Patron

Our patron, Aunty Joan Tranter, has been involved with NSW Reconciliation Council for many years and actively promotes reconciliation within the wider community.

Aunty Joan is an Elder and previous Co-Chair of the NSW Reconciliation Council. She is the current Chair of the Aboriginal Advisory Group to Canterbury Municipal Council, where she advises and contributes to programs and issues relating to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander issues within the council municipality. Aunty Joan is also the Inaugural Elder in Residence at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has received UTS’ Human Rights Reconciliation Awards, the Citizen of the Year 2011 Award from Canterbury Municipal Council, and a UTS Distinguished Service Award. You can read about Aunt Joan’s life, work, and values in her own words here.

Our Board

The board of the NSW Reconciliation Council has eight members, at least half of whom are required to be Indigenous. It is led by one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous co-chair, and sets the direction for the work done by NSWRC’s staff.

Indigenous Chair: Lindon Coombes

LindonLindon has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for over 18 years in a range of positions. Prior to joining PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC) in January 2014, he was the CEO of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, a representative body that provides a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Previous to these positions, he was CEO of Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe, the oldest Indigenous education institution in Australia He has also worked in a range of roles in the NSW Government. The last position held there was in the Senior Executive Service as Executive Director of Policy and Research at the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs. He also acted in the position of Director General of the Department on a number of occasions. He has worked for ATSIC and spent a number of years as Senior Policy Advisor to successive Ministers for Aboriginal Affairs in the NSW Government.

Non-Indigenous Chair: Cecilia Anthony

cecCecilia Anthony is a strategic expert with a professional background in training, advocacy and campaigning, politics and policy. She has worked extensively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy development in government and at NGO level. Cecilia is a former Principal Policy Officer with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs where she was responsible for economic development and employment policy. In recent years Cecilia has worked with the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, responsible for developing and implementing their Government Relations Strategy. Between 2007 and 2011 Cecilia worked as a senior advisor to the New South Wales Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Cecilia is now a senior consultant for Diverse Werks.

Secretary: To be appointed January 2017

Treasurer: Deborah Soler

Deborah is an experienced leader with over 20 years experience developing and strengthening financial and corporate management practices in corporate and not for profit. environments with strength in operational and people management. Her objective on the Management Committee is to make a valuable contribution within a dynamic and socially responsible organisation.

Member: Dominic Wy Kanak

Dominic Wy Kanak is a paralegal, law student and Native Title Consultant (NTC). He has been an Indigenous boondiboondi Bondi Ward Waverley Greens Councillor since September 1999. He has served as Co-Chairperson of Waverley Council’s Multicultural Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Nominee and Chairman of the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Forum on behalf of Dominic’s policy interests include Protection of Community/Native Title/Crown Land & Water, Reconciliation, Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Local Government, ‘Green’ Sustainability, and Social Justice Advocacy for Our Community’s vulnerable marginalised and isolated People.

Member: Jody Broun

Jody Broun has vast experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs having held a number of roles at the state and national levels, including senior executive and elected roles throughout her career. She began working life as a teacher at Clontarf Aboriginal College in WA and went on to hold the positions of Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure and Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment with the WA Government. Jody moved to NSW to take up the position of Deputy Director General inthe Department Aboriginal Affairs, becoming DG nine months later. In 2015 she completed a two year term as then first elected female co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. I am currently the NSWDirector of Australian Red Cross. Jody has held a number of community based positions and is also a practicing artist, having exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1998 I won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and the 2005 Canberra Art Award.

Jody brings policy development, program administration and community engagement experience.

Member: Fiona Britton

Dr Fiona Britton is a strategic communications consultant with more than 20 years’ experience. She has worked in government, corporate and NGO sectors and has a passion for social justice.

Member: Alison Faure-Brac

Over the past 20 years Alison has conducted research and evaluation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Alison has particular expertise in program evaluation and in collaborative and participatory approaches.  Much of her work has looked at the drivers of social change, and what enables the success of initiatives that aim to create positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

Staff

 

Office Manager: Lisa Hindman

Lisa is a Wiradjuri woman, and an office and project management professional with over 15 years’ experience working in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. Prior to joining the NSW Reconciliation Council she was the Office Manager for the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

lisa.hindman@nswreconciliation.org.au

Project Manager: Rachael Buckland

Rachael is currently completing her law degree at the University of Sydney while also working as a Project Officer part time at the NSW Reconciliation Council. She has several years of experience working in both law and communications.

rachael.buckland@nswreconciliation.org.au

Project Officer: Laura Webster

Laura is a Gandagara and Wiradjuri woman and is currently completing her Master of Human Rights degree at the University of Sydney. She has several years’ experience working in Indigenous affairs, social policy and the non-for-profit sector.

laura.webster@nswreconciliation.org.au

Project Officer: Georgia Behrens

Georgia is currently completing her Honours year at the University of Sydney while working part-time with the NSW Reconciliation Council, and has several years’ experience working in communications in the not-for-profit sector.

georgia.behrens@nswreconciliation.org.au