Phil Glendenning is the director of the Edmund Rice Centre. He was one of the co-founders of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and for ten years was National President.

He has served on the Boards of the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS), various committees of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, and the Centre for an Ethical Society.
He is a current Board Member of the Refugee Council of Australia, and ANTaR.

In 2008 he was awarded the Sir Ronald Wilson Award for Human Rights by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Australian Catholic University in 2007.

In recent years he led the research team for the Deported To Danger series, which monitored the safety of rejected asylum seekers in 22 countries, and resulted in the internationally screened documentary, A Well Founded Fear. With a background in education and political science, today he is primarily involved in human rights education, and peace and reconciliation work in Australia and internationally. He was a member of the Pacific Calling Partnership delegation that went to the UN Conference on climate change in Copenhagen in December 2009.

The Edmund Rice Centre undertakes a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking.