About ICAN Australia

ICAN opened our first offices in Carlton, Melbourne, in 2006 and was launched at the Victorian parliament house in Melbourne in 2007. Since then, the campaign has been embraced by individuals and organisations throughout the world. To learn more about the original impetus behind the campaign, please enjoy this April 2016 speech from Ronald McCoy or read this article by co-founders Dimity Hawkins and Tilman Ruff. We have a small staff team in Melbourne and Sydney, but rely heavily on the tireless work of our volunteers. Please contact us to get involved.



+ Melissa Parke

Melissa Parke is a former federal MP (Fremantle) and United Nations lawyer. She has degrees in business, law and public international (human rights) law. Melissa is also a patron of the Tom Uren Memorial Fund, which supports the work of ICAN.

+ Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam is a former Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia. Scott held the nuclear issues portfolio for nine years, during which time he contributed to campaigns on uranium mining, waste dumping and nuclear weapons. He is a long-term supporter of ICAN, co-hosting their Western Australian launch in 2007 and travelling to New York in 2017 for the final session of the ban treaty negotiations.

A long-term anti-nuclear campaigner, Scott co-hosted the launch of ICAN in Western Australia

+ Robert Tickner

Robert has been campaigning against nuclear weapons since he was in his early 20′s, firstly as an activist in the environmental movement and then as a Federal Labor MP where he was the convenor of Labor Parliamentarians for a nuclear free Australia. Later as the CEO of Australian Red Cross he spoke on behalf of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation at the three international humanitarian conferences in Norway, Mexico and Austria, which led to the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.



+ Dr Ruth Mitchell (president)

Ruth Mitchell is a neurosurgery registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. She was the inaugural AMA Doctor in Training of the Year in 2016, noted for her work as the chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trainees’ Association. She has previously served as Deputy Chair of the Board of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and Vice President of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War.

+ Dr Margaret Beavis (vice-president)

Margaret Beavis is a general practitioner with a strong interest in public health. She teaches at Melbourne University and is currently president of the Medical Association for Prevention of War.

+ Jessica Lawson (secretary)

Jessica has been involved with ICAN since 2013. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of International Relations. She recently completed a Master’s thesis that examined the prospect of middle power states and non state actors bringing about negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, despite nuclear weapon states undermining any effort to do so.

+ Dr Daryl Le Cornu

Daryl is a lecturer, curriculum consultant and textbook writer. He has many years experience teaching and designing curriculum for history and legal studies in government schools. He is currently Co-Vice President of the NSW Division of the United Nations Association of Australia and a member of the Academic Council of the United Nations.

+ Dr Tilman Ruff AM

Tilman Ruff is a public health and infectious diseases physician, associate professor at the University of Melbourne, international medical advisor for Australian Red Cross, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Nobel Peace Prize 1985), and founding international and Australian chair of ICAN.

+ Dave Sweeney

Dave Sweeney has been active in the uranium mining and nuclear debate for over two decades through his work with the media, trade unions and environment groups on mining, resource and Indigenous issues. He is a national nuclear campaigner with the Australian Conservation Foundation. He was one of the founding members of ICAN.

+ Prof. Richard Tanter

Richard has worked on peace, security and environment issues in East and Southeast Asia as analyst, policy advocate and activist since the 1970s. He works with the Nautilus Institute, and teaches on nuclear and Indonesian questions at Melbourne University. His most recent book, written with Desmond Ball, is The Tools of Owatatsumi: Japan’s Ocean Surveillance and Defence, (with Desmond Ball), Canberra, ANU Press. Richard also maintains the Nautilus Institute Australian Defence Facilities and Australia Forces Abroad public documentation websites.


+ Dr Sue Wareham OAM

Sue Wareham is a retired GP and a Vice-President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War. She has played an active part in the peace and anti-nuclear movement since the 1980s, and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. She was one of the founding members of ICAN.

+ Previous board members

ICAN Australia wishes to acknowledge the advice and assistance of previous Board members, from the first meeting in May 2006 to the present day, in alphabetical order:

Richard Broinowski
Joseph Camilleri
Jenny Grounds
Dimity Hawkins
John Langmore
Nic Maclellan
Fred Mendelsohn
Marie McInerney
Kazuyo Preston
Catriona Standfield
Bill Williams
Tim Wright
Mark Zirnsak



+ Tim Wright (Treaty Coordinator)

Tim Wright is ICAN’s Treaty Coordinator. He is a member of the international staff team and has been involved in the campaign since 2006. He has degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne.


+ Gem Romuld (Australian Director)

Gem Romuld joined the ICAN team in 2013. She has worked with Australians for War Powers Reform, Friends of the Earth Australia and 3CR Radio. She has degrees in communications and law and is based in Sydney.


+ Previous staff

ICAN Australia wishes to acknowledge the contributions of our staff and special project workers since the campaign began, in alphabetical order:

Cat Beaton
Kirsten Blair
Teri Calder
Adam Dempsey
Dimity Hawkins
Sarojini Krishnapillai
Jessica Morrison
James Norman
Pauline Renkin
Felicity Ruby
Colin Stephens
Dianne Street
Glenn Todd
Mihiri Weerasinghe

  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate