Ricki Spencer is a qualified teacher, social worker, a current student at the University of Melbourne completing their PhD and has over 20 years’ experience working in welfare provision as a social worker, teacher and health promotions facilitator.

Ricki is a public advocate for people living with a disability and transgender folk, and is passionate about local planning issues relating to access to health and services for marginalised groups in Victoria. Ricki identifies as a transgender non-binary person with lived experiences of disability. Ricki has also presented her findings to the Royal Commission for Disability Safety in trans and gender diverse reformation in health education and relationships for queer students with disabilities in Victorian schools.

Ricki is a member of the Physical Disability Australia (PDA), Co-Chair Inclusive Rainbow Voices LGBTIQ People with Disabilities, the Chair for the policy steering committee for AusPATH, Educational mentor for the Pinnacle Foundation, convenor for Sociology of Media in Australia and Sociology of Teaching in Australia of the Australian Sociological Association, LGBTIQ Community Housing Reference Group Member for HAAG, Consumer Advisory Member for CIH Australia, Executive Advisory Committee Member for Breast Screening Victoria St Vincent’s Hospital, Social Media Officer for AASE Australian Association for Special Education teachers, and Ambassador for Advance Care Planning Australia.