NSWRC Council Members
Carla McGrath is the Buisness and Programs Development Manager at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern. She is a proud Indigenous Australian woman from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Although raised on the Australian mainland, Carla retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait Islands.
Prior to working at the NCIE Carla worked for AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring experience, an organisation she had been involved in as a volunteer mentor prior to coming on as an employee from 2009 – 2010. Carla remains a member of the AIME board. In addition to working for AIME in 2009 Carla was also the National Indigenous Officer for the National Union of Students, a role that saw her advocating for the rights of the currently small number of Indigenous students that are enrolled at university. In 2011 Carla was accepted as a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Carla is currently completing a Bachelor of Primary Education.
Kate Brennan - Co Chair
Kate has been involved in the field of social welfare and community development for 20 years. Her formal qualifications are in Applied Psychology and she has worked predominantly with young children and their families. In 2011 Kate took up a position as Facilitator of the Glebe Schools Community Centre. The Centre is a focal point for the local community and has strong connections with the Glebe Aboriginal Community.
Dominic Wykanak – Secretary
Dominic WYkanak is of Torres Strait (Erub Island) and South Sea (Vanuatu, Epi Island) Heritage born at Mackay (Juipera , BiriGuba Country) Queensland. Dominic is Vice President of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network and current Deputy Chair of Tranby Aboriginal College, he continues working towards broad Reconciliation Community Partnerships with the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum which he has chaired since 2000 on behalf of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Botany Bay, City of Sydney and Leichhardt Councils.
During 2012-13 Dominic has worked with Reconciliation partnership activities involving Emanuel , Moriah and Masada College Students and Jewish Aid Australia , where he recently relayed some of the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community's views on bringing more compassion to the Asylum Seeker issue.
George Brown is a proud Wadi Wadi man from the Yuin Nation. He grew up on Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, located in Booderee National Park in the Jervis Bay area.
George is currently completing his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). With majors in Management and Marketing, he hopes to gain the skills and knowledge to achieve his goal of playing a key role in the success of his community.
George Brown began working at Supply Nation in July 2011 as a Marketing Intern. After completing his internship, George has since moved over to the Research and Innovation space as a Research Assistant. He is responsible for supporting the research, analysis and preparation of reports that underpin program activities to achieve the objectives of the Supply Nation strategy and team.
Joan is a Murri woman from Wakka Wakka country in Queensland. She has lived and worked in the Sydney region for over 50years. She has worked in the higher education sector for many years. She has been a leader in Indigenous education establishing the first national TAFE Indigenous advisory group in the 1980s. Until recently Joan worked as a manager in the Equity & Diversity unit at UTS. She continues to volunteer her time and support reconciliation at the community level.
Lachlan Macara has been involved with the NSW Reconciliation Council since 2010 as both a Non-Indigenous Youth Representative and now as a board member.
Lachlan has over 8 years of media experience and has been employed at the ABC for more than half of that time. In 2009, Lachlan moved from Sydney to Karratha to take up a job as the Mornings Presenter on ABC North West. During his time in Western Australia's Pilbara region he was lucky enough to be able to expand both his interest and knowledge of Indigenous culture by visiting and reporting from communities such as Jigalong and Roebourne.
His current role is as a producer with the national youth radio network triple j and he's committed to seeing an increase in Indigenous content throughout the ABC. That commitment has seen Lachlan involved in the formation of the triple j Indigenous Employment Committee, working with young Indigenous Australians who are seeking a career in broadcasting.
Megan Wallace - Treasurer
With 20 years experience in professional services, banking and the not for profit sector, Megan brings strong skills in management, governance, finance, and risk management. Megan has run her own organisational development consultancy in the Northern Territory where she lived for three years. Megan currently works at South Sydney Youth Services, in the Waterloo/Redfern area in a capacity building role, to improve services for people with mental health and drug and alcohol issues.
Kirsten Gray - Chief Executive Officer
Kirsten is a Kamilaroi/Muruwari woman. Kirsten has lived most of her life in Sydney but her family hails from Brewarrina. Kirsten has a background in law and human rights. Kirsten has experience working at the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Marlesha Havea - Project Coordinator
Marlesha is a Latje Latje/Yorta Yorta woman. Marlesha is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry) at the University of Technology, Sydney. Marlesha has experience working at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and Cox Inall Ridgeway.
Emma Franklin- Project Coordinator
Emma has experience working with ANTaR National and is currently completing a Masters in Community Development.