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The Council

Council members as at 30 June 2021 are listed below. More information on councillors who served during the reporting period is in Appendix B AIATSIS Council. Additional biographical information is on the AIATSIS website.

Jodie Sizer, Chairperson. Appointed

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce. Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)

Jodie is a Djap Wurrung/Gunditjmara woman and part of the Framlingham Community of south-west Victoria and is one of the co-founders and co-CEOs of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting. Jodie is also a director on the boards of Wathaurong Glass and Arts, the Ebony Institute and the Collingwood Football Club.

Jodie has been listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. She has received the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal and been listed as one of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence.

Residence: Melbourne, Vic.

Ashley Walker, Member. Appointed

Qualifications: Master of Business Administration (Distinction) and Bachelor of Laws/Commerce

Ashley is a Dharawal/Dhurga man belonging to the La Perouse Aboriginal community in Coastal Sydney and works in the investment team of Yamanah Investments. Previously, Ashley worked as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, a corporate lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin and Acting CEO of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Residence: Sydney, NSW

Henrietta Marrie AM, Member. Appointed

Qualifications: Master of Environmental and Local Government Law, Diploma and Graduate Diploma of Arts (Indigenous Studies)

Henrietta is an Elder of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people, traditional owners of the land on which Cairns now stands. She has wide experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and natural resource management and impact assessment, intellectual property law, heritage legislation and philanthropy. Additionally, Henrietta has had over 50 papers published in academic books and journals. She is currently a member of the Queensland Human Rights Commission’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group and the Commonwealth’s National Cultural Heritage Committee.

Residence: Perth, WA

Murray Saylor, Member. Appointed

Murray is a Samsep man from Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait with a passion and drive focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural, ecological and economic sustainability. Murray has over 20 years of diverse experience in the government, defence, community development, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and resource sectors.

Murray is the founder and Managing Director of Tagai Management Consultants – a company that delivers market-leading procurement/supply chain management, business advisory, innovative futures and stakeholder engagement services.

Residence: Brisbane, Qld

Judith Ryan AM, Member. Appointed

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts and English Literature, Certificate in Education

Judith is the Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria and has a special interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian art of the 20th and 21st centuries and its diversity, dynamism and transformation in the face of social change. She has curated about 50 exhibitions and has published widely in the field.

Residence: Melbourne, Vic.

Dr Myfany Turpin, Member. Elected

Qualifications: PhD Linguistics, Honours Linguistics, Bachelor of Arts/Music.

Myfany 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.

Residence: Alice Springs, NT

Dr Clint Bracknell, Member. Elected

Qualifications: PhD Music/Indigenous Studies, Graduate Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Arts/Media Studies.

Dr Clint Bracknell Noongar musician and researcher from the south coast of Western Australia. He holds an Australian Research Council fellowship as Associate Professor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University. Clint recently co-translated a complete Shakespearian theatre work and a dubbed feature film in Noongar, both world-firsts for languages of Australia. He received the 2020 Barrett Award for Australian Studies.

Residence: Perth, WA

Duane Fraser, Member. Elected

Duane is a Wulgurukaba and Bidjara man with extensive experience advising Commonwealth and state governments on matters relating to Indigenous affairs and environmental policy. He has spent the last six years working to achieve greater recognition of the rights and interests of traditional owners of the Great Barrier Reef, and their empowerment in reef decision-making and management. Duane was critical in including traditional owner perspectives in the Reef 2050 plan, and in 2018 helped drive a major project to document the rights and aspirations of reef traditional owners and present recommendations for a greater future role for traditional owners in reef business.

Duane is a member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and currently chairs the Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Minister for the Environment and Energy.

Residence: Melbourne, Vic.

Michelle Deshong, Member. Elected.

Qualifications: BA Honours in Political Science and Indigenous studies at James Cook University; completing a PhD

Michelle has held senior executive positions spanning the Public Service, including roles such as National Manager for Indigenous Services at Centrelink, and Senior Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has also held roles in the non-government sector, including as Queensland State Manager for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategies for Australian Red Cross and more recently as the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. Michelle has maintained a strong interest in community organisations and worked in a range of governance capacities, including as a director of many.

Residence: Brisbane, Qld