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Council Member Biographies

Jodie Sizer is a Djap Wurrung/Gunditjmara woman, and part of the Framlingham Community of south-west Victoria.

Jodie is one of the co-founders and co-CEOs of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, a majority Aboriginal-owned, purpose-led organising professional services firm leading innovation, impact and change with and for Aboriginal communities across Australia. Jodie is also a director on the boards of Wathaurong Glass and Arts, the Ebony Institute and the Collingwood Football Club.

Jodie commenced her career in the community-controlled sector, going on to work as an auditor and qualified accountant (CPA). She possesses a strong background in corporate governance and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne Asia-Australia New Leaders Program.

Jodie has worked also in Indigenous organisations and government. She was an ATSIC Regional Councillor, a finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year award, listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women publication, inducted on the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll, a recipient of the Prime

Minister’s Centenary medal, and listed as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

Rachel Perkins has served on a number of federal agency boards including Screen Australia, the Australian Film Commission, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She was a founding board member of NITV, which she was instrumental in establishing. She has also served on the boards of various Aboriginal organisations and industry

associations, including Bangarra Dance Theatre. She currently serves on the boards of the Australian Heritage Commission, Jawun, Uphold and Recognise and the Charles Perkins Scholarship Trust.

Her company Blackfella Films, established in 1993, is a leader in the creation of Indigenous content, including the series First Contact, Redfern Now, First Australians, Ready for This and its latest production, DNA Nation. Her work as director includes documentaries such as Freedom Ride and the more recent Black Panther Women, as well as movies Bran Nue Dae, One Night the

Moon, Mabo and Jasper Jones, as well as the TV series Mystery Road. She has served as an executive producer at both SBS and ABC, presiding over the management of their Indigenous Program Units.

She also works in the Indigenous cultural sector, directing festivals, such as the Yeperenye Festival for the Centenary of Federation. In more recent times she has focused on the development of Arrernte culture, the first project being an Arrernte Women’s Camp, which recorded and revived the repertoire of Arrernte women’s traditional musical heritage.

Donisha Duff is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. She has familial links with Moa and Badu Islands (Torres Strait) and is a Yadhaigana/ Wuthathi Aboriginal traditional owner (Cape York).

She has 20 years of experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy, planning and management within public sector, not-for profit and community controlled health organisations.

She possesses an MBA (ANU) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Griffith University).

Donisha is the General Manager, Preventative Health / Deadly Choices at The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

Dr Clint Bracknell is a proud Wirlomin Noongar musician and researcher from the south coast of Western Australia.

He is currently Associate Professor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, Edith Cowan University.

Steve Kinnane has been an active researcher and writer for more than 25 years as well as lecturing and working on community cultural heritage and development projects. His interests are diverse, encompassing Aboriginal history, creative documentary (both visual and literary), and tensions surrounding the ideals

of sustainability and the relationships between individuality, community, country, economy and human development. Steve is a Marda Marda man from Miriwoong country in the East Kimberley.

Steve lectured at Murdoch University in Australian Indigenous Studies and Sustainability; completed a Visiting Research Fellowship at AIATSIS, and was Senior Researcher for the Nulungu Research Institute of the University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome. Steve is currently a PhD candidate with

the ANU Research School of Social Sciences and a member of the Curatorial Team of the New Museum Project (WA). He also serves on the boards of Magabala Books and the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ANU), and is Chair of the AIATSIS Foundation Board.

Dr Myfany Turpin is a linguist and ethnomusicologist at the University of Sydney. She holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the relationship between words and music in Aboriginal songs in central Australia. She has been conducting research with Aboriginal communities since 1994, focused on Aboriginal song-poetry and Arandic languages.

Her research on the Kaytetye language resulted in a co- authored encyclopaedic dictionary, picture dictionary and collection of stories with Kaytetye speaker Alison Ross. She has written scholarly articles in the areas of semantics, music, phonology and ethnobiology and produced audiovisual publications of Aboriginal songs.

She supports school language and culture programs in central Australia and works with local organisations to produce resources and provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to assist them in their struggle for cultural and linguistic survival.

She is a member of the Australian Linguistics Society and the Musicological Society of Australia.

Geoffrey Winters is a descendant of the Kamilaroi nation from Walgett in north-west New South Wales. He is currently an associate in Sydney at international law firm Clyde & Co LLP. He was judicial associate to the Honourable Justice Basten of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and to the Honourable Justice Wright of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Mr Winters graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Economy and Laws from the University of Sydney, where he was President of the Australian Law Students’ Association.

Professor Michael McDaniel is a member of the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri Nation of central New South Wales. His career in Indigenous higher education and service to the arts, culture and the community spans almost three decades. He is Pro- Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) and Director of Jumbunna at the University of Technology Sydney.

Professor McDaniel has held government appointments, including on the Minister’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, the National Native Title Tribunal and the NSW Land and Environment Court.

He is Chair of the Board of Bangarra Dance Theatre, a Director of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group, a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia) (MCA), Chair of the MCA Indigenous Advisory Group, and Chair of the Sydney Living Museums Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

He is also a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Council (NATSIHEC). Through NATSIHEC he is a member of the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium and has participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as a NATSIHEC delegate.

Valerie Cooms belongs to the Nunukul people of Minjerribah, or North Stradbroke Island. She is currently the Chair of the Quandamooka Yoolooburabee Registered Native Title Body Corporate. She is also a Director with Minjerribah Camping and is an Indigenous Research Fellow at the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland.

Valerie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. She is undertaking post-doctoral research in relation to examining Commonwealth policies from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

Valerie was previously CEO of Queensland South Native Title Services and a member of the National Native Title Tribunal.