close has taken up running (we’ll see how long that lasts!).
Ian Scott, Senior Lawyer
Ian Scott is currently on extended leave.
John O’Hagan, Senior Lawyer
John joined JobWatch as an intern in 2015 and never really left. He enjoys spending time with his partner and two daughters, and getting remedies for people whose employment rights have been ignored.
Prior to his legal career, John enjoyed a thirty-year career as a musician, including a ten-year stint touring the globe with Circus Oz. He still plays double bass on the weekends.
Photo: Ponch Hawkes
Héloïse Williams, Senior Lawyer
A strong believer in social justice, Héloïse Williams has worked with JobWatch since 2016 and became a member of the Legal Practice in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Film, a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and a Masters in Employment and Labour Law, the latter completed at the University of Melbourne. Prior to JobWatch, Héloïse spent six years managing a medium sized business in Melbourne CBD and living for several years abroad in Sweden, South Korea and Japan.
Héloïse is particularly well known for her random, but prolific, use of movie and television quotes and her habit of regaling anyone who will listen with tales of her beloved labrador, Justice Kirby, who, like her namesake, is a most superior specimen.
Michael Giannopoulos, Senior Lawyer
Katie Gamble, Lawyer
Katie commenced at JobWatch as a Practical Legal Trainee in 2020 before working in employment and education policy for the Federal Government. Katie first developed an interest in employment law when she faced difficulty understanding her employment rights working in various casual jobs in conjunction with her studies at Monash University.
In her spare time, Katie is a keen long-distance runner and avid spin class attendee. Katie’s passion for animal welfare has also led her to volunteer as a lawyer at the Animal Defenders Office in Canberra.
Laura Boehm, Lawyer
Laura completed an internship with JobWatch in 2018. After briefly flirting with academia as a legal research assistant at Melbourne Law School focusing on animals and climate change, in 2020 Laura returned to JobWatch to complete her practical legal training. Helping people to understand their employment rights and to seek remedies for their workplace exploitation is now her passion.
Laura spends an unusual amount of time playing sport, a questionable amount of time playing videogames and a thrilling amount of time reading local politics and history.
Amanda Chan, Communications Manager
Supporting important social justice issues through effective communication is Amanda’s specialty! Prior to JobWatch, she worked with organisations supporting rights for women and people with disability, leading national teams responsible for marketing, communications, stakeholder engagement, fundraising and events.
On weekends, Amanda enjoys teaching her toddler to bake delicious cakes and biscuits (we’ve mastered scones already!), listening to BTS, and reading overdramatised historical romance novels.
Lilian Tang, Administrative Assistant
After being personally affected by underpayment, knowing her legal rights helped Lilian to understand what she could do – and she wants to share this knowledge with everyone.
She is currently completing her Bachelor of Law, and has been working at JobWatch since completing her placement in 2017. Lilian is the crafty one at JobWatch – she sews, crochets, and is currently making an 18th century outfit inspired by Hamilton: The Musical!
Priscilla Tung, Accountant
Priscilla first joined JobWatch in 2017 as the accountant extraordinaire. With over 30 years of experience in accounting practice in Australia and Singapore, she loves variety in her day-to-day work, from everyday accounting tasks to providing informed budgeting, accounting and financial analysis advice through a problem-solving lens.
Outside of work, Priscilla loves to relax by reading historical novels with a focus on the Tudor dynasty, listening to classical music and playing table tennis. She’s particularly interested in politics and world affairs.
Geoff Charles, TIS Staff
Geoff brings over 40 years of experience working in industrial relations to his work at JobWatch. He has worked with employer associations in multiple industries, negotiating with unions and employees and appearing in the then Australian Industrial Relations Commission (now Fair Work Commission).
After enjoying a short-lived retirement, Geoff decided to return to work and has been operating in the Telephone Information Service at JobWatch since 2007. Geoff is a music fan, with a particular fondness for classical music of the baroque era. He’s also a book collector (his Zoom background is filled with overflowing bookshelves!) and relaxes by reading.
Alan Hawkey, TIS Staff
Alan worked for over 40 years in industrial relations, human resource management and as a consultant. He has worked in employer organisations as well as the mining and manufacturing industries. In these roles he has had to actively negotiate with employees and unions on the creation and renewal of many enterprise agreements. He has appeared at the AIRC (now the Fair Work Commission) and its predecessors to process award variations, advocate for the certification of agreements as well as handle most other matters related to employment law.
Alan has worked on the TIS since 2010 and he enjoys trying to help callers understand their employment law rights and options. He enjoys playing golf, cycling and reading in his spare time.
Octavian Catrinei, TIS Staff
Octavian joined JobWatch in 2019 as an intern. In July 2021, he completed the Juris Doctor course. His teachers and mentors have instilled in him a desire to help everyday Australians tackle their legal problems and JobWatch is a great opportunity to do this!
He also has a Bachelor Degree in Arts with Honours in Classics, which shows his passion for everything Ancient Greek and Roman, especially mythology.
Lachlan Scott, TIS Staff
Our experienced Committee of Management ably guide our strategy and operations.